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30 Most Inspirational Football Quotes

Some of the best to play and coach in the game share their wisdom
Inspirational Football Quotes

Inspirational Football Quotes

Football, a game that brutally tests the minds and bodies of even its strongest players, brings forth many lessons about the importance of perseverance, dedication and hard work. As a result, some of the best and most inspirational quotes come from football minds, players and coaches — both current and former — that made their mark in the NCAA and/or NFL ranks.

Here are 30 of the most inspirational football quotes from some of the individuals known for their leadership, preparation, and ability to achieve success through more than sheer talent alone.

  1. "Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz
  2. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” –Tom Landry
  3. “You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.” –Joe Paterno
  4. “Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” –Vince Lombardi
  5. “Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” –Mike Ditka
  6. “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” –John Madden
  7. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vince Lombardi
  8. “No one ever drowned in sweat.” –Lou Holtz
  9. “No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it.” –Ray Lewis
  10. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” –George S. Halas
  11. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size in the fight of the dog.” –Archie Griffin
  12. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” –Terry Bradshaw
  13. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” –Vince Lombardi
  14. “When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” –Adrian Peterson
  15. "I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved." –Urban Meyer
  16. “I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.” –Emmitt Smith
  17. “There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything.” –Vince Lombardi
  18. "You cannot make progress with excuses." –Cam Newton
  19. "Success isn't owned, it's leased. And rent is due every day." –J.J. Watt
  20. “You can learn a line from a win and a book from defeat.” –Paul Brown
  21. “It’s not the will to win that matters. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” –Paul “Bear” Bryant
  22. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi
  23. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” –Bo Jackson
  24. “To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” –Sean Payton
  25. "The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." –Vince Lombardi
  26. “Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” –J.J. Watt
  27. “The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” –Peyton Manning
  28. "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." –Jerry Rice
  29. "If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today." –Lou Holtz
  30. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” –Vince Lombardi

If you need more football inspiration, here's Knute Rockne.

And we also recommend the inspiring football speech from "Remember the Titans."

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