Larry David, the gazillionaire Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, has long believed he could coach in the NFL. Though it’s hard to tell, David doesn’t seem to be joking. In a 2013 interview on NFL reporter Rich Eisen’s podcast, David said “There’s no doubt in my mind. I write stories, so why couldn’t I draw up a play? What’s harder? I think a lot of writers could be offensive coordinators. I know I could do it.” David said he could “turn the fortunes of an NFL team around.” He didn’t say, it’s worth noting, in which direction he would turn them–could Larry David immediately transform the Patriots into losers, for instance?
On a recent Howard Stern’s show Larry David again touted his potential prowess as a top NFL coach. “When I was a kid and we used to play football in the parking lot,” he told Stern, “I would design very good plays.” As for doing it at the pro level, David says: “Other people do that, why not me?” And with that Larry David revealed in just seven words the great secret to his success. It boils down to a way of thinking–and here it is again: “Other people do that, why not me?”