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American Football Quotes
1:) A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to.”- Tom Landry
2:) A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” – Ara Parseghian
3:) Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
4:) Academe, an ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, A modern school where football is taught.” – Ambrose Bierce
5:) Adversity is an opportunity for heroism.” – Marv Levy
6:) All I can say is that I’m going to try to coach the way I’ve coached in the past. And if it ends up not being good enough, then so be it.” – Steve Spurrier
7:) All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” – Albert Camus
8:) At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact.” – George Plimpton
9:) Championships are won by teams who love one another, who enjoy and respect one another and play for and support one another.” – Tom Coughlin
10:) Coaching is not how much you know. its how much you can get players to do.” – bum Philips
11:) Confidence doesn’t come out of anywhere. It’s a result of something … hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” – Roger Staubach
12:) Detroit’s so bad this year they might lose their bye week.” – Dennis Miller.
13:) Distance running to a professional athlete in my day was five laps around the field. And you stopped each lap to take your pulse.” – Lynn Swann.
14:) Doing something the right way is something I take pride in.” – Frank Thomas
15:) Don’t worry about it. It’s just a bunch of guys with an odd-shaped ball.” – Bill Parcells
16:) Either love your players or get out of coaching.” – Bobby Dodd
17:) Emotion is highly overrated in football. My wife Corky is emotional as hell but can’t play football worth a damn.” – John McKay
18:) Excuses are the tools of the incompetent.” – Mike Tomlin
19:) Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners.” – Joe Gibbs
20:) Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.” – George F. Will
21:) Football doesn’t build character, it reveals character!” – Marv Levy
22:) Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.” – Knute Rockne
23:) Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.”- Oscar Wilde
24:) Football Is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.” – Joe Namath
25:) Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell.” – Bo Jackson
26:) Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi
27:) Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it.” – Heywood Hale Broun
28:) Football, wherein is nothing but beastly fury, and extreme violence, whereof proceedeth hurt, and consequently rancor and malice do remain with them that be wounded.” – Thomas Elyot
29:) For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.”- don Hutson
30:) Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.” – John Heisman
31:) God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which has the best football coach.” – Heywood Broun
32:) Good fellows are a dime a dozen, but an aggressive leader is priceless.” – Red Blaik
33:) Great leaders are positively contagious.” -Mike Smith
34:) He is the only man I ever saw who ran his own interference” – Steve Owen
35:) He’s fair. He treats us all the same – like dogs.” – Henry Jordan
36:) Hey, the offensive linemen are the biggest guys on the field, they’re bigger than everybody else, and that’s what makes them the biggest guys on the field.” – John Madden
37:) How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win.”- bum Philips
38:) I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” – Bob Devaney
39:) I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.” – Jerry Rice
40:) I give so much of myself on Sunday. I drain all the life out of myself out there. I get paid to play, to win, to give the city pride, so maybe everybody can forget for a little while how hard life is.” – Randall Cunningham
41:) I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football, the name Jerry Ford might have been a household world today.” – Gerald R. Ford
42:) I have weapons; my arms, my legs, and my brain.” – Michael Vick
43:) I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn’t win.” – Urban Meyer
44:) I love me some me.” – Terrell Owens.
45:) I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid” – Terry Bradshaw
46:) I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.” – Emmitt Smith
47:) I never graduated college, but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s” – Alex Karras
48:) I pray not for victory, but to do my best.” – Amos Alonzo Stagg
49:) I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.” – Deacon Jones.
50:) I’d catch a punt naked, in the snow, in Buffalo, for a chance to play in the NFL.” – Steve Henderson.
51:) I’m a firm believer that all sports will eventually be global. Someday, we may have a quarterback from China named Yao Fling.” – Paul Tagliablue
52:) I’m a light eater. As soon as it’s light, I start to eat” – Art Donovan.
