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Pat Summitt: Comments on Life and Her Battle with Alzheimer’s

- Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who died Tuesday morning, was known for her memorable quotes, many of which shed light on her leadership style and work ethic. Here's a look back at some of the ones she'll be remembered for.

On how to win:

"Here's how I'm going to beat you. I'm going to outwork you. That's it. That's all there is to it." — Summitt in her 1999 book "Reach for the Summit"

On tradition:

"I remember every player — every single one — who wore the Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate, a bold, aggravating color that you can usually find on a roadside crew, 'or in a correctional institution,' as my friend Wendy Larry jokes. But to us the color is a flag of pride, because it identifies us as Lady Vols and therefore as women of an unmistakable type. Fighters. I remember how many of them fought for a better life for themselves. I just met them halfway." — Summitt in her 2013 book with Sally Jenkins, "Sum it Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective"

On discipline:

“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.” — Summitt in "Reach for the Summit"

On setting goals:

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.” — Summitt in "Reach for the Summit"

On her fight with Alzheimer's:

"Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer’s disease." — Summitt in a news release announcing her 2013 memoir

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