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Here are some of the best football quotes from NFL stars.

Troy Aikman Quotes

Losing doesn’t eat at me the way it used to. I just get ready for the next play, the next game, the next season.
Troy Aikman

12 of the best years of my life – It will never be forgotten.
Troy Aikman

I’ve always viewed myself as an achiever. I need to achieve for myself.
Troy Aikman

Marcus Allen Quotes

It actually took me a year to learn how to play running back – to understand what they were doing defensively and then what our guys were doing every single play.
Marcus Allen

That’s the thing about fear. Death will kill you once, but fear kills you over and over and over, if you let it.
Marcus Allen

But Barry, to me, is head and shoulders above everybody.
Marcus Allen

Sammy Baugh Quotes

He knocks the hell out of people, but in a Christian way.
Sammy Baugh

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Chuck Bednarik Quotes

Pros like myself played football not for money or glory, but for the simplest reason: the love of the game.
Chuck Bednarik

The positions I played, every play, I was making contact, not like that Deion Sanders. He couldn’t tackle my wife. He’s back there dancing out there instead of hitting.
Chuck Bednarik

And you get into that sort of cannibalistic feeling – all you want to do is go out there and, like I say, kill somebody. I’m going to get him. I’m going to kill’em. Not like you are going to put them into the ground after, but you just want to kill a guy.
Chuck Bednarik

You’ve got to play with that killer instinct, man. You’ve got to hate that guy across from you. Then after the game is over, tell him what a nice guy he is. Shake his hand. Especially if you win.
Chuck Bednarik

For what my generation did and went through and so forth, and what these glamour boys earn for what little they play, it’s a joke. Is it football? Are you guys football players? Is that what they call football? It’s not iron-man football, where you stay on the field for 60 minutes. Everybody! We were iron men. Not a bunch of pussyfoots.
Chuck Bednarik

About a minute-and-a-half to go. He goes on a down-and-in pass. As soon as he caught it, I really puffed him, and his head snapped and the ball flew, and Chuck Weber fell on it. I clenched my fist, I turned around, and I closed my eyes and I said, ‘This f-in game is over.’” (Bednarik, after his famous hit on RB Frank Gifford.)
Chuck Bednarik

Bobby Bell Quotes

I just liked to play football, no matter what the position.
Bobby Bell

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Terry Bradshaw Quotes

Fans are fans. I hated and loved them, hated and loved them, hated and loved them.
Terry Bradshaw

I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid.
Terry Bradshaw

Bottom line is if you turn the ball over to a team that isn’t as good, you then have brought them up to your level.
Terry Bradshaw

The best thing you can say about any coach is his players play hard for him.
Terry Bradshaw

Ride it when you retire.
Terry Bradshaw

Bad attitudes will ruin your team.
Terry Bradshaw

As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy, there’s something about winning a Super Bowl.
Terry Bradshaw

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
Terry Bradshaw

I always wanted everyone to like me. I wanted the city of Pittsburgh to be proud of me. But my first few seasons, I could to count the number of people on my bandwagon on one finger.
Terry Bradshaw

You’ve got to stand up and do your own battles. My daddy taught me that a long time ago, that you fight your own battles. The only way to shut everybody up is to win.
Terry Bradshaw

No one will ever win four [Super Bowls] in six years again. It won’t happen. You can chisel that sucker in stone.
Terry Bradshaw

Imagine yourself sitting on top of a great thoroughbred horse. You sit up there and you just feel that power. That’s what it was like playing quarterback on that team [the Pittsburgh Steelers]. It was a great ride.
Terry Bradshaw

Jim Brown Quotes

I loved the game. We played because we loved it.
Jim Brown

When you have a problem, rules don’t solve your problem. It’s caring and education.
Jim Brown

Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football.
Jim Brown

If you truly believe something, and it’s incorrect, that doesn’t mean you don’t have integrity.
Jim Brown

I don’t teach kids to be number 1.  Organizations and people that tell you you have to be number 1; that’s not it.  You don’t have to be number 1.  What I teach is to be as good as you can be.  Use what you have and be as good as you can be.  That’s all you can do, anyway.
Jim Brown

