The Word: Teamwork

November 1, 2006 | Featured in the November 2006 Issue

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“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
—Babe Ruth

“I don’t worry about things as far as statistics are concerned. just want to prepare the best can and play hard and smart to help the team every week. We have a lot of talented people around me, and when you have guys who want to play and win, and they’re not selfish, you’re going to be a success.”
—Dan Marino
’84 Offensive MVP/Player of the Year

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Three-time NBA MVP
(’71, ’72, ’74)

“The era of the rugged individual is giving way to the era of the team player. Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.”
—Bruce Coslet
Former Bengals head coach

“The strength of the team is each individual member . . . The strength of each member is the team.”
—Phil Jackson
L.A. Lakers head coach, winner of nine NBA Championships

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
—Michael Jordan

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