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Ohio University wide receiver Taylor Price never made much of a name for himself in high school or college football. That is, until he was invited to play in the Senior Bowl and participate in the recent NFL combine in Indianapolis. Against better known players from football-rich schools, Taylor set about showcasing his talent with a quiet determination. His confidence was rewarded and Taylor’s stock rose on the NFL draft charts. Taylor was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round as the 90th overall selection.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Discuss how playing wide receiver for a non-passing high school program and playing at a mid-major school like Ohio University might influence the perceptions of Taylor Price as a legitimate NFL prospect.
  2. Consider all the personality dimensions/traits outlined in the text. Which ones define Taylor Price as an individual? Identify any traits that help or hinder him as a football player.
  3. How would you describe Price’s attitudes toward football, his experiences in high school and college, and his chances of success at the professional level?
  4. In what way, if any, do emotions play a role in Price’s success as a football player?

SOURCE: K. Gordon, “Late Riser: Taylor Price of Hilliard Has Moved Up the NFL Draft Charts,” Columbus Dispatch (Retrievable online at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/04/19/late-riser.html)

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