Columnist Donald Kaul writes: "John Wooden was a legend. That's a word that's thrown around a lot these days, particularly in the realm of sports. Most sports legends aren't. But he was.

Wooden died at the age of 99 in June, 35 years after retiring as the most successful (and many would say best) basketball coach of all time. During the final 12-year stretch of his career, his UCLA teams won 10 national championships, a record unlikely ever to be broken.

At one point, his teams won 88 games in a row, another record. He did all of this while remaining a moral beacon for the rest of us.

He was a deeply religious, non-swearing coach who saw to it that his players graduated. He said things like: "Nothing will work unless you do," and "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." And he lived that way.

Well, except for Sam Gilbert." Read Kaul's column in Tuesday's Moultrie Observer.

 

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