Head Coach Gary Pinkel sat down with the voice of Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, September 28 in Columbia, Missouri for Tiger Talk. This week’s segment featured Mizzou Football Senior Offensive Lineman Mitch Hall and Junior Linebacker Michael Scherer. #MizzouMade Running Back Marcus Murphy also called into the show.


Pro Football Hall of Famer will be honored at Weekend of Champions Dec. 4-5 in Atlanta

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Southeastern Conference announced its 2015 Legends Class on Tuesday (Sept. 29) and Mizzou Football’s Roger Wehrli will be honored in this year’s class. A Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Wehrli starred for the Tigers from 1966-68, earning Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-America honors in 1968. Wehrli is one of just seven players to have his number at Mizzou retired.

A native of New Point, Mo., Wehrli was a standout player under legendary head coach Dan Devine, playing cornerback and serving as the team’s punt and kick return specialist. In his career, he totaled 10 interceptions (seven in his senior season). He led the nation in total punt returns and punt return average as a senior and helped Mizzou to a 35-10 win over Alabama in the Gator Bowl that year. He had a decisive interception in that game to help Mizzou clinch the win.

For his accomplishments at Mizzou, he was in the first class of inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and was also a charter member of the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990. He is also in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Following his decorated career at Mizzou, Wehrli was first round pick in the 1969 NFL Draft, going 19th overall to the St. Louis Cardinals where he played from 1969-1982. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, a five-time First Team All-Pro selection and an NFL 1970s All-Decade Team honoree. He finished his career with 40 interceptions, amassing 898 interception yards and nine touchdowns. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wehrli and the rest of the 2015 SEC Legends Class will be honored at the SEC Championship Game on December 5 in Atlanta.

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The Law of High Morale might ring a bell because it was inspired by the words of Joe Namath, the quarterback who helped the New York Jets win the Super Bowl in 1969. Like any champion, Namath understood that there is an exhilaration that comes from winning. The feeling can be so strong that it sustains you through the discipline, pain and sacrifice that are required to perform at the highest level.

In order to get high team morale, players need to:

– Have a good attitude

– Always give your best

– Support the people on the team—players and leaders alike

If you have little influence, then exert what influence you have by modeling excellence. However, if you’re one of the team’s leaders, then you have an even greater responsibility. You need to model excellence, but you also need to do more. You need to help the people you lead to develop the kind of morale and momentum that helps create a winning team. These steps are in the three stages of morale:

Stage One: Poor Morale—The Leader Must Do Everything

Nothing is more unpleasant than being on a team when nobody wants to be there. When that’s the case, the team is usually negative and lethargic.

To create morale in this situation:

Initiate belief. The only way for a team to change is if people believe in themselves. As the leader, you must initiate that belief. Show people you believe in yourself and in them.

Create enthusiasm. The desire to change without the enthusiasm to change just frustrates people. If you bring a greater level of enthusiasm long enough, someone on the team will eventually join you. Then, another person will. Eventually, the enthusiasm will spread to the whole team.

Communicate hope. The greatest need of players at this stage is hope. As Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Leaders are dealers in hope.” Help them to see the potential of the team.

In stage one, the only way to get the ball rolling is to start pushing it yourself. As the leader, you can’t wait for someone else to do it.

Stage Two: Low/Moderate Morale—The Leader Must Do Difficult Things

Getting the team together and moving is an accomplishment. But where you’re going matters. To change from simply moving the team to moving the team in the right direction, you have to begin doing the difficult things that help the team to improve and develop high morale.

Make changes that make the team better. Leaders are responsible for minimizing the damage any team member can do because of attitude and for maximizing the effectiveness of all team members by placing them in the proper niche. Often those actions require tough decisions. The Law of the Bad Apple applies here.

Receive the buy-in of team members. It’s one thing to cast your vision to the team. It’s another to get your teammates to buy in. Yet to build higher morale, that is what you must do. The team must buy into you as a leader, embrace the values and mission of the team, and align themselves with your expectations. If you can do that, you will be able to take the team where it needs to go.

Communicate commitment. Part of the process of getting people to buy in comes from showing them your commitment. The law of buy-in says that people buy into the leader, then into their visions. If you have consistently demonstrated high competence, good character and strong commitment, you have laid the foundation for your people to buy in.

Develop and equip members for success. Nothing builds morale like success. Most people are not capable of achieving success by themselves. They need help, and that is one of the primary reasons for anyone to lead them. If you invest in your teammates, then you help them and the team succeed.

The two toughest stages in the life of a team are the first stage, where you try to create movement in a team, and stage two is the make-or-break time for a leader. If you can succeed in stage two, then you will be able to create high morale in your team.

Stage Three: High Morale—The Leader Must Do Little Things

Stage three of your job as leader is to help the team maintain high morale and momentum:

Keep the team focused and on course.

Communicate success. One of the things that helps people stay on track is to know what they’re doing right. You can indicate this by communicating the team’s successes.

