Life Lessons

An Unsuccessful Athlete

Or, how to punish those we love

Paul Thomas Swann
3 min readFeb 10, 2023


Photo by Sandro Schuh on Unsplash

I was nine years old the first time I quit.

The reason that I left little league football was not that I didn’t want to play. I did. I mean, I had the usual football heroes like Roger Staubach and Archie Manning which likely reflects my age and NFL geographical viewing area more than anything else…