When the name Jimmy V comes up in sports circles, one things comes to mind. The speech. The acceptance pledge that the late Jimmy Valvano made on stage at the ESPY’s to a crowd of athletes, sports minds, analysts, coaches, and colleagues over 22 years ago. Those words echoed around the world and still resonate today as the video shows. Emotions stir through you, and tears build up and fire brews in your stomach. Jimmy V’s words did that.
Valvano had tumors all over his body at the time and was fighting off cancer like the disease was Joe Frazier in his prime stalking him around the ring. Before he left us, Valvano took the stage where he received the Arthur Ashe Courage award. Those 10 minutes will go down as the best in sports history. I can remember the words like I heard them when I was 11 and watching the TV.
“You got to do three things in life. Laugh. Think. Cry.” (more…)