American Football Quotes

American Football Quotes by Erma Bombeck, Thomas Henderson, Joe Paterno, Joe Montana, Andrew Luck, Tom Coughlin and many others.

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Terry Bradshaw couldn’t spell ‘cat’ if you spotted him the ‘C’ and the ‘A’.
Thomas Henderson
You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.
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.
I grew up in Europe, and soccer was the first organized game I played. When we moved back to the U.S. in the middle of 4th grade, I switched to American football and stopped playing competitively until college, when I played intramurals.
Every team is beatable, you never know. The right moment, the right time, every team is beatable.
Leaders aren’t born they are made.
True loyalty is that quality of service that grows under adversity and expands in defeat. Any street urchin can shout applause in victory, but it takes character to stand fast in defeat. One is noise – the other, loyalty.
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
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
People say I’ll be drafted in the first round, maybe even higher.
Craig Heyward
It was an ideal day for football – too cold for the spectators and too cold for the players.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.
When you believe in yourself and the people you surround yourself with, you will win something really big someday.
Dick Vermeil
Leadership can’t be fabricated. If it is fabricated and rehearsed, you can’t fool the guys in the locker room. So when you talk about leadership, it comes with performance. Leadership comes with consistency.
I don’t like American football. I think it’s boring and ridiculous and predictable. But baseball is very beautiful. It’s played on a diamond.
Discipline and diligence are up there on the list, but one of the most important qualities of many really successful people is humility. If you have a degree of humility about you, you have the ability to take advice, to be coachable, teachable. A humble person never stops learning.
Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well – at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz.
Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two thingsblocking and tackling.
I never really lost a game in my career, sometimes I just ran out of time.
Bobby Layne
The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
Every step, whether at high school or at college or at the NFL, I had to climb and crawl and scratch to get there.
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
What I meant by that is, any time you have adversity, now you’ve got a chance to see all of these guys play every game the rest of the way like it’s a playoff game. What you want guys to do when there’s adversity is to play harder and play better, and that’s when you see what kind of guys you have in your locker room.
Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
You can’t go out and practice average on Wednesday, average on Thursday, okay on Friday and then expect to play well on Sunday.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers.
You can motivate players better with kind words than you can with a whip.
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
You want to learn everything that you possibly can, chew it, digest it, and take it for what it is, and then move on.
It doesn’t matter what you all think, what you all say about me, because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face, my family that I love, that’s all that really matters to me.
Rugby is a different game. There is an interruption every two minutes also in American football. Our soccer is a moving game: play, play, play, move, move – you don’t interrupt.
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.
Football is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.
Leaders are not born, they’re made.
I know American football. I know a little bit about soccer. I know baseball, I know basketball. But, rugby is a foreign language.
Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.
If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.
If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn’t the same as the one I was wearing, I’d run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.
Being gifted intellectually is only a small part of the equation of success. Concentrate on the factors you have control over: persistence, self-discipline, confidence. Far more failures are due to lack of will than lack of ability.
In order to gain the respect of your players in the locker room, you can’t just perform on Saturday. You have to do it consistently during practices, meetings, and in the weight room.
It was weirdwriting is a stupid thing to do. I come up here in the morning to a pleasant room in the roof of my house and imagine I’m a black South American football superstar; then I have to imagine I’m a female pop celebrity who‘s pregnant. It’s a completely mad way to spend your time.
Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Im a huge Rugby Union fan, which is a bit like American football – but tougher.
Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
European teams have always shied away from South American football. They struggle to get to grips with it. The South American game is more technical and about keeping possession, while European football is more dynamic, physical and direct.
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.
There is a difference in being in shape and being in football shape. Any one can out on the field and run around , but once you start getting hit and have to get up then you find out the difference between being in shape and football shape.
While American football is very structured and linear and static, where everyone lines up and there’s a burst and it happens, soccer is like the cosmos. It’s like constellations. It’s bodies moving in space. It’s a very spherical game. You can move in any direction, at any time.
