That's what being a leader is all about. If the other players see you in a non-positive mind set, that affects them. I have to present an air of confidence at all times.
I'm not an athlete; I'm a quarterback. I don't have great speed, and I can't throw 90 yards down the field. I win games because I've done the mental preparation.
The biggest thing is not to lose your confidence and realize you've got to work through those mistakes to yourself a chance to improve.
I'm lucky - we're all lucky - to be playing a game for a living.
What I try to do is create an energy, create an excitement, but at the same time keep everybody focused and realize it's still just a game, that we have to move the football.
My energy level rises but I get calmer, if that's possible. What a lot of people tend to do is get real tight and get all psyched up and take themselves out of their game.
Football is what I love, and I know I can do it, too.
To me, I'm still a 24-year-old kid who just happens to have a better paying job than other kids my age.
Winning is about believing you're never out of a game. I've always believed that.
We're still as confident, as optimistic as we ever were. You know we hit a little stumbling block here, but I think it's going to be good for us because we can learn from it.
Everyone asks me if piano had helped me in football. I guess improvisation and creativity helps on the field, but that's a reach. The two skills are just so different. And, by the way, I get more nervous playing piano.
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