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Game Day Football Quotes


"At many a moment on many a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them." - Vince Lombardi

"I feel that Im not losing the game for our team. Im trying to give us the best opportunity to win the football game. I did everything I could to lose the Jets game but we won. And the Patriots game, I didnt play well. I think that this year, I just come out and play smart football. I got some good advice the other day (from CBS Sports Dan Dierdorf): Every drive that ends in a kick is a good drive." - Ben Roethlisberger

"There's never been a greater game than football." - Joe Paterno

"Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull," - Steve Sabol

"Football is not a game for the weak of heart, because every day you've got a hundred reasons to take all those pads off and say, 'F-k it.'" - Lawrence Taylor

"He is not injured. He's not fit. He's not fit to play football, unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can't pick him." - Harry Redknapp

"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

"Football is one of the world's best means of communication. It is impartial, apolitical and universal. Football unites people around the world every day. Young or old, players or fans, rich or poor, the game makes everyone equal, stirs the imagination, makes people happy and makes them sad" - Franz Beckenbauer

"They say football is America's greatest game, but it's not. The greatest game in America is called opportunity. Football is merely a great expression of it." - Joe Kapp

"Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians." - Oscar Wilde

"The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time." - Vince Lombardi

"I look at the NBA as a football game without the helmet." - Tom Tolbert

"Football is a simple game. It's just very hard to play it simple." - Johan Cruijff

"The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game." - Bob Schieffer

"Football is a game of cliches, and I believe in every one of them." - Vince Lombardi

"The most beautiful sight in football is too watch Manchester United chase a game." - Teddy Sheringham

"Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins." - Johan Cruijff

"I used to go play football matches in the morning, and Id go straight from me football game to a dance competition." - Tristan Macmanus

"I left hating the game of football...I never ever wanted to play football after that and I kind of rode off into the sunset." - Randall Cunningham

"I think people tune in to watch a football game because they want to watch a football game. If they wanted to watch a stand-up comedy show on HBO, that's where they'd go" - Dan Dierdorf

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

"Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys." - Oscar Wilde

"Only in football is long-term injury the result not of accidents but of the game played properly." - George Will

"To play this game (football) you must have fire in you, and there is nothing that strokes fire like hate." - Vince Lombardi

"It's a beautiful day for a night game." - Frankie Frisch

"It says that alcoholism is a disease, and that it gets passed on from generation to generation. I've told my kids about that: "You've got the crazy gene in you, guys. When it comes time to kick back with the buddies, drink a beer, and watch a football game, just realize that there will be a day when that thing turns on you. So you better keep an eye on it"." - Nikki Sixx

"This ain't a football game, we do this every day." - Earl Weaver

"Sports like baseball or baseball are easy to dramatise, because all of them have a pause and that helps with the tension. Football never stops. I'm a football fan. I believe in the beauty of the game." - Carlos Cuaron

"There's more violence in one football game than there is in an entire hockey season, and nobody ever talks about that." - Keith Allen

"I don't like to lose, and that isn't so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective." - Knute Rockne

"The only place you can win a football game is on the field, the only place you can lose it is in your hearts." - Darrell Royal

"I want to go to a place where I can go to a football game, take off my shirt, paint my chest and major in beer." - Andrew Ferguson

"All those football coaches who hold dressing-room prayers before a game should be forced to attend church once a week." - Duffy Daugherty

"I mean, I'm not a sexist person, but a woman has no business being down there trying to make some comment about a football game." - Andy Rooney

"The game [football] has moved on a lot but still, ask most players and they will tell you that pre-season isn't their favourite time of the year." - Colin Kazim-Richards

"Cycling is' a game, it's a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One does' play at cycling." - Jean de Gribaldy

"My perfect first date? Maybe a concert or a football game. That would be my ideal first date, but would the girl like it? I dont know." - Chace Crawford

"In the sweep of its appeal, its ability to touch every corner of humanity, football is the only game that needed to be invented." - Bobby Charlton

"When you go to a football game and someone offers you a beer [...], they're really saying hi, have a glass of extroversion." - Susan Cain

"A team is not made up of isolated individuals. Always stay in the game. Don't be passive. Football is a team game. No one plays alone. Success depends on your whole team being a single unit." - Pele

"As a fan, you want to be able to go to a football game, you want to feel secure, you want to be able to just watch the game, root for your team, and that's the way it should be." - Jerry Rice

