To put together a Hall of Fame career, it takes grit, determination, passion and a good head on your shoulders.
While the Gold Jackets who fill the halls of Canton were the most skilled players of their crop, they were also the ones willing to work harder than anyone else in the room and face adversity head on.
In coordination with our #MondayMotivation series over on the HOF Experiences Instagram page, we're looking at the best motivational quotes and tidbits of life advice from our Gold Jackets. All of this is leading up to the next class of Hall of Famers joining the brotherhood at 2020 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls next August.
"If you take anything from this, let it be these three words: bet on yourself." — Ty Law, Class of 2019
"In my opinion, baseball is America's pastime, but football is truly America's passion..." — Howie Long, Class of 2000
"Work isn't work unless you would rather be doing something else." — Don Shula, Class of 1997
"A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to." — Tom Landry, Class of 1990
"You will get knocked down, you will fail and you will doubt yourself. But that is a good thing. That, my sweet children, is where the gold is." — Tony Gonzalez, Class of 2019
"The game of football taught me accountability, discipline, sacrifice and selflessness. It developed in me grit, tenacity and confidence." — Kevin Mawae, Class of 2019
"There are a few things I learned to appreciate from a good leader. They lead by example, they're accountable, they're competitive and they know how to win." — Champ Bailey, Class of 2019
"America is the land of opportunity. Let's not slam the door on those who look or sound different from us." — LaDainian Tomlinson, Class of 2017
"Obviously talent gets you to a certain point, but it's what you do with it, how you handle it." — Brett Favre, Class of 2016
"Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live." — Joe Montana, Class of 2000
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