The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots are about to face off in Super Bowl LII, and Las Vegas has the Pats as 4-point favorites. But the Pats have been on the wrong side of 2 of the most exciting upsets in Super Bowl history. I for one will always consider Eli Manning a hero for that stat. So how should the Eagles players and fans feel in this final week of preparation before the biggest game of many of their lives?

Here are quotes on how underdogs in sports, business, and life should face their big moments:

1. "With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower." -- Johnny Weissmuller

2. "I like being the underdog so they don't expect what's going to happen. It pushes me to work harder and do the things I'm not doing better." -- Kawhi Leonard

3. "How many times do you read about 'the Cinderella story,' the story of the underdog, the story of the ordinary human being, often subjected to cruelty and ignorance and neglect, who somehow triumphs?" -- Kenneth Branagh

4. "I'm kind of a grinder. I'm a Cinderella, an underdog story who fights." -- Zach Johnson

5. "Any time you have defensive ends going above you in the draft, when you know you put up numbers that were equal to better, you just have to use that as motivation. Whenever you're the underdog, you have to have the right attitude and just go out there and be yourself. Just play." -- Justin Tuck

6. "Every athlete at his peak is going to perform with a different mental cocktail. I thrive in the underdog, reserved, it's-not-over-till-it's-over mindset." -- Kevin Jorgeson

7. "Life is never more fun than when you're the underdog competing against the giants." -- Ross Perot

8. "Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what's good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance." -- George Steinbrenner

9. "Always bet on the underdog. They've got ambition and nothing to lose." -- Clint Borgen

10. "Just because you're down to your last strike, you're not out yet. You can always do more. You'll always have more at-bats to take. That's true in baseball, in rescuing animals, and in life generally." -- Tony La Russa

11. "The fact of being an underdog changes people in ways that we often fail to appreciate. It opens doors and creates opportunities and enlightens and permits things that might otherwise have seemed unthinkable." -- Malcolm Gladwell

12. "Beware of barking at underdogs; don't fight with people who have nothing to lose." -- Dory Previn

13. "When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn't. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven't eaten for two days you'll understand." -- Jack Dempsey

14. "Topcats often begin as underdogs." -- Bernard Meltzer

15. "I'm the underdog, but know what I'm capable of." -- Mark Philippoussis

16. "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time." -- Vince Lombardi

17. "I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me. And the one guy who didn't vote for me, thank you, too." -- Shaquille O'Neal

Published on: Feb 1, 2018
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