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coined the famous expression, “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” I remember my grandfather, who somehow knew that I was going to be a lawyer one day, telling me that I needed to take charge of a courtroom like Cochran did. The way that he carried himself helped him successfully defend his client, even in the face of severe scrutiny from the courts and the public. I strive to be as successful in representing my clients as Johnny Cochran was.

WHAT MAKES THE GREATS GREAT?

THE PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED ME TO STRIVE FOR GREATNESS

Just a few years later, another stellar athlete who had yet to become a household name won two Super Bowls in a row. John Elway started as the Denver Broncos quarterback in 1987 and didn’t have any Super Bowl wins to show for it. The team was in a state of decline until Elway led them to victory against the Green Bay Packers in 1997. It was Elway’s first Super Bowl win and Denver’s first win as well. But he didn’t stop there. The next year, the Broncos won the Super Bowl again against the Atlanta Falcons. During that game, he set a record five Super Bowl starts, which was only beaten by Tom Brady in 2015. Consequently, Tom Brady is another one of the greats who has had an influence on me. I know a lot of people hate him, but you can’t deny his success and his dedication to the sport — or the power of his underdog origins. After constantly fighting for the starting quarterback spot on the University of Michigan’s team, he was 199th pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Purportedly, he had the audacity, even then, to tell Patriots owner Robert Kraft that he would be the best decision the Patriots had ever made. No one could have guessed what Tom Brady was capable of at that point, but over the years, he has lived up his claims of greatness and then some. Whether they didn’t get picked for the varsity team, operating in a slump that seemed like it would never end, or they were someone’s last choice in the NFL draft, all of these guys had something in common: Something happened to all of them that lit a fire underneath them and propelled them relentlessly toward greatness. They went from the people you count out to the people you count on when the going gets tough. That’s who I want to be and who I want my team to be for my clients. I wasn’t your best choice for legal assistance by birth, but my team and I work hard to be your best choice, and we won’t let you down.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” –Zig Ziglar

When I think of the people I’ve admired and have influenced me over the course of my life, I think that this quote sums up most of their lives perfectly. Most people aren’t born with an innate talent for whatever they want to do in life. Instead, they have to work hard and forge themselves into the person they want to become. It’s something that countless legends of the field, court, and courtroom have done to find their success. They didn’t wait until talent fell in their lap. Instead, they laced up their shoes, took a deep breath, and got to work. The first person who really influenced how I thought about hard work and success was Michael Jordan. Mike’s journey from varsity team reject to six-time NBA national championship winner is well known, but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring. He was the first person who made me want to find out what made “the greats” so great, and he showed me that successful people can come from anywhere. Just after Mike rejoined the NBA after his brief stint in minor league baseball, another success story was in the works in the most-watched courtroom in America. In the height of the OJ Simpson trial, Johnny Cochran passionately defended his client and

–Edward Littlejohn

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