Remove morale mashers. Leaders see before others do, so they need to protect players from the things that will hurt the team.

Allow other leaders to lead. When a leader prepares other team members to lead and then turns them loose to do it, it does two things. First, it uses the momentum the team already has to create new leaders for the team. It’s easier to make new leaders successful if they are part of successful team. Second, it increases the leadership of the team. And that makes the team even more successful.

Sunday, Sept. 27- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27- 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27- 3:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27- 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28- 7:30 p.m.

Mizzou Football will wear white jerseys and gold pants with matte black helmets for its first Southeastern Conference game against the Kentucky Wildcats in Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 26, 2015. If you can’t make it to Lexington, watch live on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Concordia United Methodist Church to host Colin Brown, former Mizzou standout

By Matt Gang of KMZU

Colin Brown, a former Kansas City Chiefs player, was raised in Braymer, MO and went on to play football for the Missouri Tigers. He was drafted as an offensive tackle in 2009 for the Kansas City Chiefs. Later he played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills.

Read more about #MizzouMade Colin Brown and his pastoral internship here: http://www.kmzu.com/concordia-united-methodist-church-to-host-colin-brown-former-mizzou-standout/  

Head Coach Gary Pinkel sat down with the voice of Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, September 21 in Columbia, Missouri for Tiger Talk. This week’s segment also featured Mizzou Football Sophomore Wide Receiver J’Mon Moore and Mizzou Football Senior Linebacker Clarence Green.

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is proud to sponsor the Mizzou Football Pink Out Game on Saturday, October 10. At the game, the center will be giving out a free t-shirt to the first 1,300 students in Mizzou Tiger’s Lair. Vote for the “Pinkel Power” shirt by commenting on the Facebook post with Option 1! You have until Friday, September 25 to vote.

The Difference Between Two Equally Talented Teams Is Leadership


Teams are always looking for an edge. You’ve seen it. A football team recruits new talent or develops new plays to beat a tough opponent. Hoping to improve their productivity, businesses invest in new technology. and companies fire their ad agencies and hire new ones to launch campaigns, hoping to make gains on their competitors. The more competitive the field, the more relentless the search for an edge.

What is the key to success? Is it talent? Hard work? Technology? Efficiency? To be successful, a team needs all of those things, but it still needs something more. It needs leadership. Personnel determine the potential of a team. Vision determines the direction of a team. Work ethic determines the preparation of a team. Leadership determines the success of a team.

Everything rises and falls on leadership. If a team has great leadership, it can achieve at the highest level.

Look at any team that has achieved great success, and you will find that it has strong leadership. What empowered the Chicago Bulls to win six NBA championships? Most casual fans would say that Michael Jordan was simply more talented than everyone else. His talent certainly played a role, but those who followed the Bulls know it was more than just talent. The leadership edge of Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan pushed those teams to excel. The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership. That’s the Law of the Edge.


With good leadership, everything improves. Leaders are lifters. They push the thinking of their teammates beyond what was thought to be possible. They elevate others’ performances, making them better than they’ve ever been before. And they raise the expectations of everyone on the team. Although managers are able to maintain a team at its current level, leaders are able to lift it to a higher level than it has ever reached before.

1.    Leaders create an environment where each team member wants to be responsible. Good leaders know how to read people and encourage them to take responsibility for their part on the team. But they also remember that they are responsible to be their teammates.

2.    Leaders push their teammates to fulfill the promises of their potential. The team can only reach its potential if each of the individuals on the team reach their potential.

3.    Leaders learn quickly and encourage others to learn quickly also. Leaders lift themselves to a higher level first, and then they lift the others around them. Modeling comes first, then leadership. If everyone is improving, then the team is improving.

Sunday, September 20 – 12:00

  • Kony Ealy #94- Carolina Panthers Defensive Lineman
  • Blaine Gabbert #2- San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
  • Jacquies Smith #56- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Lineman
  • Marcus Murphy #48- New Orleans Running Back
  • Markus Golden #44- Arizona Cardinals Linebacker
  • Sean Weatherspoon #55- Arizona Cardinals Linebacker
  • Beau Brinkley #48- Tennessee Titans Longsnapper
  • Chase Coffman #85- Tennessee Titans Tight End
  • Zaviar Gooden #50- Tennessee Titans Linebacker
  • William Moore #25- Atlanta Falcons Safety
  • Tim Barnes #61- St. Louis Rams Offensive Lineman

Sunday, September 20 – 3:05

  • Ziggy Hood #92- Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Lineman
  • C.J. Mosley #94- Miami Dolphins Defensive Lineman
  • Aldon Smith #99- Oakland Raiders Defensive Lineman

Sunday, September 20-3:25

  • Andrew Gachkar #52- Dallas Cowboys Linebacker

Sunday, September 20- 7:30

  • Justin Britt #68- Seattle Seahawks Offensive Lineman