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