Chargers coach Brandon Staley is quickly making his way into the conversation of best young coaches in the NFL. And he’s trending this week for another good reason.
The John Gruden emails brought out a lot of the bad of the culture in and around professional sports in this country. But Staley has given us reason for hope.
When speaking about the John Gruden email leak, Brandon Staley gave an extremely reflective answer.
“I think what you’ll discover is that we have so much more in common than not” pic.twitter.com/nKfKazUQ4v
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) October 13, 2021
Here’s the full quote from Brandon Staley:
“Perspective and trust in this world are really, really difficult to achieve. I think about all the people that were affected by those emails — whether you’re a person of color, whether you’re a person, you know, a gender, your sexual orientation. That’s who I’m thinking about because it’s a sacred mantle for someone to call you coach or someone to call you a leader.
“Trust is really, really hard to achieve in this world. It’s really, really challenging to achieve, especially with people with those groups that I just mentioned. People are really guarded and skeptical of people because of emails like that.
“Kindness and lifting people up and respecting people you don’t know, I just think that that’s such a big part of our thing here … listening to people and learning about people because I think what you’ll discover is that we have so much more in common than not.
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“For someone like me, it’s just incumbent upon you to set the example every single day so that people that were talked about in those emails that they don’t need to feel that way, they shouldn’t feel that way.
“Hopefully, all of us can learn from this, that it’s about bringing people together for me, so that people can become the people that they dream about. For me, leading this football team and being someone, hopefully, we can be a light for those people in those emails that not everybody’s like that, that there’s far more people that will love you than the opposite.
“Hopefully, this will be a chance for everybody to come together instead of go apart.”
Not only is Brandon Staley shaping up to be a slam-dunk hire for a Chargers who have found themselves in first place in the AFC West. But he also appears to be a consummate leader for the players to look up to.
In this day-in-age, it’s getting almost exhausting to see all the negative content floating around the web. So it was a nice breathe of fresh air to see something trending for a positive reason.
The Chargers sure appear to have a good one in Brandon Staley.