"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.

"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.

"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.

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

Challenge accepted.

June 4, 1974 - The NFL grants franchise to Seattle; birth of the Seattle Seahawks

On June 15, 1972, Seattle Professional Football Inc., a group of Seattle business and community leaders, announced its intention to acquire an NFL franchise for the city of Seattle, WA. Two years later on June 4, 1974, the NFL gave the city an expansion franchise.

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"Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace." - Mike Ditka

Peace be with you.

"Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else." - Vince Lombardi

Vince on winning.

"Greatness, is a lot of small things done well." - Ray Lewis

Small wins add up to big goals.

"God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight." - Reggie White

The Minister of Defense.

"I, most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside." - Brett Favre

Sometimes you have to dig deep down inside to find the strength.

Apr. 18, 1995 - Joe Montana announced his retirement from the NFL

Joe Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., and others. Highlights from Montana’s stay with the San Francisco 49ers and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Montana’s replacement with the Chiefs was his former backup in San Francisco, Steve Bono. Super Bowl XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss.

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