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"An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise."
Famous quote by Red Auerbach

Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) retired as the most winning coach in NBA history, having motivated his teams to 938 inspired victories (against 479 defeats) in his 20-year career. With Auerbach at the helm as coach or in the front office, the Boston Celtics won 16 championships, and captured 9 titles during his last 10 years as coach, including a inspirational 8 straight from 1959 to 1966. He is still quoted today for his legendary ability to motivate and inspire his teams.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size
of the fight in the dog."
Archie Griffen (two-time Heisman winner at a height of 5ft 9)

Archie Griffin (born August 21, 1954) is college football's only two-time Heisman trophy winner. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State Buckeyes and is the only player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.

"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 (born February 5, 1934)

Aaron’s Major League Baseball career spanned from 1954 through 1976. He inspired us all by setting the (MLB) record for most career home runs with 755, which he held for 33 years until being surpassed by San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds on August 7, 2007.

"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks."
 Joe Paterno (born December 21, 1926)

Joe Paterno’s name is synonymous with Penn State Football.  He has coached the team since 1966.  Paterno’s has a career record of 373 wins, 124 losses, and 3 ties and holds more bowl victories (24) than any coach in history. He also tops the list of bowl appearances with 34.

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
 Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963)

Michael Jordan inspired people worldwide with his phenomenal basketball career.  He holds the NBA record for highest career regular season scoring average with 30.1 points per game, as well as averaging a record 33.4 points per game in the playoffs. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He will be eligible for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Michael Jordan motivational Basketball Quotes inspire team motivation.

"To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you."
 Tony Dorsett (born April 7, 1954)

Tony Dorsett was a four-time All-American, and he finished his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record. This record stood until it was surpassed by Ricky Williams in 1998. Dorsett is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history. In 2007, Dorsett was ranked #7 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History.

"Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates."
Magic Johnson (born August 14, 1959)

Johnson is considered one of the most inspirational basketball players of all time.  For his feats, Johnson was honored as one of the NBA 50 Greatest Players in 1996 and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
Tommy Lasorda (born September 22, 1927)

Lasorda became the Los Angeles Dodgers manager September 29, 1976. He compiled a 1,599-1,439 record as Dodgers manager, won two World Series championships in (1981 and 1988), four National League pennants and eight division titles in his 20 year career.

"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
Ronnie Lott (born May 8, 1959)

Lott is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in NFL history.  He was selected as one of the 75 greatest players in history and is a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."
Steve Young (born on October 11, 1961)

Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. He holds the NFL record for highest career passer rating and won six NFL passing titles.

"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus."
 Carl Lewis (born July 1, 1961)

Lewis, a track and field superstar won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were golds, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title.

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 (born September 10, 1929)

Palmer is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf. He has won 7 major championships and won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.  In 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

"I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability." 
 Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949)

Jenner became an American champion in the decathlon and won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics, setting a world record of 8,634 points.

"Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead."
    Roger Bannister (After becoming the first person to break the four-minute mile, 1952)
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her."
 Mia Hamm (born on March 17, 1972)

Hamm scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer (158). Hamm became one of the most famous women athletes in the world, an iconic symbol of women's sports, and an inspiration and role model to a generation of sports-minded girls. She was named the women's FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002), and is listed as one of FIFA's 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé).

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC)

Plato was a Classical Greek philosopher, who together with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, helped to lay the philosophical foundations of Western culture.

"Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself."
Knute Rockne (March 4, 1888 – March 31, 1931)

Rockne is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. As head coach of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana from 1918 to 1930, he set the greatest all-time winning percentage of 88.1%, since eclipsed but still the best percentage in Division I-A. During 13 years as head coach, he oversaw 105 victories, 12 losses, 5 ties, and 6 national championships, including 5 undefeated seasons without a tie.  Rockne was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as a charter member.

"Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be."
   Mike Ditka (born October 18, 1939)

Ditka is considered one of football‘s most dynamic coaches.  He coached the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for 3 years. Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two people to win Super Bowls as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach.


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