Football Quotes

Basketball is my favorite sport, and I’m also a very passionate football fan.

— Abhishek Bachchan

If you look at old football pictures, the jerseys were hanging, the sleeves were dangling, but now everything is tucked and tailored.

— Andre Benjamin

I loved playing football. In this particular match the ball happened to hit my right eye, the only one which I could see light and colour with.

— Andrea Bocelli

You see somebody on a football field make a great, athletic 70-yard run, but the athleticism is immeasurable. It’s undoubtedly athletic, but compared to somebody else who did something else, how do you compare it? That’s the great part of track and field. It’s a test, but with results that you can compare to others.

— Ashton Eaton

We used to play football on the levee, with no shirts on in the summer – August in New Orleans – and my skin would turn red. They’d call me Redskin, Red Apache, then it turned around to Apache Red.

— Aaron Neville

I think if Tottenham are going to be top four side, the fans and the club will need to get away from the philosophy of ‘pretty football’, that’s got to go.

— Alan Hansen

I hear people saying ‘the way the game should be played’. Rubbish. That’s the worst saying in football. You win the game, then worry about the way it should be played.

— Alan Hansen

I had no plans once I finished my football career, which was a problem, so I had to go looking for work. Television was the one area that it was easier to get a job than anywhere else.

— Alan Hansen

I don’t want to be throwing the football on the front yard when I’m 75. I mean, I’m not opposed to men doing that. But I don’t think it’s gonna work for me.

— Alec Baldwin

Sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say, yeah, they’re better than us.

— Alex Ferguson

You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.

— Alex Ferguson

Well, football is a hard game there’s no denying it. It’s a game that can bring out the worst in you, at times.

— Alex Ferguson

I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school, and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore.

— Allen Iverson

I grew up in Europe, and soccer was the first organized game I played. When we moved back to the U.S. in the middle of 4th grade, I switched to American football and stopped playing competitively until college, when I played intramurals.

— Andrew Luck

I’m definitely a football fan, so I try to stay up with how teams are doing, and you end up getting a lot of buddies that play on certain teams. I wouldn’t say I watch too much of other quarterbacks.

— Andrew Luck

I like to play football, read some books, study.

— Andrew Luck

I play fantasy basketball and fantasy football, soccer.

— Andy Murray

You can relax more when you’re playing a silly character than when you’re playing a really rigid character. But to be fair, I think George Clooney is a bigger teenager than any of the ‘Twilight’ cast. He’s the guy throwing a football at your head and then hiding around the corner, pretending it wasn’t him!

— Anna Kendrick

In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.

— Arnold H. Glasow

I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.

— Aaron Rodgers

The majority of the time, they take air out of the football. I think that, for me, is a disadvantage.

— Aaron Rodgers

I’ve got no interest in football. My brother’s a footballer, too, and I was dragged to the freezing pitch every week as a child. I don’t see much glamour in it.

— Abbey Clancy

Acting has never been a thing that me and my dad have talked about. It’s like footballers: when they get together, I bet the last thing they talk about is football.

— Alfie Allen

You have different sorts of people in life, so why should it be any different in football?

— Andres Iniesta

We know, in Wales or in England – you simply can’t trust Labour on the NHS. In England, we are delivering for patients while Labour just use the NHS as a political football. We won’t let them we’ll always fight for the NHS.

— Andrew Lansley

Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there’s been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived… Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos.

— Andrew Motion

I have no ax to grind. I was lucky. I played. How many guys play high school, college football never play pro football?

— Art Donovan

I went to college to play football, not to study it.

— Art Donovan

I’m not like some guys who, if the Ravens lose, are ready to jump off the top of M&M Stadium. There are other things in life besides pro football.

— Art Donovan

As a kid, I thought movies were boring. My parents would hire VHS recorders for the weekend and watch Bollywood movies. I’d get bored and go out to Stoke Newington common to play football.

— Asif Kapadia

Once you get into the NFL, it doesn’t matter what draft pick you are, what round you are, if you’re undrafted or not. It’s football time again. The draft, all of that doesn’t matter anymore.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins

I’ve played this game since I was in second grade, and there’s nothing more important to me than playing football.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Being able to play basketball at a high level, adjusting to the ball in the air, quick feet, quick hands and all that stuff definitely translates to playing tight end in the National Football League.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins

I think that people that don’t really understand the game of football and are just fans that think people just show up on Saturday and go, I don’t think they understand the work that we put in here and what our schemes are and what we’re trying to do.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins

In Argentina, you do what your father does. If your father plays football, you play football. If your father plays polo, you play polo.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

I didn’t watch cartoons, I was too busy playing football.

— Alan Shearer

I’ve got a great life that I really enjoy. But there is something chewing at me inside: that adrenaline rush from football, I miss that.

— Alan Shearer

I don’t think the physical part of English football would be a problem. When you get the ball, you need to be ready. The defenders here are very tough. I like that.

— Alexandre Pato

In football, nothing is certain, so it’s no problem to return to Corinthians.

— Alexandre Pato

With the club now in administration and concern about where the money for land sale has gone, I know there are huge commercial difficulties to be resolved, but I hope that football will once again become the most important issue.

— Anne Campbell

My brother was the one who really gave me the desire to follow in his footsteps. Also, it was really Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, the two Brazilian players, who also inspired me to a future in football.

— Anthony Martial

It’s true that the atmosphere here is quite different from the one in France. People live and breathe football here, and that’s what I like. Every footballer wants to play in the Premier League.

— Anthony Martial

Football. It sounds simple, but it’s always been the case – I don’t see myself living without playing.

— Anthony Martial

I was just a kid who had arrived in the world of professional football and thought he could do anything he wanted. But I have learned from my mistakes. I have done everything to change, both on and off the pitch.

— Antoine Griezmann

I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn’t know what to say.

— Andy Partridge

In hindsight, that time out of football gives you the hunger to want to get back to basics and play football.

— Alan Smith

When you’re a kid that’s all you want to do, go out and play football.

— Alan Smith

I understand football. I have always been a good footballer, and that gets overlooked by most people.

— Alan Smith

The decisions I’ve made have not always been the most popular, but when I look back, I want to know I’ve played for good football teams.

— Alan Smith

My construction business represents 10 or 20 times what I’ll ever invest in football. But from the moment I bought the Chargers, I would become forever known as the owner of that NFL franchise.

— Alex Spanos

I’m a huge Rugby Union fan, which is a bit like American football – but tougher.

— Alexander Hanson

Each game we approach like a final. Today it was the opening game at home, we won and showed outstanding football qualities. We will be preparing for the next game the same way.

— Andriy Shevchenko

I am basically turning football players into sprinters for a while. When we first talked about it, I didn’t know how my expertise could be used.

— Ato Boldon

We are making a little portion of their brains be sprinters they are 100 percent football players, but for these purposes, they must learn the proper way to run.

— Ato Boldon

As a kid, I played my share of football in the street or in a vacant lot.

— Barry Sanders

As a kid, I played my share of football in the street or in a vacant lot. When we were playing in the street, it was more touch football, so we didn’t hit each other into cars.

— Barry Sanders

If we can take young people who excel at the highest levels, put them on the same kind of pedestal as the all-state basketball player and the all-state football player, and begin to get the same kind of recognition, it will have a profound effect, and we are finding that it does.

— Ben Carson

Trust in the great American ingenuity. We can derive more intelligent, more brain-friendly ways we can play football.

— Bennet Omalu

Actually, I’m for football. But I’m for intelligent football that enhances us rather than football that steals away who we are.

— Bennet Omalu

I grew up in Africa, in Nigeria. I never knew, I never had any reasonable encounter with football. I saw football on Sky News. I thought there were people dressed like extraterrestrials, you know, like they were going to Mars or something, headgears and shoulder pads. And I wondered why, as a child, why did they have to dress that way.