"To watch a football game is to be in a prolonged neurotic doubt as to what you're seeing. It's more like an emergency happening at a distance than a game. I don't wonder the spectators take to drink." - Jacques Barzun

"I've played everything - baseball, football, basketball. I can still swim a mile a day. That's why I can't walk." - Barry Goldwater

"Soccer is a continuous game, rugby is a continuous game, but for the physical elements that are involved in playing a football game and the number of plays that you play, I don't know that it was ever intended to be a continuous game." - Nick Saban

"Football is what you do, but it's not who you are. It's a big part of who you are. Part of who you are is you're a football player. It's your profession. It's a game you love to play. It's a game I love to play." - Andrew Luck

"Everybody who plays top-level sport, whether it's golf or football, or whatever, needs to get into 'The Zone'... For me personally, on the morning of a round, preparation is always about getting into the zone. The less I communicate with other people, the better. I'm trying to rehearse in my mind what I am working on in my game: going through my swing keys, going through my putting keys. When I get to the course I get the pin positions for the day and I'll analyze those. I'll make a strategy for the golf course and look how I'm going to play it" - Paul McGinley

"That hockey game will haunt me until the day I die." - Joffrey Lupul

"If we lose a game, I change up what I did that day, like if I eat something that day I will not eat the same thing again the next game day." - Kliff Kingsbury

"Whether you have a great game or a terrible game, tomorrow's another day and you've got to come out here and compete." - David Wright

"The consumer game is tougher than pro football and more conniving than chess. One side [industry] invents the rules and the other side [consumers] is left to guess what they are." - Betty Furness

"Right now Von Miller is the best pass rusher in the world. He looks exactly like Derrick Thomas did in his heyday. He can absolutely destroy a football game." - Jon Gruden

"For Irishmen, there is no football game to match rugby and if all our young men played rugby not only would we beat England and Wales but France and the whole lot of them put together." - Eamon De Valera

"The Frankfurt Galaxy( The NFL Europe team) always had tremendous success, at that time there were 2,000 American football clubs in Europe playing the game from juniors through to adults." - Bill Peterson

"If you look at football over the last 50 years there has been a gradual decrease in goals, you don't see too many 10-nils these days, but two, three or four goals per game is a good spectacle." - Michael J. Owen

"There's nothing easy about winning a game in the National Football League, let alone winning a championship, things that we've done in the past. However, that's in the past." - Rodney Harrison

"If the psychic energies of the average mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted into the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible." - Wilhelm Reich

"I found the support inside Old Trafford has been terrific and, if there was ever a show of support for the football club and team, it was in this game. Inside Old Trafford it was terrific, it really was." - David Moyes

"I'm not sure (whether Demetriou did anything wrong). I wouldn't have thought so ... but I'm not the ACC (Australian Crime Commission), I'm not ASADA. I'm a football coach trying to coach a game." - James Hird

"The first and foremost requisite of a good football player is that he must have a burning desire to play the game. There is absolutely no substitute for this." - Frank Leahy

"It is odd that we never question the feasibility of a football team practicing long hours for one game; yet in writing we rarely give ourselves the space for practice." - Natalie Goldberg

"It's a basic, elemental universe, one of the last remaining zones where violence and domination sort out who is top dog. That's football's glory, and its curse. The game of football doesn't transfer well to the real world. You can't treat your friends, neighbors, or loved ones the way you treat your opponent on the football field." - Tiki Barber

"I played the game for 20 years, and I think that kept me on the football field, being adjusted. Getting hit so many times, being all out of whack, and going in to see my chiropractor kept me back on the football field." - Jerry Rice

"It's easy to keep score at a football game because it's just how many times you get the ball over the goal. But, when you ask an audience to tell us how many times the invisible ball got over the invisible goal, and they go, "Well, it was 46," they're just making it up. So, if you're listening to that, as though you're actually listening to the score of a football game, you're misleading yourself." - Gus Van Sant

"The day they put me in net I had a good game. I've stayed there ever since." - Terry Sawchuk

"If you're not on your 'A' game in our workouts every day, you're going to get absolutely smoked." - Michael Phelps

"Never negotiate with terrorists, make bargains with mobsters, or drive downtown on game day. Some things are just a given." - Genevieve

"If one day I go to a game and I don't feel I can win, maybe I don't go." - Brendan Rodgers

