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“Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up!”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.
You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.”
Jim Valvano, Basketball Coach

“When Life Kicks you...Let it Kick You Forward.”
-Kay Yow, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
- John Wooden, UCLA BB Coach

"If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting."
-Dick Vermeil, NFL FB Coach

“The best folks are those who give more than they take.”

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he
should be.”
-Jimmy Johnson, University of Miami FB Coach

“Second place is the first loser”

“There are not traffic jams along the extra mile.”
-Roger Staubach, Navy & Dallas Cowboy QB

“Ifwinning isn't everything, why do they keep score?”
-Vincent Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Coach

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
-George Halas, Pro Football Coach

“When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.”
-Teddy Roosevelt, US President

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.”
-Dan Reeves, NFL Coach

“The strength of a group is in the strength of the leaders.”
-Vince Lombardi

“Effort is a measure of a Man.”
-William James, psychologist and psychiatrist
“The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't.”
-Todd Blackledge

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
-Yogi Berra, NY Yankee catcher

“Everyone I meet is in some way my superior.”
-William Shakespeare, English Playwright

“It is how you show up at the showdown that counts.”
-Homer Norton, college football coach at Centenary and Texas A&M

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
-Calvin Coolidige, US President

“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work.”
- Vince Lombardi, NFL coach

“I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.”
-Gale Sayers, NFL running back

“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”
-John Madden, NFL coach & commentator

“Maybe a good rule in life is never become too important to do your own laundry.”
-Barry Sanders, NLF running back

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”
-Archie Griffen, 2 time Heisman Trophy winner

“No man is entirely worthless; he can always serve as a bad example.”
-Brian Oldfield, US Olympic Shot-putter

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.”
-Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur & author

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of
challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr., human rights activist

“To measure the man, measure his heart.”
-Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine

“Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.”
-Lou Brock, MLB baseball player

“Every day you have to test yourself. If you don't, it's a wasted day.”
-Terry Butts, Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year

“Mental toughness can take you to the top and mental weakness straight to the bottom.”
-John Schrieffer, American physicist
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take
the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I
-Michael Jordan

“Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you
-Emmitt Smith, American Football Player

“If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record.”
-John McKeithen, politician

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA basketball player

“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.”
-Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.
-Henry Ford, American car manufacturer

“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”
-Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet

“There's no substitute for guts.”
-Paul Bear Bryant, college FB coach

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
-Joe Paterno, college FB coach

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
-Michael Jordan, NBA basketball player

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
-John Wooden, UCLA BB coach

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”
-Sir James M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
-President Harry S. Truman, US President

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
-Coach Darrel Royal, University of Texas FB coach

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
-Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears linebacker
“Just do what you do best.”
-Red Auerbach

“I've always believed not matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.”
-Isiah Thomas

“You'll miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
Wayne Gretzky

“I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan

“Quitting is only a shortcut to losing.”

"The answer to three questions will determine your success or failure.
1 - Can people trust me to do my best?
2 - Am I committed to the task in hand?
3 - Do I care about other people and show it?
If the answers to all three questions are yes, there is no way you can fail."
-Coach Lou Holtz, Notre Dame FB Coach

“It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
-Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest” boxer of all time

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”
-Magic Johnson, NBA Hall of Fame PG

“The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the
day before.”
-Steve Young, NFL Hall of Fame QB


“When you win, nothin’ hurts.”
-Joe Namath, NFL Hall of Fame QB

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”
-Coach Lou Holtz, Notre Dame FB Coach

“I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.”
-Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama FB Coach

“Always remember…Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.”
-Coach Shug Jordan, Auburn FB Coach

“We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”
-Coach Wilson Matthews, FB Coach at Little Rock Central High School

“Being average is as close to the bottom of the pack as it is to the top.”
“The person who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”

“Be the type of person who impresses by not trying to impress.”

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”
-William A. Howard

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
-Billy Jean King

“Don’t look back. Someone may be gaining on you.”
-Satchel Paige

“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you sit there.”
-Will Rogers

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you will be hard to beat.”
-Herschel Walker

“In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully.
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.”
-Althea Gibson

“I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt
that I didn't have a chance to win.”
-Arnold Palmer, golfer

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the
field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
-Hank Aaron

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”
-Sydney Smith

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and
something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
-Lance Armstrong, American cyclist

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of
control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”
-Arthur Ashe, African-American tennis player

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate
their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.”
-Dennis Waitley

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as
life in-between.”
-Pat Riley, NBA coach
“To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”
-Tony Dorsett, NFL running back

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
-Aristotle, philosopher

“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
-Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”
-Tim Duncan, NBA BB player

 “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is
-Wayne Gretzky, NHL hockey player

“Get it done.”
-Dustin Gordon, Fairfield High School Coach

“Don’t let the pressure hurt your year. Play to win; don’t play to lose.”
-Charlie Robinson, K-G High School Coach

“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.”
-Charlie Finley, Oakland A’s owner

“Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won.”

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.”
-Paul Coffey

“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”
-John Wooden, UCLA BB Coach

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.”
-Ray Knight, Taxas Tech BB Coach

“Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”
-Willie Shoemaker, horse jockey

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.”
-William James

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”
-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA basketball player

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” Unknown.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. Unknown.
“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.”
-John Wooden

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
-John Wooden

“Coaching is a profession of love. You can't coach people unless you love them.”
-Eddie Robinson

“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”
-Eddie Robinson

“The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.”
-Tom Landry

“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The
only lasting thing is self motivation.”
-Homer Rice

“Either love your players or get out of coaching.”
-Bobby Dodd

“Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up!”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.
You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.”
Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to you to decide what to do with them.”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, “of course not.” I
said, “Well, I think you stink.” And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it
cannot touch my soul.”
-Jim Valvano, NC St. BB Coach, died of cancer

“While all the competitors in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to only one winner. Therefore,
run with the intention to win.”
-St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:24

“Complacency is why the mighty fall.” – Nick Saban