125+ Best Football Quotes by Players To Inspire You

Football is a demanding sport on both the mind and the body. There is evidence that the best players are better equipped mentally, so they need a good memory to learn skills and tactics, to make split-second decisions and to plan ahead; they need to be resilient to failure, defeat and injury.

Football legends can give us many lessons about the importance of perseverance, dedication, adversity, triumph, and hard work. Inspirational and motivational football quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Football Quotes

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that. – Bill Shankly

A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to. – Tom Landry

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

Life is ten percent what happens to you, and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

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

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Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence. If you’re in control, they’re in control. – Tom Landry

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. – Vince Lombardi

No one ever drowned in sweat. – Lou Holtz

If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out. – Chuck Noll

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. – Joe Paterno

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

In order to win the game, you must first not lose it. – Chuck Noll

Football is like life – it requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. – Mike Ditka

Game management, game decisions, adjustments, seeing things during games – it’s all important. – Bill Belichick

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark. – Amit Ray

Victories are a byproduct of a larger vision. It begins with a question: How much do we owe one another? Each coach’s and player’s individual answer is one of the building blocks of The Streak. De La Salle separates itself from the competition because everyone from the head coach to the least accomplished player on the roster is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be their absolute best. – Neil Hayes

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

Excuses are the tools of the incompetent. – Mike Tomlin

I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated. – Emmitt Smith

Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts – Jim Brown

Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble. – John Madden

I see myself as a quarterback who had the run the option for the offense to be successful. – Colin Kaepernick

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

You fail all of the time. But you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else. – Bum Phillips

The best part of it for me is the idea that this group of young men, who came together and believed in themselves, bought the team concept completely, took the names off the back of the jerseys, checked the egos at the door – Tom Coughlin

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge. – Terry Bradshaw

Anyone can go hard on the last sprint of a workout, if you’re tough, you’ll go hard on each and every one – Travis Macy

No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it. – Ray Lewis

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George S. Halas

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

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 – Bo Jackson

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

Most Motivational Football Quotes

Being a champion has nothing to do with sports, its a mindset. A skill of looking at challenges that seem impossible, and rising up to overcome. – Jeremy Coates

When you don’t give up, you cannot fail. – Adrian Peterson

The Motto of Champions: If you are hurt, you can suck it up and press on. If injured, you can rebound and return bigger and better… and continue to inspire! – T.F. Hodge

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

You cannot make progress with excuses. – Cam Newton

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one. – Walter Payton

Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish. – Herm Edwards

Life is full of all sorts of setbacks and twists and turns and disappointments. The character of this team will be how well you will come back from this letdown, this defeat. You could still be a great team and you can still accomplish great things like football players but it’s going to take a real resolve to do it. – Coach Ladouceur

I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. – Urban Meyer

There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything. – Vince Lombardi

There is no substitute for work. – Vince Lombardi

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them. – Kirk Mango

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

Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day. – J.J. Watt

You can learn a line from a win and a book from defeat. – Paul Brown

It’s not the will to win that matters. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Bear Bryant

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

Greatness, whether athletic or otherwise, doesn’t come from those content on just being but from those who seek being the difference. – Kirk Mango

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

Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi

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

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

To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before. – Sean Payton

Just remember, the difference between being good versus being great is just a few points, inches, or seconds. – Bruce H. Jackson

The only discipline that lasts, is self discipline. – Bum Phillips

The minute you hesitate you are in trouble. – Steve Waugh

How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win. – Bum Phillips

Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives. – Tim Fargo

Inspirational Football Quotes

The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there. – Vince Lombardi

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

The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable. – Peyton Manning

After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live – Vince Lombardi

Fear can be conquered. I became a better person and a better football player when I learned that lesson. – Roger Craig

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today. – Lou Holtz

My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. – Hank Stram

The process begins during the off-season program, when players spend countless hours together and become heavily invested in the season before it even starts. It continues during these weekly meetings, when players stand and deliver heartfelt testimonials. You can’t play for Ladouceur unless you’re willing to stand in front of your teammates and bare your soul. You can’t play unless you’re willing to cry. – Neil Hayes

Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi

There is a difference in being in shape and being in football shape. Anyone 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 – John Madden

Losing doesn’t make me want to quit, it makes me want to fight that much harder. – Bear Bryant

I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. – Mia Hamm

I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop – Jack Youngblood

Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners. – Joe Gibbs

We believed in ourselves all year. That’s the position you want to be in – Eli Manning

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

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

You all know and lived the ‘secrets’ to De La Salle’s success-love, brotherhood, sacrifice, discipline, heart, courage, passion, honesty. – Neil Hayes

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

Every team is beatable, you never know. The right moment, the right time, every team is beatable – Tom Coughlin

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. – Tim Fargo

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi

There were probably about five games in my career where everything was moving in slow motion and you could be out there all day, totally in the zone, and you don’t even know where you are on the field, everything is just totally blocked out – Lawrence Taylor

Brady has compared playing football with getting into a car crash every Sunday-a scheduled car crash. – I’ve heard players use this image before, and doctors who have treated football injuries. – Mark Leibovich

Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is. – Vince Lombardi

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

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done – Johnny Unitas

If you are afraid of confrontation, you are not going to do very well. – Bill Parcells

Life is, as football: One wins the goal, and one faces a failure. – Ehsan Sehgal

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

Confidence gets you off to a fast start. Confidence gets you that first job and maybe the next two promotions. But confidence stops you from learning. Confidence becomes a caricature after a while. I can’t tell you how many confident blowhards I’ve seen in my coaching career who never get better after the age of forty. – Bill Walsh

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. – Marv Levy

Certainly, the competitive, action-oriented game of football, as meshed with positive team experiences, added to the supportive culture. – Jim Dent

Work isn’t work unless you would rather be doing something else, – Don Shula

Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys. – Oscar Wilde

Coaching is not how much you know. It’s how much you can get players to do. – Bum Phillips

The worst thing about pro football is that a lot of it has nothing to do with football. It has so much business and hair spray crusted over it: so many sideshows and expert panels breaking things down for us – and a whole lot of people you don’t want to deal with or watch on TV […]. – Mark Leibovich

In the sweep of its appeal, its ability to touch every corner of humanity, football is the only game that needed to be invented. – Bobby Charlton

I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure – and their ability to overcome it. – Bill Walsh

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

You’re the only one that can put pressure on yourself… No one else can put pressure on you. It’s self-inflicted. For me, I just want to go out and play football. – Maurice Jones-Drew

Today, you’ve got a decision to make. You’re gonna get better or you’re gonna get worse but you’re not gonna stay the same. Which will it be? – Joe Paterno

You get hit the hardest when trying to run or hide from a problem. Like the defense on a football field, putting all focus on evading only one defender is asking to be blindsided. – Criss Jami

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

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team. – Jean-Paul Sartre

As you travel around you will come across a sport described by some contemporaries as ‘abominable… more common, undignified and worthless than any other game, rarely ending but with some loss, accident or disadvantage to the players themselves’. This is football. – Ian Mortimer

Adversity is an opportunity for heroism. – Marv Levy

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

The natural state of a football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score. – Nick Hornby

The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football. – Terry Pratchett

It’s like football. Two sides may each want to beat the other, they may even hate each other as sides, but if someone came and told them football is stupid and not worth playing or caring about, then they’d feel together. It’s feeling that matters. – John Fowl

We’re going to play football and nothing but football. If you don’t want to play football, you can’t play at all. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault. – Jack Tatum

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

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

I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards. Whichever comes first. – George Rogers

I wouldn’t ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was important. Like a league game. – Dick Butkus

Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. – Joe Theismann

Don’t talk about playoffs! You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win another game! – Jim Mora

The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed. – Mike Ditka

To win, I’d run over Joe’s mom, too. – Matt Millen

My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget. – E.J. Holub

We couldn’t do diddly poo offensively. – Jim Mora

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