After the New England Patriots lost 28-13 to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 AFC Championship, Kurt Warner sent this text message to New England quarterback Tom Brady: "Being the best doesn't mean you always win. It just means you win more than anybody else." This quote is cited in a Seth Wickersham article the 5/13/2013 issue of ESPN the Magazine. Wickersham described what that brief message meant to Brady: "It touched Brady not because Warner called him the best. No, it meant a lot because in a bottom-line profession someone recognized the virtue in striving, even if it's a consolation prize."
In sports--and in life--it is not always possible to control outcomes,
no matter how dedicated, determined and talented that you are. The
challenge and the opportunity is to always do your best;
a person who can honestly say that he has fully committed his mind,
body and soul to excellence is a champion even on the days when the
scoreboard says that he has been vanquished.