— Bennet Omalu

As a physician, I’m somewhat an advocate of patients. How come, before Mike Webster, no NFL player was told or knew that there was an intrinsic risk of brain damage from playing football?

— Bennet Omalu

A child who plays a game of football for one season without any documented concussion – several months after that season, if you subject his brain to sophisticated psychological testing and radiological testing, functional MRIs, there is evidence of brain damage.

— Bennet Omalu

I meet with retired football players. Some are well-dressed, some are well-spoken, but when you talk to them personally, they will admit to you that they are having problems. But they are managing their problems. They have impaired memory, they’re having mood problems. They are being treated by their psychiatrists.

— Bennet Omalu

My son is 6. I wouldn’t let my six-year-old son near any football field. And if any coach asks my son to play football, I’ll sue that coach, and I’ll sue the school.

— Bennet Omalu

Free agency screws everybody’s allegiances up. Whether it be football, baseball, hockey, basketball, whatever it may be. It’s really hard.

— Bill Goldberg

The Georgia Dome was my home field, brother. There’s no question about it. I played my first football game there as an Atlanta Falcon.

— Bill Goldberg

Lets be honest: I’m an athlete, not an entertainer as much. So as an athlete, I am a guy who likes the physical confrontation of the football field. I like playing nose-guard I like having two 350 pound guys trying to rip my head off.

— Bill Goldberg

Everybody who knows anything about me knows all I ever wanted to do is play pro football. But I didn’t have the talent, and I got hurt a lot. I’d do anything to be out on the field.

— Bill Goldberg

I have never, ever, received any taunts or any form of anti-Semitism. And I suppose being a Jewish football player with the Atlanta Falcons was no different than being a Baptist football player with the Atlanta Falcons. But in the back of your mind, you always expect something to happen.

— Bill Goldberg

None of us are claiming that the statistical analysts understand the game of football as well as the football coaches do, or that our analysis should take precedence over the informed opinions of experts. I’m not saying that at all.

— Bill James

I’ve always slightly worried the kids who play football around my house. They know I’m an actor, but felt sorry for me because they’d never seen anything I’ve done.

— Bill Nighy

I think there are a lot of good people, a lot of good football guys in the NFL.

— Bill Parcells

I had concussions as a kid playing football and basketball, and know what it feels like and to have someone say ‘Just rub some dirt on it, and get back in there.’

— Billy Corgan

Anytime that the Arizona Cardinals play football, I scream at the top of my lungs at the television. And I have certain dances that I do.

— Blake Shelton

I have been a fan all my life, but now I have been out of football for over 10 years, and out of baseball for a little over six years and I don’t go to games.

— Bo Jackson

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.

— Bob Schieffer

All my life, I’ve been right next to a football field. I never knew nothing else.

— Bobby Bowden

Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do.

— Bobby Bowden

When I won the world championship, in 1972, the United States had an image of, you know, a football country, a baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country.

— Bobby Fischer

When I’m on television, I think that I appeal to the everyday guy, ’cause that’s who I am. The guys who go to the football games on the weekends are my viewers, for sure.

— Bobby Flay

If we want the best pitcher, let’s get Bobby Feller. If want the best football player, let’s get Jimmy Brown the best basketball player, let’s get Bill Russell. If we want the guy who can do the best job for the United States – let’s get Donald Trump.

— Bobby Knight

I wasn’t interested in going to the school dances. I wasn’t interested in going to the football games. What I wanted was to be in my room painting my walls and doing weird stuff. That’s what I wanted and I got to do what I wanted, so that, to me, is my high school experience.

— Brie Larson

I may be a successful football player, but I feel like such a failure.

— Brett Favre

If you grew up in a household with a football coach who looks like a drill sergeant, you would think you would be tough.

— Brett Favre

But when you lose a family member or something tragic happens, that stays with you forever. You never get over it. Knowing that you have to deal with that for the rest of your life… Football is important, but not as important as you once thought it was.

— Brett Favre

In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I’m enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football.

— Brett Favre

In this case, I realize that, unlike when I was 22 years old, I realize now that football will not go on forever, it is a small part of your life.

— Brett Favre

The town, the team, it’s a family. That has helped. For some people who have had to deal with some of the problems I have had to deal with don’t have football as an out.

— Brett Favre

I take my life and put it on the football field, and I take the football field and put it in my life.

— Ben Roethlisberger

If you’re going to play football, why not be the best at it that you can be and fulfill your potential?

— Benjamin Watson

Guys are playing fantasy football some guys I think even play fantasy baseball. I don’t get involved with it. I have five kids I just don’t have time. Not that anything’s wrong with the fantasy, but I just don’t have time for it with my lifestyle.

— Benjamin Watson

The amazing thing about a football team is we can disagree and fight like brothers, but then we come back together. We are able to be open and honest about things that may offend us.

— Benjamin Watson

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

— Bill Shankly

What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.

— Bill Shankly

Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death, except more important.

— Bill Shankly

I think one of the great things about a football season is that you see teams play in all types of environments, and if you can’t handle one of them, you probably don’t deserve to win anyway.

— Bill Simmons

As long as we’re winning football games, I’m happy.

— Brock Osweiler

I have great respect for Greg Knapp, who was my quarterbacks coach in Denver for three years. He taught me so much about playing quarterback in the NFL and made me a better football player.

— Brock Osweiler

You can’t take a single day for granted in the National Football League. Every single day, you need to earn your spot on the roster.

— Brock Osweiler

I did enjoy football, but the injury factor for me, you know, I had so many issues. I don’t know how long my career would’ve been.

— Barry Larkin

I’m glad that I just played baseball, because I’m sure I had a much longer baseball career than I would’ve had a football career. I did miss football, but I didn’t miss some of the injuries from football.

— Barry Larkin

It was a horrible, terrible, atrocious, offensive football game.

— Barry Switzer

In the summertime, I played Little League baseball football in the fall basketball in the winter.

— Bobby Keys

I enjoy going on hikes, and I enjoy the occasional yoga. The one thing I’m good at athletically – and I don’t know if I’m good at it anymore because I haven’t done this in a while – I can throw a pretty good spiral in football, but I have no idea how to play.

— Bridgit Mendler

Nobody is that thick-skinned that it doesn’t hurt you. Still, you always know what happens in football. I have got used to criticism, I suppose, having been high profile with England and Man U.

— Bryan Robson

I learned the major difference between college and pro football. In the pros, you’re up against a top receiver almost every minute of time. In college, maybe one comes along every third game.

— Burgess Owens

Because I was small, I was getting the hell kicked out of me playing football.

— Burt Bacharach

I am more mature now and know how to deal with certain situations in football. It’s not all about highs there are also lows, but I can deal with it. Football is a hard business.

— Bastian Schweinsteiger

Here I was, this good guy that played football I was gonna go play in college but I had a bad senior year. But I played guitar in assemblies whenever I could.

— Bob Livingston

The books I used to love as a kid, I used to read football books – and by that I mean soccer books – stories about boys in school who started to play football and then became the captain. I’d read them cover to cover. I just got lost in them.

— Ben Lloyd-Hughes

There’s something to be said for any boy growing up among lots of other boys who like to play basketball and football, while all I wanted to do was put on musicals. Mentally, I was always in my own world.

— Ben Platt

People ask me about my interests outside football, but I haven’t really got any.

— Brian McDermott

Bavaro’s probably as tough of a – physically and mentally as tough a football player as I’ve ever coached. So, I would put him in the rare category there.

— Bill Belichick

When I was playing football, I was getting up to 240 pounds, and they wanted me to get to 260.

— Bill Fagerbakke

Some of the money going to the rookies can now be spent on people who have proved their worth. After all, the average playing life of a pro football player is about eight years and it is only fitting that the veterans get something for their efforts.

— Bob Lilly

I attribute my entire football career, as far as getting me started, getting me interested, keeping me that way was my father. He went to every game even though he was crippled and wasn’t real healthy.

