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The misplaced notion about what toughness really is

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Just like so many other virtues in today’s society, the interpretation of “toughness” has become terribly misunderstood. We are inundated with stories about supposedly “tough” personalities. They are often loud, speaking aggressively and at times offensively.

It seems like the name-calling, finger-wagging and chest-pumping attracts the most attention. Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with being tough. This behavior represents unprincipled, undisciplined and disrespectful bullying. People who behave this way are immature and egotistical individuals. Regrettably, many times, they are also athletes.  

So what exactly is toughness? Toughness is setting a goal for oneself and expecting a personal level of determination, diligence and passion. Toughness requires discipline on a self-imposing level— accepting nothing but one’s personal best and striving relentlessly to achieve excellence.

When an athlete is truly tough, there is no room for blame or excuses. Being tough signifies accountability. Failure, along with success, should be accepted with grace and dignity. A truly tough athlete understands that a failed attempt does not make someone a failure. It is merely a setback that sets one up for a worthy comeback.

Most importantly, a tough athlete understands the enormous responsibility that comes with fame and recognition. Along with his or her athleticism, the dialogue and behavior expressed by the athlete is watched and scrutinized by all who follow his particular sport. Fans of all ages try to imitate these huge personalities, especially the youngest admirers. These tough athletes understand and embrace this important obligation, and try their best to instill honor and respect in their sport. After all, their reflection is what we all see through the eyes of those who admire them. 

Led by a historic ground campaign, the Panthers humiliated Virginia Tech, running their way to a 52-22 demolition of the Hokies Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field, maintaining first place in the Coastal division.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE — With an opportunity to separate itself in the race for the ACC Coastal title, the Virginia football team failed to overcome myriad mental and physical errors and its depleted defense was unable to hold up in the second half of a 23-13 loss to Pittsburgh on a soggy Friday night.
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Casey DeSmith stopped all 39 shots he faced, while Sidney Crosby racked up a goal and an assist as the Penguins dominated Arizona in a 4-0 shutout win at PPG Paints Arena Saturday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off. Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night.
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