If you tune into any sports coverage between now and the opening play of the Super Bowl, you’ll no doubt hear dozens of sports commentators trying to guess what the “X Factor” will be in the quarterback showdown between the legendary Tom Brady and underdog Nick Foles, as the Patriots and Eagles battle for football’s greatest prize.
This week, former NFL All-Pro quarterback Scott Mitchell gives us a rare glimpse inside the mindset of a performer seeking to peak during one of the world’s greatest sporting events. More importantly, we discuss how this mentality can be applied off the gridiron.
The Miami Dolphins drafted Scott in the 4th round in 1992 and he would play behind future Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino. Most fans and journalists assumed Scott would never see significant playing time. However, his football experience with Marino and the Dolphins’ legendary coach Don Shula would prove invaluable in developing his All-Pro mentality and winning ways. Ironically, this same knowledge has flowed into one of this Super Bowl QB’s mindset and it could be the “X Factor” on who will win this Sunday.
Three years later, as the starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions, Scott Mitchell set the single season records for both touchdowns and passing yards. Most observers never realized the ball moving down the field had more to do with Scott’s mentality than any physical technique. It was a mix of visualization, intuition and confidence built from years of repetitively drilling the football basics, which many of his NFL competitors considered “kid’s stuff.”
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How Scott used the power of visualization as early as grade school to achieve his vision of playing in the NFL, even when he was told repeatedly that playing professional football was impossible.
- The role intuition played in Scott’s successful decision-making while performing under NFL pressure.
- How an appearance on the TV show, The Biggest Loser, helped Scott grasp that he’s “more than a football player.”
- Plus, Scott’s Super Bowl prediction and why it comes full circle from his experience with the Miami Dolphins!
Finally, I answer a listener’s question about how pro athletes can get back in the Zone after being abruptly traded.
And as always, we place our order at the Zone Café, as we send you out for another Zone week!
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