Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.
In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail.
There will always be that dreadful monster prejudice to do extra battle against because of their color.
Each great athlete must some day bow to that perennial old champion, Father Time, even as I, for Time eventually wins.
I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship.
Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence will not in themselves make a champion, it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors.
To these ideals which were instilled in me when I was a youth, I attribute in a large degree the success that was mine on the bicycle tracks of the world.
I pray they will carry on in spite of that dreadful monster prejudice, and with patience, courage, fortitude and perseverance achieve success for themselves.
The moral turpitude of the boys of today appears to center in their failure to concentrate on any particular objective long enough to obtain their maximum results.
An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.