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Spartan Dawgs Tim Bograkos, Todd Duckett and Andre Hutson return to talk about passion.

“Passion is the backbone and heartbeat of everything we do,” says Duckett. “Sports are passion-driven. Now that we’re not playing our sports competitively anymore, we need to transfer our passion into our professional lives.”

Bograkos says his initial passion as a child was WWF wrestling, and all competition really.

“The showmanship of wrestling has impacted all sports,” adds Hutson. “For me, making a good play and hearing the crowd react was enough for me. I didn’t feel like I had to do anything else to feed my passion.”

Bograkos says he thinks fans can sense original passion in players and don’t need to see the hot-dogging to think an athlete is passionate.

Hutson says an important factor in transitioning passion from the fields and arenas to one’s professional life is self-promotion.

“Self-promotion is frowned upon on teams; we’re taught to be humble. But now if we aren’t promoting ourselves and our businesses, who’s going to do it?”

“Goal-setting and going back to who you are and what you do – that’s where you find your passion amongst all the clutter that life can provide,” says Duckett.

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