Success in life isn’t based on if you played in the NBA or the NFL or if you’re the richest guy on the block or the smartest guy in class. It doesn’t matter. I totally believe that. Jesus taught, “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). What really matters is what you do with what you have been given.
In my life, I’ve been called many things. Many of my friends and fans have put labels on me, calling me nicknames they thought defined me. In high school I was known as Poppy and AG for “Always Grounded,” because I was always getting punished and grounded.
At BYU and in the NBA my nicknames were Eminem and Elder 8 Mile because I looked like the white rap singer from Detroit. In Spain, fans called me El Mormón, and in Russia, they called me Mormon Sniper after I became a great three-point shooter.
As a retired professional athlete, I’ve learned that all those nicknames do not matter; it’s what I do that counts. I’d trade it all to be called trusted, dependable, faithful, loyal, and a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Those are the nicknames that really matter.