Famous Football Quotes

Football Wisdom for Inspiration and Team Motivation

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The 20 famous football quotes on this page are by some of the greatest football players and coaches of all time.

The first famous football quote seen on this image here reads: "Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference." ~ Robert Griffin III (1990, American football quarterback)

We also have a series of popular football quotes by Felicity Luckey from our Great Minds Think Fit™ series for player, coach and team motivation. Our motivational quotes are available on football posters and quotes collages too.

Vince Lombardi Quote

"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." ~ Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, former American football coach)

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Bill Shankly Quote

"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are." ~ Bill Shankly (1913 – 1981, former Scottish footballer and Liverpool manager)

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Knute Rockne Quote

"Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up." ~ Knute Rockne (1888 – 1931, former American football player and coach)

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Knute Rockne Quote

"Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes." ~ Knute Rockne (1888 – 1931, former American football player and coach)

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Alan Shearer Quote

"Football’s not just about scoring goals - it’s about winning." ~ Alan Shearer (1970, retired EPL striker having played for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and the England national team)

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Hayden Fry Quote

"In football, like in life, you must learn to play within the rules of the game." ~ Hayden Fry (1929, former American football player and coach)

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Ron Jaworski Quote

"Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass." ~ Ron Jaworski (1951, NFL analyst and former American football quarterback)

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Gary Neville Quote

"For sportsmen or women who want to be champions, the mind can be as important, if not more important, than any other part of the body." ~ Gary Neville (1975, former England and Manchester United footballer)

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Darrell K. Royal Quote

"Football doesn't build character. It eliminates the weak ones." ~ Darrell K. Royal (1924 – 2012, former American football player and coach)

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Thierry Henry Quote

"In football you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it's the last game that everyone has seen." ~ Thierry Henry (1977, French footballer)

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Lionel Messi Quote

"In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision." ~ Lionel Messi (1987, Argentine footballer)

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Lewis Grizzard Quote

"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity." ~ Lewis Grizzard (1946 - 1994, former American writer)

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Paul Bear Bryant Quote

"Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half." ~ Paul Bear Bryant (1913 - 1983, former American college football player and coach)

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Ray Lewis Quote

"Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal - bottom line." ~ Ray Lewis (1975, retired American football linebacker)

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Fran Tarkenton Quote

"If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time." ~ Fran Tarkenton (1940, former professional football player)

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Paul Brown Quote

"You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat." ~ Paul Brown (1908 - 1991, former American football coach)

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Arnold H. Glasow Quote

 "In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are." ~ Arnold H. Glasow (1905 - 1998, former American humorist)

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Jose Mourinho Quote

"Football is a game about feelings and intelligence." ~ Jose Mourinho (1963, Portuguese football manager and former football player)

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Vince Lombardi Quote

"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society." ~ Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, former American football coach)

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