53:) I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a high competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure- and their ability to overcome it.” – Bill Walsh
54:) If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.” – Erma Bombeck
55:) If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” – Paul Bear Bryant
56:) If I drop dead tomorrow, at least I’ll know I died in good health.” – Bum Phillips
57:) If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score.” – Vince Lombardi
58:) If the Super Bowl is really the ultimate game, why do they play it again next year?” – Duane Thomas
59:) If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” – Lou Holtz
60:) If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” – Vince Lombardi
61:) If you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.” – Ray Lewis
62:) If you are afraid of confrontation, you are not going to do very well.” – Bill Parcells
63:) If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi
64:) If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott
65:) If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.” – Vince Lombardi
66:) If you sit back and spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past, you’re going to come up short next time.”
67:) If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.” – Chuck Noll
68:) If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” – Vince Lombardi
69:) If you’re mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It’s about the same.” – Bob Golic
70:) If you’re not going to go all the way, why go at all?”- Joe Namath
71:) If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.”- mike Ditka
72:) In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold H. Glasow
73:) In order to win the game, you must first not lose it.”- chuck noll
74:) It isn’t like I came down from Mount Sinai with the tabloids.” – Ron Meyer
75:) It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.”- Peyton manning
76:) It’s like my ex-wife. Different personalities and seven of them hated me.” – Jack Rose
77:) It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size in the fight of the dog.” – Archie Griffin
78:) It’s not the will to win that matters. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul Bryant
79:) It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
80:) It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!”- Archie Griffin
81:) Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.” – Metro Radio.
82:) Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi
83:) Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence…If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry
84:) Let’s face it, you have to have a slightly recessive gene that has a little something to do with the brain to go out on the football field and beat your head against other human beings on a daily basis.” – Tim Green
85:) Life is ten percent what happens to you, and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou holtz
86:) Mediocre people don’t like high achievers, and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.” – Nick Saban
87:) Mental toughness is going out there and doing what’s best for the team—even though everything isn’t going exactly the way you want it to.” – Bill Belichick
88:) Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90% temper and 0% mental” – Doug Plank
89:) Most of my clichés aren’t original.” – Chuck Knox
90:) My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.” – Hank Stram
91:) Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” – Bear Bryant
92:) No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it.” – Ray Lewis
American Football Sayings
93:) No one ever drowned in sweat.” – Lou Holtz
94:) Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” – Joe Theismann
95:) Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George S. Halas
96:) Not only does he have the NFC East record for touchdowns, but also the team record.” – Emmitt Smith
97:) Nothing that comes easy is worth a dime.” – Woody Hayes
98:) Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”- Vince Lombardi
99:) Only in a game like this do you see grown men playing patty-cake. It’s the rawest of emotions out here.” – Cris Collinsworth
100:) People say I’ll be drafted in the first round, maybe even higher.” – Craig Heyward
101:) People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” – Vince Lombardi
102:) Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi,
103:) Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.” – Chuck Noll
104:) Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. – Frank Gifford
105:) Rapport? You mean like, You’ll run as fast as you can, and I’ll throw it as far as I can?” – Jeff Kemp.
106:) Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” – J.J. Watt
107:) Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.” – Walter Payton
108:) Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen, soccer is a gentlemen’s game played by beasts and US football is a beastly game played by beasts.” – Henry Blaha
109:) Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” – John Madden
110:) Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson
111:) Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry
112:) Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” – Dave Barry
113:) Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.” – Vince Lombardi
114:) Sometime, Rock, when the teams up against it, when things are going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper. I don’t know where I’ll be then, Rock, but I’ll know about it, and I’ll be happy.” – George Gipp
115:) Speed is not your fastest, but your slowest man. No back can run faster than his interference.” – Jock Sutherland
116:) Sportsmanship is that quality of honor that desires always to be courteous, fair, and respectful, and it is interpreted in the conduct of players, spectators, coaches, and school authorities.” – Fielding Yost
117:) Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.” – Herm Edwards
118:) Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” – Don Shula
119:) Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka
120:) Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” – J.J. Watt
121:) Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” – Don Shula
122:) Tell Ray to put the eyeliner, the lipstick and the high heels away. I’m not saying he’s a cross-dresser, that’s just what I heard.” – Shannon Sharpe
123:) Thanks giving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck
124:) The champion makes his own luck.” – Earl Blaik
125:) The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
126:) The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson
127:) The function of football, soccer, basketball and other passion-sports in modern industrial society is the transference of boredom, frustration, anger and rage into socially acceptable forms of combat. A temporary substitute for war; for nationalism; identification with something bigger than the self.”- Edward Abbey
128:) The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
129:) The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Vince Lombardi
130:) The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.” – Lou holtz
131:) The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” – Peyton Manning
132:) The only discipline that lasts, is self-discipline”- bum Philips
133:) The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi
134:) The only way to stop Jim Brown was to give him a movie contract” – Spider Lockhart
135:) The people don’t take baths and they don’t speak English. No golf courses, no room service. Who needs it?” – Jim Mc Mahon.
