Posts Tagged ‘Legacy’

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Manu Ginobili has been a cornerstone of the San Antonio Spurs organization since 2002, yet when his career inevitably comes to an end, the now 40-year-old guard won’t allow himself to dwell on the legacy he’s left behind.

“I’ve been asked about my legacy and I really don’t care much about the legacy,” Ginobili said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, according to Spurs Zone’s Jeff Garcia.

“Earlier or later I want to be remembered as a good person, a good dude, that I was here around in town, and fun to watch, and good to hang out with but after a few years it’s going to be forgotten. The legacy thing is very overrated.”

Entering his 16th season with the Spurs, Ginobili – who re-signed on a two-year, $5-million contract back in August – has pretty much accomplished everything he set out to do. He has four championships on his resume, has made two All-Star teams, was an All-NBA Third Team member twice, and former Sixth Man of the Year.

His mindset is that the Spurs will carry on without him, and that no matter how great he is or was, someone will eventually step up in his place, and he’ll simply be an afterthought. Because of that, Ginobili chooses to look forward and avoid fretting about how people will look back on his playing days.

“We’re going to be gone soon and somebody better is going to come up, always! There’s always somebody better than you. If you live your life thinking about your legacy or what you’re going to leave, you don’t worry than you add another concern,” he added. “Just live your life every single day, do the best you can and that’s more of my motto than leaving a legacy.”

Ginobili played 69 games last season for San Antonio, averaging career lows in minutes (18.7), points (7.5), and field-goal percentage (39 percent).

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Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.

Source: Jobbing Out

Ron Simmons spoke with the Jobbing Out podcast about his historic WCW World Title win 25 years ago, becoming the first African-American to win a World Title. Here are some of the highlights via PressBox:

Not knowing he was going to win the WCW Championship that night:

“That night there they saw a real moment in professional wrestling. Which is very rare that they see that kind of thing happen. Because there was no knowledge of that happening — it wasn’t even knowledge [for] me that that was going to take place that night. And I think that’s one of the biggest reasons [for] that reaction of the fans. Not only that, but they can see from the enthusiasm from me and all of the other guys that this was something that was not scripted of any kind. That wasn’t supposed to take place that night.”

Inspiring fans still today:

“It’s something that you never forget, that you always relive, and I’ve done that ever since that happened. … It’s something that you never get over and you are not only proud of yourself, but also it gives you special meaning when people come up to you and say, ‘Thank you for giving me that inspiration from when you won that title that night. Not just because of it being the title but because of it giving me inspiration to go on to do other things with my life.’ Now you can’t ask for a better compliment than that.”

Thinking the win would have a lasting impact:

“Absolutely not. And I would be lying if I said that because I had no idea of the impact that it was not only going to have on them but on me and on the world of professional wrestling. When I go back and look at that, just the crowd, just the look on their faces and the reaction of when that happened — listen, you’re not human if you don’t get chills when you look at that. Every time I see it … it just makes my flesh crawl and it almost brings me to tears, to be honest with you.”

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here or read the full highlights by clicking here.

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WWE Mae Young Classic competitor Tessa Blanchard joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Larry Dallas to promote the first four episodes of the tournament being released on the WWE Network. You can check out some highlights below:

Her match with Kairi Sane:

“It was honestly, it still doesn’t feel real really. It was just such an honor to be out there with Kairi, of all people, because her and I were supposed to have a singles match in Japan on two different occasions over the past two or three years and it didn’t happen due to just circumstance and the card changing or whatnot. So her and I were talking and we were like, of all places in America and in a WWE ring, finally we get to have our singles match. So that was just really really special for us.”

Embracing with Sane after the match and the emotion of it all:

“You know I was just overcome with emotion. Just watching it back I was just completely overcome with emotion. The crowd was absolutely unreal, they were with us the entire time and the response we got was awesome. And Kairi, she’s such a superstar, she really deserves to be seen by the world. She’s such a phenomenal talent, she’s honestly probably one of the best in the world and for her to be over here and have an opportunity with WWE, I’m just very very proud of her.

If this has been the match of her career so far:

“I think it might be so far, might be my favorite match I’ve had so far in my career. And it’s saying a lot because some of my favorite matches are against Mickie James and – ugh it’s just crazy the platform we had and to go out there and show what you can do and show that women are not just women’s wrestlers, we’re wrestlers. It was just so special.”

Did she always want to be in wrestling despite her family’s legacy, and if her family supported her:

“When I started wrestling I didn’t tell my family that I was starting to train about four or five months in to my training. I never told them. But I had to tell them or I wouldn’t be able to continue training where I was training, because Michael, who owns High Spot, thought it might be like a conflict and I ended up telling my parents. They came to watch me and it was great. Things kind of just took off from there. I never really thought they would take off the way they did. I started off driving the 14 hours for $50 no hotel, then turning around and driving the 14 hours right back to North Carolina and just so I could learn, go everywhere, and get my name out there. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that ‘You are where you are because of your name, or because of your boyfriend, or because of -‘ anything but hard work. And I was never going to let that be true. I went out there and I did everything I could to make a name for myself.”

Her last name helping or hurting her in her career:

“I think it’s a blessing and a curse a little bit. I’m so so proud to be a Blanchard. I just wish my grandpa was around to see me in the ring just one time and that would just make my life. But also I knew when I was starting out that it would be hard and I didn’t quite anticipate how difficult it would be, starting out, because locker rooms – ugh, they were some of the toughest things to be in. It was absolutely difficult, but one thing I’ve always prided myself on is I have unbelievable mental strength. And I don’t let that kind of thing get to me, it just motivates me. Cause I’ve been beat down verbally and – I don’t let that get in my way I guess. I still, I do everything I can to make sure ‘Hey, you can say Blanchard, that got my foot in the door, that got me in front of the right people, that got me a shot – but once I step in the ring it doesn’t do jack sh*t for me.’ Once I’m in there it doesn’t take the bumps for me, it doesn’t drive the miles for me, it doesn’t do any of that. So I ought to be able to back it up.”

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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”

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LeBron James‘ quest for greatness can sometimes get in the way of the more important things in his life.

After noticing that his quest to be the best was taking away from his family life, the four-time MVP apologized to his wife Savannah for being too focused on his own journey.

“I am addicted to the process. I’m addicted to the process,” James said on Monday’s Road Trippin’ Podcast. “It’s so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are – my babies are.'”

LeBron and Savannah have been together since their high school days, and have been married for more than three years.

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Source: Sporting News

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently spoke with Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com. The full interview is at this link and below are a few highlights:

His career and how he’s doing financially these days:

“I look back on it and think about how much fun I did have. At the time, I didn’t look at it as providing memories for the future. But thanks to things like the WWE Network, YouTube and people like you being gracious enough to keep my name out there, I’m doing financially better now than when I was wrestling.”

His legacy:

“My legacy, I hope, is — and I feel pretty comfortable saying this — that I worked harder than anybody in the business and sometimes under the worst conditions. I never wanted to ever leave the crowd thinking they haven’t gotten their money’s worth. Fans still enjoy me and I enjoy them. I am thankful.”

Check out the full interview with Flair at this link.