I had a choice to be lazy or lean – if I hadn’t changed, thing probably would catch up with me.
Jim Brown

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Dick Butkus Quotes

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

We’re a big check mark on everybody’s schedule.  I told them it’s just another challenge; let’s go after it.
Dick Butkus

Few people get to earn a living at what they like to do and there are hazards in any profession. Football is something I was made for. I gave the game all I could for as long as I could. I guess my only regret was that my career was too short.
Dick Butkus

My thing is trying to convince them they can win.
Dick Butkus

I want to be recognized as the best-no doubt about it. When they say all-pro middle linebacker, I want them to mean Butkus!
Dick Butkus

I worked hard at becoming a professional football player, just like society says you should. It said you had to be fierce. I was fierce. Tough. I was tough.
Dick Butkus

If we’re not on them, they go back to their old ways.
Dick Butkus

If I was smart enough to be a doctor, I’d be a doctor. I ain’t, so I’m a football player.
Dick Butkus

Earl Campbell Quotes

Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.
Earl Campbell

I played football with my whole body – My hands, my head, my face.  I did it all.
Earl Campbell

I had two things I could do: I could run over you, and I could put a good stiff arm on you. That was about it.
Earl Campbell

My running style was kind of just head-on, because I couldn’t dance.
Earl Campbell

I learned from different guys I played with, too. The key was probably three people: The good Lord, the offensive linemen I played with and great fullbacks that could block very well.
Earl Campbell

Willie Davis Quotes

If you step on people in this life, you’re going to come back as a cockroach.
Willie Davis

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The road to success runs uphill
Willie Davis

Early start beats fast running.
Willie Davis

Eric Dickerson Quotes

I think I’m proudest of making my parents proud.
Eric Dickerson

I don’t give players a chance to hit me.
Eric Dickerson

Running is so natural to me. When I was running track, people used to ask me, “When are you gonna start running hard?” The wind hits me in the face, and I feel so smooth – Man, I love to run!
Eric Dickerson

I believe if I stay tall and run up high, I can see better.
Eric Dickerson

I run upright mostly when I see daylight, so if you watch film you’ll see I don’t get hit in the chest much.
Eric Dickerson

I’d love to be in the Hall of Fame one day and win Super Bowl rings, or even one – and stay healthy.
Eric Dickerson

I’ll tell you one thing about me: I’m very private. I always have been private. People think I’m callous, arrogant. I didn’t like the media attention.
Eric Dickerson

Mike Ditka Quotes

If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.
Mike Ditka

You never really lose until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka

We have a strange and wonderful relationship – he’s strange and I’m wonderful.
Mike Ditka

The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.
Mike Ditka

If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms.
Mike Ditka

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.
Mike Ditka

Those who live in the past are cowards and losers.
Mike Ditka

Before you can win you have to believe that you are worthy.
Mike Ditka

I always tell people I want to live to be 150 and they say why would you want to do that. I say, well there’s a few people I haven’t made mad yet, I want to get them.
Mike Ditka

Tony Dorsett Quotes

I’m a strong believer that you practice like you play, little things make big things happen.
Tony Dorsett

You hope in this life that you grow and don’t always repeat your mistakes.
Tony Dorsett

John Elway Quotes

You learn a lot more from the lows because it makes you pat attention to what you’re doing.
John Elway

It’s all about putting the best team together – not just in the front office but the players on the field.
John Elway

I always believe there’s a reason why you go through everything.
John Elway

Marshall Faulk Quotes

If you understand what the other team is trying to do to stop you, it makes your job easier.
Marshall Faulk

My vision is my best attribute. I can see everything.
Marshall Faulk

Knowledge relaxes me. Football is all about playing faster. You play faster when you know more.
Marshall Faulk

I’m not a big power-and-strength guy, but I have a lot of balance, and I can take hits and stay on my feet. I control myself real good, shift my weight, and run real low. I do things that people haven’t seen some of the running backs in the league do.
Marshall Faulk

