Legendary Football Quotes

I could spend days writing quotes from every football coach and player, but these are some of my favorite.

“Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football” – John Heisman

“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

“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it! – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money, and we don’t have any.” – Erk Russell / Georgia Southern

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left, and I ain’t ready for that.” – Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz / Arkansas – Norte Dame

“When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath / Alabama

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” – Lou Holtz / Arkansas – Norte Dame

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” – Woody Hayes / Ohio State

“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

“In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.” – Wally Butts / Georgia

“I never graduated from Iowa. But I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.” – Alex Karras / Iowa

“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades.” – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

“Always remember Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.” – Shug Jordan / Auburn

“I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t recruit me. He said, “Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren’t any good.” – Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

“Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” – Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“Football is NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing IS a contact sport.” – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team was, “All those who need showers, take them.” – John McKay / USC

“If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.” – Murray Warmath / Minnesota

“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

“Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.” – Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.” – John McKay / USC

“Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.” – Darrell Royal / University of Texas

“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.” – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“Remember your six P’s – Perfect Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance” – Chuck Knox

The list of legendary quotes would not be complete without a quote from one of the greatest coaches in the history of football – Vince Lombardi.

If you have any favorites, please post them in the comment section!

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