"When you see tears in my eyes, you see it’s not about the wins or the losses, it’s about the opportunity." - Ray Lewis

Grateful for the opportunity.

July 16, 1950 - Nearly 200,000 assemble at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to see Uruguay vs. Brazil in World Cup final

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The largest crowd in sports history assembled as 199,854 people watched Uruguay vs. Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil took the lead shortly after half-time through Friaça, but Juan Alberto “Pepe” Schiaffino equalized for Uruguay mid-way through the half before Alcides Ghiggia. hit the winning goal with just 11 minutes remaining in the match. The result is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in football history as Uruguay defeated Brazil 2 - 1. Uruguay also won the inaugural tournament back in 1930.

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"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer." - John Madden

No shortcuts.

July 13, 1966 - Jim Brown retired at age 29 to pursue acting

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Jim Brown left the game as the NFL’s all-time leader in single-season and career rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. Brown’s 1,863 rushing yards in the 1963 season remain a Cleveland franchise record. It is currently the oldest franchise record for rushing yards out of all 32 NFL teams. While others have compiled more prodigious statistics, when viewing Brown’s standing in the game his style of running must be considered along with statistical measures. He was very difficult to tackle (shown by his leading 5.2 yards per carry), often requiring more than one person to bring him down. Perhaps the most amazing feat is that Jim Brown accomplished these records despite never playing past 29 years of age. Brown’s 6 games with at least 4 touchdowns remains an NFL record.

"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

Prepare to succeed.

#MotivationalMondays

See, a lot of people think that failure is a step backward. No, no, no. Failure is a step forward; a step forward in the right direction. Every time you fail you learn something from it, you gain something from it. You feel less anxiety when you’re doing it again. You want to think that’s a step backward? That’s progress in every sense of the word.

There is no guarantee in life. But there is one guarantee: if you don’t take action there will be no outcome at all. No positive outcome. The outcome will be that you didn’t achieve anything. You didn’t achieve what you wanted.

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pelé

Think I have to send you a reminder.

"Adversity makes me hungrier. I thrive on being able to make a way out of no way." - Adrian Peterson

Making something out of nothing.

#MotivationalMondays

"Pain is temporary! It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take it’s place. If I quit however, it will last forever." - Eric Thomas

How will you face and overcome adversity?

On Dec. 24, 2011, Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve due to a torn ACL and MCL. Some athletes never return from such injuries. Peterson said his injury was “a blessing in disguise,” as he was determined to “come back stronger and better than I was before.” On Sept. 9, 2012, nine months following surgery and rehab, Peterson returned to rush for 84 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back, his first step towards winning the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player award.

"If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms." - Mike Ditka

Ditka’s school of logic.

June 22, 1986 - Argentina’s Diego Maradona scored the “Hand of God” goal

Argentina v England was a football match in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game was held four years after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom and was a key part in the already intense football rivalry between both nations. It was also a match which included two of the most famous goals in football history, both scored by Diego Maradona.

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June 21, 1970 - Pelé led Brazil to a 4-1 win over Italy in FIFA’s World Cup at Mexico

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth FIFA World Cup, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. It took place from 31 May to 21 June 1970 in Mexico. The Final match marked the first time that two former world champions met in a final; Italy had previously won the World Cup in 1934 and 1938, while Brazil won in 1958 and 1962. The tournament was won by Brazil, who claimed their third World Cup title by defeating Italy, 4–1 in the final. The victorious team led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring players such as Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often cited as the greatest-ever World Cup team. They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals, as well as winning all their qualifying fixtures.

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"When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge." - Terry Bradshaw

Challenge accepted.

#ThrowbackThursdays

Pelé and Diego Maradona selected to the World Team Of the 20th Century, a team of soccer player chosen in 1998 and announced in the opening ceremony of 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Let the games begin.

June 10, 1975 - Pelé signed a three-year contract with the New York Cosmos

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Though well past his prime at this point, Pelé is credited with significantly increasing public awareness and interest in soccer in the United States. He led the New York Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club.

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