You might think that playing on the National Team would be a pretty awesome job. And you would be correct. We get to put on the red, white and blue and play in front of thousands of fans, to take pictures and sign things for the very people that we’re working to represent and to do what we love with people that we love. How cool is that?
But the coolest parts of our job are often the ones that you don’t even think about going in. While we were in Hawaii they took us to the USS Paul Hamilton, an active Navy ship docked in Pearl Harbor awaiting deployment in a few weeks.
We got to go to the bridge with the captain and hang out with some of the crew. And the more I listened to them talk the more I realized that the core of what they do and what we do is fairly similar. Don’t get me wrong, what they do is way more important and impressive and dangerous and everything else. But the crew of a ship is really a team that is operating in a high pressure situation. Every member has a role and needs to perform in order for it to work. They have to rely on each other, to learn quickly and to work efficiently as a unit They train hard so that when they get to the real thing all they have to do is what they do every day. And they do that really well, which makes them the best in the world. It’s a pretty great example for us in what we’re trying to accomplish.
They were pretty excited to see us but I’m going to say we were the ones who got the most out of the visit. As we walked up to the ship I saw a group of crewmembers on the deck. I assumed they were working until they saw us coming and started chanting
I’ve heard that chant quite a few times in my life by now. And it really never gets old. But hearing it come from military men and women on the deck of a Naval ship is probably going down as the greatest…getting cheered on by the real Team USA.