136:) The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.” – Phyliss Diller.
137:) The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” – Don Shula
138:) There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.” – Dan Marino
139:) There is no substitute for work.”- Vince Lombardi
140:) There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi
141:) There will always be hope for our country as long as more people watch Monday Night Football than Friends.” – Michael Logsdon.
142:) There’s no substitute for hard work and effort beyond the call of duty. That is what strengthens the soul and ennobles one’s character.” – Walter Camp
143:) To defeat a weak opponent is not the problem: The problem is to win when he is as good as or better than you.” – Robert Neyland
144:) To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” – Sean Payton
145:) To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can’t explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can’t coach.” – Bobby Bowden
146:) To play this game you must have fire in you, and there is nothing that strokes fire like hate.” – Vince Lombardi
147:) Today I will do what other won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – jerry rice
148:) Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” – Jimmy Johnson
149:) Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.” – George Allen
150:) Violent ground-acquisition games such as football are in fact a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war.” – Robert Downey, Jr.
151:) We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.” – John F. Kennedy
152:) We can’t run, We can’t pass, We can’t stop the run. We can’t stop the pass, We can’t kick. Other than that, we’re just not a very good football team right now.” – Bruce Coslet
153:) We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi
154:) We don’t live in our fears. We live in our hopes.” – Mike Tomlin
155:) We have football weather during baseball season, and baseball weather during football season.” – Herb Caen
156:) We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”- Vince Lombardi
157:) We’re as clean as any team. We wash our hands before we hit anybody.” – Nate Newton.
158:) We’re going to start with the injury report, obviously. Manning, Clark, Addai, Reggie Wayne, Freeney, Mathis, Brackett — all those guys will not play. Oh, hold up. That was my wish list for Santa Claus.” – Rex Ryan
159:) Well, we’ve determined that we can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road. What we need is a neutral site.” – John Mc Kay.
160:) When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately – unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.” – Dick Butkus
161:) When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” – Adrian Peterson
162:) When you find your opponent’s weak spot, hammer it.” – John Heisman
163:) When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath
164:) When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown
165:) When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw
166:) When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.”- Walter Payton
167:) Whether the light switch is on in every room or not, I’m not certain. But I can tell you that most of the house is lit.” – Les Miles
168:) Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi
169:) Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while – you do them right all the time.” – Vince Lombardi
170:) Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is.” – Vince Lombardi
171:) Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.”- Roger staubach
172:) Words without action fall on deaf ears.” – Aaron Rodgers
173:) Work isn’t work unless you would rather be doing something else,”- don Shula
174:) You can learn a line from a win and a book from defeat.” – Paul Brown
175:) You can’t always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.” – Tony Dungy
176:) You cannot make progress with excuses.” – Cam Newton
177:) You don’t have to flaunt your success, but you don’t have to apologize for it, either.” – Gene Stallings
178:) You don’t have to win it; just don’t lose it.” – Linebacker Ray Lewis.
179:) You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.” – Bum Phillips
180:) You guys line up alphabetically by height.” – Bill Peterson.
181:) You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.” – Joe Paterno
182:) You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.” – Dan Birdwell
183:) You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.” – Joe Paterno
184:) Your talent determines what you can do, Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou holtz
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