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I just returned from an hour long or more inspirational talk at the vet school by Trooper. He brought his daughter Star with him because she wants to be a vet (she is a straight A student and elite student-athlete track star and an incredible young lady). I was standing there in front of the vet school with his chaperone when Troop drove up in his SUV with Star and the cameraman/video engineer and Troop introduced himself to me and gave me a great warm handshake. Troop's talk was both very humorous and highly motivational. He described what it was like growing up in a small town in Texas (one stop light and a gas station and the tallest building was the court house) with 16 brothers and sisters in a small house with 3 bedrooms and only one bathroom so you can imagine with 8 sisters how early you needed to wake to get to use it). He talked about his mama with great love, respect and admiration. She being Latino is where he gets his Spanish culture even if it is only eating out sometimes at Taco Bell. He really loved his dad too an African-American who was a hard worker and family provider managing 2 jobs during the day one from 7am to 3pm and the other from 4pm to midnight. His dad passed of a heart attack going from one job to the other, when Trooper was only 12 and he laments to this day that the last words he had with his dad the night before were to say not to kiss him good night when his dad tried to kiss his head 'cause he was grown up now. He never saw him again. His dad, in fact, is the basis for his backward cap because that's how his dad liked to make him wear it when he was a kid and Troop continues the practice to honor his dad. Trooper preaches family is #1 above all else and we should never take our loved ones for granted and always tell them we love them - in fact, he prays for the well being of both his kids (Star and his son Blaise who plays on Auburn High School's team) ) and tells them he loves them right over them in their beds every night no matter how late he comes in - even if it's at 4am. I really enjoyed Troop's perspective on life and his inspirational witticisms. Troop says he was raised to live by 2 rules: (1) Always treat others exactly as you would want to be treated; and (2) always tell the truth. He also said that one's "attitude" creates one's "altitude" or higher limits of success and that if you accept something (negative) and tolerate it you are encouraging it. He stressed that everyone in some way has an important effect on others around them so one should be careful of their attitudes or behaviors around others. He said this year has been incredibly tough and a challenge but overall he has probably coached better this year than any other because of the difficulties and it was a cinch to coach during the NC year he basically just got on the bus and said "let's go." He knows that this is God's plan and it is designed to make everyone stronger and ultimately successful if one doesn't quit when it's dark. He knows God is with him because what are the odds this guy growing up in a small town in Texas ultimately gets to chest thump the president of the United States! In essence, Troops says to appreciate what is really important in life and especially the presence of your family; no matter how bleak everything is he is blessed to have a job he loves and would gladly do without any pay and to have his wife and children with him. At the end, Troop was presented with a small bronze statue from the vet school with an Eagle thanking him for never giving up and for everything he has done. It was a really great experience to hear him talk, very different than just seeing him swing the towels on the sidelines during game. Oh, he admitted he had never seen the eagle fly pregame and has never seen a band at halftime, because he is in the locker rooms, but he really wants to see the eagle and see and hear the band play.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Hornistau 18 months ago
Thanks for sharing.
Lost in coaching performance is that a lot of these coaches are great people.
Doesn't mean they get to keep their job, but great people nonetheless.
H: Having A: Anger T: Towards E: Everyone R: Reaching S: Success
Why was Trooper talking at the vet school?
Thanks for sharing this. You probably won't get many replies to this article because it is hard to bash someone that has suceeded despite the odds stacked against them. I have begun to think that all most posters on this site enjoy is bashing our coaching staff and calling names. I am not happy with our state of affairs right now but I am the forever optimist and believe in the people in charge.
One thing I know is that "IF" Coach Chizik is retained, Trooper would still be on his staff for 2013. I was surprised by this info with all the rumors but then I realized where most rumors are started that want to hurt Auburn.
Good man, but in my opinion part of our coaching problem. Wish him well.
He also spoke last year as well. One of the professors at the school is involved in several University committees and has some pull. She also got Chizik to come speak to the vet students after the championship season.
Auburn '99, Beta Zeta of Theta Xi
He agreed to come and give an inspirational talk he gave one here last year too. The theme is not football it's about living life. He's a great captivating and funny speaker. His daughter wants to be a veterinarian and go to Auburn so I am sure Troop is doing it to help her out, too. He is fiercely loyal and protective of his family and especially his children. If I were on the Admissions Committee here (I am on the faculty), I would have no problem giving her a slot because she is a straight A student, compassionate and multi-talented, well mannered and carries herself very well, truly outstanding.
This post was edited by Hornistau 18 months ago
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