ANNA KATHERINE CLEMMONS
WNBA FINALS MVP
Each year I learn a little more, and this year was no exception. I’ve gotten better with the mentality of being a guard full time and having the ball in my hands more. I’ve had to improve my one-on-one skills. I’ve been put in good positions to score off the ball, but I can still get better at making decisions when the ball is in my hands. I’ve also started to nail down improving my nutrition. I trained with [2008 Olympic gold medalist] Kara Lawson last spring. She told me about her diet and nutrition, and I just soaked it up. She challenged me to cut dairy and refined sugar for three weeks. So I focused on that, and I haven’t stopped since. I was more disciplined this year, with timing my meals, making sure I refuel, drinking more H�O, getting sleep, eating more veggies. These things became habits. Now I’ve found my ideal playing weight, and my knees have never felt better. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a cheat day. If there’s cake around, I’ll probably eat it. After you win, things change. You have new challenges. People see you differently; you see yourself differently. You can get complacent. People give you more attention. Other teams dial in on you. You have to be more focused approaching your season. That’s why it’s important to not lose your identity and
Williams left his final regularseason game with a bum shoulder and 29 yards, but he still led the FBS through Week 14 with 2,102 rushing yards, an ACC single-season record. Under first-year coach Steve Addazio, BC went from two wins to its first bowl bid since 2010. I would have liked to have beaten Syracuse, but everything happens for a reason. It’s good that I get to rest my shoulder because we have one more game. My parents—they’re Jamaican immigrants—never instilled a love for sports in any of their four kids. It was always: Go to school and keep your grades up. But my older brother motivated me. He’s eight years older, but I’m closer to him than any of my family. He also played running back and wore No. 44. He got in trouble in high school and didn’t get to go as big; he played a year at New Hampshire and decided school wasn’t his thing. I’m just trying to pick up where he left off. I want a career in football. The
humility. We tried to do that with the Lynx last season. We knew that nothing is guaranteed. We won our first title in 2011 but lost the Finals the next year, so we knew how it could be snatched away. You’re never finished working. That’s the danger and beauty of sports.
sport takes so much time and effort. Without dreams of going further, I don’t know why people would play at this level. But life is bigger than the years you get to play football. Some people figure it out sooner rather than later. I’m one of those people. Once I have a family, I want to spend time with my wife and kids. I don’t want to be stuck doing anything mindless. I want an aristocratic life in a sense. I want to learn to fly a plane, take it across the sea with my wife on a Sunday and fly back for dinner. I want to build houses. I want to open a nonprofit. I want time to explore my interests and see what the world is about. I have 2 Timothy 1:7 tattooed on my chest: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a miraculous power, love and sound judgment.” I repeat it before games. Spirit is stronger than the mind, stronger than the body, and it can carry you when your other faculties fail. But not with fear in your heart. Your love has to be bigger than your fear.
RECORD-SETTING BOSTON COLLEGE RB
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Published on Dec 7, 2013
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