Sunday, May 2, 2010


A great story about the importance of being a part of a team from Coach Jim Tressel's "The Winners Manual."

A man became lost whole driving through the country. As he tried to read a map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. Seeing a farmhouse just down the road, the man walked over to ask for help.

“Warwick can get you out of the ditch,” the farmer said, pointing to an old mule standing in a field.

The man looked at the haggard mule, and then looked back at the farmer, who just stood there nodding.

“Yep, old Warwick can do the job.”

The man figured he had nothing to lose, so the two men and Warwick made their way back to the ditch.

After the farmer hitched the old mule to the car, he snapped the reins and shouted, “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull Warwick!”

With very little effort, the lone mule pulled the car from the ditch. The man was amazed.

He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, “Why did you call out all those other names before you called Warwick?”

The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”