Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
When you win, nothing hurts.
If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.
What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
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.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
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.
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.
I like linebackers. I collect 'em. You can't have too many good ones.
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.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass.
The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important like a league game or something.
Baseball is what we were. Football is what we have become.
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.
College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.
Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.
Speed is not your fastest, but your slowest man. No back can run faster than his interference.
The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.
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.
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.
- 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