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#1. “Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas! “ Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
#2. “After you retire, there’s only one big event left… and I ain’t ready for that.” – Bobby Bowden (Florida State)
#3. “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is usually the one who dropped It.’ – Lou Holtz (Arkansas)
#4. “When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath (Alabama)
#5. “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” – Lou Holtz (Arkansas)
#6. “If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, ‘Roll, tide, roll!’” – Bear Bryant (Alabama)
#7. “A school without football is in serious danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” – Frank Leahy (Notre Dame)
#8. “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the h–l kicked out of you.”- Woody Hayes (Ohio State)
#9. “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” – Bob Devaney (Nebraska)
#10. “In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.” – Wally Butts (Georgia)
#11. “You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.” – Paul Dietzel (LSU)
#12. “It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.” – Bear Bryant (Alabama)
#13. When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world: “No, but you can see it from here.” – Lou Holt (Arkansas)
#14. “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” – Bear Bryant (Alabama)
#15. ‘There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring…give us the ball near the goal line.’ – Matty Bell (SMU)
#16. “Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.” – Frank Leahy (Notre Dame)
#17. “I never graduated from Iowa, but I was there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.” – Alex Karras (Iowa)
#18. “My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.” -Bowden Wyatt (Tennessee)
#19. “I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.” – Duffy Daugherty (Michigan State)
#20. “Always remember… Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.” – Shug Jordan (Auburn)
#21. “They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that’s real small pieces.” – Darrell Royal (Texas)
#22. “Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.” – Knute Rockne (Notre Dame)
#23. “They whipped us like a tied up goat.” – Spike Dykes (Texas Tech)
#24. “I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t recruit me and he said: “Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren’t any good.” Walt Garrison (Oklahoma State)
#25. “Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” – Bobby Bowden (Florida State)
#26. “Football is not a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” – Duffy Daugherty (Michigan State)
#27. After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team: ‘All those who need showers, take them.” John McKay (USC)
#28. “If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.” – Murray Warmath (Minnesota)
#29. “The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.” – Knute Rockne (Notre Dame)
#30. “Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.” – Spike Dykes (Texas Tech)
#31. “It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.” – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
#32. “We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches….” – Darrell Royal (Texas)
#33. “We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.” – Wilson Matthews (Little Rock Central High School)
#34. “Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.” – Darrell Royal (University of Texas)
#35. “I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big, fast, and talented players.” – Knute Rockne (Notre Dame)
#36. “Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.” – John Heisman
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From the time we’re young, just beginning to understand what’s going on around us, until we’re too old to care anymore, one question comes up again and again. Should we play by the rules?
Now, I’m sure most of you are pretty opinionated. But before you answer yes, no, or it depends, consider this. You probably play by more rules than you think … or should. Some of them are even rules you impose on yourself, and for reasons you may not be aware of. Those are the ones that tend to be the most career and success-limiting.
You see, rules fall into three general categories: legal, societal, and self-imposed.
Legal rules are pretty black and white. America’s a nation of laws, and the rule is don’t break them. Just to be clear, we’re talking criminal and civil laws. That trips up a lot of people who mistakenly think fraud, discrimination, domestic violence, harassment, even downloading copyrighted material or rolling through a stop sign, are ethical or moral issues. They’re not.
Societal rules involve complex issues like ethics and morality, so they’re far more subjective than legal rules. Even if you feel strongly about one thing or another, there are likely circumstances that would change your opinion.
For example, I generally don’t fault people who cheat on their spouses, but I might feel very differently when the person being cheated on is someone close to me. Similarly, while I think people should treat others with respect, I know I fall short of that ideal all too often.
So, you can see how societal rules are subject to perspective and circumstance. These are rules that from time to time we may break, feel badly about, realize that we’re human, and ultimately forgive ourselves — even while those we harmed may not.
Now, let’s talk about self-imposed rules. They’re the kind of rules you hear again and again in every workplace. I hear them in many of your comments and emails, as well:
“I won’t compromise my principles to climb the corporate ladder.”
“I don’t play politics at work.”
“That’s outside my comfort zone.”
“Life is too short to work with a**holes.”
“I won’t work for a boss who, at a job where, or at a company that ___________ (fill in the blank).”
Now, we’ve all uttered a phrase or two like that at one time or another, right? Well, let me introduce you to a concept called self-limiting behavior. In this context, it’s when we put restrictions on ourselves that have unintended consequences because we’re not aware of the real reasons behind them.
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“I don’t believe for a moment that creativity is a neurotic symptom. On the contrary, the neurotic who succeeds as an artist has had to overcome a tremendous handicap. He creates in spite of his neurosis, not because of it.” Aldous Huxley (1960)
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