Football Quotes


Inspirational football quotes can serve as great motivation to athletes and coaches of all ages. These inspiring football quotes are sorted alphabetically by the author’s last name. You’ll find motivational football quotes, funny football quotes, famous football sayings, and inspirational football quotes. If you know any football quotations that you’d like to share, please submit them through our “Contact Us” page.

A football coach is a person who is willing to lay down your life for the good of his team.
Author Unknown

Playing football in the morning is like eating cabbage for breakfast.
Author Unknown

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
Dan Birdwell

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Erma Bombeck

The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I’ve ever seen that I didn’t have to clean.
Erma Bombeck

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Jim Bouton

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it.
Heywood Hale Brown

A winner never whines.
Paul Brown

There’s no substitute for guts.
Paul Bear Bryant

Don’t give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning the second half.
Paul Bear Bryant

Three rules for coaching:  1.) Surround yourself with people who can’t live without football.  2.) Recognize winners.  They come in all forms.  3.)  Have a plan for everything.
Bear Bryant

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

Football is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport. Dancing is a good example of a contact sport.
Duffy Daugherty

The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Phyllis Diller

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Tony Dorsett

I’ve always tried to coach people the way I would like to be coached; positively and encouragingly rather than with criticism and fear . . .. I’ve tried to be as fair as possible.
Tony Dungy

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.
Frank Gifford

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

A good football coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback – but not necessarily in that order.
Bud Grant

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

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Archie Griffen

When in doubt, punt!
John Heisman

There are several differences between a football game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also, there are usually more casualties in a football game. The object of the game is to move a ball past the other team’s goal line. This counts as six points. No points are given for lacerations, contusions, or abrasions, but then no points are deducted, either. Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally.
Alfred Hitchcock

I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
Lou Holtz

No one has ever drowned in sweat.
Lou Holtz

On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.
Lou Holtz

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.
Lou Holtz

It’s a better view if you’re standing up than if you’re laying down.
Lou Holtz

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Lou Holtz

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
Lou Holtz

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.
Lou Holtz

College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.
Elbert Hubbard

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
Bo Jackson

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.”
Jimmy Johnson

When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.
Tom Landry

Right after the game, say as little as possible.
Tom Landry

American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party.
Sue Lawley

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory.
Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.
Vince Lombardi

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
Vince Lombardi

More Football Quotes

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
Ronnie Lott

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.
John Madden

Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time.
Arnold Mandell

You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.
Peyton Manning

Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.
Peyton Manning

You’ve got a goal in life. I’ve got a goal. Now all we need is a football team.
Groucho Marx

Baseball is what we were. Football is what we have become.
Mary McGrory

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.
Vince McKewin, from the movie The Replacements

If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, what a Merry Christmas we’d have.
Don Meredith

We’ll fight ‘em until hell freezes over, then we’ll fight ‘em on the ice.                                                                        
Dutch Meyer

When it comes to football, God is prejudiced – toward big, fast kids.
Chuck Mills

Always be prepared to start.
Joe Montana

There’s no thrill like throwing a touchdown pass.
Joe Montana

Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live.
Joe Montana

Cause there’s only one reason for doing anything that you set out to do. if you don’t want to be the best, then there’s no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything.
Joe Montana

You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
Joe Namath

When you win, nothing hurts.
Joe Namath

Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.
Chuck Noll

He was the only man I ever saw who ran his own interference.
Steve Owen about Bronko Nagurski

I like linebackers. I collect ‘em. You can’t have too many good ones.
Bill Parcells

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
Joe Paterno

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
Joe Paterno

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. Thats the mark of a true professional.
Joe Paterno

I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
Walter Payton

Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental.
Doug Plank

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

I resigned as the Broncos head coach because of illness and fatigue. The fans were sick and tired of me.
John Ralston

When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team.
George Raveling

I know I’m capable of greatness. And I’m expecting to reach that level.
Aaron Rodgers

I’ve always seemed to have my best performances when I’m under the most pressure.
Aaron Rodgers

I want us to be a connected team—on and off the field.
Aaron Rodgers

I’ve always been supremely confident in my abilities. But the biggest confidence boost is when the guys around you, you feel like they have confidence in you.
Aaron Rodgers

You can’t turn the ball over and expect to win.
Aaron Rodgers

As a man of faith, God doesn’t bring you to things that you can’t get through. He doesn’t put you in a spot and then leave you out to dry.
Aaron Rodgers

The guys who stick around are the smartest guys and the guys who are the most self-driven. You have to have drive.
Aaron Rodgers

The coaches can only take you so far. You have to want to learn and work.
Aaron Rodgers

How fast does William Perry run? It all depends on what speed you run the projector!
Buddy Ryan

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is; you can make it.
Gale Sayers

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
Mike Singletary

Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.
Bart Starr

Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.
Bart Starr

If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.
Bart Starr

There are few secrets in football. So execute.
Hank Stram

You cannot win if you cannot run.                      
Hank Stram

When you get old, everything is hurting. When I get up in the morning, it sounds like I’m making popcorn.
Lawrence Taylor

Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.
Johnny Unitas

I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don’t who will?
Johnny Unitas

If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.
Dick Vermeil

If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.
Herschel Walker

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
George F. Will

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
Steve Young