Famous Motivational Sports Quotes

In the quest for greatness, we all try to discover what will give us an extra push and a competitive edge. There is nothing like reading a motivational quote from your favorite sports legend to inspire you to succeed at every endeavor. Here are some notable sayings from a variety of sports figures that will, hopefully, give us some great insights into the best ways to work, play, and live.

On Teamwork…

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~Michael Jordan

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” ~Mia Hamm

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” ~Vince Lombardi (QuotesDaddy.com)

Teamwork is a concept that we must necessarily embrace in every aspect of our lives. At some point, we have to depend upon the skills and talents of someone else. This is a reminder that we each have our limitations, and that our strengths compliment the weaknesses of our fellow man.

On Winning…

“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

“If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.”  ~Jesse Owens

“Yes, victory is sweet, but it doesn't necessarily make life any easier the next season or even the next day.’ ~Phil Jackson (Phil Jackson Quotes)

Winning is the ideal scenario in any competition, but the journey to victory is what builds character and teaches the most important lessons. As suggested above by Phil Jackson, victory is fleeting. But, the same amount of energy must be expended to repeat high performance.

On Growth and Development…

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” ~Muhammad Ali

“Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” ~Roger Staubach

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” ~Larry Bird

We idolize our sports heroes. While we may want the limelight, awards, fame, and fortune, we often fail to realize the amount of time and effort that goes into achieving greatness. Athletes spend countless hours training, practicing, and competing in their respective sports. Only a small percentage reaches MVP or championship status. It is believed that talent, hard work, timing, and a bit of luck can make you a star athlete. In life we are each required to do our best. After all, we are our best and only competition.

Works Cited

(n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2012, from QuotesDaddy.com: http://www.quotesdaddy.com/tag/sports%2C+winning/5

Phil Jackson Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2012, from Notable-Quotes.com: http://www.notable-quotes.com/j/jackson_phil.html

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