Jack Yerman was driven to succeed as a competitor.
Back in 1960, the former Golden Bear's dogged determination was rewarded with a gold medal in the 1,600 meter (4x400) relay at the Rome Olympics.
However, the complete story of Yerman's journey to Olympic glory - from barely qualifying for Trials to achieving victory on the final day - is proof of the mental toughness and tenacity the Cal Hall of Famer possessed as a competitor.
In "Your Time Will Come: Jack Yerman and His Incredible Journey to the 1960 Olympics," Yerman's oldest son Bruce laid out the arduous path his father took from Berkeley to Rome.
Track & Field
BERKELEY --- Cal track and field sophomores Isabella Marten, Ashtyn Davis, Peter Simon and Ashley Anderson have each been named All-Americans by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after competing at this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
"It is a great honor to be named an All-American and I'm proud of Isabella, Ashtyn, Peter and Ashley for earning this honor. Each of them did a great job for us this year, both on the field and in the classroom. We couldn't be happier," Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval said of his student-athletes' selections.
As Jared Goff addressed his status as the face of an NFL franchise in the country's second-largest market, he sounded awfully similar to the most dominant athlete in town.
"I'm very honored that they decided to do what they did, trade the picks to take me with the first pick," Goff said. "I don't take it lightly at all."
"I want to win some games before I worry about all that stuff," he said.
This was a classic Clayton Kershaw delivery, a polite acknowledgment of public sentiment while simultaneously informing fans of his main priorities.
Seven weeks after Goff said all the right things at his introductory news conference, the rookie quarterback was still saying all the right things Thursday in the Coliseum at an unofficial welcome-back party for the Rams hosted by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission.
Goff came across as polite but serious, guarded but honest. When asked light-hearted questions — about his interactions with one-time social-media nemesis Yasiel Puig, for example — Goff offered respectful but short responses. His most expansive answers pertained to the work he would put in to become the quarterback the Rams envision.
He went out of his way to mention that he plans to live north of Los Angeles, the implication that he wants to be close as possible to the team's training facility in Thousand Oaks.
"I'm not naïve to the fact that I need to be able to play well and win if I want to enjoy this city and whatever comes with it," said Goff, the son of former major league catcher Jerry Goff.