Football Quotes

Quotes from 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 – Truman’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.’ – Woody Hayes, Ohio State
#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 ,al

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