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Jason Campbell Talks Leadership, Adversity

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2009 – 2:41 pm

Jason Campbell spoke yesterday at a luncheon for the Loudoun County and Dulles Regional Chambers of Commerce. You would be forgiven for assuming that this event had no relevance to his role as a football player, but I suspect you would be mistaken.

I say “suspect,” because nothing was mentioned that was specific to this offseason. There was no mention of, for example, eleven weeks of Jay Cutler rumors, no talk of the thirty days of Mark Sanchez, and certainly no reference to his contract situation.

But the topic of Campbell’s talk as set forth in the flyers for the event was “Leadership, Overcoming Adversity and Being Prepared to Play Quarterback in the NFL,” and it certainly seemed to me like he was alluding very directly to the events of the last three months, and to his expectations for the upcoming season.

Here are some excerpts; judge for yourselves.
On what makes a leader:

“What is a leader? A leader is someone that is very motivational, and inspiring; someone that sets an example.”

On being a leader:

“Being a leader has to do with being responsible. A lot of people don’t want to accept the role of being a leader because they feel it’s too much responsibility. Myself personally, I like the responsibility because being a leader challenges you. If you are a competitive person, whether in sports or the corporate world, it’s always a challenge.”

On how to deal with adversity:

“Through adversity, you find the true meaning of character and the type of person who you are. The way I deal with adversity, I always think positive…Always think there is a reason for things to happen…Always relieve tension by being the bigger person and standing up.”

On the benefits of adversity:

“To lead, it’s very important to fight adversity, to go through it, because once you get through it you look back on it and know that it makes you a better person or a better company and that you can succeed.”

On how to handle concerns:

“Don’t run from your issues. Deal with your issues.”

On competitiveness:

“I grew up in a very small community. My school was very competitive and we were always accepting challenges. Growing up in a small community, I was always told I couldn’t achieve certain goals. And that drove me.”

And one more, during the Q&A afterward, on what to expect from the red zone offense this season:

“This year we are going to score a lot of touchdowns.”

Nope. Nothing there seems like a response to this offseason at all.

Thanks to Intern Ryan for transcription work.

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