Faith in Your Teammate: Who Has Your Back?

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Nov 10, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights players huddle before the game against the Army Black Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

A team can have the greatest talent in the world. You can have the most efficient power hitter in your lineup. You can have the best quarterback in the league. You can have an MVP scorer, or even a world-class forward.

But Joey Votto, Peyton Manning, Carmelo Anthony, and Lionel Messi don’t do it by themselves.  Sure, they improve their team by leaps and bounds, making those around them better in their everyday play. However, without men to get on base, or the guy with six assists, a team isn’t going to succeed on the back of player.

Good chemistry in any sport is perhaps the most underrated aspect of a team.

Many of us have played sports in our lifetime. Speaking from experience, as a second baseman, your job becomes a lot easier when you know you have a shortstop that’s going to cover you on a steal attempt.

As a cornerback, I can tell you it’s quite reassuring to have faith in your coverage over the top from your safety.

And as a goalie, having solid defenders constantly makes my job far more manageable on game day.

A team’s faith in each other resides in every members’ abilities and dedication to win every time they enter the field. Or the court, for that matter.

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