13 Words to Live by from famous athlete

Raised in the US South, my childhood was immersed in sports. Over time, my passion evolved into a mission to share overlooked tales from the sports world. I created Daily Dose of Sports to highlight stories of perseverance, legends, and unsung heroes. Today, I'm not just a sports enthusiast - I'm a storyteller. Read more about me here.

Sports are known for producing remarkable athletes, colorful characters and epic moments.

Some leave as significant a legacy with their words as they do their ability.

From Arnie to Yogi, Lombardi to LeBron, or from the mouths of Babes [Ruth or Didrikson], here are some prophetic words we all can live by.Excellence is not a singular act but a habit.  You are what you do repeatedly. – Shaquille O’Neal

Most people run a race to see who is fastest.  I run a race to see who has the most guts. – Steve Prefontaine

It’s not the disability that defines you; it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with.  We have an obligation to the abilities we DO have, not the disability. – Jim Abbott

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication.  Remember all things are possible for those who believe. – Gail Devers

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.  I’m very disappointed with that attitude.  I can assure you it is much, much more important than that. – Bill Shankley

There are only two options regarding commitment.  You’re either IN or you’re OUT.  There is no such thing as in between. – Pat Riley

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey.  The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front.  The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back – Steve Garvey

I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia.  Not because I had it, but because I couldn’t spell it. – Rocky Graziano

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold.  They’re made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable

I resigned as coach of the Broncos because of illness and fatigue.  The fans were sick and tired of me. — John Ralston

The person that said winning isn’t everything never won anything. – Mia Hamm