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Football doesn't build character, it reveals character!
Marv Levy

Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!
Archie Griffin

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.
Edward Abbey

Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.
Oscar Wilde

Academe, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n. (from academe) A modern school where football is taught.
Ambrose Bierce

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.
Henry Blaha

God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which has the best football coach.
Heywood Broun

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 you.
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.
Dick Butkus

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
Dave Barry

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Erma Bombeck

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.
Bob Golic

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.
George Plimpton

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
Joe Paterno

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
Ronnie Lott

We (San Francisco) have football weather during baseball season, and baseball weather during football season.
Herb Caen

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.
Albert Camus

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.
Randall Cunningham

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.
Vince Lombardi

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.
Edward II
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, only survivors.
Frank Gifford

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.
George Gipp
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.
John Heisman

Football is easy if you're crazy as hell.
Bo Jackson

He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
About Gerald Ford.

He's fair. He treats us all the same - like dogs.
Henry Jordan
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
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