Lou Little was foot ball coach at Georgetown University. The college
president came to him one day and said ‘Do you know Harold Chapman’ ‘Sure’,
Lou answered. ‘He has been on my squad for years. An average player . The
problem is that he is not well motivated.’
“Well”, the president continued, “we just received a message that his
died. Will you break the news to him”
The coach put his arm around Chapman and told him the sad news. “I am
son, you take a week off.” But the next day Chapman was in the locker room
suiting up for the game. “What are you doing here” the coach inquired in
“Today’s the big game. I have got to play in it” he replied.
“But you know I have never included you for the game”
“Include me today and you won’t be sorry”, the moisteyed player stated very
Softening, the coach decided that if he won the toss he would use him on
first play. He could not do that much damage on the kickoff return.
Georgetown won the toss.
At the game, Harold came tearing down the field with the ball like a
tornado. The coach, shocked, left him in for another play and then
He blocked, he tacked; he passed; he ran. He literally won the ball game
for Georgetown University that day.
In the locker room the coach, perplexed, asked, “Son, what happened” The
player said…” My father was blind. Only today he witnessed my game”
Motivation provides stimulus. He believed that his father would see his
game after his death. This belief motivated him to play exceedingly well !