Miller possesses the gift of kinesthesia, and he worked hard to make that gift pay off in life. Nearly the entire book investigates how Miller, his ancestors, and Miller’s former players used their gifts of movement to their advantage. Miller teaches kids how to use kinesthetic gifts to obtain a college education, and in some cases, he saves lives because education leads to purpose. Without purpose people lose drive.
As I work through revisions, re-reading Miller’s stories and the stories of how he affected his players and wrestlers, the perseverance of all of them impresses me still. Hearing a successful adult say, “If it weren’t for Miller I wouldn’t be here today, and I mean I wouldn’t be ALIVE today, or the owner of my own business,” speaks directly to Miller’s influence, and that his philosophy works.
First, however, a guy like Miller must care about the lives of others in order to promote change. Compassion makes him unique. While he runs a successful football program, he cares about his players as if they are his sons, and simultaneously teaches skills that will help them achieve their dreams.
I’m anxious to get For Underdogs Only out there—to people who may be inspired by him.