— Bob Lilly

If you can miss getting up in the morning and running into a wall, I miss playing football. I’ll never be a frustrated athlete.

— Brian Bosworth

I’m a big fan of Coach Dorrell. I watched UCLA football for many, many years. I’ve grown accustomed to the Pac-10 style.

— Brian Bosworth

At 13, I was a big, totally uncoordinated, hopeless football player. I responded to somebody else’s rules, and I stayed just good enough to get a scholarship to Columbia, which was looking for scholar-athletes.

— Brian Dennehy

We were younger. And it’s basically like looking at football classics. You see things that you did, you see things that you could’ve done better and you think about all the good relationships that you had with the cast.

— Bubba Smith

I love baseball. And American Football, too. But not rugby.

— Carlos Slim

I love sporting events and popcorn and pizza and being outside, like at a baseball or football game. I love amusement parks, going to ride roller coasters.

— Carrie Underwood

I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off.

— Channing Tatum

I did all kinds of things as a young person to try to make money. I had a chicken operation – I sold chickens. I can remember going to high school football games as a ten-year-old and gathering Coca-Cola bottles, ’cause you’d turn them in and get a nickel. I wanted not to remain idle.

— Charles Schwab

I remember my dad, who coached football, would buy some of his players football shoes when they couldn’t afford it.

— Chaske Spencer

As the youngest of six kids, I grew up spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and I was always topless. All the pictures are of me in jean shorts, no shirt – with my brothers, playing football.

— Chelsea Handler

I was an athlete growing up. I was a wrestler, I played football, so I can take a fall. I actually wanted to be a stuntman when I was kid, so I would practice falling down the stairs. It’s just something I like to do.

— Chris Pratt

I hung out in the Baltimore area a lot. My biggest memory was playing football against Morgan. That was, like, ‘Forget about it,’ that was a really big thing. They used to kick our butts all the time.

— Clarence Clemons

If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player.

— Colin Kaepernick

Whether football’s here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win.

— Colin Kaepernick

When it comes down to it, you’re playing football regardless of what offense you’re in.

— Colin Kaepernick

Without football, my life is worth nothing.

— Cristiano Ronaldo

I grew up trying to be like my idols, and one of the main people in my life was my father. He played football, and when your father is telling stories about the game he played… Everybody wants to be like their father.

— Cam Newton

I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon.

— Cam Newton

Football is football I don’t care if you’re doing it in Division II, NAIA, or in the SEC or anything in between.

— Carson Wentz

Playing football in Fargo has a total big-time feel. Everyone says it’s FCS and it’s a smaller school, but in Fargo, North Dakota, and in the state of North Dakota, NDSU football is the real deal.

— Carson Wentz

Even at North Dakota State, football is a big deal.

— Carson Wentz

When you have a script, and you’re discussing what it can be, and who going to play what role, that’s a kind of like a fantasy football game. You can imagine these different dream teams interpreting these characters that only exist in your head.

— Cary Fukunaga

Baseball is a slow, boring, complex, cerebral game that doesn’t lend itself to histrionics. You ‘take in’ a baseball game, something odd to say about a football or basketball game, with the clock running and the bodies flying.

— Charles Krauthammer

I’m Joe Canada, who never went to high school. I’ve never even been to a football game.

— Cory Monteith

When cars honk and hoot and drunks squeeze out of car windows and scream, you can be sure that football is in the air.

— Craig Brown

I was baptized Methodist, but I was mainly raised First Church of NFL, which is to say that my family, especially my father, was much more concerned with watching football on Sundays than attending services.

— Christopher Moore

I grew up playing sports, football, basketball, baseball, everything, and acting was such a different environment and different world for me.

— Cam Gigandet

I used to play against a high school football team that always used to run the single wing. And eventually, other teams figured out that they ran the single wing. And so they prepared for it. The Democrats are stuck running the single wing.

— Cory Gardner

I sail, scuba dive, play football, basketball.

— Casper Van Dien

I’ve always been like that. I was a tomboy when I was a kid, so I was always playing baseball and basketball and football and stuff as a kid with the boys.

— Catherine Bell

I play American football every Saturday, which I find calming.

— Chad Harbach

Sophomore year, I got hit in the stomach playing football, and I was out of school for four months. I was in the hospital for two and then out of school for two.

— Chad Michael Murray

Most of the time I meet my trainer at the gym and we do a lot of everything: weights circuit with cardio, football drills, sprinting with weights on the treadmill.

— Charisma Carpenter

Football is my base that’s where I learned to be tough. I was a strong safety, and that’s what I do: I hit people. The mentality is football, the wrestling is precision.

— Christian Kane

When you are happy and playing regular football, that can make life a lot easier.

— Charlie Adam

Football’s all about opinions, all of them different, whether from a top analyst or a man in a bunnet, and some folk are just never going to like you.

— Charlie Adam

I just love watching football. It doesn’t matter what level it is, whether it’s Fleetwood or Blackpool. I love to go and watch games.

— Charlie Adam

When I was a kid growing up, my dad being a football coach, he asked the same question of all the assistants that he ever hired: ‘Is your goal to be a head football coach?’

— Chuck Pagano

I grew up in a football family, on the sideline. I was a waterboy. It was kinda something I was around my whole life.

— Chuck Pagano

We’ve got some talented people in my family in regards to football, and we do it the right way.

— Clay Matthews III

I have done well out of TV, but not well enough to buy football clubs. I’m not sure it’s ever a way to make money.

— Clive Anderson

I play a lot of sports. I played football for 12 years, I like tennis, I surf, I snowboard, and I ski. I always like to do an activity.

— Caroline Winberg

I have played football all my life, and my dad went to see Manchester United in 2005. Since then, I have been a fan.

— Chad le Clos

I do not know a lot about football. I guess I’m a Patriots fan because I’m from Boston? But I’m getting to know a lot more about it, and I’m finding it fascinating.

— Callie Thorne

One of the more bizarre games I played as a kid was something called ‘kill the man.’ It was a cross between football and rugby, which found the person carrying the ball a target of some hungry tacklers. I still don’t know why we enjoyed the game because it was impossible to win.

— Chuck Todd

I’m from a council estate myself, and the biggest release we had as kids was football. That’s where all the great players learn their trade – as kids having a kickabout.

— Colin Cooper

I was a baseball guy. Mom wouldn’t let me play football when I was little because she was scared I’d get hurt. So, I finally convinced her to let me play in 7th grade.

— Calvin Johnson

It wasn’t really until the 10th or 11th grade when I started to play well, and football took the place of baseball, which was my love when I was five years old. I don’t know what happened baseball just got boring to me, I guess.

— Calvin Johnson

As someone who loves football, I will continue to speak out frankly about FIFA’s problems.

— Chung Mong-joon

I majored in theater at San Diego State. My one eye was on football, and my other eye was on Hollywood.

— Carl Weathers

Freshman year, I was 95 pounds and 4 feet 10 inches. So you can imagine what my football uniform looked like – my shoulder pads were bigger than my body!

— Casper Smart

I want to play for Arsenal. When you see football all around the world, you see very few teams who play the way that we play. I just enjoy it. I feel it is my home now.

— Cesc Fabregas

My perfect first date? Maybe a concert or a football game. That would be my ideal first date, but would the girl like it? I don’t know.

— Chace Crawford

Writing a song is like playing a series of downs in football: Lots of rules, timing is crucial, lots of boundaries, lots of protective gear, lots of stopping and starting.

— Christine Lavin

I do like to just have football on, so I will TiVo, like, three or four games for the weekend, and I’ll just turn it on when there’s no live football on, just to have the background noise.

— Christopher Gorham

OK, the wonderful thing about soccer is, a football is a perfectly round object, and it doesn’t make mistakes. The player using it makes mistakes. And the more you use it, the less mistakes you make.

