Sunday’s overtime win highlights one of my favorite parts of the job. Seconds after Steven Hauschka drilled the game-winning field goal I was standing next to him getting ready to do the post-game interview. (That’s me with the headphones in the crush of people on the field.)
In general, if I’m talking to a kicker after a game, the game came down to a make it or break it kick. Talk about an emotional situation!
But that’s the opposite of what it was Sunday for Hauschka. There was no mistaking the excitement in my voice as I’m asking Steven about lining up for the kick, knowing the game was on the line and trying to get an idea of what it felt like for him.
Imagine my surprise when he said something along the lines of, “It was just another kick. It didn’t feel any different. I do that all the time in practice.”
For a quick second I worried about the interview, wondering if it was going to be a dud after such a big win. (Thankfully Steven was gracious and expounded on the win.) The more I thought about what he said, the more I appreciated his calm demeanor and his I’ve-been-there-before approach. It’s exactly what I want from a kicker who faces some of the biggest moments in the game and needs to remain in control. Seahawks fans can rest easy.
The win moved the Seahawks to 4-0. It’s the first time in franchise history the team has started with 4 straight wins. Fans everywhere are talking about the team. Here’s another way you can bring up the overtime win at work and use it to be more productive.
Steven Hauschka didn’t panic during one of the biggest moments of the game because he had practiced that situation hundreds of times before. I have been at practice and I have watched him kick. It’s not just about getting the work in, but the consistency of the work. Steven makes quality kicks in practice. He does the same thing during the week that you see on Sunday.
Think about your workplace and the team of people around you. What big moments do you have coming up? Have you practiced for those moments? How do you know you’re going to be successful?
The Seahawks use practice to prepare for success. Practice for you and your team doesn’t involve pads or helmets, but think about what it does include this week and encourage those around you to put in the consistent effort. Everyone wants to win and get results, you and the Seahawks.
Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle. She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans. The book is available on Amazon.