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Letter to My Younger Self

You’re meeting some friends from the league at a restaurant tonight, and it will be another good time. But before you go, I want to teach you a new word. The word is no.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Racing is not kind to all of us, Mario. But it will be kind to you — so kind that at times you’ll even feel guilty, wondering why you are deserving of such good fortune while bad things happen to…

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Letter to My Younger Self

Listen very carefully. When your family moves away from Três Corações, don’t forget the socks of your mother. If you forget them, your life may be very different.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Get up. Get up off your knees, Vernon. Because if you don’t, you’ll never forgive yourself, and you’ll leave this world with a broken heart.

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Letter to My Daughter

In case you do end up following Mama’s footsteps, in life or in golf, here’s some of what I know so far. (And to the young girls also reading who want to be athletes, hopefully you learn something, too.)

FILE--Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire takes a breather against the Lakers in Portland, Ore., April 21, 1999.  Stoudamire will have his hands full against Phoenix's Jason Kidd as the two teams start the first round of NBA playoffs in Portland Saturday.    (AP Photo/Jack Smith,File)

Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 12-year-old Dame: Listen to me. When the reporter comes to your locker with the empty cup, don’t freak out. Don’t curse. Don’t get offended. Don’t even react. This is a very important test for you. Just smile and go…

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Letter to My Younger Self

Learn to repeat this over and over, like your own little mantra: He’s just too small. Oh yeah? F--- you. He’s just too small. Oh yeah? F--- you.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Go to the magic place. I know — you were just there. I know, I know. But don’t be shy. I promise. Go there again ... Go to the ice.

DALLAS - MAY 9:  Chauncey Billups #7 of the Denver Nuggets stretches on the court prior to Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on May 9, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  The Nuggets won 106-105.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Letter to My Younger Self

Let’s back up to before you're a Piston, or a leader, or a winner, or a Big Shot — before any of that. You know what? Let’s back up to before you're even a point guard.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Kid, I’m from the future. I’m you, 50 years from now. You’re looking at me like, “You? The guy with the mustache and all the scars? What the heck happened to me?”

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Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 12-year-old Jason: You’re laughing. I’m telling you the truth, but you’re laughing.

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Letter to My Younger Self

So given the fact that you now know the damage football will cause, do you still think you should play?