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Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Muhammad Ali Quote Details

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Sports do not build character. They reveal it. Heywood Hale Broun Quote Details

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It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner. Vince Lombardi Quote Details

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For when the one Great Scorer comes

To write against your name,

He marks - not that you won or lost-

But how you played the game.
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Football doesn't build character. It eliminates the weak ones. Darrell Royal Quote Details

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Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport. Vince Lombardi Quote Details

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If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes real good, you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games. Bear Bryant Quote Details

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There are no office hours for champions. Paul Dietzel Quote Details

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I can reach a kid who doesn't have any ability as long as he doesn't know it. Bear Bryant Quote Details

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The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it. Lou Holtz Quote Details

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I'm not an athlete. I'm a professional baseball player. John Kruk Quote Details

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Let the mind control the body, not the body control the mind. Jimmy Johnson Quote Details

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There is a place both present and future in America for true, clean sport. We do not rank it above business, the occupations of our lives, and we do not look with approval upon those who, not being concerned in its performance, spend all their thought, energy and time upon its observance. We recognize, however, that there is something more in life than the grinding routine of daily toil, that we can develop a better manhood and womanhood, a more attractive youth, and a wiser maturity, by rounding out our existence with a wholesome interest in sport. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself. Training counts. You can't win any game unless you are ready to win. Connie Mack Quote Details

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I can't stand a ballplayer who plays in fear. Red Auerbach Quote Details

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I am not a strategic coach; I am a practice coach. John Wooden Quote Details

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There will be nights when your shots won't fall, but you can play good defense every night. Red Auerbach Quote Details

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Russell's first law: you must make the other player do what you want him to do. Bill Russell Quote Details

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I stress offense without the ball and defense before the other player gets the ball. John Wooden Quote Details

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Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play. Claire Bee Quote Details

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Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you've got him. Bill Russell Quote Details

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If you do anything in any way, whenever or wherever, that I think is detrimental to the good of this basketball team, to the school, or to yourself, I'll handle it as I see fit. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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We talk in coaching about "winners" - kids, and I've had a lot of them, who just will not allow themselves or their team to lose. Coaches call that a will to win. I don't. I think that puts the emphasis in the wrong place. Everybody has a will to win. What's far more important is having the will to prepare to win. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn't like to play against. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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It's always to your advantage if the other guys are worried more about what you're doing than what they want to do. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you're a part of them and they're a part of you. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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I've never felt my job was to win basketball games - rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life. Bobby Knight Quote Details

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The eight greatest words ever put together in the English language: America, America, God shed His grace on thee...

A part of that grace is a responsibility I believe each of us has: to make sure we provide those who follow us with the same opportunities you and I were given by those who preceded us. That's uppermost among all that I've tried to do as a coach - I and thousands of other coaches and teachers that kids across this country have been fortunate enough to have at some point in their lives.
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I'm not too proud to change. I like to win too much. Bobby Bowden Quote Details

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If you want to be a champion, you've got to feel like one, you've got to act like one, you've got to look like one. Red Auerbach Quote Details

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You don't win with X's and O's. What you win with is people. Joe Gibbs Quote Details

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Our emphasis is on execution, not winning. Pat Summitt Quote Details

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Kids shouldn't play for coaches. They should play to play together and to have fun. Mike Krzyzewski Quote Details

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If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn't doing a very good job. Bill Walsh Quote Details

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Ninety percent of this game is half mental. Yogi Berra Quote Details

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A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on "x's and o's" as compared to time spent learning about people. Mike Krzyzewski Quote Details

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So many times people are afraid of competition, when it should bring out the best in us. We all have talents and abilities, so why be intimidated by other people's skills? Lou Holtz Quote Details

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It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game. Lou Holtz Quote Details

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What I'm looking for is a running back who can carry the ball twenty times on Saturday and then show up at practice Monday without a lawyer, doctor, or agent. Lou Holtz Quote Details

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If I was murdered as soon as practice is over, there would be so many suspects among the players that they wouldn't even try to investigate. Lou Holtz Quote Details

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Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts" probably lost. Martina Navratilova Quote Details

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The greatest thing about tomorrow is I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my life. I will be better as a golfer, I will be better as a person, I will be better as a father, I will be a better husband, I will be better as a friend. That's the beauty of tomorrow. There is no such thing as a setback. The lessons I learn today I will apply tomorrow, and I will be better. Tiger Woods Quote Details

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How you run the race - your planning, preparation, practice, and performance - counts for everything. Winning or losing is a by-product, and aftereffect, of that effort. John Wooden Quote Details

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Do those things necessary to bring forth your personal best and don't lose sleep worrying about the competition. John Wooden Quote Details

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When you give total effort - everything you have - the score can never make you a loser. And when you do less, it can't somehow magically turn you into a winner. John Wooden Quote Details

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I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential. John Wooden Quote Details

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When you punish your people for making a mistake or falling short of a goal, you create an environment of extreme caution, even fearfulness. In sports it's similar to playing "not to lose" - a formula that often brings on defeat. John Wooden Quote Details

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The star of every successful team is the team. John Wooden Quote Details

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Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi Quote Details

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When your expectations are not real high - and that's a sad way to be - losing becomes a habit for a lot of players and coaches. Steve Spurrier Quote Details

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I think every coach in America would benefit from coaching at a school that's the underdog most of the time. Steve Spurrier Quote Details

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That's fine - people can call me arrogant, cocky, whatever. At least they're not calling us losers anymore. If people like you too much, it's probably because they're beating you. Steve Spurrier Quote Details

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To me what's important is making the best use of the time you have with your players, not the time when the coaches are by themselves coming up with schemes and watching film on the other guy. It's what you can teach your players to do that counts. That's the most important part of coaching. Steve Spurrier Quote Details

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If you don't learn anything but self discipline, then athletics is worthwhile. Bear Bryant Quote Details

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The only thing even in this world are the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours. Woody Hayes Quote Details

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Purposely being irate - in order to accomplish something - can be more effective in sports than approaching it with a rational or seemingly rational approach. Bill Parcells Quote Details

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I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game. Bear Bryant Quote Details

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A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that's what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself. Bill Walsh Quote Details

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[C]onsistent motivation usually comes from a consuming desire to be able to perform at your best under pressure, namely, the pressure produced by tough competition. If a player needed me to light a fire under him by turning the other team into a demon, he was lacking something I couldn't give him. Bill Walsh Quote Details

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A lack of play should be treated like malnutrition: it's a health risk to your body and mind. Stuart Brown Quote Details

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