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From the NFL to Your Personal Pursuits

The Check Engine Light Analogy

Check engine light on, everything was fine until it wasn't!
Check engine light on, everything was fine until it wasn't!

From the NFL to Your Personal Pursuits

In sports, the NFL (National Football League) is a perfect arena to witness the consequences of neglecting underlying issues. Like a car with its check engine light on, people pursuing fitness, martial arts, and the path of a citizen defender often face similar challenges. The key lesson here is that a lack of effort in fixing these underlying issues can lead to catastrophic results. Success in these endeavors requires identity, consistency, discipline, and the understanding that your effort, or lack thereof, is within your control.

AI Generated Image of Shannon Sharpe @ESPN
AI Generated Image of Shannon Sharpe @ESPN

According to Shannon Sharpe, "the Philadelphia Eagles' (2023-2024 season in the NFL) was like a car with warning lights on".

He went on to compare it to when the check battery light comes on, and you continue to drive without taking care of it.

The Eagles overlooked their underlying issues and continued to push forward, eventually leading to a disappointing end to their season.

The Eagles' Season: A Check Engine Light Ignored

The Philadelphia Eagles' 2023-2024 season. They started the season with a bang, winning 10 out of their first 11 games. Fans were ecstatic, and hopes of returning to the Super Bowl were high. However, something was amiss. It's like driving a car with its check engine light on, but you ignore the warning signs as long as it keeps moving.

As the season progressed, it became evident that the Eagles were different from the team they appeared to be early on. They ended the season with a disappointing 1-6 record in their last seven games, including playoffs, ultimately finishing at 10-7. Just like ignoring a car's warning lights can lead to a breakdown, neglecting underlying issues in a winning streak can lead to a catastrophic downfall.

The Signs of Neglect

Bye Bye Eagles: 2023-2024 NFL Season
Bye Bye Eagles: 2023-2024 NFL Season

According to Stephen A Smith, "Bye Eagles; Bye". There were signs of trouble brewing throughout the season within the Eagles' camp. Turnovers became a recurring issue, with Jalen Hurts giving away the ball more in six to seven games than he had the previous year. The team's running game lacked the same vigor, and the offensive line was less potent than it once was. On the defensive side, the Eagles struggled to take the ball away and instead gave it away.

The final straw was a disastrous loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a score of 32-9. It was a clear signal of a lack of effort. The players seemed to be going through the motions, and the coach appeared unprepared. In essence, the Eagles had given up, and their season came to a disappointing end.

Personal Pursuits and the Check Engine Light

Just as the Eagles overlooked their issues during the winning streak, from the NFL to your personal pursuits, many of us neglect the effort required to achieve our personal goals. The same principles apply, whether it's learning martial arts, improving fitness levels, or becoming a citizen defender. We often rest on the laurels of previous accomplishments and fail to address the warning signs that our check engine light is flashing.

Take Action with Dragun Defense

It's time to recognize that lack of effort can be embarrassing regarding personal pursuits. If you're passionate about martial arts, fitness, or becoming a citizen defender, it's crucial to take action now. Don't wait until your check engine light blares and your goals seem out of reach.

Consider joining Dragun Defense, where you can improve, fix, and improve yourself. Just like the Philadelphia Eagles could have addressed their issues, you have the power to address yours. It starts with identifying your goals, establishing a consistent routine, and maintaining the discipline needed to become the person you aspire to be.

So, are you ready to put in the effort? Be different from the Eagles, who ignored their check engine light until it was too late. Start working on your goals today and take control of your success. Join Dragun Defense and embark on your journey to personal growth and excellence. Remember, your effort, or lack thereof, is the key to unlocking the success you seek.


  1. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Highlights | NFL 2023 Super Wild Card Weekend:

  2. 👉 Stephen A. & Shannon Sharpe POINT BLAME after the Eagles' playoff loss to the Bucs 👈 | First Take:

  3. Best of Monday Night Football with Peyton & Eli | Super Wild Card Weekend:

  4. Shannon Sharpe & Chad Johnson react to Eagles FLOPPING vs. Buccaneers | Nightcap:

  5. Rich Eisen Reacts to the End of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Once-Promising Season | The Rich Eisen Show:

  6. “Stupendous!” - Rich Eisen on Baker Mayfield and the Bucs Eliminating the Eagles from the Playoffs:


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