Could have I made it?

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  1. Tmano

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    Just a thought,
    I believe that being talented in one sports is one of the requirement to become a pro but the hard work shapes that talent and makes that person a world wide pro. However, to really succeed along with the talent and hard work you must be hangry and angry of succes otherwise you are just an everage athlete or you may never make it.
     
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  2. r2473

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    I use my bathroom scale.
     
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  3. Clive Walker

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    I played at either blindside flanker or number 8, -more on the flank as I am only 6:3 which even back then was a shade too short for a pro level number 8.
     
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  4. LuckyR

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    Well, this question gets asked and answered (in various forms) about 1-5 times a month throughout history.

    Let me try a different approach at the answer:

    Do you think a kindergarten kid in the US who wants to become an Astronaut has much of a chance of becoming one, or is that an unrealistic goal?

    As reference there are 20 Americans in the ATP Top 200, there are about 60 active astronauts in NASA.

    Do you think if you are bitten by a radioactive spider you could become Spiderman? jk
     
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  5. Fugazi

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    I reached national top 10 in Canada at 14 years old (probably top 5 at 12 years old), below average size for an athlete, very quick, above average talent (but not crazy talent), not too powerful, injury prone, not the most willing to train off court, strong mentally to a point (I almost never lost to guys that I was supposed to beat, but I didn't perform my best against slightly stronger opponents).

    I probably reached a 5.5 level (close to 6.0 at my very best), so I guess I did pretty good. Have some pretty good genes: my father used to win A tournaments without having taken any lessons, and still plays most of his golf rounds in the 74-82 range at 62 years old, again without lessons. Like me he was quick, talented, but not very powerful, and simply not a pure athlete.

    Talent/speed-wise I was probably good enough to make it, but overall I don't think I ultimately had the potential because of my lack of physical strength, injury resistance, and mental resilience in the face of greater adversity (e.g., I wasn't hungry/confident enough in international tournaments).
     
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  6. LeeD

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    So how tall are you now?
    Look at PhillipKolhschrieber's build. He made it.
    With weights, you can look like Ferrero or Hewitt. They made it.
    But determination was their strength, mental one track focus and the willingness to spend time in the gym.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Oh, for you guys who poo poo'd what I thought were athletic skills...and NO, I was never mentally strong, determined, or focused to make it in tennis...
    I was 5' tall and "100lbs." playing JV football as a sophmore. Coach wouldn't think of putting me on "sophfrosh" football team, because I played with the varsity guys in pickup and streetball, and was at that level.
    I should have played varsity as a 10th grader.
    I started BOTH ways, tight end and OLB, returned kickoffs, my JV year. Our coach was JimPalmer, a former SanFrancisco49'er's safety! He knows football. Broken ankle junior year, came back senior year to play OLB, and kicked but not punted. At 5'5" and 111 lbs.
    Started all 3 years on our varsity basketball team, and not at guard, but small forward. Senior year, averaged 17 rebounds, but few points.
     
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  8. Kevin T

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    Averaged 17 rebounds per game at 5'5"? Me too...in pee wee league when that was the average height.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Well, I said 12 grade. Gotta understand, I played varsity football TE and OLB, at 5'5" and 111 lbs when I graduated. I'm used to maintaining position by staying low, spreading my feet, and using low leverage to hold position, and jumping early to take up air space before the other guy jumps.
    I did not say I didn't have plays called for me, and I excelled in garbage time rebounding. All 3 years, our teams were district champs or runnersup.
     
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  10. r2473

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    So, did you end up liking guys or girls more?
     
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  11. LeeD

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    For 10 years after graduation from high school, I avoided relationships with girls, but had lots of male friends that I did my sports with.
    Unfortunately for me, a few girls would find me attractive, but I stayed away mostly, choosing to concentrate on the sport and getting as high a level as I could. Shoulda, woulda, but who really knows....
    Now remember, I DID live in SanFrancisco until I was 29....:-?:-?
     
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  12. Fugazi

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    I'm 5'11'', 160 pounds. I used to be way smaller when I was 10-14. I grew up when I was 15, but that didn't help with the injuries, and I wasn't naturally strong/injury resistant (independent of size).
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Yeah, you and I have the size.
    I had the eyesight for sure, and reflexes.
    But never the determination to focus for success.
    Mentally, no chance. Physically, every gift I could want.
    Why oh why did I choose to race motorcycles for 2 years (road racing, 250 production and GP), and motocross for 6 years?
     
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