“The first thing I try to do is keep, stay humble,” Washington Redskin rookie star wide receiver Terry McLaurin says.
In a pre-game interview with NBC Sports Washington on Sunday, McLaurin was asked what it’s like “to be a relatively quiet dude from Indianapolis” rising to fame in the National Football League (NFL).
McLaurin replied that, while God has blessed him a gift he will never take for granted - the ability and opportunity to play in the NFL - playing football is merely what he does, not who he is:
“The first thing I try to do is keep, stay humble. You know, because, I’m very fortunate, blessed to be in this situation. God’s touched me with an ability to play this game at the highest level and given me a platform to do more than just play football.
“Obviously, that’s what I do – it’s not who I am.
“But, I’m just enjoying living my dream, man. I mean, how many people can say they wake up every day and doing exactly what they want to do? And, I don’t take that for granted. That’s probably why I just go so hard every single day, so I always see myself doing.”
McLaurin said he also didn’t take the opportunity to get a college education for granted:
“I took school very seriously. I graduated in three and a half years – but, this was always my Plan A. This was always my dream and, to be living it, I don’t take a day for granted.”
And, while he appreciates praise, McLaurin said that he will never become complacent and stop striving to improve:
“So, while the pats on the back are nice, I never relish in that. I always think about: what can I do to get better? What can I do next, to take my game to the next level? Because, as soon as you start getting complacent, that’s when, I feel, like bad things happen and you’re not growing. You’re either staying stagnant or you’re getting worse.
“So, I want to be someone who’s always getting better.”