Monthly Archive: May 2021

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – Eddie Robinson

“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.”

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“My players can wear their hair as long as they want and dress any way they want. That is, if they can afford to pay their own tuition, meals and board.”

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“People talk about the record I’ve compiled at Grambling, but the real record is the fact that for over 50 years I’ve had one job and one wife. I don’t believe anybody can out-American me.”

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“I’ve learned more about what the players meant to me and what they meant to the game. I never won a game – they did. You learn from every player because they’re not the same.”

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“Everything I’ve done, I think I dreamed of it first.”

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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

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“Coach each boy as if he were your own son”

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“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you”

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“They call me the greatest. I know that the greatest football coach who ever stepped on the field is Coach Eddie Robinson. I have admired what he has done in turning boys into men. He is a credit to his sport as well as a credit to humanity.” Muhammad Ali

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“First time I met Eddie was around 1968 up at Uniontown, Pa. I was an assistant coach at West Virginia, and he was the head coach at Grambling and very successful. He came up there and spoke at a banquet. I heard him speak, and he’s the kind of guy that you get close to immediately. … He was a people’s person. You can’t help but like him … I doubt if there is a coach in the United States that people have more respect for — and loved — than for Eddie Robinson.” Bobby Bowden

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Wikipedia: Eddie Robinson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 10, 2021 – Ernie Banks

“It’s a beautiful day for a ball game…. Let’s play two!” 

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“But it all comes down to friendship, treating people right.”

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“I learned from Mr. Wrigley, early in my career, that loyalty wins and it creates friendships. I saw it work for him in his business.”

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“It’s a kind of philosophy of my own life, to create the energy enough to keep on going.”

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“Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.”

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“Mr. Wrigley believed in this: Put all your eggs in one basket and watch the basket. They don’t do that today. This is the old-fashioned way I’m talking about. He carried it on to his business. Do one thing and stay with it.”

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“The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.”

Wikipedia Page:  Ernie Banks

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.”

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“Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf.”

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“Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree.”

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“The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery.”

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“As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it.”

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“Don’t worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God.”

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“I expect to play golf until I am 90–even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair.”

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“Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn’t essential in the enjoyment of the game.”

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“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”

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“I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent.”

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“When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball.”

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“I was determined to play the game well or not at all.”

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“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.”

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“You can’t win them all — but you can try.”

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“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”

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“Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf.”

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“That little ball won’t move until you hit it, and there’s nothing you can do for it after it has gone.”

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“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”

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“The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play.”

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“There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this.”

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“The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better.”

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“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”
(Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)

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“Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”

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“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.”

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“I don’t seem able to do my best unless I’m behind or in trouble.”

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“The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”

Wikipedia:  Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 8, 2021 – Willie Mays

“Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

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“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”

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“They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.”

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“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

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“It’s not hard. When I’m not hitting, I don’t hit nobody. But when I’m hitting, I hit anybody.”

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“At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.”

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“In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn’t drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.”

Wikipedia Page: Willie Mays

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 7, 2021 – Hayden Fry

“I learned a great many things in the Marines that helped me as a football coach.  The Marines train men hard and to do things the right way, just as a football team must train.”

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“In football, like in life, you must learn to play within the rules of the game.”

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“We probably spend more time talking about individual players in our coaching sessions than anything else.”

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“You can’t control people.  You must understand them.  You have to know where they’re coming from, their beliefs and values, what turns them off, what they’re against.”

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“I’ve felt sorry for young people who didn’t have an opportunity to play football, because I know what the game can offer.”

Wikipedia Page:  Hayden Fry

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 6, 2021 – Chuck Yeager

“If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.”

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“Later, I realized that the mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn’t in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight.”

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“Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don’t do, you don’t believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.”

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“Never wait for trouble.”

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“Rules are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own.”

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“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.”

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“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.”

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“Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.”

Wikipedia:  Chuck Yeager

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – Hank Stram

“My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.”

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“There are few secrets in football. So execute.”

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“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”

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“You can’t be fat and fast, too; so lift, run, diet and work.”

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“You cannot win if you cannot run.”

Wikipedia:  Hank Stram

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – Paul Brown

“A winner never whines.”

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“Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”

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“The key to winning is poise under stress.”

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“What we have currently available is what we have available.”

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“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

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“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.”

Wikipedia:  Paul Brown

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – May 3, 2021 – Jimmy Johnson

“An objective truth and individual reason are feared above all.”

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“Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”

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“The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn’t care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time.”

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“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be.”

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“Military leaders aren’t made. They are born, … To be a good leader, you have to have something in your character to cause people to follow you.”

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“Give your people the feeling that if THEY don’t do the job, it won’t get done. Also let them know that when they accomplish something, they will share in the accolades.”

Wikipedia:  Jimmy Johnson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 2, 2021 – Don Shula

“The superior man blames himself.  The inferior man blames others.”

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“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”

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“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

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“Sure, luck means a lot in football.  Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

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“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning.  And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”

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“The ultimate goal is victory.  And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”

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“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”

Wikipedia Page:  Don Shula

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