Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Former Minnesota Vikings defensive back Keith Nord was at practice with the Duluth East football team on Wednesday afternoon, and he had one simple message to the team --- it's okay to fail.
That may seem counterintuitive for a football team, but Nord said the greatest lesson he learned as a professional is that once you realize failing is okay, success comes easier.
"Pete Carroll used to run around practice saying to defensive backs, 'We need to make more mistakes,'" Nord recalled. "He knew for us to be our best on Sunday we had to be willing to fail Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to improve during the week. It was okay to fail, and that just frees people up."
Nord played six seasons in the NFL, all with Minnesota, and finished his career with one interception in 76 games played. He spent time on Wednesday talking with the Greyhounds coaching staff as well as the players before joining the whole team on the field for a conditioning practice.