The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
The numbers are astounding: 1098 career victories (most ever by a male or female), 16 SEC titles, 22 Final Fours, 8 national championships and 7 national Coach Of The Year awards.
An average of 16,565 fans per game in 1999. An Olympic gold medal as the coach of the 1984 U.S. team. A Naismith Hall of Famer (2000). A Medal Of Freedom Award in 2012. Author of three books. Yet as we honor Pat Summitt for what she accomplished in 38 years as the Tennessee Vol's women's coach, we remember what she did best: Teach. And as she leaves us, we can also take time to learn from her.
Successful people are driven. Successful people are competitive. And successful people can offer some superb motivational advice. Pat Summitt seemingly had a zillion memorable quotes, but I've picked 25 of them that I have taken to heart. I hope you do too!
There you have it. Take one of these quotes to heart each day for the next three weeks and you will be a better person for it. A talented coach has left us, but an amazing teacher, humanitarian and philosopher has left us with some sound advice.
Let's all thank Pat Summitt for making every one of us better!
*Quotes collected from Associated Press, Tennessee archives, WATE TV, Wikipedia
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