- Merlin Olsen
Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you're in a fight.
- Michael Jordan
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby
Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself.
- Miles Davis
Mental toughness can take you to the top, and mental weakness straight to the bottom.
- John Schiefer
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
- Emil Zatopek
Self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.
- Robert Anson Heinlein
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
- Ted Williams
Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.
The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.
- John Madden
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
- Dan Gable
While the coach is entitled to celebrate the team's victories, there is a manner and a way of doing so without aggravating the opponent.
- Diego Maradona
Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.
- Greg LeMond
If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
- Chris Evert
We need programs that will teach athletes how to spell jump shot rather than how to shoot it.
- Larry Hawkins
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.
- George Deukmejian
A winner is someone who recognizes his talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
- Larry Bird
There are many stars and a few super-stars in sport. There are champions who bag a coronet now and then, and there are others who dominate some game year after year.
- Grantland Rice
Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
- Ross Perot
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
- Sandy Koufax, Hall of Famer
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.
- Don Zimmer, Major League Baseball Coach
I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.
- Magic Johnson
I never have been afraid to fail.
Defense, to me, is the key to playing baseball.
- Willie Mays, Hall of Famer
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital
- Joe Paterno, Penn State Football Coach
Most talented players don't always succeed. Some don't even make the team. It's more what's inside.
- Brett Favre
Ask not what your teammates can do for you; ask what you can do for your teammates.
- Magic Johnson
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works hard to develop them into skills, and uses those skills to accomplish his goals.
- Larry Bird
I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.
- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
The most prepared are the most dedicated.
- Raymond Berry, Baltimore Colts Great
Good is not good when better is expected.
- Vin Scully, Los Angeles Dodger Broadcaster
When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win. If I can't find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose.
- Ross Perot
Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.
- Mike Krzyzewski
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali
I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.
- Mike Krzyzewski
Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself, your negative internal voices, and your level of determination.
- Grace Lichtenstein
- Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox infielder
I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory and that is what life is all about.
- Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Football Coach
Make each day your masterpiece.
- John Wooden, Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach
As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, there is something about winning the Super Bowl.
- Terry Bradshaw, Former NFL Quarterback
There are a lot of guys who are respected but not liked.
- Ron Santo
A World Series Trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.
- Willie Stargell, Hall of Famer
When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.
- Joe Frazier, Former Heavyweight Champion
Go for the moon. If you don't get it you will still be heading for a star.
- Willis Reed, NBA Great
We had a lot of adversity, but we found a way.
- Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder
You're going to feel good. But no matter how much you rehab you do, you can't speed up the healing process. I would rather see a guy come back in 14 months and pitch seven, eight or nine more years then come back in 10 months and get hurt again. You cannot mess with mother nature and father time. Nature will heal it if you give it time.
- Tommy John
I didn't believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.
- Tom Landry, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach
If I can slow it down in my mind, things will be fine.
- Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it takes awhile for the defense to catch up.
- Arnold Red Auerbach
The thing I learned when I was playing was that your best way of winning was to make it difficult for the other team to score in the last three innings.
- Tony LaRussa, Major League Manager
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
- Phil Jackson, NBA Coach
You hear the same thing every year but that is because it is true. In a short series, pitching is very dominant.
- Carl Erskine, Former Dodger Pitcher
If you're going to win a game you're going to have to come up with big hits. That's the bottom line.
- Derek Jeter
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali
We're not playing fantasy football here.
- Bill Polian, Indianapolis Colts Vice-Chairman
I had a long conversation with Steve Carlton. He told me on days that he pitched, he felt it was his responsibility to make everyone around him better, to lift his teammates. That's what I try to do.
- Randy Johnson
The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs. I just eat. I'm not a supplement guy. Steroids are not even a thought.
- Jim Thome
I'm just taking advantage of good pitches. I am seeing the ball well and my confidence is high.
- Jose Bautista
It's a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let's play two.
- Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer
Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty can be important role models.
- Bill Bradley, Former Basketball player and United States Senator
People don't have to like or support you. So you always have to say thank you.
- Ruben Studdard
Updated: Mar 17, 2013