Inspirational Football Quotes From the Gridiron

Words from the NFL

Inspirational Football Quotes from Hubpages
Inspirational Football Quotes from Hubpages

Quotes About Football

NFL players and coaches are never at a loss for memorable and motivating quotes. From the gridirons inspirational words of Vince Lombardi to the cocky confidence of Joe Namath, you can bet there’s never a dull moment in the National Football League. A game of inches as they say is is what makes this game so exciting.

Football is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.

They say the game of football is all about defense, if properly executed an equally matched offense should beat out the defense. While defense is all about reaction it is the offense that dictates the action. Read on to see how this amazing game of inches and teamwork can inspire us all to reach new heights.

Football a game of teambuilding
Football a game of teambuilding
Vincent Lombardi NFL Football Coach
Vincent Lombardi NFL Football Coach

Vince Lombardi

Quotes About Teamwork

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

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.

"Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale."

"We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time."

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

No Medal for Trying

Bill Parcell Winning quote
Bill Parcell Winning quote

Get to the Dance

Bill Parcells Winning Coach of the New York Giants
Bill Parcells Winning Coach of the New York Giants

Bill Parcells Winning Quotes

In 19 seasons, Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls, lost another, and took four franchises to the playoffs. He coached the New York Giants (2 Superbowls). The New England Patriots, The New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys.

"When we play to our potential, ... we can compete with anyone."

"Just get to the dance and see what happens"

“You don’t get any medals for trying. You’re supposed to do that.”

“The worst thing that can happen to a player [from a player’s perspective] is for him
not to know what the coach is really thinking about him.”

VInce Lombardi winning football quotes
VInce Lombardi winning football quotes
AP Photo Yes David Tyree, the Giants are number one ... just not in terms of team worth.
AP Photo Yes David Tyree, the Giants are number one ... just not in terms of team worth.

Gridiron Quotes

About Winning

Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won.

"In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don't flinch, don't fall; hit the line hard."
~Theodore Roosevelt

"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself."
~ Paul "Bear" Bryant

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
~ Archie Griffin

"No, we believed in ourselves all year. That’s the position you want to be in."
~ Eli Manning

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
~ Tom Landry

"How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser."
~ Lou Holtz

"Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts."
~ Jim Brown

Inspirational Football Quotes from the gridiron
Inspirational Football Quotes from the gridiron
all sports are games of inches
all sports are games of inches

Motivational Sports Quotes

"We are inclined that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it."
~ John F. Kennedy

"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

"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points."
~ Knute Rockne

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.
~ Gale Sayers

"Show me a good loser and Ill show you a loser" Vince Lombardy
"Show me a good loser and Ill show you a loser" Vince Lombardy

Coaches Sports Quotes

Tom Landry

"The secret to winning is constant, consistent management."

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”

Mike Ditka

Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.

Players Quotes

"Winners, imagine their dreams 1st. They want it with all their heart & expect it to come true. There's no other way to live.

If you don't want to be the best, then there's no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything.

~ Joe Montana ~

There is a different between conceit & confidence. Conceit is bragging. Confidence is believing you can get the job done.
- Johnny Unitas ~

Football quotes
Football quotes
real women watch football
real women watch football

Tough Gridiron Quotes

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

“He is the only man I ever saw who ran his own interference.”
~ Steve Owen on Bronko Nagurski

“It might have been the hardest hit I took all day.”
~ Drew Brees after a Raiders fan hit him with a water bottle

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

“I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.”
~ Deacon Jones

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
~ Joe Namath

“Speed, strength and the inability to register pain immediately.”
~ WR Reggie Williams, on his greatest strength as a football player

Famous Football Words

Knute Rockne famous words "Win one for the Gipper" from his speech at Notre Dame in 1928.
Knute Rockne famous words "Win one for the Gipper" from his speech at Notre Dame in 1928.
William Perry ~ The Refrigerator - Chicago Bears NFL team
William Perry ~ The Refrigerator - Chicago Bears NFL team

Funny Football Quotes

Football is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.

“Lets go eat a God damn snack”
~ Rex Ryan ~

""I've been big ever since I was little." hmmmmm...ok man."
~
William Perry

"The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public."
~ Phyllis Diller

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence."
~ Erma Bombeck

Football is not a contact sport. It's a collision sport. Dancing is a... contact sport."
~ Duffy Daugherty

“I don’t know whether I prefer Astroturf to grass. I never smoked Astroturf.”
~ Joe Namath

"If you’re a pro coach, NFL stands for ‘Not for long."
~ Jerry Glanville

"Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many players on the field?"
~ Jim Boulton


"When all is said and done more is said than done" Lou Holtz
"When all is said and done more is said than done" Lou Holtz
Success - some people dream of success while other people like to crush those dreams
Success - some people dream of success while other people like to crush those dreams

"You Play To Win The Game" Herm Edwards

Gridiron Confidence Quotes

"The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert. .”
~ Vince Lombardi

“I’ve got news for you. We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it.”
~Joe Namath (predicting a Super Bowl III victory)

"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

"Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself."
~ Knute Rockne ~

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
~ Vince Lombardi

“I’d like to say that this is exactly what I predicted, but we played three outstanding football teams. We’re 3-0 right here. Maybe that says something about us.”
~ Rex Ryan

Winning quotes from the gridiron on Hubpages
Winning quotes from the gridiron on Hubpages

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Football Quotes from the Gridiron on Hubpages
Football Quotes from the Gridiron on Hubpages
Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz Gridiron Quotes

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

"It's a better view if you're standing up than if you're laying down."

"Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by"

"A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you."

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."

"Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated."

