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Racism In Football Quotes


"In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball." - Nelson Rodrigues

"Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal." - Shirley Chisholm

"If we say, as we do, that no one in this country intends for racism to lead to genocide, the effects of racism are genocidal, regardless of our intentions." - John Howard Griffin

"As a country, we are in a state of denial about issues of race and racism. And too many of our leaders have concluded that the way to remedy racism is to simply stop talking about race." - Lani Guinier

"In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach." - Max Lerner

"Racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in football." - Sepp Blatter

"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

"Racism cannot be separated from capitalism." - Angela Davis

"Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage: it is useless to expect solutions in a political campaign." - Walter Lippmann

"I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I'm 'bad'." - Mark Fuhrman

"Anything that is as old as racism is in the blood line of the nation. It's not any superficial thing-that attitude is in the blood and we have to educate about it." - Nannie Helen Burroughs

"For too long now, European football authorities have not taken the problem of racism in the game seriously and refuse to acknowledge how widespread the problem is." - Rio Ferdinand

"The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams." - Maya Angelou

"My beliefs are now one hundred percent against racism and segregation in any form and I also believe that we don't judge a person by the color of his skin but rather by his deeds." - Malcolm X

"Where the really sincere white people have got to do their 'proving' of themselves is not among the black victims, but out on the battle lines of where America's racism really is - and that's in their own home communities." - Malcolm X

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

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

"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

"I had a hockey puck and stick-the only ones in town. I definitely would have played hockey ahead of football, had it been available." - Merlin Olsen

"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

"Attitude is the whole thing in football. Every team has the talent and the coaching. Motivation makes the difference. The teams that win stay healthy and interested." - Sid Gillman

"The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don't want to do, in order to achieve what they've always wanted to be." - Tom Landry

"Boxing was on the one hand barbaric, unconscionable, out of place in modern society. But then, so are war, racism, poverty, and pro football. Men died boxing, yet there was nobility in defending oneself." - Ralph Wiley

"For me Sir Alex was my father in football. He was crucial in my career and, outside football, was a great human being with me. Talent isn't everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best." - Cristiano Ronaldo

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

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

"Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy - and a little more patient." - Bo Jackson

"When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team." - George Raveling

"Racism. It's ugly. Even in tubers." - Alton Brown

"I resolutely believe that respect for diversity is a fundamental pillar in the eradication of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. There is no excuse for evading the responsibility of finding the most suitable path toward the elimination of any expression of discrimination against indigenous peoples." - Rigoberta Menchu

"We call for the end of bigotry as we know it. The end of racism as we know it. The end of child abuse in the family as we know it. The end of sexism as we know it. The end of homophobia as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it. And we will not be denied." - Urvashi Vaid

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism...We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today and we are faced with the fierce urgency of now." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality." - Martin Luther

"I want her to understand that it's going to be a factor in her life. I just want her to know that (racism) does exist, and I want her to always be diligent, and if she sees it, address it and fight it." - Charles Barkley

"Football is simple but the hardest thing to do is play simple football." - Johan Cruijff

"The racism in South Asia is the most specific racism in the world. It's like racism against a slightly different language group. It's like micro-racism." - Riz Ahmed

"A lot of different races and nationalities play football, so it is a good way to try and stop racism." - Thierry Henry

"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

"In football we always said that the other team couldn't beat us. We had to be sure that we didn't beat ourselves. And that's what people have to do, too-make sure they don't beat themselves." - Woody Hayes

"People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don't share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat." - Bear Bryant

"Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." - Vince Lombardi

"I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that's playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time." - Ronaldinho

"If you give me anything less than your best, you're not only cheating yourself. your coaches, your teamates, everybody in Green Bay, and everything pro football stands for. Your also cheating the Maker who gave you the talent." - Vince Lombardi

"I'm a football guy at heart; maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football videogames, I'm really into them." - Jason Kidd

"In football, you're like brothers." - Torrey Smith

"International football is the continuation of war by other means." - George Orwell

"Football isn't a contact sport, it's a collision sport." - Duffy Daugherty

"Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology." - Vince Lombardi

"Other countries have their history. Uruguay has its football." - Ondino Viera

"More whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism," - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Football is not, in my view, a sport: it is somewhere between a business racket and a mental illness. I associate it with all the worst aspects of our society - violence, drunkenness, drugs, racism, exploitation, greed and stupidity; and that's just for starters." - Simon Heffer

"I don't understand racism. I have many black friends and many others have been my opponents. Respect is basic. Unfortunately racism is a social problem, and football belongs to society." - Francesco Totti

"Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world" - Pope Francis

"racism is alive and doing too well in America." - Johnnetta B. Cole

"We have gaps that are rooted in systemic racism." - Hillary Clinton

"There was no racism; there was no problem [in Mecca]." - Malcolm X

"In England, I've never really had a problem with racism." - Didier Drogba

"You face racism in small and large ways." - Jayson Blair

"I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida." - Sidney Poitier

"Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism; the most rational response to the problem." - Pearl Cleage

"Battling racism and battling heterosexism and battling apartheid share the same urgency inside me as battling cancer." - Audre Lorde

"For many Native Americans across the land, the name of the Washington football team is a deeply personal reminder of a legacy of racism and generations of pain." - Dan Maffei

"When I wasn't famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football." - Mario Balotelli

"Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you." - Lloyd Mangrum

"It is the mark of our whole modern history that the masses are kept quiet with a fight. They are kept quiet by the fight because it is a sham-fight; thus most of us know by this time that the Party System has been popular only in the sense that a football match is popular." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give up the idea. I'm only six feet tall, so I couldn't play basketball. I'm only 190 pounds, so I couldn't play football, and I have 20/20 vision, so I couldn't be a referee." - Jay Leno

