While each game is its own battle, there is a war that continues to rage on throughout each season, requiring immense focus and prosperous determination.
Players often find themselves in a state of superstitious optimism.
Whether they wear the same jockstrap, avoid cleaning their dirt-filled socks or just take a few laps around the locker room while screaming, these players have it all figured out.
Sports may appear to be a physical entity, but they have proved to require more mental stability and confidence than fans understand.
Here are the 25 best pregame rituals in sports.