— Craig Johnston

You know, I was crap. But I had the commitment, and I had the understanding, that the basis of football is skill on the ball, and if you spend the time with it, you’re gonna reap the rewards.

— Craig Johnston

You know, a football coach is nothing more than a teacher. You teach them the same subject, and you have a group of new guys every year.

— Darrell Royal

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

— Dave Barry

With United, we’d all grown up together, we all wanted to win the biggest trophy in football. We did it togther.

— David Beckham

My private life is perfect. If your private life and your life outside football is good, then it is good on the field for you.

— David Beckham

I’ve felt a little tired, but I’m only 24. I love playing football. That’s my job and that’s what I love doing.

— David Beckham

At the end of the day, I’m a footballer who has played at some of the biggest football clubs in the world and played with some of the best players in the world.

— David Beckham

I’ve played under some of the biggest and best managers and achieved almost everything in football. Of course it hurts when people question it, but I’ve come to the end of my career and can look back and say I’ve achieved everything with every club that I’ve played for.

— David Beckham

American football seems to resemble soccer in that one scores by putting the ball through the opponent’s goal but football, truly is about land. The Settlers want to move the line of scrimmage Westward, the Native Americans want to move it East.

— David Mamet

My dream was to play for Alabama – football, basketball.

— Deontay Wilder

I like English football, always have. It’s just that people go on about the World Cup in 1986 and then I’m seen as the real bad boy.

— Diego Maradona

Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.

— Don Shula

Our users are trapeze artists, high school football coaches – I got cornered by a couple of theoretical physicists who said Dropbox lets them collaborate across the world and share their experiments’ results. They were raving about how it’s driving their research.

— Drew Houston

Because, they’re only thinking about one team when that game’s over. Before the game, they’re talking about two football teams. When the game’s over, there’s only one winner.

— Don Shula

I wanted to be a football player. Football is a sport that I love, but the more I started playing basketball, the more I started dreaming of playing in the NBA.

— Dwyane Wade

I wanted to show off – a simple impulse or drive in much the same way as some kids wanted to play football, I wanted to show off. Not complicated in that sense, very natural it just depends on how you want to show off.

— Dylan Moran

I wouldn’t mind being like X-Men and having the claws. I mean, I don’t think they’d let me play football, but it would look cool.

— D’Brickashaw Ferguson

The game of football is something I dearly love, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

— Dak Prescott

I am smarter because I stayed in school, and I am a better football player.

— Dak Prescott

Things always change in football, and you can never predict anything.

— Dele Alli

The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has become a political football in the presidential campaign, with all the grandstanding and misinformation that entails.

— David Ignatius

I went out for the football team but, you know, I was too small. That’s how I wound up in drama.

— Dennis Quaid

And if I want to get involved in choosing sides, I usually pick hockey or football.

— Dierks Bentley

It is helpful to think of people as having two fundamental motivations: the desire to see ourselves as honest, good people, and the desire to gain the benefits that come from cheating – on our taxes or on the football field.

— Dan Ariely

You know, I always wondered what it would have been like to just go to school, play football with the guys and go to the prom. Just like a ‘regular person.’

— Donny Osmond

I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state.

— Drew Brees

Sammy Baugh embodied all we aspire to at the Washington Redskins. He was a competitor in everything he did and a winner. He was one of the greatest to ever play the game of football, and one of the greatest the Redskins ever had.

— Daniel Snyder

There’s two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season.

— Darius Rucker

During my freshman year at Cornell, I joined my dorm’s intramural football team. At the first practice, upper classmen pointed out I was tall, so I should try playing QB. Well half an hour later, it was abundantly clear that I should not be the QB.

— David Einhorn

You couldn’t take football away from me, you couldn’t take acting away from me.

— Dougray Scott

With TV, it’s the same way as preparing for the game of football. To get better at football, you have to watch the film and watch those who came before you and played the game, and yes, the first year you come in as a rookie and you’re not gonna be as good as when you come in as a vet, and I applied that in the same way to ‘Ton of Cash.’

— Dhani Jones

In the NFL, if you make the play or you don’t make the play, you’re just a football player who did or didn’t make the play. You don’t get more yards or less yards based on what you’re labeled as by society.

— DeAngelo Williams

As a football team, we don’t have any backups. We don’t consider anybody a backup.

— DeAngelo Williams

You can’t let injuries dictate the outcome of a football game. You have to persevere and keep fighting. That is how we are. If there is a blade of grass to defend or take, we do it.

— DeAngelo Williams

I’m married to football, baseball is my girlfriend.

— Deion Sanders

In football, you’re dealing with grown men. In gymnastics, you’re dealing with prepubescent teenage girls. There’s a huge difference. At that age, you’re not confident enough to have a voice.

— Dominique Moceanu

There are so many things about playing football that seem to me uniquely American. Anybody can succeed, anybody can play, but you’ve got to work hard to do it.

— Dean Cain

But quite honestly I can’t help being a passionate football supporter. If that’s my sin, I’m guilty.

— Delia Smith

In football, the good thing is things can change in a second.

— Didier Drogba

I played a little basketball, but basketball interfered with theater season. That’s when we did our term plays and did nutshell versions of Shakespeare for English classes. And, believe me, I got a fair amount of looks from the guys on the team. ‘You’re in theater but you can play football?’

— Dennis Haysbert

Man, ‘Hill Street Blues’ was on when I was 12, and I remember feeling I’d never seen anything like it. It was that far ahead of its time, with dark characters you loved. I remember Ed Marinaro, the football star.

— D. B. Weiss

Actually, as that first association continued, we got a little more legitimate. In those days, they asked Boy Scout troops to act as ushers during the football games. So we signed up and I went to many games in full Boy Scout uniform as an usher.

— Daniel J. Evans

English football has just had a transfer window imposed for the first time, so it will be interesting to see how managers cope with the squads they have until it re-opens.

— David Ginola

By the time I could have played football, I was already into acting and that’s what I wanted to do.

— David Morse

I think the Canadian Football League is a great league, but it’s not the NFL, and I’m not Jerry Rice.

— Darren Flutie

A college football star, by his senior year, is used to running out there with 110,000 people going nuts. They feel comfortable in that environment. To me, a set feels like that. The one thing that I do know is that, as long as I’m prepared, I know this environment and this world.

— Donal Logue

Everywhere I go now, people are like, ‘That’s the guy from ‘Dancing With the Stars!’ It’s pretty good that you’re not just a football player but you’re in the entertainment world.

— Donald Driver

The best thing about high school football in the state of Texas is the whole town shuts down, and there’s shoe polish all over businesses and stores. Everyone rallies around you.

— Dat Nguyen

My first two years in the CFL, all I thought of was getting back to the NFL – it was like ‘I’ll put my time in up here and go back.’ Then I went and signed a nice contract in Calgary and was like, ‘Hey, I can make a living up here, this is great football, and I’m having a blast.’

— Doug Flutie

You know, it’s a different deal – throwing a football as opposed to throwing a baseball.

— Drew Bledsoe

Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.

— Duffy Daugherty

You cannot just switch football on and off it’s intense. There were times when I probably shouldn’t have got involved in certain things and said certain things, but you feel that sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe. Maybe the supporters looked to me to stand up as well.

— David Dunn

In Holland and Spain and France, where so many of us come from, people aren’t interested in the sex lives of their players. We don’t hear these stories – even in Italy where the media is right on top of football.

— Dennis Bergkamp

I love playing football, being out on the pitch with a ball, and I will be a little sad when that ends.

— Dennis Bergkamp

It’s fantastic for Arsenal, and for English football as well. You’ve got an English club with a lot of young English talent committing themselves to a club.

— Dennis Bergkamp

A lot of people say you always come back to what you are good at. Football has been 25 years of my life, so maybe I’ll come back to it in some sort of way.

— Dennis Bergkamp

Playing football was like being trapped in a rhythm, and my whole career was like that. You have very little time to switch off.

