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Lessons for the Gatorade Players of the Year

Lessons for the Gatorade Players of the Year

Updated: July 14, 2011, 7:26 AM ET
By Jessica Mendoza

Last night I was lucky to be one of the hosts, along with Lisa Leslie, Allyson Felix, Kevin Love and Matt Stafford, of the Gatorade Player of the Year awards, recognizing the top high school athletes in baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Picture many of the past Player of the Year winners -- Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Kerri Walsh, Candace Parker, Maya Moore -- sitting out there in those same seats before they were stars. I ...

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