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National Football League Quotations

Bronko Nagurski Quotes

That last guy hit me awfully hard. (after bouncing off tacklers, goal posts and cracking the brick wall at Wrigley Field)
Bronko Nagurski

I would probably be a linebacker today. I wouldn’t be carrying the ball 20 or 25 times a game.
Bronko Nagurski

This is my fault. Give me the ball. (after a penalty resulted in the other team scoring. Nagurski went on the score.)
Bronko Nagurski

Joe Namath Quotes

We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.
Joe Namath

When you win, nothing hurts.

Joe Namath

What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.

Joe Namath

If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?

Joe Namath

You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.

Joe Namath

I can’t wait until tomorrow ‘cause I get better looking every day.

Joe Namath

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

Joe Namath

To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.

Joe Namath

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Ray Nitschke Quotes

I just love to play football.

Ray Nitschke

I think it was the preparation and every thing Lombardi represented, you know, about hard work and that every game was important. So when you get to the real important games, you were ready to go.

Ray Nitschke

I think Lombardi teams enjoyed and wanted to get into big games.

Ray Nitschke

It was another day to go to work, and try to play and play well.

Ray Nitschke

Packer fans are nuts, man.
Ray Nitschke

I’m not a madman.
Ray Nitschke

It was the character of the Packers, man. We played for sixty minutes. We let it all hang out. There was no tomorrow for us. We got the adrenaline flowing, and we just let it go, man.
Ray Nitschke

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Merlin Olsen Quotes

One of life’s most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn’t do our homework, that we are not prepared.
Merlin Olsen

The winning team has a dedication. It will have a core of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat.

Merlin Olsen

I probably played hurt a lot more times than I should have.

Merlin Olsen

I was always the last one chosen for football games in Central Park.

Merlin Olsen

When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.

Merlin Olsen

I just wanted to be an athlete.

Merlin Olsen

You are the land, the land is you.

Merlin Olsen

Jim Otto Quotes

I was told in high school that the last game during your senior year stays with you forever, which is true.

Jim Otto

It’s not that difficult to win. It’s more difficult to win consistently and stay on top.

Jim Otto

Everyone wants to beat us. So you can never take a single game lightly.

Jim Otto

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Walter Payton Quotes

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.

Walter Payton

Never die easy. Why run out of bound and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving your best.

Walter Payton

If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner.

Walter Payton

All people, regardless of whether they’re athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated.

Walter Payton

God’s been very good to me. I’m truly blessed.

Walter Payton

We are stronger together than we are alone.
Walter Payton

Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.
Walter Payton

Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
Walter Payton

When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.
Walter Payton

Jerry Rice Quotes

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
Jerry Rice

The enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.
Jerry Rice

Not wanting to disappoint is what pushed me to be successful.

Jerry Rice

They never clocked me on my way to the end zone. They never caught me because I ran scared.

Jerry Rice

I was always in search of a perfect game and I never got it.

Jerry Rice

When you begin to lose the fire a little bit and if you’re not giving 100 percent out there, then it’s time for you to leave because you’ll end up getting hurt – I want to be able to walk away on top.
Jerry Rice

I went out there to play my game for the fun of it and never based my career around records.
Jerry Rice

I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.
Jerry Rice

To me it was never about what I accomplished on the football field, it was about the way I played the game.
Jerry Rice

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.

Jerry Rice

Barry Sanders Quotes

I really love peace and quiet.

Barry Sanders

The reason of football is not to be the best but to be the best team.
Barry Sanders

I don’t dream football. I dream the American Dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.
Barry Sanders

As a kid, I played my share of football in the street or in a vacant lot.
Barry Sanders

A lot of times I did lose yards on a run, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Barry Sanders

Let’s just win it and go home.
Barry Sanders

I like retirement.

Barry Sanders

Running back was always my favorite position.

Barry Sanders

Deion Sanders Quotes

Whenever you make a promise, you have a responsibility to that promise.
Deion Sanders

What separates us is that we expect to be great.
Deion Sanders

If your dream ain’t bigger than you, there’s a problem with your dream.
Deion Sanders

IU would do this for free as long as you’re doing it for free.

Deion Sanders

When we have public success we also have private struggles.

