Sunday, December 27, 2009
Urban Meyer - The Mentor Lives On
The majority of men in his position would toil on, regardless of health concerns or an impossible schedule that takes them away from their families. Dream jobs don't come easily. As a highly successful college football coach, most men would justify sticking it out even in the face of off-the-field adversity. Yesterday, Urban Meyer, coach for the University of Florida Gators, shocked the sports world by announcing that he would be stepping down from the helm of the fifth ranked team in the country.
Perhaps the best response I've seen to this decision came from Meyer's 18-year-old daughter who said, "I get my daddy back." I'm sure Meyer could not hope for sweeter words, which also serve to validate what must have been a very difficult decision. "I saw it as a sign from God that this was the right thing to do," Meyer told The Times of his daughter's reaction. "I was worried about letting people down. I was feeling so awful and concerned about my health. That was among several other signs that said it's time to back away."
He names health concerns (specifically a heart-valve defect) as his main reason for leaving his coaching position, but it is reported that his concerns are not life-threatening. Walking away at this point in his career clearly demonstrates his priorities: family and faith. His commitment is a rare example of striving for excellence in life, not just in the limelight. In an official statement, Meyer mentions the fact that he has been mentoring young men for 20+ years. What better way to continue his mentoring but through his courageous and selfless decision.