Famous Football Quotes

Courtesy of Nancy A.

Quotes from past gridiron legends have added to football's lore and should be passed on to today's youth to increase their wisdom:

  1. 'Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas' - Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
  2. 'After you retire, there's only one big event left... And I ain't ready for that.' - Bobby Bowden | Florida State
  3. 'The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.' - Lou Holtz | Arkansas
  4. 'When you win, nothing hurts.' - Joe Namath | Alabama
  5. 'Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.' - Lou Holtz | Arkansas
  6. 'If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, 'Roll, tide, roll!' - Bear Bryant | Alabama
  7. 'A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.' - Frank Leahy | Notre Dame
  8. 'There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.' - Woody Hayes | Ohio State
  9. 'I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.' - Bob Devaney | Nebraska
  10. 'In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant.' - Wally Butts | Georgia
  11. 'You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.' - Paul Dietzel | LSU
  12. 'It's kind of hard to rally around a math class.' - Bear Bryant | Alabama
  13. When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. 'No, but you can see it from here.' - Lou Holtz | Arkansas
  14. 'I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.' - Bear Bryant | Alabama
  15. 'There's one sure way to stop us from scoring: give us the ball near the goal line.' - Matty Bell | SMU
  16. 'Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.' - Frank Leahy | Notre Dame
  17. 'I never graduated from Iowa , but I was only there for two terms - T ruman's and Eisenhower's.' - Alex Karras | Iowa
  18. 'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.' - Bowden Wyatt | Tennessee
  19. 'I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.' - Duffy Daugherty | Michigan State
  20. 'Always remember: Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.' - Shug Jordan | Auburn
  21. 'They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces.' - Darrell Royal | Texas
  22. 'Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure.' - Knute Rockne | Notre Dame
  23. 'They whipped us like a tied up goat.' - Spike Dykes | Texas Tech
  24. 'I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said: 'Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good' - Walt Garrison | Oklahoma State
  25. 'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.' - Bobby Bowden | Florida State
  26. 'Football is not a contact sport: it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.' - Duffy Daugherty | Michigan State
  27. After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team: 'All those who need showers, take them.' - John McKay | USC
  28. 'If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.' - Murray Warmath | Minnesota
  29. 'The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.' - Knute Rockne | Notre Dame
  30. 'Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.' - Spike Dykes | Texas Tech
  31. 'It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.' - Knute Rockne | Notre Dame
  32. 'We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.' - Darrell Royal | Texas
  33. 'We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.' - Wilson Matthews | Little Rock Central High School
  34. 'Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.' - Darrell Royal | University of Texas
  35. 'I've found that prayers work best when you have big players.' - Knute Rockne | Notre Dame
  36. 'Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.' - John Heisman
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