— Dennis Bergkamp

I’ve enjoyed my time in the game, whether it be managing Luton in the top flight, taking Spurs to Wembley or, as director of football, pinpointing players such as Jermain Defoe, Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane with real sell-on value.

— David Pleat

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

This ain’t a football game, we do this every day.

— Earl Weaver

The more the technocrats programme it down to the smallest detail, the more the powerful manipulate it, football continues to be the art of the unforeseeable. When you least expect it, the impossible occurs: the dwarf teaches the giant a lesson, and a scraggy, bow-legged black man makes an athlete sculpted in Greece look ridiculous.

— Eduardo Galeano

I played with Michy for Belgium. He is still young he can finish and is very good. He just needs to adapt to English football, and he will. He is intelligent and a good player.

— Eden Hazard

I had feelings that I didn’t know what to do with, and I felt better when I started writing them. I thought of it as poetry. I did notice girls really liked it. Better than football. They liked the combination.

— Edward Hirsch

It is hard to say no to PSG – as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League, There is always uncertainty in football.

— Eden Hazard

That’s my mentality. Just because somebody has fouled me, there is no reason for me to be nasty to him. I try to respect football as much as possible, and when someone is injured, you put the ball out.

— Eden Hazard

If you told me to choose between family and football, then it is no choice. I take family, of course, like everyone. But I prefer to keep it private, and that’s it. I just focus on the football.

— Eden Hazard

It’s true that I’m even better than I could have imagined, both in football and in my private life!

— Eden Hazard

A couple of games, I played up front when Diego Costa was not there. We know to create movement – not even to get the ball, but create space for others. Now I understand football is not always with the ball at my feet.

— Eden Hazard

These days, I’m always trying to have lots of touches, to be involved, and to play my football for 90 minutes.

— Eden Hazard

For a young player like me, it is good to play for a club that can get to the semi-finals because one of the reasons I play football is for these big games.

— Eden Hazard

Individually, I am very happy because I can play in every game. I can be on the pitch and do what I like to do, which is play football.

— Eden Hazard

I’ve learned that football sometimes was an outlet. It was a way for me to release anger, release frustration.

— Emmitt Smith

Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing.

— Eric Cantona

Actually, I wanted to act even when I was still playing football.

— Eric Cantona

This is a year and a few months after the transplant. Before I had it my doctors told me that it would be the biggest thing that I ever had to face and believe me, when they take your liver out of ya and put another one in it’s like replacing a football in your stomach.

— Evel Knievel

Fraud is fraud. And consumers of any product – whether you want to buy a car, participate in fantasy football – our laws are very strong in New York and other states that you can’t commit fraud.

— Eric Schneiderman

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

— Erma Bombeck

There’s only one professional team in Columbus, the Blue Jackets, but Ohio State is a football state.

— Ezekiel Elliott

In playoff football, you’ve got to be physical. You’ve got to run the ball.

— Ezekiel Elliott

I’m going to go out there and do what I do and play football, and everything will work out.

— Ezekiel Elliott

Everything in life has a price on it – there ain’t a damn thing free in America, and football has got a price on it.

— Earl Campbell

I did everything in high school – I played tennis, I played basketball, I was in chorus, I was in the band, I even did the mascot senior year… I went to the football games, and at half-time I went across the field, met all the cheerleaders and got their numbers! The same year, I won prom king!

— Elijah Kelley

For the longest time, I thought I was a boy. I really did. I wore boys’ clothes, played tag football.

— Eliza Dushku

I associate the metaphor of sport with war. The unrest in the former Yugoslavia, after all, started with a football match that then became charged in nationalist ways and ended in violence.

— Elfriede Jelinek

That’s the biggest shame there is, that L.A. doesn’t have a team. I was a big fan of the L.A. Rams, and when they left, I lost interest. Then there was the Raiders, and they left. How they can’t have a football team in the biggest market in the world is beyond me.

— Eric Braeden

I was 15, and the years of hard swimming had packed muscle on my frame and made me very strong. Not as strong as a football player, but strong enough to inflict heavy damage.

— Esther Williams

I grew up wrestling and playing football where, at the end of the game, you have a score and you’re either the winner of loser. There’s no score in acting, but you qualify your level of success by the people that you work with and the amount of exposure that you have.

— Eddie McClintock

To most boys with growing limbs and swelling sinews, physical activity is a natural instinct, and there is no need to drive them into the football field or the fives court: they go there because they like it, and there is no need to make games compulsory for them.

— E. F. Benson

All this cuddling and kissing on stage these days, well it’s all right in football when someone scores a goal, but not when you’re playing darts.

— Eric Bristow

I don’t love football the way I once loved the game. I don’t look at it as fun anymore, and it definitely used to be fun. A lot of the fun has been taken away from it, I guess, because you go through so much on the field and off the field.

— Eric Dickerson

There’s more to life than football, right?

— Fabrice Muamba

I was a wrestler. I played football, lacrosse. After high school, I got into jujitsu. I boxed my whole adult life.

— Frank Grillo

Rugby is a different game. There is an interruption every two minutes also in American football. Our soccer is a moving game: play, play, play, move, move – you don’t interrupt.

— Franz Beckenbauer

If a Middle Eastern sheikh comes to buy Bayern Munich, he could buy 49 per cent. Fifty-one per cent must stay in Germany with the club. That law came about because of the developments of international football.

— Franz Beckenbauer

The trouble for today’s footballers is they have too many distractions. We used to get our old players coming to watch training with football magazines in their hands. Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices.

— Franz Beckenbauer

German football is like English football. The Germans and the English do not play like a Brazilian side. They have to improve, bring up their young players, who have character.

— Franz Beckenbauer

If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time.

— Fran Tarkenton

I remember playing football dressed in peculiar costumes with some friends in France and laughing so hard we couldn’t even stand up, let alone kick the ball.

— Fred Frith

The Premier League is very difficult football and very different to when you play in Europe, but the player has to have experience to adapt, and this is the key point.

— Fernando Torres

I remember when I first came to Liverpool, Pepe Reina helped with everything, and he made it easy for me. When I was Atletico Madrid captain, I tried to help everyone. These are the basics in football: you need to create an atmosphere and try to create a group of friends. It’s not easy, and it doesn’t always happen, but you have to try.

— Fernando Torres

My son is a Liverpool fan, and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city he had no choice.

— Fernando Torres

I didn’t realise how my life was changing. When I was 17, 18, 20, I didn’t realise how big football was and everything around football. How many people live for football and love football. I was a professional, but I was a supporter.

— Fernando Torres

Football is a team sport and not an individual sport. We win as a team, and every individual is better if we are part of the team.

— Fernando Torres

You have to know what club you are playing for, or you just play for yourself. Every time I put on a Liverpool shirt, I know it is more than just a football game.

— Fernando Torres

Steven Adler and I played football in the street when we were 12. I remember rehearsing in my bedroom with my first band, and some kid climbed over the fence of my backyard and peeked his head in the window to see who was rocking. It was Slash.

— Flea

I was always doing something physical. My brothers and I used to have handstand contests. We’d walk around the projects on our hands and see who could get the farthest. I was always playing football with them, basketball or racing in the street.

— Florence Griffith Joyner

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

— Frank Zappa

In international football, you need pace and you need your players up top to create things out of nothing and run at people.

— Frank Lampard

People can talk about my age for as long as they like. There is nothing better in football than proving people wrong, and I’ll try to do that for as long as I can.

— Frank Lampard

I’m a very private person, and you have a lot of people looking into your personal life, away from football. That’s the one thing that I don’t like, but I always remember how lucky we are that we’re playing football.

— Frank Lampard

I didn’t want to be the rebel who was bottom of the class, so I worked hard. They wanted me to stay on for A-Levels, but football came calling – that was my real love.

— Frank Lampard

As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don’t think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football.

