57+ Best Woody Hayes Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Wayne Woodrow Hayes was an American football player and coach. His career coaching record was 238 games won, 72 lost, and 10 tied. Inspirational Woody Hayes quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Woody Hayes Quotes

The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours. – Woody Hayes

There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you. – Woody Hayes

Because I couldn’t go for three. – Woody Hayes

Picking an assistant coach, the first thing I was interested in was the man’s character. – Woody Hayes

Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning. – Woody Hayes

They may outsmart me, or be luckier, but they can’t outwork me. – Woody Hayes

The game of football is one of strategy and tactics. – Woody Hayes

The players fire the coach, and as long as I’m on the same wavelength with them, I can coach as long as I want to. – Woody Hayes

No back in the history of football was ever worth two fumbles a game. – Woody Hayes

A good general always makes you search for his weaknesses. – Woody Hayes

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. – Woody Hayes

The bowl games are only supposed to be a fun reward. – Woody Hayes

The only meaningful statistic is number of games won. – Woody Hayes

I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. – Woody Hayes

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. – Woody Hayes

I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people. – Woody Hayes

You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward. – Woody Hayes

Anything easy ain’t worth a damn! – Woody Hayes

When I look in the mirror in the morning, I want to take a swing at me. – Woody Hayes

To hell with exciting. I’d rather be drab as hell and win. – Woody Hayes

A man is always better than he thinks. – Woody Hayes

Success is the only motivational factor that a boy with character needs. – Woody Hayes

Jack Tatum could hit a man so hard that it would lift both his feet off the ground. – Woody Hayes

Nobody despises to lose more than I do. That’s got me into trouble over the years, but it also made a man of mediocre ability into a pretty good coach. – Woody Hayes

Indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat. – Woody Hayes

Without winners, there would be no civilization. – Woody Hayes

The most deceptive course in football is straight at the goalposts. – Woody Hayes

It’s never an upset if the so-called underdog has all along considered itself the better team. – Woody Hayes

The minute I think I’m getting mellow, I’m retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner? – Woody Hayes

We control by attitudes-positive mental attitudes-not by rules. – Woody Hayes

You don’t get many chances to pay back what’s been done for you. Take them. – Woody Hayes

The only way we’d get beaten was if we got a little fat-headed, if we didn’t train right, if we had dissension on the squad. – Woody Hayes

The five big mistakes in football are the fumble, the interception, the penalty, the badly called play, the blocked punt—and most of these originate with the quarterback. Find a mistake-proof quarterback and you have this game won. – Woody Hayes

I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork ’em. – Woody Hayes

We do not pull in and fill up. And I’ll tell you why we don’t. It’s because I don’t buy one goddamn drop of gas in the state of Michigan. We’ll coast and push this goddamn car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money. – Woody Hayes

I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have. “Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect. – Woody Hayes

Football represents and embodies everything that’s great about this country, because the United States of America is built on winners, not losers or people who didn’t bother to play. – Woody Hayes

There’s nothing in this world that comes easy. There are a lot of people who aren’t going to bother to win. We learn in football to get up and go once more. – Woody Hayes

It does not matter the size of the man, rather the amount of effort the man is willing to put forth – Woody Hayes

The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium. – Woody Hayes

You don’t get hurt running straight ahead three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense. I will pound you and pound you until you quit. – Woody Hayes

Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect. – Woody Hayes

Perfect preparation prevents piss-poor performance. – Woody Hayes

In football we always said that the other team couldn’t beat us. We had to be sure that we didn’t beat ourselves. And that’s what people have to do, too – make sure they don’t beat themselves. – Woody Hayes

Even the best team, without a sound plan, can’t score. – Woody Hayes

I recruited a Czech kicker, and during the eye exam, when asked to read the bottom line, the kicker replied, Read it? I know him. – Woody Hayes

When you’re winning – you don’t need any friends. When you’re losing – you don’t have any friends anyway. – Woody Hayes

Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn. – Woody Hayes

Statistics always remind me of fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet. – Woody Hayes

Paralyze resistance with persistence. – Woody Hayes

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart. – Woody Hayes

You can outwork anybody. Try it, you will find out that you can do it. – Woody Hayes

I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him. – Woody Hayes

I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose. – Woody Hayes

Success – it’s what you do with what you’ve got. – Woody Hayes

That was about as bad an opener as we have ever played. When you get into the passing game, you can expect that sort of thing to happen. – Woody Hayes

I just felt that we had to do it this year. All those national championships and all the kids he touched, I just felt it was kind of the right thing to do. – Woody Hayes

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