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Aristotle said “The purpose of education is to pass on values”, football is one of the best vehicles I know to pass on values. A good football program at any level is built and based on fundamental values. The Four Pillars are: Character, Courage, Class and Integrity.

Integrity is the price you put on yourself – it’s what you stand for. Integrity is keeping your word even when it’s inconvenient. A person with integrity is someone you can trust and trust is the foundation of any relationship.

Class is the hardest to define but the easiest to see. Class is civility; it is grace under pressure, it is taking the high road. In a society where self-aggrandizing is an art form, someone with class is easily recognized.

Character is what you do when no one is looking. Character is what you do in the dark. Character is what you do when you know you can’t get caught. Abraham Lincoln said “Character was above intellect.”

Courage is the foundation of all the other values for with courage you have nothing. Vince Lombardi said,”Everyone gets knocked down but champions get back up.” It takes courage to get back up. It takes courage to feel fear and go forward anyway. It takes courage to give everything you have and lay it all on the line when you know the odds are against you.

These are the values that form the core of our football program. But there are other values that football teaches. Football is the greatest teacher of the values of discipline, teamwork, and work ethic. Football is a sport that if you have a great work ethic, you can develop the talent to maximize your potential.

The job of a football coach is to maximize the potential of every student athlete and teach the values that will be the path to excellence regardless of the endeavor. Excellence knows no bounds; the same values that pave the way to success in football, will pave the way to excellence in the classroom, in our communities, in our relationships, in our faith and in our lives. Wins and losses will fade away but the values you are taught are forever. Welcome to Saint Paul’s Football!