FOOTBALL Quotes | 50+ Quotes from Football Players, Coaches & Fans

Check out our huge list of football quotes from some of the biggest names in American Football!

Players, coaches, and commentators offer inspiring and memorable quotes that capture the essence of the game.

From legendary coaches like Vince Lombardi to all-star players like Jerry Rice, the world of American football is rich with profound and thought-provoking quotes that continue to resonate with fans today.

Let’s explore some of the best American football quotes of all time, and what they can teach us about the game, and about life.

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“Football is the ultimate team sport, where one player cannot make the difference, but one player can ruin a play.”

Bill Parcells

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

Vince Lombardi

“Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.”

Duffy Daugherty

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

Vince Lombardi

“In football, the battles are won in the trenches.”

Dan Reeves

“Football is a game played with arms, legs, and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.”

Knute Rockne

“Football is a sport of integrity, where every play, every yard, and every second counts.”

Nick Saban

“Football is a game of inches and inches make the difference.”

Vince Lombardi
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“When you win, nothing hurts.”

Joe Namath

“Football is a tough game, and you have to be tough to play it.”

Bear Bryant

“Football is a game of hitting and being hit, so you have to be prepared to take a hit and keep moving forward.”

Ray Lewis

“Football is a game of inches, and sometimes those inches come down to a split-second decision.”

Tom Brady

“Football is a game of passion, of courage, and of heart. It’s not just a game, it’s a way of life.”

Tony Dungy

“Football is a game of perseverance, where you have to keep grinding it out no matter what.”

Emmitt Smith

“I’m a firm believer that if you work hard, you’ll get success.”

Warren Sapp

“Football is not just about winning, it’s about giving everything you have on every play.”

Walter Payton

“Football is a game of skill, speed, and strategy. You have to be smart to succeed.”

John Madden

“Football is a game of execution. You have to execute your plays flawlessly to win.”

Barry Switzer

“Football is a game of opportunity. You have to be ready to seize every opportunity that comes your way.”

Brett Favre

“Football is a game of physical and mental toughness. You have to be tough in both ways to succeed.”

Jim Harbaugh

“Football is a game of teamwork, where everyone has to do their part to win.”

Dick Vermeil

“Football is a game of adrenaline, where the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are felt in equal measure.”

Herm Edwards

“Football is a game of courage, where you have to face your fears and overcome them to succeed.”

Joe Namath

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

Vince Lombardi

“It’s not the will to win that matters; everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Football is a game that’s always evolving. You have to be willing to adapt to stay on top.”

Bill Belichick

“Football is a game of mistakes. The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins.”

Paul Brown

“Football is a violent sport, but it’s also a beautiful sport. There’s a poetry to it.”

Lynn Swann

“Football is a game of inches, but it’s also a game of preparation.”

Dick Butkus

“Football is a game of sacrifice, where you have to put the team ahead of yourself.”

Mike Singletary

“Football is a game of strategy, where the best coaches are the ones who can outthink their opponents.”

Tom Landry

“Good is not good enough when better is expected.”

Vin Scully

“Football is a game of heart, where the players who want it more usually come out on top.”

Warren Sapp

“Football is a game of toughness, where you have to be able to take a hit and keep going.”

Dick Butkus

“Football is a game of innovation, where the best coaches are always looking for new ways to win.”

Chip Kelly

“Football is a game of rhythm, where you have to find your flow and stay in it.”

Steve Young

“Football is a game of competition, where you have to constantly push yourself to be better.”

Deion Sanders

“Football is a game of unity, where every player has to work together to achieve a common goal.”

Jerry Rice

“Football is a game of mental toughness, where you have to stay focused and disciplined to win.”

Troy Polamalu

“Football is a game of character, where you have to show your true self on and off the field.”

Tony Gonzalez

“Football is a game of opportunity, where every player has a chance to make a difference.”

Kurt Warner

“Football is a game of pride, where you have to take pride in your performance and your team.”

Terrell Owens

“Football is a game of determination, where you have to keep pushing even when things get tough.”

Joe Montana

“Football is a game of sacrifice, where you have to put your body on the line for the good of the team.”

Ronnie Lott

“Football is a game of redemption, where you have to bounce back from your failures to succeed.”

Michael Irvin

“Football is a game that can humble you in an instant, and you have to be ready for that.”

Jerry Rice

“Football is a game of second chances, where you can always redeem yourself on the next play.”

Drew Brees

“Football is a game of energy, where you have to bring your own to every snap.”

Ray Lewis

“Football is a game of leadership, where the best players lead by example.”

Troy Aikman

“Football is a game of strategy, where every decision can make a difference.”

Bill Walsh

“Football is a game of momentum, where one big play can shift the entire game.”

Hines Ward

“Football is a game of timing, where you have to be in the right place at the right time.”

Ed Reed

“Football is a game of resilience, where you have to bounce back from adversity to succeed.”

Emmitt Smith

“Football is a game of passion, where every player has to find their own motivation to succeed.”

Peyton Manning

“Football is a game of anticipation, where the best players can see the play before it happens.”

Deion Sanders

“Success is not forever, and failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

“Football is a game of sacrifice, where you have to give up your personal glory for the team’s success.”

Roger Staubach

“Football is a game of precision, where every pass and every catch has to be perfect.”

Steve Largent

“Football is a game of perseverance, where you have to keep pushing even when things don’t go your way.”

Jerome Bettis

“Football is a game of strategy, where the best coaches are always one step ahead of their opponents.”

Don Shula

“Football is a game of intensity, where you have to bring your best every single play.”

Lawrence Taylor

“Football is a game of emotion, where the passion of the players and fans can lift a team to greatness.”

Dick Vermeil
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From legendary coaches and players to modern-day commentators, the quotes featured in this blog post showcase the passion, dedication, and drive that makes American football such a beloved sport.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply looking for some inspiration, these quotes are sure to leave a lasting impression and remind us of the power of hard work, determination, and teamwork in achieving our goals, both on and off the field.