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Milt Campbell may be the saddest story in sports.
He’s from Plainfield, New Jersey, there’s a field in town named after him.
Way back in 1952, it was between his sophomore and junior year in high school, he goes to the Helsinki Olympics and wins the silver medal in the decathlon.
He wasn’t even a high school junior yet.
Four years later, he’s a student in Indiana University and he wins the gold medal for the decathlon.
Then he goes into the NFL and then the Canadian Football League.
When he went to the Olympics, he also could have made the Olympic team as a swimmer, etc., but he decided just to focus on the decathlon.
Later in life, he got a gold medal in the martial arts.
In his 70s, he still looked like a pro-football player.
What’s so sad about that?
Well, he only spent a few weeks in the NFL.
In the late ‘50s, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
After a couple weeks at the training camp, he was told that the president and the owner of the team, Paul Brown, wanted to see him.
He said, “Milt, why are you dating a white woman?”
Milt, who was African-American, said, “Mr. Brown, it’s none of your business.”
The next day he was cut by the Cleveland Browns and no NFL football team picked him up again.
Olympic historians have called him the unknown Olympic champion.
Everybody knows Bruce Jenner.
Everybody knows Rafer Johnson.
Most folks don’t know him.
He spent most his life multi-level marketing.
He never got the acclaim he deserved.
Milt became a motivational speaker, and an unbelievably good one.
They say a charismatic person lights up a room when they enter it, and a non-charismatic person lights up the room when they leave it.
He lit up every room he walked into.
He’d say, “How many of you have goals?”
Everybody would put up their hand.
He’d ask, “How many of you have written down your goals?”
Most people put up their hands.
He’d say, “How many of you have your written-down goals with you right now on your person?”
Nobody would raise a hand.
Milt would reach in and take out a little card.
He said, “That’s my secret. That helped me win my Olympic gold medals. You have to write down your goals and keep them with you 24/7. “
He set his goals, and he took every challenge that hit him.
He played football in the fall and basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring.
One day he was in the weight room in the winter, when there was a wrestling match going on.
All of a sudden, the wrestling coach barged into the weight room.
He said, “Milt, here’s the deal. We have one more match left. I need a heavyweight, and the other team has a state champion. If you come up and beat this guy, we’ll beat this team for the first time ever.”
So Milt Campbell, who never wrestled a day in his life, went up, put on a wrestling uniform, and beat the state champion.
He died of prostate cancer two years ago in the fall.
Sports Illustrated does a retrospective on all the great athletes who died that year, usually late in the year.
They left him out of their retrospective.
His achievements stand for themselves, though.
If you set goals like Milt Campbell, if you keep your goals in mind and in hand always, you can accomplish great things in spite of the obstacles that block your way.
Hopefully that little story about Milt inspired you a bit, but just to cement it a little further, here is an article I wrote for you about making 2017 the greatest year of your life.
Merry Christmas – Kyle Newell