— Gareth Bale

I probably prefer Spanish football to the others. It’s very technical, the way they play they keep the ball well, and whenever Spurs have played against Spanish teams in the past, they’ve always made it difficult for us.

— Gareth Bale

I was never too much into school. I liked lunchtimes and breaks, but nah, I hated sitting at a desk. I was always looking out of the window, looking at my watch, thinking about when I could play football.

— Gareth Bale

In my 20 years in football, I was fortunate enough never to have experienced relegation. And while there is the pressure of expectations at the top of the league, at the bottom it comes in fear and trepidation, which is almost worse.

— Gary Neville

As football gets more globalised, it’s probably more important than ever to have one or two players in your team who have grown up in the same streets or been to the same schools as the hard-core fans.

— Gary Neville

There are lots of concerns facing English football but for me the major one is the way in which football clubs are run by owners, whether they are growing organically and sustainably and how that is being policed by the football authorities.

— Gary Neville

I would have been about seven years old when the formative years of my competitive football education began. I was playing in the local leagues around Manchester, playing against lads from tough areas who had been taught they had to fight for everything.

— Gary Neville

If I can push myself up to the 2018 World Cup, then I’ll go on. After that, I’ll close the door and stop playing football.

— Gianluigi Buffon

I played basketball, baseball, and football. I never had much downtime. But I think playing multiple sports helped tremendously in my baseball career. I have the agility of all three combined into one.

— Giancarlo Stanton

I was a halfback on an American football team in Athens, Greece – the Kississia Colts – where I went to high school, and we took the Cup my senior year. The downside, and somewhat unfortunate piece of information I have to pass on, is there were only two teams in the league because of the limited amount of Americans.

— Greg Kinnear

It all went wrong with football, the thing I loved most of all, and from there, my life slowly fell apart.

— George Best

The nice thing is that when people come up to me, it’s the football they remember, not all the other rubbish.

— George Best

It’s a big compliment that so many people want to see me. For them, it’s all about football. That’s what they remember about me.

— George Best

I just think to be a manager you’ve got to live and breathe and have this incredible enthusiasm for football, the whole thing. And while I love the game, and it’s been a large part of my life, it’s not the only thing in my life.

— Gary Lineker

I was quite good at football once, although other than that my speciality would be maths. I’m great at sudokus and find all the spin-off games pretty easy too.

— Gary Lineker

The train’s always full of football fans going up to see matches. Oh, they make sure I hear their points of view all right. They all want to have their say about their team, and make their opinions known.

— Gary Lineker

Radicalism is as British as tea and cakes, as much a part of our make-up as monarchy and football. It will never have its own jubilees, palaces or honours system.

— Geoff Mulgan

I played football for Leeds United under-18s, but at 17 my eyes started to go and I had to wear glasses. The football had to go – there were no contact lenses in 1957.

— Geoffrey Boycott

Football games are on TV, and it doesn’t affect stadium attendance at all. It’s the same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the movie theater.

— George Lucas

One of London’s massive strengths is its sporting prowess, its great football teams.

— George Osborne

I do get invitations all of the time to play actual fantasy football, by the way, but I get the feeling that I’d like it too much. I have enough demands on my time. My fans would kill me.

— George R. R. Martin

More and more these days what I find myself doing in my stories is making a representation of goodness and a representation of evil and then having those two run at each other full-speed, like a couple of PeeWee football players, to see what happens. Who stays standing? Whose helmet goes flying off?

— George Saunders

The football playoffs feature one-off affairs, without bad feelings building from weekend to weekend. In addition, football uses platoons for offense and defense and kicking, so only the interior linemen have a chance to really get up close and personal with one another.

— George Vecsey

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 word today.

— Gerald R. Ford

Why is playing football in Europe considered the pinnacle of our game, yet in other spheres of life, that same phrase – ‘being in Europe’ – is dismissed with suspicion?

— Gordon Brown

There’s definitely football in the blood, but my body made my decision for me that I was going to be an Olympic athlete instead.

— Greg Rutherford

I was very into football in my early teens and spent six months with Aston Villa, but I never really got further than having trials. I’m also into ice hockey.

— Greg Rutherford

I didn’t want to leave Newcastle, but that’s football.

— Gary Speed

While American football is very structured and linear and static – where everyone lines up, and there’s a burst, and it happens – soccer is like the cosmos. It’s like constellations. It’s bodies moving in space. It’s a very spherical game.

— Gabriel Luna

Football shape is one thing, and then ‘futbol’ shape is a completely other thing. It’s a whole other level of fitness that you have to work to maintain.

— Gabriel Luna

I played football and ran track in junior high, but by high school I was getting serious about my studies.

— George Smoot

If people feel 4-4-2 is the way forward in international football, they’ll have to wait until I’m out of a job.

— Glenn Hoddle

I’ve been in football a long time and people have problems through debt, drugs, drink and family.

— Gordon Strachan

People think I’ve got a problem with the press. Actually I have no problem with the press, but just like in football there are a handful who cause problems because they’re disrespectful, they’re lazy, and above all – and this is what really gets to me – they haven’t worked hard to get there.

— Gordon Strachan

Do I miss football in Scotland? It keeps you really alive, that’s for sure. Your heartbeat fluctuates. I’m flatlining at the moment which is actually quite nice but you need to go up and down to stay alive.

— Gordon Strachan

The reason I became a manager was to have full control over training. If you are a coach, you are bound by what the manager wants you to coach. The other reason is that I just like the company of football people.

— Gordon Strachan

You don’t hear a film director saying ‘Money mustn’t go out of the industry’ to actors. You don’t hear a concert promoter saying ‘We must make sure that money doesn’t go out of our industry’ to Elton John. Some people in football seem to think, ‘Never mind the players, let’s get on with the game.’

— Gordon Taylor

The Football Association have always acted more as a referee than a governor. And the FA, aware the Premier League provide players for the England team, have always had too gentle a hand on the tiller. The result is that the Premier League are the tigers in the English football jungle everybody’s scared of.

— Gordon Taylor

The whole object of the players’ association is to try and make sure that any individual is able to capitalise on his ability, particularly in football, which is a very short career.

— Gordon Taylor

From my point of view what I have to do now is appreciate and enjoy what football gave me, but now do something else with the same energy and enthusiasm I gave to football without expecting the same results.

— Graeme Le Saux

Football is a game of skill, we kicked them a bit and they kicked us a bit.

— Graham Roberts

In international football you have 10 games a season, with players from different clubs. There’s no time for proper coaching they’re just recovering from playing on the Saturday.

— Graham Taylor

The biggest thing I’ve found since I left the game – and I’m glad I chose to leave rather than being sacked – is that so many people are in football for the wrong reasons. Not because they love the game, but because they smell money.

— Graham Taylor

Football needs its roots, it needs its connection with the supporters. But those in charge seem to think they can do without them.

— Graham Taylor

Arsenal were really interested in me for a long time, and I think that I fit into the football Arsenal play.

— Granit Xhaka

London is really nice, and I’m really happy here, but, of course, I’ve moved here to play football and not just to be in the city.

— Granit Xhaka

Maybe if I was born in Kosovo, I might not be where I am now, so I need to thank Switzerland, of course, because I went to school there, learnt to play football there, and started my career there.

— Granit Xhaka

I know that there are coaches in the Bundesliga that have said in team meetings, ‘Provoke Xhaka he will eventually go ballistic.’ I think that is sad. That, in my view, has nothing to do with football.

— Granit Xhaka

I’m working seven days a week in the fall. I couldn’t possibly keep that up. This is only for the fall. In the last couple of years I’ve tended to do most of my serious writing in the winter, when there’s nothing going on with football.

— Gregg Easterbrook

I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it’s fundamentally a form of entertainment.

— Gregg Easterbrook

It was actually a very nice little book done by a gift book company. They illustrated it with pictures from 1920s football, before there were face guards.

