\u201cIt is not the critic who counts, not
the man who points out how the
strong man stumbled, or where the
doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is
actually in the arena; whose face is
marred by the dust and sweat and
blood; who strives valiantly; who errs
and comes short again and again;
who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions and spends
himself in a worthy course; who at
the best, knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement, and
who, at worst, if he fails, at least he
fails while daring greatly; so that his
place shall never be with those cold
and timid souls who know neither
victory or defeat
In top competition a whole new ingredient enters football
-PAIN. You learn the pain in practice and you will know it in
every game. It begins as you approach the limit of your
endurance, coming on gradually, hitting your stomach first.
Your arms grow heavy and your legs tighten \u2013 the thighs the
You sink lower as if someone were pushing down on your
back. You can\u2019t hold yourself up. Your perception changes.
The sounds become a roar in your ears. The field becomes
like a pool of water. Your stomach feels as though it\u2019s going to
fall out; every snap hurts \u2013 and suddenly you hear a shrill
Then you have a choice. You can back off, or you can force
yourself to drive to the finish, knowing that the pain will
become excruciating. RIGHT THERE, the great football
players separate from the rest, for it is those last few minutes
that count. Most players back away. If you push through the
pain barrier into real agony, YOU ARE CHAMPION!!
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