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 opens up doors and provides the opportunity to grow, achieve, and succeed at the highest level. Through discipline and an open relationship with the coaching staff, there is no limit to 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
We have very high expectations for our players, and every member of the Mizzou Football Family must have high expectations for himself. The traditions you are being asked to uphold here at the University of Missouri are the same traditions your predecessors worked so hard to create. How you choose to conduct yourself, both publicly and privately, reflects on your family, your teammates, your coaches, and the entire Mizzou community.
Trust disappears quickly, and it is nearly impossible to regain. Like any organization that involves teamwork and reliance on others, Mizzou Football is dependent on trust and honesty. For the organization to succeed and move forward, there must be an understanding that whatever is said is truth.
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. No exceptions.
Alcohol is a depressant, meaning your heart and lungs have to work harder to function when you drink. Alcohol reduces human growth hormone production by 70 percent, decreases testosterone, and dehydrates your muscles, which causes hangovers. Alcohol affects many athletic processes in your body, 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. The physical and mental effects of drugs are extremely toxic, and they are not tolerated within the Mizzou Football organization.
“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 percent of its seniors in the past five years, and we won’t be satisfied until 100 percent 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
Members of the Mizzou Football Family not only train physically, but also practice the attitude of winners. 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 percent 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.
The Mizzou Football Family gives its all, all the time.