|Football doesn't build character, it reveals
Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial,
hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should
be declared legally dead.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of
the fight in the dog!
The function of football, soccer, basketball and other passion-sports
in modern industrial society is the transference of boredom,
frustration, anger and rage into socially acceptable forms
of combat. A temporary subsitute for war; for nationalism;
identification with something bigger than the self.
Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but
not for delicate boys.
Academe, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy
were taught. Academy, n. (from academe) A modern school where
football is taught.
Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen, soccer is a
gentlemen's game played by beasts and US football is a beastly
game played by beasts.
God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which
has the best football coach.
If any thing goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good,
we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it.
That's all it takes to get people to win football games for
Paul Bear Bryant
When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone
deliberately - unless it was, you know, important, like a
league game or something.
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their
shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They
are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not coincidence.
If you're mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be
a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It's
about the same.
At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football,
to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about,
the will to win closely linked with contact.
You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll
lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
We (San Francisco) have football weather during baseball
season, and baseball weather during football season.
All that I know most surely about morality and obligations
I owe to football.
I give so much of myself on Sunday. I drain all the life
out of myself out there. I get paid to play, to win, to give
the city pride, so maybe everybody can forget for a little
while how hard life is.
Violent ground-acquisition games such as football are in
fact a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war.
Robert Downey, Jr.
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Forasmuch as there is great noise in the city caused by hustling
over large balls, from which many evils may arise, which God
forbid, we command and forbid on behalf of the king, on pain
of imprisonment, such game to be used in the city in future.
Royal proclamation banning football from
the streets of London, 1314.
Football, wherein is nothing but beastly fury, and extreme
violence, whereof proceedeth hurt, and consequently rancour
and malice do remain with them that be wounded.
Thomas Elyot (1531)
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers,
who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had
gone into professional football, the name Jerry Ford might
have been a household world today.
Gerald R. Ford
Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners,
Sometime, Rock, when the team's up against it, when things are
going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to
go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper.
I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it,
and I'll be happy.
Whispered remark to his coach Knute Rockne
as he lay dying from a viral throat infection.
Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to
fumble this football.
Football is easy if you're crazy as hell.
He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his
Lyndon Baines Johnson
About Gerald Ford.
He's fair. He treats us all the same - like dogs.
On his football coach, Vince Lombardi,
affectionately recalled on Lombardi's death.
We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game
or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.
John F. Kennedy