College football is about much more than what goes on in The ZOU, and no university in the country understands total person development like Mizzou. The Mizzou Football Family works to develop its student-athletes academically, athletically, and socially throughout their years in the program. Learn more about how we prepare Mizzou Football student-athletes for the real world, and find out where former Mizzou players are today.
Total Player Development
Definition: (n.) The Mizzou Football Family’s approach to developing student-athletes academically, athletically, and socially better than any program in the nation.
Mizzou Made describes the coaching staff’s proactive approach to all areas of their players’ lives: academic, social, family, spiritual, and mental well-being. Throughout their time on the team, Mizzou Football players develop their athletic skills, as well as tools to become respectful, educated and well-rounded men.
Team Core Values:
- Treating Women With Respect
- No Drugs
- Respecting Cultural Differences Within the Program
Fully Develop as an Athlete
A great work ethic is at the core of Mizzou Football’s athletic development. Working hard provides the opportunity to grow and achieve daily and to succeed at the highest level. Through discipline and an open relationship with the coaching staff, there is no limit on improving players’ performances.
Mizzou Football players have access to incredible resources for athletic development, including an award-winning strength and conditioning coach, position coaches, trainers, nutritionists, and more. Summer workouts and the Winning Edge program are just a few of the activities designed to help Mizzou student-athletes reach their full potential. This top-notch athletic development plays a key role in growing and maintaining the Mizzou Football NFL pipeline.
Live By Core Values
You should not be a member of this Mizzou football team if you don’t have high expectations for yourself. We, too, have very high expectations for you. The traditions that you are being asked to uphold here at the University of Missouri are the same traditions that your predecessors worked so hard to create. How you choose to conduct yourself, both publicly and privately, will reflect on your family, your teammates, your coaches, and the entire University community.
For any organization to function that involves reliance on other members – there has to be an understanding that whatever is said is truth. “Nothing is as fast as the speed of trust.” – Stephen M.R. Covey
Treating Women with Respect
Athletes have a unique and influential role in creating a culture that respects women. As Mizzou football players, we are allies in treating women honorably, respectfully, and ending all forms of violence against women. At Mizzou, we treat all people with respect – women, men, coaches, teammates, trainers, equipment staff, dorm staff, food service staff, professors, tutors, classmates – EVERYONE
Alcohol is a depressant. This means that your heart and lungs have to work harder to function when you drink. Alcohol reduces human growth hormone production by 70% and decreases testosterone. Alcohol is a diuretic – the dehydration of your muscles gives you a hangover. Alcohol affects many athletic processes in your body that can hurt your performance including reaction time, strength, accuracy, eye-hand coordination, endurance, power, and speed. Little is known about how drugs break down in the body but it is thought to be very dangerous – playing Russian Roulette with your life.
“Winning teams have players who put the good of the team ahead of themselves. They want to play in their areas of strength, but they’re willing to do what it takes to take care of the team. They are willing to sacrifice their role for the greater goal.” – John Maxwell, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork
Achieve Higher Academic Success
Student-athletes are just that — students first, athletes second. The primary mission of the Mizzou football program is to ensure that every student-athlete graduates, and we’re committed to that promise. Mizzou has improved its NCAA Graduation Success Rate for nine straight years, and Mizzou football leads the SEC in athlete graduation rates. Across the Athletic Department, Mizzou student-athletes earned a collective 3.0 GPA in spring 2013.
Mizzou football players work hard on the field, and they’re expected to work just as hard in the classroom. Mizzou football has graduated 97% of its seniors in the past five years, and we won’t be satisfied until 100% of athletes walk back through the columns with a diploma in hand.
Academic excellence is more than a tradition — it’s an expectation.
Commit Yourself to Excellence
Players for Mizzou athletics not only train physically, but they also practice the attitude of winners. In the football program, Mizzou players train in a “No Excuses” atmosphere where positivity—even in the face of a loss—reigns supreme. They know that sacrifice, commitment and unselfishness, in combination with athletic ability, is the only way to achieve victory.
Find Your Home at Mizzou
Missouri Tigers are more than teammates, more than friends — they’re family.
Starting on day one, Mizzou football players are taught to treat each other like family. Being part of a family means putting everyone else before yourself, and that takes work. It takes communication. It takes accountability. And it takes trust.
Mizzou Tigers work hard in the classroom, give 100% in practice, and leave everything on the field to help the family. There are no individual players on this football team; there is only one committed family, whose success or failure depends on the commitment of each family member.
This family gives its all, all the time.