"Dr. King was in my mind and heart when I raised my fist on that podium." - John Carlos

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." - Pelé

Enthusiasm is contagious :)

Aug. 28, 1977 - Pelé played in his final non-exhibition game as Cosmos defeated Sounders, 2-1, for NASL championship

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The game was an offensive slugfest, with the teams combining for 55 shots (29 Cosmos, 26 Sounders). Although Pelé did not score in the New York Cosmos’ 2-1 Soccer Bowl win over the Seattle Sounders, it was his day all the same. After the final whistle blew and the trophy was presented, it was Pele that the new champions hoisted onto their shoulders and carried off to the cheers of a standing-room crowd of 41,270 at Civic Stadium.

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"Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else." - Ray Lewis

I against I.

"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - Joe Theismann

Pure genius.

"If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn’t the same as the one I was wearing, I’d run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother." - Bo Jackson

Bo knows.

"If you don’t want to be the best, then there’s no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything." - Joe Montana

Aim for the top!

"You can’t get down and think things won’t get better or they definitely won’t." - Calvin Johnson

Stay positive.

July 28, 1999 - Barry Sanders of the Lions retired from the NFL at age 31

Barry Sanders left football healthy, having gained 15,269 rushing yards, 2,921 receiving yards, and 109 touchdowns (99 rushing and 10 receiving). He retired within striking distance of Walter Payton's career rushing mark of 16,726 yards. Only Payton and Emmitt Smith have rushed for more yards than Sanders.

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"Patience is a virtue. Keep doing what you want to do and eventually things will happen." - Arian Foster

Namaste.

I knew I’d have a shot, have a chance. And when that chance came I’d make the most of it.” - Victor Cruz
All you need is one chance.

I knew I’d have a shot, have a chance. And when that chance came I’d make the most of it.” - Victor Cruz

All you need is one chance.

July 26, 1997 - Don Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Shula became head coach at age 33. He is the winningest coach in NFL history with a regular-season record: 328-156-6 (.676%), overall record: 347-173-6, (.665%). Shula led the Colts to seven straight winning records. In 26 years with Miami, he experienced only two seasons below .500. Shula coached in six Super Bowls, winning Super Bowls VII, VIII. He’s the only coach in NFL history to complete a 17-0 perfect season (1972). Before coaching, Shula played seven season as defensive back/halfback with Browns, Colts, and Redskins.

"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

Don’t be most people.

"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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