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

VINCE LOMBARDI

Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

GEORGE WILL

When you win, nothing hurts.

JOE NAMATH

If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

VINCE LOMBARDI

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.

TERRY BRADSHAW

Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.

ROGER STAUBACH

When you win, nothing hurts.

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

ERMA BOMBECK

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

VINCE LOMBARDI

This is a dirty business, that is why I go out and play with my heart. I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports. This is like a nine to five. No guaranteed contracts, and that is the worst thing about it.

TERRELL OWENS, interview, Jul. 8, 2004

What's the toughest thing in a professional football game? It's being the mother of the quarterback -- toughest thing.

JOHN MADDEN, MNF Football promo, Sept. 7, 2006

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.

DAN BIRDWELL

If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.

BO JACKSON

I like linebackers. I collect 'em. You can't have too many good ones.

BILL PARCELLS

We can't run. We can't pass. We can't stop the run. We can't stop the pass. We can't kick. Other than that, we're just not a very good football team right now.

BRUCE COSLET

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

VINCE LOMBARDI

There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.

DAN MARINO

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When in doubt, punt!

JOHN HEISMAN

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

PHYLLIS DILLER

I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important —like a league game or something.

DICK BUTKUS

Baseball is what we were. Football is what we have become.

MARY MCGRORY

I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children

Sure, the home-field is an advantage -- but so is having a lot of talent.

DAN MARINO

College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.

ELBERT HUBBARD

Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.

JOHN HEISMAN

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Speed is not your fastest, but your slowest man. No back can run faster than his interference.

JOCK SUTHERLAND

The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.

JOHN MADDEN

The NFL draft is going to be this Thursday. That's a huge night for college players. That's the night they start being paid over the table.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Apr. 24, 2012

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

VINCE LOMBARDI

In the NFL, 31 players have been arrested just since the Super Bowl. In fact, a lot of teams are switching to the no-huddle offense because players aren't allowed to associate with known felons.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Jul. 8, 2013

First of all, I wish everyone who loved football could stand in the quarterback's shoes just for a play, because I think it would be tremendously humbling to anyone who loved the game to say, "I didn't -- I had no idea." You can think about what it would be like, and the cameras are getting better at giving that perspective, that one that the skycam comes down and you get a sense of it, but you just -- you don't know.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Frontline, Mar. 27, 2013

I don't know whether I prefer Astroturf to grass. I never smoked Astroturf.

JOE NAMATH

Those were the days--
booting a leather football
truer and farther
than you ever expected!

SEAMUS HEANEY, Three Drawings

Baseball is fathers and sons. Football is brothers beating each other up in the backyard.

DONALD HALL, Fathers Playing Catch with Sons

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