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Greatest Sports Quotes of All Time

Updated on March 11, 2016

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The Ring: Celebrating 80 Years With A picture of Jack Dempsey. He is the former heavyweight champion of the world.
The Ring: Celebrating 80 Years With A picture of Jack Dempsey. He is the former heavyweight champion of the world. | Source
Paul Bear Bryant coached Alabama and is one of the best football coaches in college history. He was a tireless worker who came first and left last everyday during the football season.
Paul Bear Bryant coached Alabama and is one of the best football coaches in college history. He was a tireless worker who came first and left last everyday during the football season. | Source
John McEnroe graces the cover of Sports Illustrated. He had a temper but he also has a winner's attitude.
John McEnroe graces the cover of Sports Illustrated. He had a temper but he also has a winner's attitude. | Source
Jerry Rice is hands down the best receiver in football history. He played the majority of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.
Jerry Rice is hands down the best receiver in football history. He played the majority of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. | Source
John Madden was a great player, coach and commentator in the NFL. He was a great NFL coach for the Raiders but he is best known for being a commentator at Sunday football games and for being the name of the most famous football video game ever made.
John Madden was a great player, coach and commentator in the NFL. He was a great NFL coach for the Raiders but he is best known for being a commentator at Sunday football games and for being the name of the most famous football video game ever made. | Source

Quotes from the Sports World

This is just a glimpse at the often hilarious and outrageous things that have been made by people that have been involved in sports t some facet or another.

1. Bobby Knight: " When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass." Knight was a college basketball coach. He was a very controversial coach that was known for having temper tantrums.

2. Jack Dempsey: A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." Dempsey was a Heavyweight boxi:ng champion. He was a classy champion who did not talk trash about his rivals. He is in the Boxing Hall of Fame.

3. Paul Bear Bryant: " It's not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters." Bryant was a college football coach. Bear Bryant was a perfectionist who accepted nothing less than the best from his athletes. Bryant is best known for taking the Alabama Crimson Tide to National Titles.

4. Yogi Berra: " It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra was a baseball player. He was a true competitor who never gave up. A cartoon was invented because of this player so that should tell you that he is well known.

5. Martina Navratilova:" Whoever said, It's not whether you win or lose that counts, " Probably lost." Navratilova was a female tennis player.

6. John McEnroe: " I'll let the racket do the talking." McEnroe was a tennis player known for arguing with the players, the officials and even the fans.

7. Ronnie Lott: :" If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it." Ronnie Lott was a football player in the NFL.

8. John Madden: " The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break." Madden was a NFL player, coach and commentator.

9. Jerry Rice: " I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." Jerry Rice was a wide receiver in the National Football League.

10. George Best: " I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted. Best was a professional Soccer player.

11. Bobby Jones: " Competitive Sports are played mainly on a five and a half inch court, the space between you're ears." Bobby Jones was an Amateur golfer.

12. Muhammad Ali: " I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my bedroom and was in the bed before the room was dark." Muhammad Ali is a former three time heavyweight boxing champion.

13. Wayne Gretsky: " You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Gretzky is a former NHL hockey player.

14. Archie Griffin: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." Archie Griffin was a NFL football player.

15. Billie Jean King: " Champions keep playing until they get it right." Billie Jean King was a professional tennis player.

These athletes can be quoted constantly for their words with the media.

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Controversial Athletes

1. Mike Tyson ( Boxing) He has been involved in several physical altercation in the sport and outside the ring as well. His comments and his actions have been printed all over tabloids for decades.

2. Dennis Rodman ( Basketball) He was quick to lob verbal and / or physical blows on or off the court. His hair colors and dressing up in ladies clothing kept him in the paparazzi's view all the time.

3. Jose Conseco (Baseball) Conseco has been known to actually instigate problems between other athletes and also the media. Conseco has said some knuckleheaded things so often that ESPN stopped filming him.

4. John McEnroe (Tennis) McEnroe has a world famous temper. Whether it was the officials, fans or the media McEnroe would let them have it. He actually was a great tennis player but his flair ups made him get more news than his wins did.

5. Terrell Owens (Football) Owens really does not have many physical confrontations but many vulgar phrases have came out of his mouth. One time after getting a touchdown while playing for the 49ers he ran to the center of the field (Cowboys Stadium) and slammed the ball down on the star and all the Cowboys fans booed.

"The Greatest" Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a great boxer and he was highly quotable. He talked the talk and he walked the walk like nobody before or after him. This was just one of his many quotes.
Muhammad Ali was a great boxer and he was highly quotable. He talked the talk and he walked the walk like nobody before or after him. This was just one of his many quotes. | Source

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Bobby Knight Rants

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Jerry Rice is Amazing

Jerry Rice is widely considered by experts to be the best receiver in the history of the NFL.
Jerry Rice is widely considered by experts to be the best receiver in the history of the NFL. | Source

Controversial Athletes

Terrell Owens
Muhammad Ali
Jose Conseco
John McEnroe
Dennis Rodman
Mike Tyson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six of the most quotable athletes in sports history.

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      Robert Loescher 3 years ago from Michigan

      I don't know if it qualifies, but I think you left off one of the greatest Sports Quote personalities ever - David Feherty. Here are a few samples:

      "That one is so far right Michael Moore could make a documentary about it."

      “I didn’t quit drinking because I was a bad drunk. I quit because I was a spectacular drunk."

      “That ball is so far left Lassie couldn’t find it even if it was wrapped in bacon.”

      “Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff.”

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      These quotes are awesome indeed, and even the shortest and most curt ones say a lot of their own unique personality on the court. Really inspirational.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      These are just great quotes. Thank you Lesliebyars

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