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  • SI Feature: For Sean McVay, Work-Life Balance Is a Work in Progress

    Too long to copy and paste. Enjoy.

    August 23, 2018

    This story appears in the Aug. 27, 2018, issue of Sports Illustrated.
    “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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    Great read. I hope I do not tempt any fate here, but it seems like the man can do no wrong right now.? With this being said I'm pretty sure that all these plaudits he's receiving haven't gone unnoticed around the league and there'll now be plenty of people looking to take McVay down a notch or two.

    On a different topic, I hope McVay can find the right balance in his life, otherwise, he may well end up burning himself out before too long.


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