"And then one day when you're playing your little game you'll suddenly find yourself pinned down like a butterfly." - Ian Fleming

"Football is a sad game." - George Best

"I don't like comparisons with football. Baseball is an entirely different game. You can watch a tight, well-played football game,but it isn't exciting if half the stadium is empty. The violence on the field must bounce off a lot of people. But you can go to a ball park on a quiet Tuesday afternoon with only a few thousand people in the place and thoroughly enjoy a one-sided game. Baseball has an aesthetic, intellectual appeal found in no other team sport." - Bowie Kuhn

"That was liquid football" - Steve Coogan

"I really gave up being passionate about politics 10, 15, 20 years ago, because I think finally that there were forces in the country that are larger than politics itself. And so I find it a fascinating game, this wonderful stuff goes on in terms of watching the game. But If you get to down it, look, I`m going to root for someone, I`ll root at a football game, not for politicians." - Norman Mailer

"My first experience with football was not very good because I didn't plan on playing football. I was just playing hookie one day and I was a sophomore and decided not to go to class. And the principal - normally he does his rounds and I thought I had him down pretty good where he was going to be - he sort of walked up behind me and scared me. He noticed I could run real fast. So that's how I got introduced to football." - Jerry Rice

"When I was a child I had a dream to become a football player. I always played as I played when I was a child. I tried to improve. I never dreamt of becoming a professional football player, I dreamed just to play with the best players in the best team. I never dreamed to be paid to play. I would have paid to play an FA Cup Final in front of 80,000 people in Wembley. I just tried to play the wonderful game that football is. So, I hope young players will still have this dream." - Eric Cantona

"No matter who you are, the game is fluid. The game is always evolving, so you always have to keep working on it. There are plenty of hours in the day to get that done." - Tiger Woods

"Every day you make mistakes. And the key to making mistakes is first you have to make them, which means you're in the game. So don't be afraid of getting in the game." - Jerry Bruckheimer

"Every football coach worries about every football game." - Ron Zook

"Michigan State already has one of the coolest mascots in college football, but if Sparty ever needs a day off, Javon Ringer could do the job. After all, he already does just about everything else for MSU." - Javon Ringer

"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

"I was on the computer the other day and typed my name into Google. Everything on there was bad. I hope in a few years there might be something there about me playing football." - Jake Friend

"The way to be successful is through preparation. It doesn't just happen. You don't wake up one day and discover you're a lawyer any more than you wake up as a pro football player. It takes time." - Alan Page

"I don't understand shopping, it doesn't make any sense to me. As guys, we decide we want something and then we go out and buy it. Women go to the store having no idea what they're going to buy, or what they're even doing, it's like a whole different sport. It's like going to a football game to maybe watch a game. I don't get it." - Ashton Kutcher

"The beginning of my love for football goes back to when I was seven years old. I was spending time with my grandmother, Caletha Vick. I never knew anything about the game until one Sunday afternoon when she turned on the television because the Redskins were playing. They were my Uncle Casey's favorite team-and my grandmother's favorite too. After watching the game with them, I was hooked." - Michael Vick

"If they want to play football, we can play football." - Shaquille O'Neal

"International football is one clog further up the football ladder" - Glenn Hoddle

"I played football.. my football was kosher.. no pigskin." - Jack Kemp

"No star playing, just football." - Knute Rockne

"Football is nothing without fans." - Matt Busby

"Golf isn't like other sports where you can take a player out if he's having a bad day. You have to play the whole game." - Phil Blackmar

"Hockey is the only job I know where you get paid to have a nap on the day of the game." - Chico Resch

"The game will fade one day. I realize that success is one thing; impact is another. I live to impact people." - Ray Lewis

"Football is a game of tomorrows." - Geoff Hurst

"I'm passionate about the game of football." - Ladainian Tomlinson

"If this can be termed the century of the common man, then soccer, of all sports, is surely his game.... In a world haunted by the hydrogen and napalm bomb, the football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested." - Stanley Rous

"I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting." - George Orwell

"If you have not seen it, FOOTBALL is a game in which men shove one another back and forth for no reason. They do not choose how, when, or whom they shove. They are doing this in order to please one angry old man on the sidelines. This old man is called the 'coach' or 'yelling surrogate' dad who will never be happy." - John Hodgman

"It's a special honor to be one of the leaders of this football team. But I said it once, I'll say it again, no one person wins a game by themselves. Individually, it's top of the mountain, my sport, my profession. It's what you dream about as a kid." - Aaron Rodgers

