The Article below was found on CNN.com and written by Nick Shwartz
Is Dee Milliner just being confident or leaning a bit towards the cocky side?
New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner thinks he’s the best in the NFLBy: NICK SCHWARTZ (Article Found On CNN.com) Dee Milliner has only played 13 games in his NFL career, but he’s entering his second season with the mindset that he’s the best cornerback in the league. At Jets training camp Saturday in Cortland, New York, Milliner told the New York Daily News that he would never admit that another corner is better. Via the NYDN: “The best corner in the league? Me…. I’m not going to say somebody that plays the same position is better than me. Don’t care if they’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve been here five months. That’s how it’s going to go. I’m the best. I’m not going to say that another man that plays thesame position… and say he’s better than me? I can’t do that.” The Jets took the former Alabama star with the ninth pick of the 2013 draft, but Milliner was benched by coach Rex Ryan three times early in the season as he struggled to overcome injuries and adapt to the NFL. Milliner grew as the season progressed, and was named NFL defensive rookie of the month in December. He finished his rookie year with 56 tackles, three interceptions and 17 passes defended. Milliner acknowledged that his rookie year was frustrating at times, but he’s ready to make a leap in his sophomore season. “It wasn’t too good at the beginning of the season. So, that’s an ‘F’ right there. I give myself a B-plus how I finished…. But it ain’t about the grades. It’s about what I can do each week. Whatever it takes for us to win the game, that’s what I need to do.”
With Antonio Cromartie gone and no new arrivals at the position, Milliner is now the unquestioned No. 1. Time will tell if he can become New York’s next Darrelle Revis.
The Best, according to Webster Online – “Of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality. Excelling all others.”
Athletes have a fine line on the spectrum of Confidence and Cockiness
Confidence empowers athletes to believe in themselves, which is a key driving force to success in sport. But to become over-confident, or cocky, is a reckless line to cross because you can become blind to the unavoidable weaknesses we all have as athletes. There is a sweet spot on the spectrum where athletes are empowered by their abilities and humbled by the opportunity that there is always more work to be done.
When asked if you are the best __defender, center mid, cornerback, point guard, librarian, doctor, husband, wife, (enter your title here)__ would you be the first one to answer ” Me.” Especially if you only have “13 games of experience” in the position? Thats like saying you had 2 successful surgeries as a new doctor and you claim to be the top of your field in medicine.
I wont be one to judge Milliner, because maybe he is truly the next Muhammad Ali of cornerbacks. But speaking as an athlete, talking that type of talk comes with a lottttt of “walk.” We will see if Milliner has what it takes to be the best. Will his confidence take him to the top of the league? Or will his cockiness leave him with nothing more than disappointment and a huge wake up call?