Deion Sanders

There’s no class to manage people. There’s no class to teach on how to handle millions. There’s no class to teach us how to manage time.
Deion Sanders

I expect to be great. I expect to do what hasn’t been done. I expect to provoke change.
Deion Sanders

Gale Sayers Quotes

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough – no matter how bad it is – you can make it.
Gayle Sayers

I don’t care to be remembered as the man who scored 6 touchdowns in a game. I want to be remembered as a winner in life.
Gayle Sayers

We must stop the trend of closing schools and building prisons.
Gayle Sayers

There comes a time when you have to stand up and be counted.
Gayle Sayers

When you step onto that field, you cannot concede a thing.
Gayle Sayers

Our young people look up to us. Let us not let them down. Our young people need us. Saving them will make heroes of us all.
Gayle Sayers

Mike Singletary Quotes

 

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

Before we can talk about a championship, we have to practice like a championship team.
Mike Singletary

Nobody intimidates me.

Mike Singletary

You never really know about a quarterback until he plays in a real game.
Mike Singletary

 

Players respond to coaches who really have their best interests at heart.
Mike Singletary

Emmitt Smith Quotes

 

There’s always a chance. Somebody has got to want me, and if they don’t want me, then what? I want to play. I want to do what I want to do.
Emmitt Smith

Demand excellence.
Emmitt Smith

Dreaming means rehearsing what you see, playing it over and over in your mind until it becomes as real to you as your life right now.

Emmitt Smith

Do not compare yourself. Find out what God has placed in your ability.
Emmitt Smith

I’m an enigma, an unknown. You can’t really figure out what.
Emmitt Smith

I’m going to do next. I like it like that.
Emmitt Smith

Vision gets the dreams started.
Emmitt Smith

For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.
Emmitt Smith

Always, through my whole life, I’ve had a thirst for knowledge.
Emmitt Smith

I’m very confident I’m one of the best to ever play the game, but once you talk about the greatest, how can you define greatest?
Emmitt Smith

What we shared and what we were able to accomplish on the football field was something unbelievable.
Emmitt Smith

Bart Starr Quotes

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

My dad never pushed me but the big thing is that he helped me by going out in the backyard and playing with me.
Bart Starr

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It takes me about a week and a half to really analyze a game – play by play.
Bart Starr

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

Desire and dedication are everything!
Bart Starr

Coach Lombardi showed me that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.
Bart Starr

Roger Staubach Quotes

In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry.
Roger Staubach

Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
Roger Staubach

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
Roger Staubach

Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.
Roger Staubach

Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.
Roger Staubach

Even though they are paid differently, everyone has to feel appreciated.
Roger Staubach

Michael Strahan Quotes

As the game gets bigger, it get bigger for the players.
Michael Strahan

Camp is always all business.
Michael Strahan

We’re sympathetic, but once you step on the field, football’s football.
Michael Strahan

Fran Tarkenton Quotes

If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time.

Fran Tarkenton

Ignoring facts does not make them go away.
Fran Tarkenton

In sports, teams wins and individuals don’t.
Fran Tarkenton

Jim Thorpe Quotes

I have always liked sport and only played or run races for the fun of the thing.
Jim Thorpe

I give ‘em the hip, then I take it away.
Jim Thorpe

Track and field, because it was something I could do by myself, one-on-one, me against everybody else.
Jim Thorpe

The Yankees, you see, they’re a money team, they’re the class of baseball. You don’t ever bet against that.

Jim Thorpe

LaDanian Tomlinson Quotes

Some people say I’m the best back in the NFL. That’s what drives you: You want everyone saying there’s no doubt who’s the best.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’m an old-school guy.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I would love to spend my whole career in Scan Diego because I accept the challenge of turning this team around.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I knew I had to go out and perform. I had a lot of fans watching!
LaDanian Tomlinson

I think every year you have something to prove.
LaDanian Tomlinson

Rex brings out the macho talk and tells everyone this is what we’re going to be and what we’re going to do. And you see what happened. The players did it. It worked.

LaDanian Tomlinson

I want to win a championship. I can’t come on this team and demand to be a starter.

