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Quotes about Coach John Wooden

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The following are quotes made by others about Coach John Wooden:
 
"[He] has a heart, brain and soul that have enabled him to inspire others to reach levels of success and peace of mind that they might never have dreamed possible on their own."
 
—Bill Walton '74, UCLA Magazine (March 2007)
 
 
"When I left UCLA in 1974 and became the highest-paid player in the history of team sports at that time, the quality of my life went down. That's how special it was to have played for John Wooden and UCLA."
 
—Bill Walton '74, UCLA Magazine (March 2007)
 
 
"There's never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach."
 
—Rick Reilly, CNN Sports Illustrated (March 14, 2000)
 
 
"There has never been another coach like Wooden, quiet as an April snow and square as a game of checkers; loyal to one woman, one school, one way; walking around campus in his sensible shoes and Jimmy Stewart morals."
 
—Rick Reilly, CNN Sports Illustrated (March 14, 2000)
 
 
"He wanted to win, but not more than anything ... My relationship with him has been one of the most significant of my life ... The consummate teacher, he taught us that the best you are capable of is victory enough, and that you can't walk until you crawl, that gentle but profound truth about growing up."
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar '69, "Kareem" (1990)
 
 
"We'd sit on the bus and talk about when to use a colon and when a semicolon. We'd argue the difference between 'like' and 'as if.'"
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar '69, Los Angeles Times (Jan. 29, 2008)
 
 
"Wooden was a role model, not just as a coach and a wise man, but also for his modesty and character, and on how to age successfully. He was a legend in ways that go far beyond basketball. His personality, positivity, wisdom and attitude toward aging played important roles in his cognitive vitality. He also had a great sense of humor about life, and even death ... One of Coach's famous quotes was, 'When I am through learning, then I am through.'"
 
—Alan Castel, UCLA assistant professor of psychology, who interviewed Wooden about aging and memory during summer 2008
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