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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"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.

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