If I am to be, it is up to me.


Brody Jenkins and Jeremiah Womack


Jeremiah Womack and Brody Jenkins

The definition of working out, according to Merriam Webster, is a practice or test to improve one’s fitness for athletic competition, ability, or performance.
In Inola, that’s what the football coaches grind into their players’ heads, but instead of just telling the players, the players are instructed to live that definition. Everyday you see a football player, in school at least, they are waiting in agonizing soreness, from the previous day, for that last bell to ring before seventh hour: The hour of warriors.
The hour of blood, sweat and tears being poured into those weight benches and the floor mats. The hour that a football player looks into his own eyes afterwards, and smiles, because he knows all the pain, sweat and intensity will be worth it when his next season comes around.
Our coaching staff, led by Coach Jeff Williams, is deeply invested into their players. I’ve asked coach Williams what his personal goal for making players do intense workouts on the daily. Coach Williams said that goals don’t mean too much, that “the reason I put players through the intense workouts is to create a habit of persevering. Doing things that are difficult creates habits of doing difficult things, ultimately resulting in greatness.”
Football players don’t have to walk into the weight room everyday and do the workouts they resent immensely, but they do it anyway. Players have the choice not to, but for some reason they still do, because they strive for greatness and the greatness they strive for is obtained by working harder and harder each and every day.
After talking to Coach Williams, Coach Kvam and Coach Taylor said they agreed with the off-season workout ideals. Taylor’s response was “Ditto.”
“If I am to be, it is up to me.”