Setting the Table for Detective

Although we need to “thank the passer” (reference to our Thank The Passer exercise) any time a teammate tries to lead us up, not all advice and leadership is positive.

Whether a teammate is intentionally leading us in the wrong direction or doing so because they don’t know better, part of our maturity as a leader to be able to sort through the noise to find the good while getting rid of the bad.

This isn’t an easy task.

In many ways, we have to become detectives; listening closely, looking for clues, identifying motives and sort through the noises and messages we’re consuming, to find the truth.

As a healthy follower, we can’t follow everything, we have to be selective and follow the leadership that is beneficial to our growth.

Our Detective exercise will teach players how to follow well and how to discern what is worthy to be followed.

"“Stepping into the role of a “Detective” has helped me think more critically to the influences around me. If you’re not careful and selective, you’ll follow down a path you won’t want to go.”"
Senior Varsity Football Defensive End – Maryland

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Detective Example Videos

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Detective Quiz Questions

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  • What is the main goal for the role of Detective?
  • What does it mean to decipher a message?
  • What does it mean to discern a message?