"Most people race to see who is the fastest. I race to see who has the most guts."
That is the mindset sports thrive on. It is not about the man or woman with the God given ability to be an amazing athlete. It is about the athlete that logically should not win, should not be successful. That is why America loves the Rudy's, Pre's, Michael Oher's, etc. We think of our Nation as Blue Collar, and it is about working to get what you want, all must be earned, not given.
"Earn the right to play"
"The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph."
-Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain)
"Never Quit. Don't ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn't quitting. If you quit you'll regret it forever."