An ode to Richie McCaw
Off the long run
When you look at the "greatest" athletes in their chosen sports, they all have something in common, a special skill or feature that sets them apart from their contemporaries.
Richie McCaw has that special attribute, its called "mental toughness".
Look at the legends, sure they all had a god given skill or trait but to become the greatest they had to work hard to acquire that critical component: driving themselves to believe that any obstacle can be defeated.
Muhammad Ali had it, Tiger Woods, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, all had big motors that drove them to beat the demons in their heads telling them to "give up".
This is McCaw's territory. He outlasts opponents through sheer will power, bloody mindedness and a relentless never say die attitude. He is still repeating this.
He is a living legend now, because of his great leadership and aura.
Even commentators interview him after games with subdued reverence.
Does he go looking for accolades? No. Through his amazing deeds on the rugby field tributes just keep flowing his way.
McCaw places the team ahead of himself. Have you seen him pick a fight, or do anything underhanded? He is rugby's gentleman.
All his peers acknowledge his humility, fierce competitiveness and warrior hardness. He is so hard, physically and mentally.
McCaw stands head and shoulders above all others. He is the greatest!
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