Once the game begins, I play to that song in my head. I run to rhythm, and that allows my mind to be free.
Marshall Faulk

Going in is really more of an acknowledgment that kids in poverty, in their situations, can get out of it, and it doesn’t always come from sports.
Marshall Faulk

There’s no fast track, no easy track, especially from where I came from. You try to take the most of it and learn from it and hope others learn from it. That’s what it is about.
Marshall Faulk

I didn’t always walk that straight line. I’m not going to say that I’m an angel. But I made some right decisions along the way.
Marshall Faulk

If you’re going to start something—if it’s worth starting—then it’s worth finishing. That’s what I live by.
Marshall Faulk

Brett Favre Quotes

Wisconsin’s a special place.
Brett Favre

I love doing what I do.
Brett Favre

I know it’s not a one man team win or lose.
Brett Favre

Every day is not perfect.
Brett Favre

Every game I’ve ever played, regardless if it was pre-season or Super Bowl, meant the same to me, and I laid it all on the line.
Brett Favre

If I can change than anyone can change.  I promise you that.
Brett Favre

I may be a successful football player, but I feel like such a failure.
Brett Favre

Life deals you a lot of lessons, some people learn from it, some people don’t.
Brett Favre

Otto Graham Quotes

All I asked was, where do I sign?  Some of the other navy men said I was rooting for the war to last forever.  (after Browns gave him a monthly stipend during the war)
Otto Graham

When Paul Brown talked contract, the championship game was part of it. We took the championship game for granted.
Otto Graham

I could throw a pass to a spot as well as anyone who ever lived – But that’s a God-given talent. I could never stand back and flick the ball 60 yards downfield with my wrists like Dan Marino does.
Otto Graham

Red Grange Quotes

Every football player knows when his time is up.
Red Grange

I played football the only way I knew.  If you have the football and 11 guys are after you – if you’re smart – you’ll run. It was no big deal.
Red Grange

I haven’t seen a new football play since I was in high school. You have just so many holes in a line and you have eleven men playing, and there’s only so many ways you can go through those holes, and those ways have been used for forty, fifty years.
Red Grange

The only football players in my time were fellows who really loved to play football.  They were not in it for the money.  There wasn’t much money there. They would have played football for nothing.
Red Grange

No one ever taught me and I can’t teach anyone. If you can’t explain it, how can you take credit for it.
Red Grange

Joe Greene Quotes

Going after the QB is like playing king of the mountain. When you get the QB, you’re on top of the mountain.
Joe Greene

They say that when you’re the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I’m glad we’re champs, so bring’em on, bring’em all on. If we die, we ain’t gonna die running. It’s gonna be a fight.
Joe Greene

For a football coach, there’s nothing that matches the pain of a team not playing up to its capabilities.
Joe Greene

I believe in being positive.
Joe Greene

I never had a desire to hurt anybody.
Joe Greene

When you win and you don’t have anyone to share it with, why win? You have someone to share it with you.
Joe Greene

Forrest Gregg Quotes

He made us realize that if the mind was willing, the body can go.
Forrest Gregg

If I had to put a percentage on it – I’d say not likely.
Forrest Gregg

You structure your system to fit him if he’s going to be your guy.
Forrest Gregg

Ted Hendricks Quotes

I guess Madden had seen everything with out group, and everybody else had seen everything. (After coming to practice field riding a horse and wearing a German WWI helmet painted silver and black)
Ted Hendricks

Elroy “CrazyLegs” Hirsch Quotes

Hollywood made a movie of my life; the film had me proposing to my wife on the football field – I would never misuse a football field that way.
Elroy “CrazyLegs” Hirsch

Sam Huff Quotes

In the end, the game comes down to one thing:  man against man.
Sam Huff

You can run on a football field but you can’t hide out there.
Sam Huff

Don Hutson Quotes

For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.
Don Hutson

I love to see my records broken, I really do, you get a chance to relive your life, the whole experience.
Don Hutson

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Michael Irvin Quotes

I’m no Superman.
Michael Irvin

I can’t write my life story without Emmitt and Troy. They can’t write their life stories without me. We’re tied together forever. This is a day to remember for the rest of our lives.
Michael Irvin

