It’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally it takes love, fairness, and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?

~ Jesse Owens

In the NFL game today, there are a lot of better athletes than I am, and quarterbacks these days are faster than the quarterbacks have always been, they’re running like crazy. But I kind of stick to my roots of the disciplined quarterback. You know, I’m doing the same routine every week, studying tapes and working hard, getting ready to play and making good decisions on Sundays.

~ Peyton Manning

All the things I learned from running apply to any survival situation. You learn to be 100-percent obedient to discipline. It’s not running and training; it’s proper diet and the right attitude. But besides that I took a lot of survival training.

~ Louie Zamperini

Note: For more quotes for Louie Zamperini, read the Runner’s World article, Life According to Louie.