Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins has a rather unique way to motivate himself not to forget the number of goals he has for his second season in the NFL.
After finishing his Clemson career with 2,448 total yards and 27 touchdowns on 135 catches, he was drafted by the Bengals who, by all accounts, got a steal when they chose him on day two of last year’s NFL draft. This was proven when Higgins came out and became a star for them.
His rookie campaign got off to a slow start. He then lost his starting quarterback Joe Burrow to a season ending injury, dealt with injuries himself, and still ended up leading the Bengals with 908 total yards on 67 receptions and six touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to rank Higgins as the fourth-best receiver in a loaded NFL rookie class last year.
Heading into his second season after accomplishing what he did as a rookie, and doing so despite facing so much adversity, Higgins now has bigger goals in his sights.
“I obviously want to be a Pro Bowler and I want to go for a thousand (yards) this year and just get to the playoffs,” Higgins told the media recently. “At the end of the day, that’s the main goal.”
Many older folks remember using “sticky notes” as reminders for all kinds of things like telephone numbers and even little romantic notes between loved ones. Higgins is doing something similar to remind himself of his goals for the upcoming season.
“I got 1K on my mirror right now,” Higgins said. “I wrote that down. I was like, this year, I got bigger goals for myself. So, I wrote that down, looked at it every day in the mirror, and that motivated me to go out there and work and work every day. So, that’s how I looked at it.”
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