old school

Last week Sophie and I had dinner in Dubai with John Collins, a friend of ours from Monaco.

My english friends tell me, John is a famous scotish football player (retired) and successful manager.  As a young manager, he recently led Hibernian to its first championship in 16 years.

Being American, I do not fully understand european football.  Nor do I understand the complexities behind the team structures etc. so I am not going to enter a football discussion.

The purpose of mentioning John in the blog is to point out something we discussed over dinner – when he commented he is from the “old school, but the old school doesn’t exist anymore.”

Over the course of our friendship, John has shared many crazy footballer stories with me … talking about all the gorgeous women, as he says “are always there waiting for you” after practice or a match.  He talked about the work ethic of players then (when he was a player) compared to the work ethic of players now.  Obviously, as an ex-captain and manager he knows all the famous players and its interesting to hear stories about them.

But what is most impressive about John is not the fact he is multi multi millionare and ex-famous footballer – but in my eyes what is most impressive about John Collins is his character.

John has a brilliant family.  He is married to his high school sweet heart and they have three great kids.  John doesn’t have tatoos all over his body.  He doesnt drink alcohol at all, not even wine.  I can say with confidence he is a man of loyalty, thus surely he has never given into all the gorgeous women whom as he says are always waiting after practice….not to mention he has never had an asshole haircut.

I am not saying tatoo’s are bad.  I am definitely not saying stripper gorgeous woman are bad either ….

however, I wonder how many kids are inspired by famous athletes for all the wrong reasons?

How many kids focus on “looking” like their hero … instead of trying to act like a hero

But then again, if their hero is covered in tatoos and is frequently arrested or caught doing dishonorable things … what does that say about the culture/world we live in today?

What happened to the old school?

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