Every athlete faces adversity. Having the will and determination to battle through it is what separates champions from everyone else.
Want some motivation and inspiration to fight back from your own personal hardships? Try reading one of the autobiographies below. The legendary pros who wrote them made winning look easy, but each had to persevere over a myriad of obstacles to achieve greatness.
Drive: The Story of My Life, by Larry Bird with Bob Ryan
Larry Bird was one of the best basketball players in the world during the 1980s, winning three MVP awards to match his three NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics. But before Larry became a legend, he was “the hick from French Lick” who dropped out of Indiana University after 24 days. Find out what drove Bird to spend countless hours on the court, perfecting every aspect of his game.
Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton, by Walter Payton with Don Yaeger
Taking a play off was almost sacrilegious to the Chicago Bears’ greatest running back, Walter Payton. Why did the man called “Sweetness” run with such energy and tenacity on every down? Family members, teammates and #34 himself discuss what made Payton one of the greatest football players of all time and why he needed to give back to his beloved fans.
Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton with Tim Keown
As the first overall selection [by the Tampa Bay Rays] in the 1999 MLB Draft, Josh Hamilton was a high school All-American destined for greatness. But before he hit 35 home runs to win the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby, his addiction to drugs and alcohol nearly took his life. Learn what convinced Hamilton to clean up his act and fight his way back into the Bigs.
Driven from Within, by Michael Jordan, Edited by Mark Vancil
We’re all familiar with the six NBA Championships Jordan won with the Chicago Bulls. But, how exactly did he do it? In this tell-all memoir, MJ pays tribute to the mentors, teachers, coaches and others who inspired and guided him to success, concluding with what it takes to become a champion in the game of life.
Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
After Hurricane Katrina practically destroyed New Orleans, the city looked to their pro football team’s newly-signed QB, Drew Brees, for hope and inspiration. Brees, who was personally familiar with fighting back from injuries and adversity, led the Saints to a Super Bowl Championship and lifted the spirits of an entire region.
It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins
Love him or hate him, Lance Armstrong was one of the fiercest competitors ever to ride a bike. Discover how he summoned the courage to defy the odds, not only by winning seven Tours de France, but also by overcoming a childhood filled with broken promises and by beating cancer.
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