Cardinals Blogs | With letter, Steve Wilks tends to make tiny distinction
March 13, 2019
May possibly 28, 2018 – 10:17 am
Steve Wilks did not know Mike Thompson, but that didn’t quit the Cardinals’ head coach from reaching out to Thompson’s widow not too long ago immediately after Thompson’s unexpected death. Thompson was a Pop Warner coach and an assistant for Desert Ridge Higher College, and was only 51 years old.
“I did not have the pleasure of understanding Mike but really feel as if I did immediately after reading of his dedication to the sport of football as a coach at the Pop Warner and higher college levels,” Wilks wrote in the letter to Carri Thompson. “We share in your grief more than his loss but know that he lives on by means of the numerous men and women that have been positively impacted by Mike.”
The letter meant a ton to Thompson’s loved ones. It also underscored the variety of particular person Wilks is, and how he keeps football in viewpoint.
At one particular point, when I was speaking to Wilks for a story about who he is as a coach, Wilks emphasized his want to let players know they have to have a life that goes beyond football. There was a popular story of Wilks as an assistant in Carolina striking up a partnership with a disabled man who worked at his regional YMCA, not for the fanfare but due to the fact it just seemed like a great issue to do.
“I inform individuals all the time, and it is the exact same issue I attempt to relate to the players,” Wilks stated. “(Football) is what we do. This is not who we are.”
No, Wilks didn’t know Mike Thompson. But he knew what it meant for Thompson to place time in to teach young children — and that his loved ones is hurting correct now. In a broader sense, that is what Wilks was speaking about in that interview a handful of months ago.
“I want to bring planet championship right here,” Wilks stated. “But the accurate measurement of a champion does not lie inside his or her trophy case. It lies inside the individuals he or she has touched. If we’re not attempting to make a distinction in the lives of the individuals we come in make contact with with, to me, we’re missing the point.”