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MSR Rule: "You Can't Win All the Time"

By Sean Jensen, 04/25/17, 1:00PM CDT

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AFTER A BITTER LOSS, JAMAAL CHARLES LEARNS FROM HIS MOTHER THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A GOOD SPORT.

Chapter 5: Killer Millers

Jamaal's family has lots of great athletes, and a lot of cousins and siblings compete together on teams in their hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. 

They develop a nickname: The Killer Millers.

(Miller is the last name of relatives on Jamaal's mom side.)

When he's six years old, Jamaal plays flag football -- and he loves it! He plays multiple positions, and he is very, very good. But after an undefeated season, Jamaal's team goes against another really talented team. 

Though he's used to being the fastest player, Jamaal faces someone with even more speed!

In the end, Jamaal's team loses the game, and he does not want to shake hands with the other team.

But Jamaal's mother, who is one of his coaches, shares an important lesson with her son.

This is not the actual text from the chapter but rather an abridged version. 



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About the Author

Sean Jensen was born in South Korea, but he was raised in California, Massachusetts and Virginia, mostly on or near military bases. Given his unique background, he's always been drawn to storytelling, a skill he developed at Northwestern University and crafted for the last 16 years, almost exclusively covering the NFL. He's earned distinctions from the Illinois Associated Press, Minnesota Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Pro Football Writers of America and Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2006, he received a special achievement award from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 2014, along with BroadStreet Publishing, he created The Middle School Rules children’s book series, which tells the inspirational childhood stories of famous athletes such as Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Skylar Diggins and Jamaal Charles. He is a passionate author, speaker and content creator, working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and YMCA. Sean lives in a Minneapolis suburb with his wife, two children and dog.