Wolves have swagger. A wolf never sways away from the pack or team. But there is always something about the one wolf. One always stands out, you cant put your finger on why they stand out. Something just draws you in. They are the ones who take the big shot, the one who steps up and makes plays when no one else is looking. The ones that do it for the pureness of competition and sport. Its the alpha wolf getting the moose down, then allowing the rest of the pack to enjoy the spoils.
So who has swagger? Does Chad Johnson have swagger? No, Chad Johnson has a persona, a character. You can’t count on Chad to make a big play, lay a huge block and get ready for the next play. When Chad makes a play, it is as if Chad Johnson parted the Red Sea, cured Cancer, and won the Nobel Peace Prize all in 1 play. A celebration of individuality is not swagger.
Tim Duncan has swagger. Tom Brady has swagger. LeBron James has swagger. Kobe Bryant has swagger.
Now I am not naïve enough to list athletes who have swagger and say they don’t have celebrations or an entertainment factor in the game. Times have changed, that part is a given. Its about the players who consistently make everyone around them better, can be counted as having swagger.
Brett Farve has swagger. Peyton Manning has swagger. Dwayne Wade has swagger. Blake Griffin has swagger.
Swagger is going in for the kill. It is the athletes who see a tie game, a running down clock, a team on the ropes and lick their lips.
Muhammed Ali has swagger. Ray Lewis has swagger. Michael Jordan has swagger. Larry Bird has swagger.
Swagger is not putting yourself before the concept of the game or the team. Being the highest paid, flashiest dressed, the most google hits on a search is not swagger. Swagger is not someone you can count on to win, to be a champion.