Monday, September 10, 2012


"One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." –Michael Jordan

"For me, the fact that your game plan and strategies worked out — that’s incidental. For me the satisfaction is that 12 guys have listened and absorbed, and found a way to band together to win.” -Phil Jackson

"Nobody is a whole team...We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands we're not. To make this thing called life work, we gotta learn and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace and rely. ..Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful hotshot, let's quit acting like we are. Life's lonely enough without our playing that silly role. The game is over. Let's link up." –Chuck Swindoll

"People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them." -Dr. Allan Fromme

“There’s nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.” –Billy Martin

“To be the best in the world. Not last week. Not next year. But right now. You are the best. And it’s even more satisfying as a team, because that’s more difficult. If I play well, that’s one thing. But to make others play better…” –Bill Russell

“The fourth dimension that determines success or failure is selfless teamwork and collective pride, which accumulate until they make positive thinking and victory habitual.” –Vince Lombardi
“My driving belief is this: great teamwork is the only way to reach our ultimate moments, to create the breakthroughs that define our careers, to fulfill our lives with sense of lasting significance.” –Pat Riley

"When two people work together to accomplish something that would have been more difficult or impossible individually something special happens." -Dick Devenzio

“I don’t get a big charge out of being the leading scorer. The object of competing is winning. I just try to do what has to be done for us to win. That might be anything at the time — defense, rebounding, passing. I get great satisfaction out of being a team player.” –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Each individual player has much greater ability than he thinks he has.  Particularly when he uses that ability in a committed team effort." -Woody Hayes

“The best potential of me is we.” –Dale Brown

"Thee lift me and I'll lift thee and we'll ascend together." -Quaker Proverb

"When I gave up ME, I became MORE. I became a captain, a leader, a better person and I cam to understand that life is a team game...and you know what? I’ve found most people aren’t team players. They don’t realize that life is the only game in town. Someone should tell them. It has made all the difference in the world to me.” –Don Mattingly

“As I’ve stated before, the greatest potential of me is we. Each player must respect one another and give of himself for the good of the team.” –Dale Brown

"Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scored, but you'll never forget your teammates." -Deborah Palmore
“When I gave up me, I became more.  I became a captain, a leader, a better person and I came to understand that life is a team game...And you know what?...I've found most people aren't team players.  They don't realize that life is the only game in town.  Someone should tell them.  It has made all the difference in the world to me.” –Don Mattingly

"One of the most difficult challenges of coaching, particularly in recent years, has been shifting the attitude of as many players as possible from self-interest to being team-oriented." –Tom Osborne

"Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work." -Vince Lombardi

"Teamwork doesn't tolerate the inconvenience of distance." -Anonymous

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." -Booker T. Washington

“To be a good player on your team, you have to affect someone else on the team. You have to cause them to play better by the way you play. You affect other players with the character and attitude. To be a great player, you have to affect your entire unit. If you are a great player, every player on that unit plays better when you are on the field.” –Nick Saban

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, and a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi

“Ten strong horses couldn't pull an empty baby carriage if they worked independently of each other.” -John Wooden

“The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.” -Knute Rockne

"The group that can play as one, with spirit and courage, has the best chance to win." -Mike Krzyzewski

"In all things that are purely social, we can be as separate as the fingers yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress." -Booker T. Washington-

“Everybody makes such a big deal today about team play because there’s such a scarcity of it. Greed is a reason. You have to understand the influence of greed. A player has to be selfish in the pursuit of the development of his skills, but he cannot be selfish when it comes time to blend them in with what’s good for his team.” -Pete Carril

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve.” -Michael Jordan

"Individuals play the game, but teams win championships." –Bill Parcells

“Behind an able man there are always other able men.” –Chinese proverb

"Working together precedes winning together...collaboration is multiplication." -John Maxwell

"Iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another." -King Solomon
“Guys who play together can beat a group of all-stars on any given night.” Team over talent. Collective identity over individual ego.” –Jerry Colangelo

“Team sports are really difficult things. Sometimes your team wins because of you, sometimes in spite of you and sometimes it’s like you’re not even there.” –Don Mattingly

“Most people go into everything looking out for their own ass. They’re looking out for themselves, and they’ll say all the right things and give you a lot of lip service, but they’re taking care of number one. There’s nothing wrong with that but you’ll never be part of something truly significant if that’s going to be your attitude.” –Pat Riley

"The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play." -Bill Russell