— Gregg Easterbrook

I was just different. When the other kids gravitated to football or basketball, I went fishing and skating. I was into trapping animals, pheasants and squirrels. Not only was I trapper, I was a taxidermist.

— Gene Pitney

It depends on how my football career goes, but when I am finished, I would love to go the NFL and be a kicker. Even if I got to play just one game, it is something I would like to do.

— Harry Kane

Watching all the football over the weekend – and having to wait until Monday night to play – gets you ready, gets you firing.

— Harry Kane

In football, you have to grow up quickly, and you’re generally more mature than other people your age.

— Harry Kane

A lot of people say second seasons are harder than the first because people are now expecting you to do stuff, so yes, that’s down to me to work hard and try and improve and, like I say, just letting my football do the talking.

— Harry Kane

It was definitely not the salary that made me join Manchester United I went for football reasons – for the history of the club, the league, the fans, and the coach because he is one of the best in the world.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

If you play football, you have to try to do the maximum, so I’m always doing the maximum for myself because, after my football career, I want to sit down and think I did something good.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

I always wanted to become a football player, and I thank my parents, as they helped me so much to realise this dream. They always supported me on my path.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The most dangerous area is the centre, which has to be either attacked or defended in football, and it’s the same in chess.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

You know that if you play football, you have to try to do the maximum, so I’m always doing the maximum for myself because when I retire from football, I want to sit down and think I did something good – I won this title, and I won this title. People will talk about what you have won, and that is the most important thing in football.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them.

— Henry Rollins

Football is at least as ‘gay’ as rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and the film ‘300.’

— Henry Rollins

My father was raised with brothers, he was a football player and a boxer, he was a chief petty officer in the Navy, he was a man of his times.

— Hillary Clinton

Since they all broke up the greatest conference in football, which was the Southwest Conference, I’ve had little interest in them any more. I thought that was a disaster and a disgrace when they did that, but they did it anyway. So I’ve lost interest them and I don’t care what they do anymore.

— Gib Lewis

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.

— Hunter S. Thompson

I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women’s football in the States is a bit idyllic. Look at all the teams in America that have folded, and the leagues.

— Hope Solo

When the Olympics and World Cups come around, that’s when you see the real outpouring of support that there really is for female football.

— Hope Solo

Nixon was a crook, of course, but he was also a rabid football fan – and he knew the game, which still astounds me, but I have always had a soft spot for him because of it.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Nixon was a bad loser. He hated losing worse than death, and that is why I enjoyed him. We were both football fans, both addicts and on some days, nothing else mattered.

— Hunter S. Thompson

February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Honestly, I was only rested in rugby football all my friends were boys, and I definitely didn’t want to go on stage, but I just did it to keep everyone happy. I did some singing, dancing like they liked, but it wasn’t my thing at all.

— Georgia Groome

Football has always been violent. In the early days of the game, they didn’t wear hard helmets. They wore soft helmets, which were just designed to protect the ears. In the ’40s and ’50s they began to introduce hard helmets, which provided much more protection against things like skull fractures.

— Greg Ip

But I would much prefer students going to college to learn and be prepared for the rigors of the new economic order, rather than dumping fees on them to subsidize football programs that, far from enhancing the academic mission instead make a mockery of it.

— H. G. Bissinger

My dream, I remember, when I went to boarding school, was to have a study all my own, a little nook someplace where nobody could get at me – nobody, like the football coach.

— Harry Mathews

I’m really into football, gadgets, adventurous activities, and cooking new, creative recipes right now – but you’ll never catch me being boring.

— Harry Shum, Jr.

Yes, I applied a lot of what I did in football to golf.

— Hale Irwin

The positions I played in football, being a quarterback and a defensive back, you had to kind of have a little independent thinking.

— Hale Irwin

When it’s football season, I’m all football.

— Hayden Fry

In football, like in life, you must learn to play within the rules of the game.

— Hayden Fry

I never dreamed about being an actor, because that was out of reach. Coming from a small town that was big in farming, and also big in clothing factories, you don’t dream about being a professional football player or an actor.

— Herschel Walker

Without a doubt in my mind, I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You look at my stats without my USFL stats, and I don’t know how you can argue with that. Look at my combined yards. I’m not one to make excuses, so I’ll play by their rules and not even count the USFL stats.

— Herschel Walker

In high school I was the manager of the football team, so being around boys is natural to me!

— Hillary Scott

No, I’m not a lager lout either. I think you have to be a massive football fan to be a lager lout.

— Hugh Dancy

There are a lot of famous comedians from Liverpool, then obviously the Beatles, and the football club. That’s what people in Liverpool are passionate about.

— Ian Rush

I’ve done my coaching badges, I’ve got my Pro Licence, but I enjoy what I’m doing now. I’m also the elite performance director of the Welsh FA. The main thing for me was always Liverpool Football Club and my country, Wales – and I’m lucky enough to still be involved with both of them.

— Ian Rush

People say you should go out at the top but I was enjoying my football so much. Robbie Fowler’s exactly the same: he’s not playing for money any more, he’s playing for enjoyment. Why go out at the top if it’s going to make you miserable? I just wanted to play as long as I could.

— Ian Rush

Whether we’re stuffing our faces with Kogi tacos or playing a pickup game of football outside the stages, there’s never a shortage of fun behind the scenes on ‘Murder In The First.’

— Ian Anthony Dale

Because I was big, I didn’t have to listen to anyone doubting me. I was just considered good at football or whatever, there were no questions about it.

— Idris Elba

When I talk football with my friends, I don’t talk about Tom Brady’s hair. I talk about how he handles the blitz, or how he runs his offense. I talk as a fan. I don’t want pink jerseys, and I don’t want dumbed-down content. I want to be treated as a real fan – because I am proud to be one.

— Indra Nooyi

At Random’ ran on Saturday nights for as long as the conversation was still lively. Sometimes, I’d finish way after midnight, then hop a plane for whatever city I was working a football game that Sunday.

— Irv Kupcinet

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.

— Irwin Shaw

It wasn’t like I ever said, ‘I want to be an actor.’ I was in the right place at the right time. I went to a local drama group because I found football on the weekends too cold – which is highly ironic because I’ve had some of the coldest experiences of my life filming ‘Game of Thrones.’

— Isaac Hempstead Wright

You know, I stopped being competitive after I played football.

— Isaiah Mustafa

I played football, honestly, to get a scholarship.

— Isaiah Mustafa

Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf.

— Jesse Jackson

Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football.

— Jim Brown

The social issues outside of football are not as defined as they were earlier, when integration took place and certain rights were legislated. The Civil Rights movement is over. Individuals can buy homes wherever they want, travel first class wherever they want, eat wherever they want.

— Jim Brown

When you go out on a football field, you are responsible for taking care of yourself. The more rules you get, the less players truly take care of themselves.

— Jim Brown

NASCAR stepped up their safety concepts, and I think the drivers feel NASCAR is doing everything that can be done. So we are a little behind NASCAR in that respect. Someone in NASCAR realized there were certain things that could be done to make it safer. The same thing has to happen in football.

— Jim Brown

I don’t want football to not be played, but I would like the sophistication brought forth to take care of those who need to be taken care of and to take the precaution, at the sacrifice of winning, to take care of people.

— Jim Brown

Nobody I ever broke bread with – and I see players all the time – talked about using their head running the football. I’ve seen Barry Sanders and Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen and Franco Harris, and we’ve all been together – we were all together at the Super Bowl – and no one talked about using their head.

— Jim Brown

Ultimately, if you look at the game and there are two minutes left, and you have to ensure your victory, you don’t want to throw the damn football. You want a runner who can run the clock out.

— Jim Brown

Ben Schwartzwalder was a decent guy, but he was from another era. He was like a Marine, with a real army attitude. He thought there was only one way to play football, and that was the rough way.

