Dabo's Safe Seat
From Jon Gordon's newsletter dated January 11, 2016
I wrote this newsletter before heading to Phoenix for the College Football national championship. I have worked with Clemson the last four years and it's special to see a team you have watched compete, struggle, learn, and grow, have the opportunity to play for a championship. But to me, sports is about more than wins and losses. It's about relationships and impact. Regardless of what team you root for, as you read this I hope you will think of ways to build your own connected team.
There are a lot of reasons why the Clemson University football team is playing in the national championship game Monday night.
Whether it’s Dabo’s supersized belief in his team, his courage to call a fake punt pass (that led to a first down) to a 300lb defensive lineman creating a huge momentum shift in the college playoff, great coaching by the offensive and defensive coordinators, a special and gifted QB, timely defensive stops and fortuitous plays in key games during the season, or a group of players with the rare combination of size, speed and talent, Clemson has been a force of belief, will and skill.
But for all the talk about Dabo's fun personality and down to earth coaching style, Deshaun Watson’s duel threat ability, Wayne "Train" Gallman’s running and Shaq Lawson’s habit of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, there’s one big reason for Clemson football’s success that hasn’t been mentioned and I believe it could be one of the biggest of them all: Dabo’s Safe Seat.