Candid Sidney Crosby Interview in SI by @evil_shero



If you haven't read this article involving Sidney Crosby in Sport Illustrated today please do ...

I'll link it here > Sports Illustrated - Sidney Crosby

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Good? Good.

Personally, I love the insider perspective of an athlete. The agenda-less candid look inside of one of hockey's (and planet Earth's) heroes. This doesn't paint Crosby into the typical face that is most representative of the NHL. It also peels back the vanilla persona that  Crosby usually reserves for local media. This article is Sid showing vulnerability, doubt, and passion.

It's easy to disconnect from the human element of sports. You can look at a stat sheet or read about a contract and easily brand a player, "lazy", "overpaid", or - as mentioned in the article - "washed up". It's astonishing to thing that an athlete so transcendent in his sport feel doubt. He felt exactly how we felt. He digs into the internal struggle of really overcoming (what could be considered) bad luck. To feel all that pressure to perform at the world's fastest contact sport's highest level would shatter a regular person.

What stuck out to me the most is how honest he was of his feelings. In little quotable slices a hockey player usually employs the "grabbing the stick to hard" analogy or the "back to basics" or other instinctive vagueness to using the struggles to push him even harder. Although he didn't really admit it, Crosby likens the coaching change to a fresh mentality of "just playing" . This was Sullivan's mantra all the way until the hoisted that 34 pound chalice over  his head. This focus motivated Sid to redesign, rebuild, and reclaim what he held dear in this profession.

We all know how incredible a human being Crosby is and forever will be. Reading this open and honest recalling of this time in his career was just galvanizing the fact that a person like Sid is a once-in-a-lifetime.


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