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Jerry Rice Quotes

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Jerry Rice quotes: life lessons from the wide receiver GOAT.

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”

“The enemy of the best is the good.  If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.”

“If you have a chance, that’s all you want.  I am very glad that I decided to take a chance.”

“I think my secret is that there’s no shortcuts for hard work, determination and having that don’t give up attitude.”

“You’ve got to have that determination, you’ve got to have that hunger.  I want to motivate you to get that work in.”

“Not wanting to disappoint is what pushed me to be successful.”

“I’m here to tell you that the fear of failure is the engine that has driven me throughout my entire life.  It flies in the faces of all these sports psychologists who say you have to let go of your fears to be successful and that negative thoughts will diminish performance.”

“If you failed to be perfect, then excellence would be within your grasp.”

“I had to work hard and hit the books because the opportunity to play in the NFL is not really that big, so I knew I needed something to fall back on.  That’s the message I want to send to those kids when I talk to them in person and let them know the most important thing is getting your education.”

“Once you get your education it’s going to open up so many doors for you.  And the sky’s the limit.  So that’s what I want to deliver to students.”

“People today are always on their cell phones, so I thought, why not reach my fans this way?  I will establish closer relationships with my fans using these mobile services.”

“I had that hunger, that desire to be successful and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way.  But not wanting to disappoint my parents – and later, my coaches, teammates and fans – is what pushed me to be successful.”

“I look at it like this: God gave me something to work with.  He meant for me to do something, and I want to do it the best way.”

“Coming from the South, I just felt you had to work just a little bit harder.  It was not going to be handed to you.  My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure.  I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.”

“My dad was a hard man.  I never saw him cry, and he didn’t say, ‘I love you.’  But like men of his generation, he expressed it in other ways.  He taught us about responsibility at an early age.  My father taught me about work ethic, you know, loving what you do, and always giving 100%.”

“I think with my hands, it was catching a lot of footballs and working with my father during the summer because he would always make me.  My father was a bricklayer so I was a helper.  My job was to make sure that he had bricks to lay.  And it made me strong, catching those bricks.  I wouldn’t change anything about it.  That’s why I’m where I am today.  Really.”

“As long as I did my job, when he had bricks to lay, everything went smoothly.  I prided myself on trying to catch everything.  If you didn’t do that, you got behind schedule.  If you got behind schedule, you lost money.  I had a job to do.  If I didn’t do my job, I would be disciplined.”

“After I got disciplined I got introduced to football and then after that everything just took off for me.  I had a lot of role models: the teachers, the coaches.  Watching them give so much to so many students so they can be successful in life basically just ingrained in me that I think it’s more gratifying for me to give back than just to receive.”

“I think just what my parents instilled in me was hard work and being able to always go out there and focus and be 100%.  I took that work ethic into the NFL and everyday I always gave 100% and never wanted anything to be handed to me.  I wanted to earn it.  And every time I stepped on that football field during practice I wanted to leave that football field with learning something about what the practice was about for me that day.”

“I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.  Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.”

“My passion for the game is what allowed me to maintain my level of play.  My hard work in the off-season contributed mightily to my success.  In addition to that, I do a pretty good job of watching my diet to be able to maintain my health.”

“I worked so hard.  I want to be stronger at the end of the game than the guy I’m playing against.”

“I had a coach who told me that I needed to smell the roses.  I could never do that, because I was so focused, and I had blinders on for the next year.  Once it’s over, you might enjoy it that night or during the parade, but after that, you go right back into focusing the next year on what you have to do to be great again.”

“To me it was never about what I accomplished on the football field, it was about the way I played the game.  I played the game with a lot of determination, a lot of poise, a lot of pride and I think what you saw out there… was an individual who really just loved the game.”

“I really love my life.  I devoted myself to football for over 25 years.  I put my heart into it.”

“The things that are happening to me are unbelievable.  I’m actually busier right now than when I played football.  I think I just went into a system that was willing to utilize me and gave me opportunities.”

“I have been blessed with a long and healthy career as a professional athlete and I’m moving forward into the next stage of my life.  I am excited about tomorrow.  I’m like the guy who jumps out of a high-rise building and every floor he passes on the way down, he says, ‘So far so good.’  But this is finally it.  There are no more routes to run, no more touchdowns to score, no more records to set.  That young boy from Mississippi has finally stopped running.  Let me stand here and catch my breath.  Let me inhale it all in one more time.”

“This is a happy day for me.  I have really enjoyed this ride.  It’s been really great, really fantastic.”

“Thank you.  Thank you.  You know what, guys, I feel like dancing!”

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