"Mental Toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it's not the best thing for you." Bill Belichick

Doing the right thing is about discipline. Wanting to do the right thing is about character.

"Everyone here (Spurs) understands the things that are important: character & selfless people who want to be part of a team."- R.C. Buford

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."~Ronald Reagan

Tom Thibodeau: "In all my years in this, one thing has never changed; You win with serious, tough-minded players. That never changes."

On a good team, 1 or 2 players talk on defense, but on a team, everybody talks & intimidates with their voices!

"What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Henry David Thoreau

You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." -Jerry West

Some are done with work when its time to go home, some go home when the works done. Good indicator of how much passion u have for what u do!

The 'secret' to Kobe's success? No secret. No days off, no excuses even when tired or hurt. Shows up ready and says "I got this." . Tim Grover

“I feel like when my teammates see how I leave everything out on the floor, & give my all, it kind of makes them follow me" -Avery Bradley

"From what we get in life, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life." - Arthur Ashe

Dumars was special because he could dominate the game on both offensive and defensive ends.Good guards do it on 1.Great ones do it on both -Mike Procopio

Work capacity: the amount of work you can get done right when you are inundated & pulled in a million directions.

At the start of the season, teams play WITH each other. At some point, the best teams play FOR each other. Mike Peck

"Your character is your accumulation of your thoughts, habits and priorities on a day-to-day basis." -Nick Saban

"The player who can push themselves further once the situation gets uncomfortable is the one who will win."

"You dont win by making great plays, you win by eliminating mistakes!" - Bob Knight

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

A good coach turns the complex into something easily understood

Patience is a genuine expression of confidence, of acceptance, serenity and faith in your own ability. It is a sign of strength.

Do The Things Most People Wont, Sacrifice What Most People Cant, So That You Can Live The Way Most People Don't

A lot of people love being in the spotlight. I always prefer being that dude holding the light up.

There was something Abraham Lincoln said — he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time.

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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." Michael Jordan

“An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass” - George Washington

From NFL Hard Knocks: Wade Phillips tells his team before a game "mistakes are my fault, effort is yours".

Four Questions in decision making:
whats the price of failure?
whats stopping me?
what can i learn from previous experience?
what can i do today?

Not sure where i picked this up by i tell the players i live with "if i loan you $20 and you don't pay me back, it's worth it. For only $20 i know i cannot trust you."

"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and i'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things." - Lawrence Bell

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you but, what can you do for your teammates”
-Earvin “Magic” Johnson

”A house divided against itself cannot stand” – Abraham Lincoln

When I coached Portland and started to pursue an official over what I considered a bad call, Bill Walton intercepted me and said, “Coach don’t you know that we don’t play well when you do that”. I suddenly realized that my most important job was to coach my team. –Jack Ramsey


Doing what needs to be done. The way it needs to be done. When it should be done. Every time.

Short cuts don’t work. Neither do the people who try to use them.

"Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do."

"A life is not important, but for the impact it has on others' lives." — Jackie Robinson, Hall of Fame baseball player

"Could I be a coach and lose? To me, that's like asking if a guy can be a good doctor even though his patients keep dying." — Red Auerbach, Hall of Fame basketball coach and executive

"If you think small things don't matter, think of the last game you lost by one point."

"Nothing will work unless you do"
-John Wooden

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
-- Vince Lombardi

"If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you. You haven't done much today."

"Most battles are won before they are fought"
-- Sun Tzu

"The only statistics worth keeping can't be measured" - Heart, Intensity, Teamwork

Now this is the law of the jungle-
As old and as true as the sky;
And the wolf that keep it may prosper
But the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk,
The law runneth forward and back-
And the strength of the pack is the wolf
And the strength of the wolf is the pack.

English Poet/Novelist

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
-- Albert Einstein

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit"
-- Aristotle

"To be successful, you don't have to do extraordinary things. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily well."

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
-- Muhammad Ali

"You live up - or down - to your expectations."
-- Lou Holtz

"There are two pains in life, the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret. Take your choice"

Attitudes are contagious...Is yours worth catching?

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

George Karl, coaching in the NBA “No one is going to feel sorry for you. If you want to feel sorry for yourself in this league, you’re by yourself. People want to kick you they want to step on you, they want to laugh at you.”

Pat Summitt, on competitiveness “It’s not the most sociable quality you can possess. People won’t always like you for it; it won’t win you a lot of friends and dates. If being well liked is your army, I can’t help you. But competitiveness is what separates achievers from the average.”

Tom Landry, football coach Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary “It’s the foolish politician who looks backwards and wallows in his difficulties. A good politician looks forward. It’s the difference between a pessimist and an optimist, between a loser and a winner.”

Flip Saunders, Pistons Coach “Everyone on the team, whether he’s a starter, sixth man, seventh man, twelfth man, everyone has a role. The sign of a championship team is that every player has to accept whatever role is asked by them, embrace that role and play that role to the best of your ability.”

Barry Hinson, basketball coach “Your best player has to be the hardest worker. If he’s not, make him. If he won’t, let him go.”

Steve Jamison, actor “A leader with a double vision has a microscope in one eye, a telescope in the other. Out on the distant horizon where he focuses his telescope, he sees perfection in performance and execution. Up close, under the microscope, he sees the prerequisite details for achieving the personal perfection.”

Michael Ferguson, Le Roy, IL “There are only two types of stories in human existence, examples and warnings. We each have some of both types in our lives.”

Dale Murphy, on Braves Manager, Bobby Cox “To him, the worst player on the team is just as important as the superstar.”

A Pebble
by : James W. Foley

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.
Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.
Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on. They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go, And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.
Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget; But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred, And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget; But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet, And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.


"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation." Bob Devaney / Nebraska

"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money and we don't have any." Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.
"Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas ." Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

"After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that." Bobby Bowden / Florida State

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." Lou Holtz / Arkansas

"When you win, nothing hurts." Joe Namath / Alabama

"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated." Lou Holtz / Arkansas

"If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, "Roll, tide, roll!" Bear Bryant / Alabama

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes / Ohio State

"In Alabama , an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant." Wally Butts / Georgia

"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." Paul Dietzel / LSU

"It's kind of hard to rally around a math class." Bear Bryant / Alabama

When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. "No, but you can see it from here." Lou Holtz / Arkansas ...

"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 / Alabama

"There's one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line." Matty Bell / SMU

"Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

"I never graduated from Iowa , but I was only there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's." Alex Karras / Iowa

"My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor." Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State"

Always remember..... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David." Shug Jordan / Auburn

"They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces." Darrell Royal / Texas

"Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"They whipped us like a tied up goat." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said: "Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good." Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel." Bobby Bowden / Florida State

"Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team: "All those who need showers, take them." John McKay / USC

"If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education." Murray Warmath / Minnesota

"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches." Darrell Royal / Texas

"We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking." John McKay / USC

"Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad." Darrell Royal / University of Texas

"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football." John Heisman