Years ago, I wrote a column about the intangible “it” factor in athletes. The column explored that factor that cannot be measured by stopwatches, tape measures or scales: “it.”
Never, in more than four decades of sports writing, have I received more feedback from coaches, who, to a person, agreed with my premise. The column about “it” touched a nerve with coaches. The hard-to-define “it” is what separates champions from the merely great.