Giving Thanks

I’m so Thankful for so many blessings, but the love and support of my family tops the list!

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share how appreciative I am for the number of readers who take the time every week to visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or read our weekly email blog posts.  I appreciate you sharing them with your friends and colleagues, but I am most thankful for the replies I receive through email, text, or social media with thoughtful comments of how a blog impacted them.  Below is a social media comment from a fellow football coach and friend, Jim Hill, who shares how last week’s blog caused him to reflect on how his team helped him through a dark time in his life.   

In 2016, my life was turned upside down with the death of my mother in June, and then 3 months later my wife left me… My team saved me that year. I was supposed to be their leader as the head coach of the program but that year they picked me up and led me out of the darkness.  I am forever grateful to the 2016 Otter Valley football team. Football is so much more than just a game.

Our great nation reserves the fourth Thursday of November every year as a time for us to give thanks.  I live every day with gratefulness in my heart, that I have the privilege of being a football coach, to have learned so much from this great game, and have the blessing of sharing with others, the way so many shared with me.

Thanks for reading, for caring, and contributing to others. It is my most sincere hope you are able to enjoy this Thanksgiving and have the opportunity to give some thought to being grateful. Even without extended family, friends, and colleagues around the table this year, we still have so much to be thankful for.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!  

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