LaDanian Tomlinson

I have to fit in. Wherever they want to use me, that’s fine.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. I think people are starting to see I’ve got a lot left in the tank.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’m going to make the playoffs. You can believe that. To never play in the playoffs, that will not be my legacy.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’ve been dealing with being overlooked my whole life.
LaDanian Tomlinson

In the NFL, everyone’s attacking, so you have to be quicker in your decisions.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I get stronger as the game goes on.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I know how to rebuild a team. I know how to step in and work hard.
LaDanian Tomlinson

Whenever something good happens to me, I try—it may sound kind of bad—to think a little negative. I just always try to keep myself grounded.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I keep my eyes wide open. Because trouble is out there.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I like to think of myself as the running LT. I like to run up the middle and wear defenses down. It’s more exciting in between the tackles.
LaDanian Tomlinson

With my size and speed, my ability to make moves and great vision, I’m sometimes feel like it’s an unfair advantage over the defense.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I guess the way I describe it is when basketball players talk about being in the zone and they feel like they can’t miss. That’s the way a running back feels when the game is in slow-motion. It feels like every cut is right, every run is going to be at least 10 yards. You see what the defense is doing. You know what they’re trying to do to you. It’s awesome.

LaDanian Tomlinson

I want to have a family and teach them the way to live their lives, pretty much the way I was raised, with a lot of love and the Lord. I want them to stay off the streets, and to have goals and dreams.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I don’t worry about things I can’t control.
LaDanian Tomlinson

You’ve got to earn respect as life goes on.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I think about my family first. I want my family to not want for anything. I would like to make sure they have no worries.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’m inspired by my family, especially my mother.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I take being a role model seriously.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I’m passionate about the game of football.
LaDanian Tomlinson

God has really blessed me with the ability to put me ahead of the class.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I run with heart and determination, and that’s what you can’t measure—heart.
LaDanian Tomlinson

I believe in working hard all the time. I have faith that working hard is going to get me where I want to go.
LaDanian Tomlinson

Faith is a strong word in my life. That’s one thing my mother has always stressed to me.
LaDanian Tomlinson

Johnny Unitas Quotes

Nothing’s dangerous if you know what you’re doing.
Johnny Unitas

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

Anything I do, I always have a reason for it.

Johnny Unitas

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Norm Van Brocklin Quotes

If I ever needed a brain transplant, I’d choose a sports-writer because I’d want a brain that had never been used.

Norm Van Brocklin

Kurt Warner Quotes

I’ve done it for a long time and I didn’t expect it to be any different here.
Kurt Warner

I think there was always that question mark of why am I not in St. Louis anymore? I think everybody had those questions and probably had those perceptions of me.
Kurt Warner

I’ve done it for a long time and I didn’t expect it to be any different here.
Kurt Warner

I am glad that I was given the chance. I knew I could still play at a high level.
Kurt Warner

I think there was always that question mark of why am I not in St. Louis anymore? I think everybody had those questions and probably had those perceptions of me.
Kurt Warner

I’ve always had confidence.
Kurt Warner

I just always felt I’d be playing football in the NFL – or at least playing for a living.
Kurt Warner

They’re willing to let Matt sit and wait until they believe he’s ready and I can’t do the best I’m capable of doing. I’m completely comfortable with that.
Kurt Warner

I expected to play well, I expected to lead my team, and I expected to win.
Kurt Warner

My friends said, ‘You’re crazy, enjoy single life.’ But that’s not for me.
Kurt Warner

On the football field I keep my emotions tied up inside. But when I’m with family, I let them out.
Kurt Warner

Nobody knew who I was.
Kurt Warner

As I get older, I might need to keep the stubble off. As the years come, it helps to look younger I guess.

Kurt Warner

No matter what happens on the football field it doesn’t change the kind of person I am.

Kurt Warner

I’ve always known that if I got the right opportunity and the right system, I could be successful.
Kurt Warner

I got my career started late so, even though I’m getting older, I don’t have as much wear and tear on my arm. I feel good. I really do.
Kurt Warner

I want to win. That’s the most important thing.
Kurt Warner

I think there was always that question mark of why am I not in St. Louis anymore? I think everybody had those questions and probably had those perceptions of me.
Kurt Warner

I’ve done it for a long time and I didn’t expect it to be any different here.
Kurt Warner

Reggie White Quotes

God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.

Reggie White

People consider me a success because I’m a good football player and make lots of money. But if my heart’s not right, if I’m not living a life pleasing to God, I’m a failure.

Reggie White

One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face.

Reggie White

I have a lot of respect for tough coaches.

Reggie White

Steve Young Quotes

When you’re an elite athlete, it’s a very special moment in time and you don’t want it to end.
Steve Young

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

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