As far as football goes, I have been on both ends of the spectrum, championship teams and lousy teams. Basically, I have played or been around football for 35 years or so. The great teams had- 1. Talent 2. Great leaders 3. 3 or 4 players who LOVED to play and got everyone to rise to their level. The bad teams had- 1. Talent but were selfish 2. Lousy coaches 3. Bad work habits
So talent is one common denominator between the two. Talent without displaying the talent doesn't mean jack sh-t! Its all results that count...in everything really. "Well, that kid has talent." or "He could be so strong if he applied him/her self" doesn't mean ANYTHING. Its those who can apply themselves who should be measured.
I had a player at Gardner Webb who I coached on the defensive line. He was small and slow, but he ended up being All- America because he produced, day after day, play after play. And everyone said, "Well, genetically, he shouldn't be so good, or "He's not the most talented kid", or "He just hustles"..BS!- He produced results. Period. That IS talent!