A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 18, 2014
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it”

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it” has been credited to professional American football pioneer George Halas (1895-1983) since 1996. It’s not known when (or if) he said this during his lifetime.


Wikipedia: George Halas
George Stanley Halas, Sr. (February 2, 1895 – October 31, 1983), nicknamed “Papa Bear” and “Mr. Everything”, was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic founder and owner of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. He was also lesser known as an inventor, jurist, producer, philanthropist, philatelist, and Major League Baseball player.

Google Books
A Hero in Every Heart:
Champions from all walks of life share powerful messages to inspire the hero in each of us

By H. Jackson Brown and Robyn Freedman Spizman
Nashville, TN: T. Nelson
1996
Pg. 1:
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. — George Halas

Google Books
Secrets of a CEO Coach:
Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking Like a Leader and Acting Like a CEO

By D. A. Benton
New York, NY: McGraw Hill Professional
2000
Pg. 135:
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” said legendary Chicago Bears coach George Halas.

Google Books
The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player:
Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants

By John Maxwell
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
2002
Pg. 26:
George Halas, former owner of the NFL Chicago Bears, asserted, “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

Google Books
Winning Words:
Classic Quotes from the World of Sports

By Michael Benson
Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing
2008
Pg. 78:
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” —George Halas

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • Permalink