In the book Don't Waste Your Sports, author C. J. Mahaney profiles what a humble athlete looks like:
A humble athlete recognizes his limitations. We all come with divinely imposed limitations - limitations meant to humble us.
The humble athlete welcomes critique and correction from coaches and teammates. If we're humble, we realize that we have weaknesses, so we welcome correction. If we're humble, we know we need to improve, so we want others to show us where and how.
The humble athlete acknowledges the contribution of others. No athlete accomplishes anything alone.
The humble athlete is gracious in defeat and modest in victory. When the humble athlete loses, he recognizes that his opponents played better, and he sincerely congratulates them on their win. And when the humble athlete wins, there are no excessive celebrations, no inappropriate victory dances. He realizes that victory is a gift.
The humble athlete honors his coach. He doesn't rip the coach in private, he doesn't slouch when on the bench, and he expresses gratitude and accepts the role the coach chooses for him.
The humble athlete respects the officials. He doesn't protest a call - even if it was inaccurate.
The humble athlete respects all his athletic accomplishments, vows to teach others and shares his wisdom.