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Bill Bradley's Perfection Essay

683 words - 3 pages

"In John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of William Warren Bradley (1965), Bill Bradley, an All-Star in both academics and athletics from small- town Crystal City, Missouri, commits to Princeton to play basketball. At Princeton Bill shatters the basketball records for Princeton, the Ivy League, and even the NCAA, while earning to be a Rhodes scholar and eventually becoming a U.S Senator. Bill Bradley was born with many gifts that aided him in his success; above all, his determination to be the best athlete, his perfectionism that made him believe he may always be better, and his intelligence of the game, permitted him to become the greatest basketball player to ever walk the campus of Princeton as an Athlete.
Many great athletes are so cocky and selfish that the they think they are too good for others, school, and even defense, but not Bill Bradley, in fact, he strives at all of those things because of his relentless determination to be the best he could at everything he did. Bill's continuing purposefulness shows after a game when he remembers a move that someone made on himself that tricked him, Bill determined to learn the move and use it to his advantage on others asks the opposing player the exact detail of how they did it. Also Bradley exemplifies his determination when going through extensive workouts after practice by himself: "'…practices his set shots, hook shots, and jump shots… he does not permit himself to move on until he has made at least ten shots out of thirteen from each location,"' (26-27). Bill goes through many things that most basketball players do not, so he can have the advantage in the game. Teams cut many great players because they are too lazy to play good defense, but again Bill Bradley does not do that; Bill plays 100 % the whole time trying to be the best player he can possibly be. Not only was Bill a great athlete but he was a scholar; He stays up...

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