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.
Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time.
I do not like football, which I think of as a game in which two tractors approach each other from opposite directions and collide. Besides, I have contempt for a game in which players have to wear so much equipment. Men play basketball in their underwear, which seems just right to me.
Living Out Loud, 1988
The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I've ever seen that I didn't have to clean.
Rugby football is a game I can't claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end and that, in order to squalch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellowman which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.
Very Good, Jeeves, 1930
Australian Rules football might best be described as a game devised for padded cells, played in the open air.
I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.
He was the only man I ever saw who ran his own interference.
About Bronko Nagurski
The tactical difference between Association Football and Rugby with its varieties seems to be that in the former the ball is the missile, in the latter men are the missiles.
Alfred E. Crawley
The Book of the Ball, 1913
When it comes to football, God is prejudiced - toward big, fast kids.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
Speed, strength, and the inability to register pain immediately.
Asked his greatest strengths as a football player
What about football? Is it a sport or a concussion?
Los Angeles Times
The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.
To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
There are several differences between a football game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also, there are usually more casualties in a football game. The object of the game is to move a ball past the other team's goal line. This counts as six points. No points are given for lacerations, contusions, or abrasions, but then no points are deducted, either. Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally.
The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
The NFL quarterback
Baseball ain't like football . . . you can't make up any trick plays.
Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.
You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.
If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.