Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Arizona St. players sign their lives over to HC Todd Graham.



The above is a "Declaration of Commitment" signed by Arizona State players. It's a pledge that players will act in a manner befitting to the program and that they "will speak victory everyday."
ASU punter Josh Hubner recently described what "speaking victory" means.

"JH: It's a collection of things. Like what I just went over about the whole program. It's not just when you're here. It's not just walking into the building without a hat on, or without earrings in, or with a shirt on. It's giving back to the community. It's doing interviews when you don't want to do interviews when you're upset. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning to come to a two and a half hour workout that sometimes you're not going to want to do, at all. I don't know who wakes up in the morning and goes "You know what, it's 5:30 in the morning and I want to go squat 400 pounds." It's amazing to me that over the last seven months, that they can turn a mindset around as completely as they have. It's unbelievable. I remember the first time he said "Speaking Victory" in his introduction interview. It started trending on Twitter five minutes after he said it. It's still there. That's the thing about this staff, that what they say, it sticks. It doesn't fade into the background. It's a collective effort, and like I said, if ASU's going do it, it's this year. I'm really, really excited to get it started. It's 33 days away (now 31). I keep a countdown on my phone. We've got clocks downstairs in the weight room. I can't wait. I can't wait to hit the ground running."

Part of the Declaration of Commitment includes a pledge to "give my coach permission to help me become the hardest working, most disciplined, best prepared athlete I can be." Translation: The players agree to willingly be a part of Todd Graham's total stripping away of their personal individuality.

It's already been noted that Graham has his players at Pitt sign a similar agreement in 2011. That was before he bolted to Arizona State after one season. It seems that Graham might need to sign some kind of "declaration of commitment" himself.

(via EDSBSLost Lettermen, House of Sparky)