We are all obsessed with watching our favorite athletes do the impossible. Whether it’s on the big screen or live and in our face, we enjoy seeing them make shots most of us could never do. Athletes seem to be superhuman and that is one of the main reasons we are captivated by them. Kids look up to them and adults want to have a Freaky Friday moment and be them, at least for a day.
Our best-loved sports persons not only inspire people from on the court, they also show us what being a celebrity is all about off the court. They know that being a professional athlete doesn’t stop when the game is over. They take their time off the field to raise money for charity, delve into the fashion world, hangout with their family, and anything else a normal human being does. In the words of Idan Ravin, NBA trainer, “they cry, they laugh, they struggle, they get frustrated, and just because they might have some superhuman talent, that doesn’t mean they’re not real people like us.” Athletes continue to show us the kind of good-natured person we should all be on a daily basis. To help you become the person your favorite athlete wants you to be, here are 10 inspirational quotes about how athletes carry themselves off the court.
“I have to tell you, I’m proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people’s lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.” – Magic Johnson
“Culture is very important to the Mavs. Your best player has to be a fit for what you want the culture of the team to be. He has to be someone who leads by example. Someone who sets the tone in the locker room and on the court. It isn’t about who talks the most or the loudest. It is about the demeanor and attitude he brings.” – Mark Cuban
“What you do on the court, off the court, in the classroom, it’s all the same. Your habits, the way you treat class, your relationships – it’s all the same. Do it right or don’t do it.” – Allan Houston
“I’m not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.”- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“I struggle with pride every day, but the one thing that I try to remind myself everyday is that I’m still a sinner no matter how many points/assists/win I get on the court.” – Jeremy Lin
“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.” – Lou Holtz
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”- John Wooden
“Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.” Pat Riley
“When a person is wrapped up in himself, the package is usually pretty small.”- Dale Brown