"Honestly, being a 5'11 quarterback, not too many people think that you can play in the National Football League. And so for me, you know, I knew that my height doesn't define my skill set, you know? I believed in my talent. I believed in what God gave me. I believed in the knowledge that I have of the game." - Russell Wilson

"Anybody who knows me knows I'm passionate about American football. I gave this game everything I had. In college, that's what I looked to do. Everything. Everything for so long, and all you hear growing up is that hard work pays off, hard work pays off, hard work pays off." - La'el Collins

"You're going to have injuries, danger and glory in every sport. What makes football unique is that every person on that team needs to count on everybody else. It's the ultimate team game and you have to depend on your coaches, you have to depend on your support staff, you have to depend on your teammates." - Tim Tebow

"As you travel around medieval England you will come across a sport described by some contemporaries as 'abominable ... more common, undignified and worthless than any other game, rarely ending but with some loss, accident or disadvantage to the players themselves'. This is football." - Ian Mortimer

"If in the earlier part of the century, middle-class children suffered from overattentive mothers, from being "mother's only accomplishment," today's children may suffer from an underestimation of their needs. Our idea of what a child needs in each case reflects what parents need. The child's needs are thus a cultural football in an economic and marital game." - Arlie Russell Hochschild

"The essence of Reality TV is all about drama. So, I think bringing pressure is healthy whether it's a professional chef or a domestic chef. Because the only way ever to really identify the true purpose of how good they are is submerging them under pressure. So I say it's no different than a live football game because it's about the intensity." - Gordon Ramsay

"I wanted to be a broadcaster, sportscaster, or gameshow host from a very early age. I did my first broadcasting when I was 10 or 11 - into a tape recorder for my brother's football game, and for local events. A local radio station was experimenting with high school disc jockeys for rock and roll shifts - I applied - and got the job." - Ralph Strangis

"We got anxious at the end of the weekend in our urgency to try to score the winning goal. Ended up playing far too many long balls forward. That style of play doesn't suit Manchester United. We must continue to play football and enjoy the game. If we do that, eventually things will come right for us." - Alex Ferguson

"Theres something incredible about putting a helmet on just before a game; its a feeling only a football player knows. Your vision narrows, and the whole world shrinks. You cant hear much of what goes on outside you, but you can hear yourself breathe and you can feel yourself sweat." - Carl Deuker

"I don't think the world of football is so serious. It's important to have distance about things and about yourself. If we believe we are kings or gods, we become crazy. We all know it's a game and we all enjoy it together." - Eric Cantona

"When I'm not working out, playing football or working with Vita Coco, I'm a video game nerd. I love playing video games. I'm really good at FIFA. I'm not one of those guys that uses Barcelona or Real Madrid to win. My skills are real, so I don't need a loaded team to dominate. You don't want to play me in FIFA." - Giovani Bernard

"I don't watch football anymore, I gave that up. I got tired of the interviews after the games, because the winning players always give credit to God, and the losers blame themselves. You know, just once I'd like to hear a player say, 'Yeah, we were in the game, until Jesus made me fumble. He hates our team." - Jeff Stilson

"A relationship isn't something that has to be created in a day or perfected in a day. Part of the game is to keep working on it. It's something that'll always be just a little flawed." - Nora Roberts

"Look at life as an energy economy game. Each day, ask yourself, Are my energy expenditures (actions, reactions, thoughts, and feelings) productive or nonproductive? During the course of my day, have I accumulated more stress or more peace?" - Howard Martin

"Some days I'm just flipping through the iPod trying to get pumped, some days I don't want to listen to anything and just focus. From game to game from day to day, whatever people do to motivate themselves, they do. I do all kinds of things." - Troy Polamalu

"There are things players go through on an everyday basis in the business of football. You don't see it all with the glitz and glamour of game day." - Terrell Owens

"I'll explain it to you. To me it's more than a game." She touches her chest and says, "When you love something as much as I love football, you just feel it inside. Did you ever love doing something so bad that it consumed you?" "A long time ago." "That's what football is to me. It's my passion, my life... my escape. When I play, I forget everything that sucks in my life. And when we win..." She looks down like she's embarrassed to admit what she's about to reveal. "I know this is going to sound stupid, but when we win I think miracles can happen." - Simone Elkeles

