Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh wrote a heartfelt letter to his players after cornerback Tray Walker’s accident.
The 23-year-old was in critical care after a dirt bike accident when Harbaugh wrote the letter. Walker died Friday evening.
“That was the kind of phone call you never want [to] get as a coach, as a parent, as a brother, as a friend,” Harbaugh wrote. “This shook me and all of us. Like some of you, I haven’t been able to rest since hearing the news late last night.”
In the letter, Harbaugh had some instructions for his players, which he says he would give to his own son, if he had one.
Lead in your home. Take care of Your Family and Yourself every single day. Think about who you are and where you are going, and what you stand for. Look after one another. Only then can you be your most effective on the job and in every area of your life.
Please consider your actions and choices. There are always consequences. Choose who you allow to advise you. Consider the quality of the council you take. Put yourself in positions to succeed. Turn away from unnecessary and risky behavior. Take care of your physical well-being. Live a healthy lifestyle. Pursue those things that make you better. Rest well. Eat well. Laugh with those who you love and love you. Fulfill your obligations effectively.
Be your own best friend. Do not be an enemy onto yourself. Turn away from trouble and harm. Walk away from foolish behavior. Ignore silly and unwise advice – You’ll know it when you see it.
Get to know those people in your life who manage to walk free from the weight of self-created obstacles. Get close to those who have gone where you want to go, and have accomplished what you want to accomplish. Grow Spiritually. Think about what and who you want to become.
See Harbaugh’s full letter here.