In football, tapping out—for anything less than being unconscious—is considered a disgrace. Take the Bears’ Jay Cutler, who refused to re-enter a critical playoff game after a minor injury. Astonished fans derided him as he sat on the sidelines and victory slid from their grasp. The price? A Super Bowl berth.
The fans aside, he also lost the respect, trust and confidence of his teammates. And in financial terms, his value as a quarterback took a large hit.
Successful professional athletes, most especially in football, will tell you that they never consider tapping out. That the moment it’s on the table as a viable alternative, the psyche leans to it when times get tough.
Quitting is simply not an option. You can vary your moves and try new tactics, but if you’re still conscious, you need to stay in the game.
Tapping out is for sissies.