What It Takes To Win the Heisman Trophy
The following great athlete is no exception. His listening habits helped him win the Heisman Trophy.
I don't know if you ever followed college football at all, but the Florida Gators had a quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, who won the Heisman Trophy & National Championship in 1996. He also set the national record for career touchdowns. He wasn't the most gifted physical specimen and had a funny throwing motion, but he was a tremendous leader and was almost impervious to the pressure and chaos of a game. His pre-game ritual always involved listening to "Pachebel's Canon in D" several times over his headphones, and he carried that calm with him out onto the gridiron.
Thought you'd like to know that.
Dean D, Gainesville, FL
Thanks, Dean. That’s a priceless story about the power of classical music to prepare a great athlete for peak performance. Wuerffel’s listening habits must have helped him academically too, since he won numerous awards, honors, and accolades, and was named Academic All-American Player of the Year.
My experience of football was always on the sidelines – as an active music motivator. I played in the marching band at my high school. At that time Bobby Beathard was general manager of the Redskins, and his three sons attended the same school.
Those Redskin games I attended back then had something in common with most sporting events. They play music to get audience and athletes into a groove.
Athletes love celebration. What stirs your soul more than music does? Whether it’s the Olympics or a high school basketball game, there will always be a band playing music to get everyone on the same page.
When I compose music, I know which emotion will get triggered in you. I know, because it’s visceral. There’s no escape from the power of music . And that’s good news, because you control the play button.
Stop wondering whether this music stuff works. It’s time to discover the secrets of recharging your life.
Tania Gabrielle French