Deacon Jones Quotes

And so now you think society is to blame for the mess you made of yourself? – Deacon Jones on whiners.
Deacon Jones

There are all kinds of smiles. On the football field I mostly used the one where the hawk spots the dove.
Deacon Jones

I was the originator of smack.  Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.
Deacon Jones

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When it comes to your life’s work, you can’t take yourself too seriously. Even Jesus had an occasional joke with the boys, take walking on water, for instance – but there’s a time and place for fun. Jesus never faltered when it came time to tip over the money stalls or to take his hard walk up the mountain.
Deacon Jones

If you feel like you want to die, it’s time to sit down and make a list of all the things you haven’t done yet.
Deacon Jones

You hear all this stuff about inner peace. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with it, but I say, hit that line hard. Crack that book – Do your very best all the time and inner peace will take care of itself. The Deacon guarantees it.
Deacon Jones

I believe that if you die trying to be your best, the world is still a better place.
Deacon Jones

I reserve the right to change my mind. But once I decide on something, I’m going to need a good reason to switch.
Deacon Jones

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First, you’ve got to get the job. “Yeah, I can do it,” I would say. When I was a kid, I could do anything. Lucky nobody ever asked me if I could fly a jet plane.
Deacon Jones

Know the difference between famous and great.
Deacon Jones

When I was a teenager, I was so dumb my mamma knocked me off the porch with a broom. You wish you had so good a mamma.
Deacon Jones

Somebody told me when Abe Lincoln was a young man, studying by firelight, he said, “I will work hard. I will prepare myself. And my time will come.” And you know, that’s exactly what I said about myself and football – What do you think? Were Abe and I both just lucky ducks?
Deacon Jones

How can you possibly be sympathetic to every fool on the planet? Just the other day, I heard a man whining about his hopeless love of cross-dressing. Call me unenlightened, but I started to laugh.
Deacon Jones

I never was very big on praying for victory. For God to give a big win to the Denver Broncos, wouldn’t He have to take it away from somebody else, say, the Green Bay Packers?
Deacon Jones

Mr. Sack

The only rules not meant to be broken are those of love and virtue.
Deacon Jones

Memory is what you did. Life is what you’re doing.
Deacon Jones

All men are created equal. After that, it’s up to you.
Deacon Jones

The only thing Native Americans ever did better than the rest of us is spirituality. Of course, that’s everything, isn’t it?
Deacon Jones

A nation that spends billions to fix international problems will not have much left over for the victims of tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Deacon Jones

You are one of a kind, one in a billion, an incredible unique individual. The problem is, so is everybody else.
Deacon Jones

It took me a long time to figure out that real big-time success comes from taking lots of small, ordinary steps in the right direction. And you can’t ever take the next step until you take the first.
Deacon Jones

You’ll find your life greatly simplified if you only worry about stuff you can fix.
Deacon Jones

Be patient with the negative people of the world. Take a moment to think how they are helping you clarify your own thinking and firming your own resolve. Then, headslap them out of your way.
Deacon Jones

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I did come up with the term “sack” to describe the devastation I was bringing on the poor, cringing quarterbacks in the NFL. “Sack the quarterback.” That was nice. I thought it was lots better than saying, “Jones tackles the QB behind the line for another loss of yardage …” It had a ring to it, and it caught on with the sports writers. But I tell you, doing it was a lot more fun than talking about it.
Deacon Jones

When I flew from Orlando to Los Angeles in 1960, I sat next to a guy from Disney who was paying 75¢ an acre for land. I thought he was some special kind of fool – and since they built the park, history has proven there was a fool sitting in one of our seats.
Deacon Jones

The problem a guy who lies all the time faces is he never can tell when anybody else is telling the truth.
Deacon Jones

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Jack Lambert Quotes

Give me a 6 pack, half-hour of rest and lets go play them again – We can beat them.
Jack Lambert

I believe the game is designed to reward the ones who hit the hardest – If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t play!
Jack Lambert

