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50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

Sean EvansContributor IIIMarch 20, 2014

50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

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    It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.

    Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.

    Major sports figures have professions that are intensely competitive, emotionally draining and—on the plus side—decidedly more exciting than your sad, meager existence.

    But in the spirit of turning things around for you, I've curated a list of motivating quotes from those who have made it to the top.

    Hopefully, these pearls of wisdom will inspire you to join a CrossFit gym, learn to play the piano or demand stock options during a hostile annual review with your employer.

    Before we begin, this article does not include quotes from sports movies. If you're looking for scripted inspiration, click here. Also, to ensure that Vince Lombardi and John Wooden don’t saturate this list with prosaic musings, I've limited each sports personality to one quote each.

    The first day of the rest of your life begins now with the 50 most inspirational quotes in sports.

Joe Namath

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Dwayne Johnson

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Reggie Jackson

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Laird Hamilton

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Dean Smith

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Billie Jean King

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Lou Brock

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Charles Barkley

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Hank Aaron

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Marshawn Lynch

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Mark Spitz

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Jim Abbott

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Carl Lewis

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Larry Bird

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Pat Summitt

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Tom Landry

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Tommy Lasorda

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Mario Andretti

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George Allen

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Gary Player

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Jack Dempsey

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Bobby Bowden

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Julius Erving

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Bobby Knight

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Roger Staubach

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Wilt Chamberlain

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Herb Brooks

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Mia Hamm

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Jackie Robinson

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Bruce Lee

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Steve Prefontaine

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Pat Tillman

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Knute Rockne

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Pat Riley

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Jim Valvano

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John Madden

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Paul "Bear" Bryant

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John Wooden

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Muhammad Ali

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Lou Gehrig

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Eddie Robinson

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Arthur Ashe

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Wayne Gretzky

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Roberto Clemente

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Mike Ditka

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Babe Ruth

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Lou Holtz

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Jesse Owens

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Michael Jordan

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Vince Lombardi

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