While American football is very structured and linear and static – where everyone lines up, and there’s a burst, and it happens – soccer is like the cosmos. It’s like constellations. It’s bodies moving in space. It’s a very spherical game.
Sometimes as a man, you fear what you can’t see. Nobody can predict the future. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Tomorrow‘s not promised. The only thing you can do is live your life, hope for the best, continue to have faith, believe in yourself.
Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.
Most train to be part of the game. The greatest train to be the game: I am the game. Third-and-9, two-minutes left, that’s what I train for. I train for moments everyone runs from. I run for them.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
It’s a better view if you’re standing up than if you’re laying down.
The Frankfurt Galaxy( The NFL Europe team) always had tremendous success, at that time there were 2,000 American football clubs in Europe playing the game from juniors through to adults.
Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.
If I can slow it down in my mind, things will be fine.
There are two kinds of people in the world, Notre Dame lovers and Notre Dame haters. And, quite frankly, they’re both a pain in the ass.
Dan Devine
You guys line up alphabetically by height.
Hey fellas! This is what you work all off season for. This is why you lift all them weights! This is why you do all that!
I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that.
Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone. I am blessed that my dad is a chiropractor. Getting adjusted regularlyalong with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish – are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field.
I care nothing about American football.
When it comes to football, God is prejudiced – toward big, fast kids.
Chuck Mills
Distance running to a professional athlete in my day was five laps around the field. And you stopped each lap to take your pulse.
I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid.
There are several differences between a footballl game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also there are more injuries at a football game.
There’s always someone out there training for your spot. For my scholarship at the University of Florida, for my job with the Denver Broncos, for my position with the New York Jets. And that’s the reason to get up earlier or stay up later.
When I was really young, the women’s national team wasn’t on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.
We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.
The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I’ve ever seen that I didn’t have to clean.
When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberatelyunless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.
The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.
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
The more honor and self-respect among players, the greater the team.
Frosty Westering
After a loss like this we just have to go back and work harder. We got outplayed and that’s all there is to it. You have to let it go, move on and just work harder.
Be a tough-minded optimist.
Frosty Westering
If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.
I was always told that I was too small, too skinny, too slow, not tough enough, and I never ever believed what people told me.
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.
We are all born naked into this world, but each of us is fully clothed in potential.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.
Every time you lose you die a little bit. You die inside…a portion of you. Not all of your organs. Maybe just your liver.
There were a lot of running backs as good as me. The real difference was that I could focus. I never laid back and relied on natural ability.
It’s difficult to follow your dream. It’s a tragedy not to.
I try to learn from every experience, good or bad.
But when I look back I can’t call myself unlucky. My 23rd birthday was December 14. In these years I have had more than most people get in a lifetime.
Ernie Davis
The number of fighters that are ISIS fighters wouldn’t fill up most American football stadiums. This is not a large group of individuals, but they’re tenacious, and they rule with absolute terror.
Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.
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.
To play this game (football) you must have fire in you, and there is nothing that strokes fire like hate.
I’ll tell you, there were only a few games in my career where I was totally oblivious to everything around me, where I was in the zone.
Coming from a small South Dakota school, it was a different route to get to the NFL. I went from South Dakota State to the World League of American Football with the Amsterdam Admirals, and fortunately I did well enough there that the New England Patriots decided to sign me and give me a chance.
Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.
Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally.
I’ve been playing American football since I was six years old. I was a captain of my high school team, playing strong safety.
Lifting weights is obviously important, because you want to be strong and fast and all of that, but it’s not one of those things you gotta go and try to bench as much as you can every day. A bench press isn’t going to help you throw a 15-yard out or a deep comeback. It’s not about that. It’s about training right
We grew up with my family being very passionate about two sports, American football and British football.
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 word today.
There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.
Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.
I do not like football, which I think of as a game in which two tractors approach each other from opposite directions and collide. Besides, I have contempt for a game in which players have to wear so much equipment. Men play basketball in their underwear, which seems just right to me.
The most prepared are the most dedicated.
Raymond Berry