Top 10 Inspirational Football Quotes From Legends


Perseverance. Adversity. Triumph. Defeat. This time of year, we see it all left on the field, as football season is officially upon us. As a major business, football generates billions of dollars of revenue worldwide. But as in business, major goals in football can only be achieved as part of a motivated team.

Top 10 Inspirational Football Quotes From Legends

Despite their physical prowess, mental toughness, and myopic focus, every player on the field seeks motivation to get themselves ready for game day. From pregame pep talks, to post game speeches, the powerful language of Coaches and team leaders is a transformative tool to lead their cities, towns, and schools to victory.

Here’s a collection of my favorite motivational quotes from legendary football greats. Use these, as I do, to help elevate your own game in business and in life.

1. Mike Ditka

Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.

Mike Ditka

2. Lou Holtz

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Lou Holtz

3. Doug Plank

Most football teams are temperamental. That’s 90% temper and 10% mental.

Doug Plank

4. Knute Rockne

Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.

Knute Rockne

5. George Halas

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

George Halas

6. Bill Shankly

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.

Bill Shankly

7. Joe Namath

Football is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.

Joe Namath

8. Tom Landry

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.

Tom Landry

9. Gary Neville

“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

10. Pele

“I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.”