There are many different things that can motivate a player to have the drive to make it to the NFL. For Oakland Raiders first round draft pick Kolton Miller it’s family. He has a very special relationship with his brother and he has used that relationship as motivation throughout his life.
His brother Chad is disabled, diagnosed at birth with a rare neurological condition called Moebius Syndrome but that hasn’t stopped these two brothers from having a special connection, it’s only allowed that connection to be even stronger as detailed in The Mercury News.
Many of us have siblings and are lucky enough to understand what a special bond that can be. Being an older sibling often comes with a protective instinct, and if anyone triggers that protective instinct, you better watch out. Especially if that sibling happens to be a 6’8, 309lb behemoth.
Miller uses his love for his brother as the motivation he needs when he needs it most, because he knows that football is the path that he took where he can truly help provide for his brother.
“I can be really good at football and go into the NFL and really provide for him,” Miller told The Mercury News. “(If I’m) thinking like, ‘Alright, this is a crappy day,’ I just think about him and I’m instantly happy. Or it’ll be my last set, I just have to think about him and that kind of gives me that extra juice to beat the rep.”
There is no stronger drive than family, so having a place like that in his heart to tap into when they really need it can be the difference between finding greatness and not.