Some of the best to play and coach in the game share their wisdom

March 2, 2018

Football, a game that brutally tests the minds and bodies of even its strongest players, brings forth many lessons about the importance of perseverance, dedication and hard work. As a result, some of the best and most inspirational quotes come from football minds, players and coaches — both current and former — that made their mark in the NCAA and/or NFL ranks.

 

Here are 30 of the most inspirational football quotes from some of the individuals known for their leadership, preparation, and ability to achieve success through more than sheer talent alone.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

  • “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

 

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

 

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

 

  • “No one ever drowned in sweat.” –Lou Holtz

 

  • “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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • "You cannot make progress with excuses." –Cam Newton

 

  • "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.” –Paul “Bear” Bryant

 

  • “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

 

  • "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

 

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

 

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

 

  • “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” –Vince Lombardi 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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