You can view his speech at the ESPY awards in 1993 on YouTube. He was so sick he threw up on the plane the entire trip and Coach K (who was one of his best friends) said he didn't know how he made it to the awards at all, not to mention that he was able to walk to the stage (with help) and deliver one of the most iconic speeches given by anyone associated with the sports world. I love stuff like this. He passed away not long after he gave this memorable speech. His players said that he gave a version of this speech at every game. No wonder they played their hearts out for him.
We should take the lessons we learn in sport and use them every single day. I want to win at whatever I do, don't you. I want to be a better person every day, no matter what the odds. Don't you? Use the lessons of Laetner, Valvano, Coach K, Serena Williams, McLain Ward and his iconic horse, Sapphire and put them to use. While I'll be hoping for a WVU upset on Thursday night, I'll also be thinking of the other lessons from March Madness. Thank you Coach V for giving us so much to think about this March.