If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler.
Jack Lambert

The Steelers drafted guys who were bigger, stronger and faster than me, but they never found one who could take my job away from me.
Jack Lambert

I am very aggressive and very physical. On the field, I guess I am just plain mean.
Jack Lambert

Dick “Night Train” Lane Quotes

“Rookie Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane derails Charlie ‘Choo Choo’ Justice.” (a newspaper headline read) I thought it was pretty good to be mentioned in a big paper, so I decided to keep the nickname.
Dick “Night Train” Lane

You don’t go from being the son of a prostitute and reach the NFL Hall of Fame without fighting.
Dick “Night Train” Lane

Willie Lanier Quotes

We had the kind of team that didn’t back down from anybody. If they wanted to intimidate us, we could intimidate as well as they could. Our team was too big and too good to intimidate.
Willie Lanier

Sometimes I do feel a little pressure, but not that much because we play different positions.
Willie Lanier

There is no way that I could have survived if I had not changed my style of play.
Willie Lanier

My reality was that if there was a defenseless player, if that person didn’t touch the ball, I would not hit them. I was not going to strike you if you didn’t have an opportunity to get the ball.
Willie Lanier

Bob Lilly Quotes

I think when you are the parents of a gifted athlete, the best thing in the world you can do is to encourage them, in my opinion. My dad didn’t push me and I didn’t push my children in athletics.
Bob Lilly

I think Jim Taylor was very underrated, never hear much about him. We played Green Bay every year in exhibition, and generally we played them every couple of years in regular season. And I always thought he was a fierce competitor.
Bob Lilly

Sid Luckman Quotes

I assured myself that I’d seen the most wicked block perpetuated by man or beast.
Sid Luckman

He was like a second father to me (of George Halas)
Sid Luckman

When I grew up in Flatbush, ‘we played football, stickball and baseball all the time, right out there on the city streets. Football was my favorite.
Sid Luckman

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Dan Marino Quotes

I don’t need to be motivated by anybody.  Never have.
Dan Marino

There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.
Dan Marino

I know I’ve got to just keep throwing the ball.  That’s what I do best.
Dan Marino

We didn’t win a Super Bowl together, and that’s something I’ll always regret – not knowing what that feels like. But you and I have won more games together than any quarterback and coach combination in the history of the NFL.
Dan Marino

Sure the home field is an advantage – but so is having a lot of talent.
Dan Marino

You can do more, you can always do more.
Dan Marino

You have to feel you’re the best at what you do. You don’t have to come out and say it. But you have to know it within yourself.
Dan Marino

The scoreboard can’t make you a loser. If you walk off the field with your head up, you don’t lose. You don’t hang your head for nobody. People in the stands think you’re the greatest or the worst – their opinion doesn’t make a difference. The only opinion that makes any difference is your own opinion of yourself.
Dan Marino

Nobody can make you a loser.
Dan Marino

Joe Montana Quotes

Confidence is a very fragile thing.
Joe Montana

Winners, I’m 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

My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought me along and taught me to never quit, and to strive to be the best.
Joe Montana

Always be prepared to start.
Joe Montana

Best football quotationsWinners, 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

Some guys practice like all-Americans but they can’t play.
Joe Montana

Any quarterback that understands what the offense is really about is going to succeed.
Joe Montana

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

Randy Moss Quotes

I don’t care about my image. I’m already paid. I’ve already got my money, so why worry about my image?
Randy Moss

I don’t want records. I want a Super Bowl ring.
Randy Moss

I want to keep winning—the hell with the record
Randy Moss

I’m a country boy who hasn’t really been exposed to city living, and it throws me.
Randy Moss

My concentration and focus level tends to go down sometimes when I’m in a bad mood.
Randy Moss

Straight cash homey.  When you’re rich, you don’t write checks.
Randy Moss

I’ve always just loved to play football, even if it was street football, like razzle-dazzle.
Randy Moss

I’m one of the most competitive guys in the NFL. Believe me, nobody wants it more than me.
Randy Moss

I’m just enjoying the ride. I’m just contributing what I can.
Randy Moss

The Moss of old is back!
Randy Moss

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