‘One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 men preaching it’ — Knute Rockne

THE SPIRIT OF SPORTS gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in no other way or aspect that life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity, sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!” — Dan O’Brien

For Greg Ceilley, retiring this week after 30 years of covering sports in central Sheboygan County for The Review, that sentiment was like Magic Johnson saying “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

Because every kid on every team, be it football, baseball, track, tennis, volleyball, swimming, softball, golf was a “teammate” for Greg.

He knew just like Mike Singletary, that for most kids “My favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play.”

Greg came from Iowa with two sports reporting positions to his credit, and with wife Julie and then two daughters Vanessa and Bridget, has never looked back.

He now probably has more names of Sheboygan County kids and parents in his notebooks than the county clerk.

It’s not an easy job: Late nights to make deadlines, weekend work, being extremely accurate with innumerable statistics and facts for dozens of teams, constant contact with coaches, taking and choosing photographs.

But he also had the opportunity to see over and over again like Babe Ruth said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together they’re not worth a dime.”

And Greg repeatedly experienced on the sidelines with dozens of dedicated youth coaches what Tom Landry meant when he said that “Leadership is a matter of how people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”

Greg was much loved at The Review because we always saw that he carried us a long way, like when Greg Jennings scored with a broken leg against the Saints and “put the team on my back.”

So as you may be reading this we’re having a simple pizza party at The Review for Greg with hugs all around.

And, in his honor, posting a few pretty good quotes about sports which seem worth sharing with all who have had the opportunity to be subjects of his talent and will continue on the playing fields surrounding us.

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” — Jerry Rice

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pocket. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. — Emil Zatopek

“Treat a person as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become as he should be. — Jimmy Johnson

“For me winning isn’t something that happens on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day you train and every night you dream. — Emmitt Smith

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