If you are a fan of college football, you have undoubtedly heard of Michigan's sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson. After the second week of the season, Denard has already been discussed as the early front runner for college football's most recognizable individual honor - the Heisman Trophy.
Through two games, Denard has thrown for 430 yards, ran for 455 yards and accounted for five touchdowns. He has also displayed his leadership qualities, as he led Michigan on the game winning drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Notre Dame.
Pretty good for a kid who started zero games a freshman with another freshman starting ahead of him.
Denard has shown his athleticism - much of which is God-given. But something that is understated is his perseverance.
In the situation Denard found himself in after the 2009 season - zero starts and competing with another true freshman - many people probably would not have faulted Denard if he would have left the Michigan program and transferred to another school where he felt could play.
However, rather than giving in, he decided to stick it out, work hard and compete for the same job he lost last summer - starting quarterback at the University of Michigan.
Along the way of your athletic career, people will tell you that you aren't good enough. Rather than believing them, work hard to prove them wrong and enjoy the competition along the way. Denard does.