Champions aren’t born, they are made

  1. As a former World Series of Beer Pong champion, I can attest that hard work and dedication to the sport were critical in my success. But at some level, I can just out-drink everyone, so genetics certainly gave me an athletic advantage.

    • Angela says:

      What you wrote hit my heart.It applies to so many things in life and things I have been through. Very nice, Jay.

  2. Don Johnson says:

    I don’t entirely disagree with you Jay. However, the problem is that this isn’t an either/or discussion. It is different for everyone. Every person that is 6’10” or taller has a genetic advantage in basketball. However once they are playing against people of equal genetic advantage then hard work and practice comes into play. With the Tom Brady example…there is no real way to KNOW how good he actually was in comparison to the almost 200 people taken ahead of him. Was it is hard work that made him one of the best, or was he already one of the best and other people’s analysis of him was wrong. Without that growth spurt Pippen would more than likely not been a star, or even in the NBA. So in my opinion BOTH are required.

    • Jay says:

      both are required, that was my point too. my examples were laid out in a way to show three gifted players who were either passed over or praised for their gifts and what path they chose to take with work ethic

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