NFL, college coach speaks at awards banquet

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

"If you don’t have the right attitude, it’s going to be very hard to have success," he said.

To illustrate the point, Godette told the story of drafting wide receiver Anquan Boldin when he was a coach with the Arizona Cardinals. Godette said Boldin wasn’t the team’s top choice, but in the end, that didn’t matter.

"Anquan Boldin ends up being a Pro Bowl player his rookie year, going over 1,000 yards in receptions, and it was all about heart, his effort and the way he approached things," Godette said. "No one could measure Anquan Boldin’s heart. He didn’t care that he wasn’t supposed to be fast enough. He would just line up and compete, and that’s one of the things athletics instills in us."

He said though athletes are special, they should remain humble.

"East Carolina has 28,000 students, and we have 125 on our football team," he said. "At Havelock High, you’ve got a whole lot more students than you do those who participate in athletics. It makes you very, very special, but it doesn’t entitle you to anything. If you look at it as an entitlement thing, there tends to be problems."

He said Havelock High athletes have been showing commitment, heart and attitude on the field, and he congratulated the players and coaches on their successes.

"You make us very proud the way you carry yourselves," he said. "Enjoy what you have accomplished."

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