"It's easier to date a football player for sure. Football players have one game a week, and they practice every day, but they're all at home. In basketball, they're on the road all the time." - Khloe Kardashian

"I played soccer growing up, and then high school came along and the football coach came out one day and was like, 'Hey, do you want to kick for us?' I was like, 'Sure, I'll come out and kick one day.' I got moved up to varsity and that's how the story began." - Kyle Brindza

"Of course, I love football, but I'm not one of those die-hard fans that never miss a game or with rooms devoted to team colors. At the end of the day, it's just a game." - Katherine Webb

"I was aggressive but I played the game because I loved and enjoyed it. I might have hurt people and I got hurt myself a few times, but not with any malice. When I went on to the field I just wanted to play football. I didn't go out to kick anybody purposely. I just enjoyed playing and if that's aggression, then I'm guilty of that." - Bob Paisley

"I could barely speak after I was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. I was going to play for the defending Super Bowl champions.... I immediately thought of all the great players on the team. I was in awe, as I had watched these soon-to-be legends play on television. They epitomized for me what football was all about: the love of the game, the professional approach, and the desire to win." - Jerry Rice

"Have we become a cupcake league? We already have better helmets and gear. Wonder how the old school players feel about this. Not in the back of minds when talking about 18 game season so let's play football please... Even guys using shoulders to hit are getting flagged for helmet-to-helmet. Defense is getting sloppy because guys are avoiding fines and will get worse if suspending comes into play." - Phillip Daniels

"I don't see the problem with footballers taking their shirts off after scoring a goal? They enjoy it and the young ladies enjoy it too. I suppose that's one of the main reasons women come to football games, to see the young men take their shirts off. Of course they'd have to go and watch another game because my lads are as ugly as sin." - Ian Holloway

"Football doesn't build character, it reveals character." - Marv Levy

"Football is the ballet of the masses." - Dmitri Shostakovich

"Football, like life, is about change." - Hank Stram

"Football kicks you in the teeth." - Dave Jones

"Football is business and business is business." - Rinus Michels

"Life is great, football is better." - Steve Sabol

"Belgium's not a hotpot of international football" - Alan Brazil

"Football games aren't won, they're lost." - Fielding H. Yost

"I still miss the players and I miss the game and the strategy. The first couple years were really difficult. Now I realize I'll never coach again. It's still hard to go into the stadium on a game day, because it's hard to just be a fan. But it's easier now than it was the first two or three years." - Tom Osborne

"I'm the kind of person that as long as you respect me and don't distract me before the game, then I'll respect you in return and accommodate you after the game. Sometimes the situation dictates that I talk, but everybody should understand I'm not going to talk every day, whether we're in first place or last place." - Albert Belle

"The game honors toughness" - Brad Stevens

"I had just turned 20, and Jackie told me the only way to be successful at anything was to go out and do it. He said baseball was a game you played every day, not once a week." - Hank Aaron

"I knew we were in for a long season when we lined up for the national anthem on opening day and one of my players said, 'Every time I hear that song I have a bad game.'" - Jim Leyland

"Just remember that if you're not working at your game to the utmost of your ability, there will be someone out there somewhere with equal ability who is. And one day you'll play each other, and he'll have the advantage." - Ed Macauley

"It's (baseball) on the radio and in the newspapers every day, the only game you can follow on that basis. From whatever arm's length you choose, it's always there." - Tom Seaver

"If I need to help my team and play a different position for that game because somebody is hurt or they want to give a day off to somebody, I'll do it." - Albert Pujols

"There are lots of parts of filmmaking that I don't like. At the end of the day, especially on features, the film turns into a commodity. You have to play this entirely new game I'm very uncomfortable with." - Taika Waititi

"Football is a game you play with your brain" - Johan Cruijff

"West Ham play a speficic type of game - football." - Artur Boruc

"Football is a team game. So is life." - Joe Namath

"After all, is football a game or a religion?" - Howard Cosell

"The game of football is one of strategy and tactics." - Woody Hayes

"Football is a violent game. We are violent men." - Will Shields

"It was a horrible, terrible, atrocious, offensive football game." - Barry Switzer

"Football is a game about feelings and intelligence." - Jose Mourinho

"Football is a more beautiful game in high definition." - Jose Mourinho

"For me, football is just a game, not a drama." - Michel Patini

"You need players that stand for emotion in football. Football today is a game for television." - Berti Vogts



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