NFL, college coach speaks at awards banquet

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM.

"You as parents can’t solve all the problems for these young people," he said. "Sometimes, they’ve got to fail and learn so they can pick themselves up, bounce back and go.

"It goes back to competing. When I’ve gotten knocked down or run into obstacles, been fired from coaching, had some tough losses, you pick yourself up and fight through the tough times."

Godette spoke for about 20 minutes during the banquet, which recognized the school’s senior athletes with plaques and special awards.

Godette was a part of Havelock High School’s 1971 undefeated eastern state championship team. The winning team in the annual Tucker Creek-Havelock Middle football game is awarded the Cary Godette trophy in his honor.

He said athletics teaches valuable lessons that continue throughout a person’s life, the biggest of which involves commitment, attitude and heart.

"When you line up, it’s all about your training, what you put into it, the sacrifices you have made," he said. "That is what is going to get you through it."

He said a positive attitude is crucial for success on and off the field.

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