"The unique thing about bodybuilding is that when I compete it is just me on a stage alone. There is no field, no bat, no ball, no skis, no skates. All other athletes have to use equipment, like a football. But I don't use anything in competition except myself. It's just me up there. Me alone. No coach. No nothing." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts." - Shirley Chisholm

"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

"When my pals in high school were starting to drink, it always looked unappealing to me. I would be at a big party and see one of the popular girls or football players completely wasted and puking and acting a fool, and think to myself, there is nothing cool about that. I never wanted to be that out of control." - Kathy Griffin

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

"There's nothing I'm scared of in football." - Thierry Henry

"In England, football is important for everybody." - Arsene Wenger

"Football has limited success in Europe." - Chad Hurley

"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

"I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism." - Shia Labeouf

"At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being" - Frederick Hertz

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

"Baseball is what we were, football is what we have become." - Mary Mcgrory

"The way you motivate a football team is to eliminate the unmotivated ones." - Lou Holtz

"We must have football. What would this country be without football in October?" - Hunter S Thompson

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

"Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms." - Assata Shakur

"By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains." - Bill Cosby

"It's impossible for a white person to believe in capitalism and not believe in racism." - Malcolm X

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliott

"Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities." - Alice Walker

"What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition." - Christopher Hitchens

"Racism is a belief in the inherent superiority of one race over another." - Neal Boortz

"You factor in racism as a reality and you keep moving." - Jewell Jackson McCabe

"We've got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system." - Hillary Clinton

"We don't have a refugee crisis in America; we have a racism crisis here." - Phyllis Bennis

"That notion that we're in the post-racism, post-sexism world is so not true." - Margaret Cho

"I don't know anywhere in the world where there is not racism against somebody." - Alex Haley

"I'm in favor of everything with regards to ending institutional racism." - Rand Paul

"I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada." - Patti Labelle

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliot

"Racism is unacceptable in the real world, and it's unacceptable online." - Fka Twigs

"Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society." - Steven Morrissey

"The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin." - Sargent Shriver

"I have nothing to do with racism in America; it was here when I got here." - Paul Mooney

"Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society." - Steven Patrick Morrissey

"Denying racism is the new racism" - Bill Maher

"Racism is wrong, racism is very dangerous." - Justin Simien

"You cannot cure racism with more racism." - Edwin A. Locke

"The fun part of golf is the variety of shots. In football you can do anything with a ball, but you can do anything with a golf ball as well. When you hit a shot and the ball does exactly what you want it to do ... that's wonderful. It's just great when you hit the ball well. You should always try not to make the ball cry." - Johan Cruijff

"In my career there's many things I've won and many things I've achieved. But my greatest achievement is my family. What matters is being a good father and a good husband-just being connected to family as much as possible. Being a dad is more important than football, more important than anything. I adore children. I love the fact our children are part of both of us. It's one of the most amazing things ever." - David Beckham

"In life as in football, fall forward when you fall." - Arthur Guiterman

"Really, I learned a long time ago that in the National Football League, paper doesn't mean anything. Football teams are created on the football field." - Mike Mccarthy

"They're on the right road, but there's a long way to go on concussions, not only in the NFL, but college football, high school football and all football." - John Madden

"There's only one plan in football: win you next match." - Johnny Giles

"Mourinho is the best coach in the history of football." - Mario Balotelli

"I wish I'd played my whole career in flag football." - Archie Manning

"In football you sometimes have beauty and cruelty together." - Peter Schmeichel

"Fear is not a word in my football documentary." - Jose Mourinho

"I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state" - Drew Brees

"I don't have the proudest moment in football." - Darrell Royal

"Football is an art form in itself. All sports are." - Chris Zylka

"I was a football player and competitor in life." - Bill Goldberg

"China needs a table-tennis-like solidity in football." - Berti Vogts

"In football, time and space are the same thing." - Graham Taylor

"It's too easy to blame other people in football." - Steven Gerrard

"Sometimes in football you have to score goals." - Thierry Henry

"Growing up in Canada, I didn't watch football much." - Sidney Crosby

"I would think beer and football go hand in hand." - Will Ferrell

"There's a hell of a lot of politics in football." - Tommy Docherty

"Generalities don't count and won't help you in football." - Knute Rockne

"When you arrive in England for football it's a paradise." - Eric Cantona

"I played a little basketball. Some football in junior high." - Clint Eastwood

"There are few secrets in football. So execute." - Hank Stram

"Nine in the box... that's a football term." - Ricky Williams

"I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state." - Drew Brees

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

"Football is the No. 1 sport in America." - Michael Ovitz

"There's racism everywhere." - Denzel Washington

"Racism really does exist." - Normani Hamilton

"Love music. Love racism." - Simon Amstell

"Racism springs from ignorance." - Mario Balotelli

"Everything I have achieved in football is due to playing football in the streets with my friends" - Zinedine Zidane

"You start with what you believe in. I believe in building a football club rather than building a football team." - Alex Ferguson

"The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world." - Pele

"I started beach football in Monte Carlo when I retired from football in 1997. I liked the game very much." - Eric Cantona

"People who are rich want to be richer, but what's the difference? The toys get different, that's all. The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football. It's all relative." - Martina Navratilova

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

"The most difficult thing about an easy match is to make a weak opponent play bad football." - Johan Cruijff

"If gymnastics were easy, it would be called football. 10% talent, 90% hard workEnergy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"I love football. I really love football, As far as I'm concerned, it's the second best thing in the world." - Joe Namath

"And as a football coach in the National Football League, I know for sure that it's going to end someday." - Tony Dungy

"As a football coach, everything in your life comes after your football schedule. I just could not make that commitment." - Joe Namath



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