At one point, I wondered why people loved an underdog story so much. I have come to the conclusion that it is not just a victory on the traditional sense, but a victory against one’s self. It is in those moments of combat, the innings, quarters, or periods of a game, or rounds in a ring that a person steps against the grain and exudes a personal believe that is then translated into performance. It is often because they were willing to work harder, longer, and with more heart than their opponent. Talent has little to do with it. But great people find a dream and go through struggles which strengthen the will to win, the drive to proceed, and the determination to never surrender. It is only then, that they can find their victory.
This is why Cinderella Man, James J. Braddock, was able to what many thought was impossible. Until I watched the movie, I had never heard of his story but was truly impressed with what he was able to accomplish. Here is a person, who went from a good life to loosing it all in the great depression only to fight his way out of poverty with sheer determination and hard work. He had to swallow all pride and ask for help, but used that heartache to fuel a fire that not only got his family out of poverty, but resulted in him being the boxing champion of the world. He even had enough character to pay back the public assistance money he was given once he was able.
What do you think is the best underdog story of history? What struggles did they go through before achieving the victory?