Winning Football Quotes

I've never looked forward to a season as much as this one. We're going to be hoping it never ends, but sadly it will. The great news is at the end of the season we have a Super Bowl.
~ Fred Gaudelli , Producer NBCSNF ~

“I saw Brett after the game and said, ‘Would you retire, please?’ ”
~ Seahawks Coach Jim Mora, after Favre completed 22 of 25 passes — including four touchdowns — against his defense

“He’s our quarterback for the future. And he’s our quarterback for now.”
~ Rex Ryan on Mark Sanchez

“Being there every week for my teammates is really important to me. It's about accountability. I hear stuff about the 'toughest quarterback in the league' and all that; what's that mean?”
~ Peyton Manning

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
~ Vince Lombardi

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

"Most games are lost, not won."
~ Casey Stengel

"Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be."
Mike Ditka

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lsfloro 6 years ago

This is a fantastic hub. Every quote brings back memories of games and players I have seen over the years. You are a very insightful sports writer.


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englightenedsoul 6 years ago

As usual amazing, superb, excellent, mind boggling, awesome. I think if you keep producing hubs like this one day I won't have any words left to comment. I seriously wonder how do you visualize the layout and also where do you find such beautiful quotes.

This hub is fantabulously fantastic!!

Rated up and bookmarked!!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub of inspiration - my fav from Lombardi is "Winning isn't everything, it is the only thing"


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Shari, this Hub is great. It's shows your love and knowledge of football and sports in general. But I must say, my favorite quote is, "The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public." LMAO Ciao!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ lsfloro - I was starting to wonder where you been ?? So glad you finally resurfaced . .but of course I should have figured . write football Hub and he will appear ;) And I thank you for your kind words:) and for the visit &hearts

~ englightenedsoul - you are amazing. You always seem to say things that leave me humbled and speechless. For honestly I do not know where these come from sometimes! Its like a mission. . and I must say I love love doing them! Thank you as always for your support, your visit and your &hearts words:) you are the best and I am so happy that this 60Dc brought us together!

~billyaustindillon - so nice to see you again., I think we need to make this a habit:) You have inspired me in more ways than I can express! Thanks for that:) &hearts

jai jai jai - what would it be like if I didnt have my best bud coming to see one of my new Hubs. . lol but then again you come and visit me no matter what. . which in these last few months has really become a treat . .whether it is here or tweeting. . and now RG . .I always have a smile when I get a new poke and love to poke u back!! &hearts !!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is an enjoyable hub with all those great quotes from football stars which is one of my favorite sports. Good hub.


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theblackedition 6 years ago from Jamaica

love this wavegirl! Some of these quotes made me laugh; some made me nod in agreement and say "hmm" and some made me introspect. Great hub as usual! Rated...


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ Pamela - glad you liked &hearts I am a footfall lover as well!

~ theblackedition -why thank you ever so much for your great reaction . .nothing like a little teamwork to get us all going:) Thanks again for the upward feedback:)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Am glad to have been of help! I do love that photo of the Fridge - he was a sda loss to game passing so young, we need characters.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

This was great. So many great quotes from so many colorful characters. Here is my favorite quoute.

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Love all the quotes, getting antsy for football ay wave lol.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

good job wave, I visited your tumblr, but I can join you in this site unless I signed up? Night my friend, Maita


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

great quotes !! :)


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great quotes. I'm from a football town and partial to all the Vince Lombardi ones.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Sh*t! I LOVED this HUB!!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Shari! Your appreciation for some of the best to ever suit up in the NFL--on the gridiron AND on the sidelines--is very much apparent here. Joe Namath's quote might be might favorite. I loved the quotes, the pics, and the entire "aura" of this hub! I wish that the NFL season could start tomorrow! Awesome, awesome, awesome :D

By the way, I'd love it if the Giants could pick up both C.J. Spiller AND McClain! Damn!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ billyaustindillon - I could not agree with you more! As for characters. .we always have Ocho!!!

~ samboiam - that is another great Lombardi quote- You know as I was putting this Hub together I almost was going to change it and do all Lombardi quotes. There certainly are enough to warrant an entire Hub and then some!!!

~ fishtiger58 - you know it. . I can never get enough football! I am kinda excited for today is Draft day!!!

~ pretty - give me a few days and I will figure that tumblr out!!

~ barryrutherford - thanks for the thumbs up!

~ sandy - hard not to love Lombardi and all he did for the game:)

~ dohn - ha I knew sooner or later you would get here. . but I wanted it sooner ;) for I knew this one was right up your alley :)))) Season may not be starting but its Draft day and right now I am excited to see who is going where!!

Hope you had the happiest of birthdays my friend !!!


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

My favorite quotes of the bunch:

“It might have been the hardest hit I took all day.”

~ Drew Brees after a Raiders fan hit him with a water bottle

And:

“I don’t know whether I prefer Astroturf to grass. I never smoked Astroturf.”

~ Joe Namath

Love them...funny, funny...Great hub, Wave!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

drej - I am so glad that you have now added a couple more great ones to this favorite hub of mine. . it is even more special now that you are here! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I'm a quote-lover, particularly motivational and humorous quotes, so your hub, Shari, was especially appealing to me. Thanks for putting it together.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ drbj - like you I am a huge fan of quotes and this page was really fun to put together. And it makes it even better when great people show up and appreciate it! And you just made my day! Thanks for the visit :))))


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Manny2437 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

Vote up. This hub is badass. Nice job


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Manny2437 - is there anything better than football!!! Well maybe basketball but no one has ever showed teams how to win like Lombardi (who of course was the inspiration for most of this hub)

Always nice to see you around !!


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Earl Noah Bernsby 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Those Lombardi quotes really hit the spot! But I must say, my favorite was Jack Tatum: "I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault." Ahh... One wonders if The Assassin is looking on, from wherever his spirit rests, and shaking his head as "big hits" are methodically "assassinated" out of the NFL.

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