“Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, money takes wings. Those who cheer you today may curse you tomorrow. The only thing that endures is character.”

DR. G’s COMMENTS: I can’t tell you who said this yet because the quote is too good to spoil by acknowledging the author. He did great things in his athletic career and his words, uttered years after he achieves his gridiron fame are right on and eerily prophetic. The success that you achieve on the field is always fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. Sometimes in an instant you can go from hero to goat. Just ask Bill Buckner or Chuck Knoblauch. The sports media and viewing public are fickle, fair weather fans. They love you when you’re doing well and vilify you when you’re not. If you listen to even a quarter of what is said about you and your abilities by others you will be badly misled. The only enduring thing, the only thing of value is who you are as a person and how you conduct yourself on a day to day basis in your life. Your time in sports will always be limited. You will not be an athlete forever. You will, however, be a person of character for the remainder of your days. The important question that remains of course is what kind of character? When you look at all that this particular person achieved, his amazing athletic feats as an NFL halfback, his career in acting and as a sports broadcaster, then you will know just how true his long ago uttered words are: “The only thing that endures is character.” So what character do you conjure up when you hear the name…O. J. SIMPSON?

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