It’s not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
There is a big difference in wanting to and willing to.
When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: 1. Admit it. 2. Learn from it, and 3. Don’t repeat it.
Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray.
It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be
Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.
Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s easy to beat most folks.
Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.
The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.
It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.
Sure, I’d love to beat Notre Dame, don’t get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state!
You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load.
The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.
Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.
In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.
I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.
If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.
I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.
What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.
Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.
Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.
Don’t talk too much or too soon.
Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.
Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.