"After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live."
-- Vince Lombardi
Legendary NFL Player and Coach, 2X NFL Coach of the Year, 2X Super Bowl Champion (I & II),
6X NFL Champion, Overall Record 105-35-6
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
-- Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States of America
"Outstanding American" honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches as a young man.
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
-- Mario Andretti
Legendary Racing Driver
"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose."
-- Margaret Thatcher
Former British Prime Minister
"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
-- Dan Gable
Wrestling Legend, Former University of Iowa Head Coach (15 NCAA team titles), 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, 1971 World Championship Gold Medalist, 181-1 Collegiate Record at University of Iowa as a Student
"All I want to tell young people is that you're not going to be anything in life unless you learn to commit to a goal. You have to reach deep within yourself to see if you are willing to make the sacrifices."
-- Louis Zamperini
1936 Olympian in Berlin, World War II Airman
Author of Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II
Subject of Laura Hillenbrand's 2014 biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"Doing your most for the team will always bring something good for you. It means BELIEVING that everything you deserve will eventually come your way. You won't have to grab for it. You won't have to force it. It will simply catch up with you, drawn along in the forward motion of your hard work."
Former NBA Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during the Magic Johnson, Kurt Rambis, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era. From his book The Winner Within