Tuesday, April 28, 2015

positive Passas

Marcus Mariota has heard them. So have Darnell Arceneaux. Timmy Chang and Jason Gesser Every great local quarterback that Saint Louis offensive coordinator Vince Passas has ever tutored — Bobby George, John Hao, Jeremy Higgins, Joel Lane, Micah Mamiya, Jeremiah Masoli, Tua Tagovailoa and many others — has heard the same message. Every day.

“It’s the five things that will make you better,” Passas says.

“Our camp works to help you not only to become a better quarterback,” he says, “but also a better person.”

No. 1: Take care of your mom. “Give her a hug before you leave for the day and ask her how her day’s been when you get home,” Passas says. “Think of her as the head coach of your home. Get a calendar and mark down when Mother’s Day is, then mark the next day and the next. Every day should be Mother’s Day in your house.”

No. 2: Make at least two people smile every day. “The more people you make smile, the happier your life will be. Brighten up every room when you enter.”

No. 3: Perform at least one act of random kindness daily. “Don’t expect anything in return, and do it when no one is watching. The more people you help, the more you will be helped.”

No. 4: When you hear the ambulance, give the sign of the cross and give your blessings to someone who needs help. “Be grateful about what you have and care about others who are in need.”

No. 5: Be a team player at home. “Wash the dishes, take out the trash, clean your room, wash your parents’ car. Do it when nobody asks you. Being a great teammate on your team starts with doing it at home.”

Passas keeps the five points positive.

“There was a time when coaches motivated by yelling at you,” he says. “I believe in being positive. The kids are more receptive that way.”

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