I confess that I am not a sports fan of note, but when I was given this quote several years ago, I had to find out more about John Madden.
John Madden is well-known to American football fans. He was a football hero in high school before playing college football at Oregon and the College of San Mateo before transferring to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was a rising star. In 1958, a knee injury in training camp ended all his chances to play professionally. Most would consider this a disastrous end to a promising career. John Madden persevered to become a Super Bowl-winning head coach and a beloved sports commentator in later years. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his coaching career.
“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”