Author and pastor Sven Erlandson coached football because he considered it his mission to channel this rage and passion and aggressiveness inherent in each young man toward a more noble and appropriate purpose. Erlandson used football as a way to harness, guide and direct his young men to become and act as lions instead of as tame kittens.
The goal of a young man is not to be meek and timid, nor to blend in and be a follower. The goal of a young man is to bring to fruition his immense gifts within. He must be a fierce and fearsome fighter against cowardice and weakness and fear and complacency. He must reclaim his mantle of a leader and inspire those around him to reach their maximum potential. A young man becomes a great young man when he unleashes all his qualities within without pause, hesitation, concern or remorse. Use the full extent of your power, on the football field and in life, and become the type of powerful young man Erlandson writes about in his stirring book Badass Jesus: The Serious Athlete and a Life of Noble Purpose.
From September 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com