He personified paradox. He was an iconoclast and very conservative in his approach to football. He was an individual and a dedicated teammate. He was a deep, thoughtful thinker and ran with the style of a berserker Neanderthal. He was a powerful, brutish runner and had the grace of a ballerina with world-class sprinter’s speed. Above all, he was a one-of-a-kind creation who used his talent in a creative, unique way.
Live your dream. Live your vision. Live the life that you, and only you, can. Ignore fear and embarrassment and the disparaging glances and comments of those who attempt to deter you from your unique way. Don’t hide your gift of greatness or wait to display it. Like Riggins, work within a team if you desire but remain an individual. Lead from the front and be yourself. Not the Riggins way; your way!
From September 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com