— Jim Brown

When my first semester grades came out, my mom and dad told me I wouldn’t be playing football.

— Joe Biden

Politics is like football if you see daylight, go through the hole.

— John F. Kennedy

Thursday night football is here to stay. So we’re looking at ways to make it safer. Now they’re playing division games, so you limit travel. Now the question is, should you play Sunday night before a Thursday night?

— John Madden

We need the quarterbacks. It’s a passing league and a quarterback-driven league. We need the Peyton Mannings in football uniforms out there playing – the Tom Bradys, the Drew Breeses, the Philip Riverses – we need those guys instead of them standing on the sideline.

— John Madden

When I got out of coaching, I had taught a class at the University of California, an extension class on football for fans. I was looking for tools. I was showing them films. I was going to write a textbook. Trip Hawkins came to me about making it a game for computers.

— John Madden

To me, discipline in football occurs on the field, not off it.

— John Madden

Having been in football all my life as a player and a coach and having been on the sideline, I think the closer we can get to bringing people what it’s like standing and watching the game on the sideline, with a better view, would be the perfect situation for television football.

— John Madden

I’ve got five grandkids. They play baseball, they play football, they play basketball. I go to all the games. You always have that urge to say something when you’re watching them. But I’ve learned to keep it to myself. I’ve blurted out some things and embarrassed myself.

— John Madden

Both of my sons used to coach high school football. When they started, I’d say things I shouldn’t have. So I learned my lesson.

— John Madden

Nothing jazzes me up like football. I’ve acquired more passion of the years, not less. Not to love it wouldn’t make sense.

— John Madden

Nobody, not even the head coach, would do anything to the football unilaterally, such as adjust the amount of pressure in a ball, without the quarterback not knowing. It would have to be the quarterback’s idea.

— John Madden

Football isn’t nuclear physics, but it’s not so simple that you can make it simple. It takes some explaining to get it across.

— John Madden

When people watch football, they’re looking for fun things.

— John Madden

A consulting position might work in another profession, but not in pro football. There’s no such thing. They give a guy a parking spot and put his name up as a consultant, and in six months, they erase the name.

— John Madden

I don’t actually go to a lot of games because I think football on TV is better. Even though I’m pretty busy, I watch 90 percent of Ohio State’s games.

— John Legend

I don’t like going to football games. I like watching them on television. When you go to a game, it’s hard to focus. There’s so much going on, and it’s cold. I’d rather sit and watch it and get replays and commentary.

— John Legend

When I came on the tour, I thought, ‘Why don’t they treat tennis players the same way they look at football players?’ Because I’ve got news for you: when they are on the pitch, they are not saying, ‘Hello, how are you?’ out there.

— John McEnroe

In my neighborhood in Springfield, Ohio, there were a lot of young kids. We all played tackle football after school, but I knew very early on that I was not an athlete.

— John Legend

When you just work tactically, in pure football sessions, you can see the way they can think football.

— Jose Mourinho

You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football. I don’t say they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from English football.

— Jose Mourinho

When my kids were young, we could move and experience different countries and, in my case, different clubs and different football, but there is a moment when they need some stability.

— Jose Mourinho

I don’t know where football will take me because in football, you never know, but for sure, as a family, our home will be in London.

— Jose Mourinho

In football, I’m not so old. At 52, maybe I have 20 years in front of me to coach. But I feel myself as… you might say an ‘old fox.’ Nothing scares me nothing worries me too much. It looks like nothing new can happen for me.

— Jose Mourinho

Once, players came to football expecting to be wealthy when they retired. Now, they expect to be wealthy before they’ve played their first game!

— Jose Mourinho

Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them. By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them.

— Jose Mourinho

So I know all about the ups and downs of football, I know that one day I will be sacked.

— Jose Mourinho

And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think.

— Jose Mourinho

Prior to high school, I played a lot of neighborhood football.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

Pro football gave me a good sense of perspective to enter politics: I’d already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded and hung in effigy.

— Jack Kemp

When I was at drama school, I was totally broke, and a lot of my mates had jobs and were financially very good to me, so if, for example, I take them away on a trip to a football match in Europe, it means that I can pay them back a bit.

— James Nesbitt

My early ambitions were the same as they are now – to play for Manchester United. I was, and still am, football mad.

— James Nesbitt

Women will not talk about football unless one of them is in love with a football player, and then suddenly you discover that they know everything that is to be known about it.

— Jeanne Moreau

My real name is Bob Davis, but for some reason, I got the name Jasper while playing football at the local rec when I was nine years old, and it just stuck. Years later, when someone asked ‘Jasper who?’ I just said ‘Carrott’ – but I have no idea why I came out with that particular word.

— Jasper Carrott

As the National Football League and other pro sports increasingly reckon with the early dementia, mental health issues, suicides and even criminal behavior of former players, the risk of what’s known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is becoming clear.

— Jeffrey Kluger

Scarily, football helmets, which do a fine job of protecting against scalp laceration and skull fracture, do little to prevent concussions and may even exacerbate them, since even as the brain is rattling around inside the skull, the head is rattling around inside the helmet.

— Jeffrey Kluger

To me it was never about what I accomplished on the football field, it was about the way I played the game.

— Jerry Rice

Montana and I had a chemistry that was unbelievable. When I first came into the league he told me I added five years to his career, and I just think we complimented each other very well and were able to do some amazing things out on the football field.

— Jerry Rice

I’ve grown over the years and I know how to adapt to situations, where I can go into a situation where there’s a crowd of people and just take over. But pretty much I’m off to myself. And I’m totally committed to the game of football. That’s why I’ve had so much success.

— Jerry Rice

I’m used to performing under pressure, but that’s playing football.

— Jerry Rice

I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.

— Jillian Michaels

Football is such a team sport, so no one individual does it. No one coach or no one assistant coach or no one player, it’s a great team sport, so I don’t get carried away with a bunch of accolades.

— Jimmy Johnson

Especially in football, it is not a QB’s game… even though the media likes to make it into that – it takes the whole team.

— Joe Montana

I mean the game is just, everybody talks about baseball but I really think football probably has a little bit more American feeling than anything.

— Joe Montana

The game is just, everybody talks about baseball, but I really think football probably has a little bit more American feeling than anything.

— Joe Montana

I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don’t think I could have reached the heights that I have in football – being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion.

— Joe Namath

As a football coach, everything in your life comes after your football schedule. I just could not make that commitment.

— Joe Namath

I deal with football from a realistic, logical point of view.

— Joe Namath

There’s an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue.

— Joe Namath

I am a football fan, yeah.

— Joe Namath

Football is about having the best offensive play possible. I always like to play offensive football, and nobody will convince me otherwise.

— Johan Cruyff

My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society.

— Johan Cruyff

I played football in the ninth and 10th grade. I looked a lot like Joe Namath, so I think my looks got me there more than my abilities.

— John Travolta

For me, I skate as masculine as I can. I’m not a big strong guy. I’m not interested in fighting or throwing punches or balling my hands in fists all day. I’m not interested in guns, I’m not interested in football or stereotypically masculine things, so I’m going to skate in a fashion that is manly for Johnny Weir.

— Johnny Weir

Corporate documents, like football game plans, are not easily drafted in a stadium, with thousands of very interested fans participating, each with their own red pencil, trying to reach a consensus on every word.

— Jon Postel

Some years ago there was a study to discover the most stressful occupation. It turned out not to be the head of a large business, football manager or prime minister, but rather: bus driver.

— Jonathan Sacks

I played softball and basketball growing up. I really wanted to play football but both parents said no. I was mad for a second, then got over it. Now, just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I can play basketball. I was waaaaay better at swinging a bat.

— Jordin Sparks

Although I hardly ever turn on the TV set unless it’s football season, I do watch a lot of TV on my iPad – perfect for long airplane journeys.

— Joshua Bell

When I got heartbroken at 20, it just felt like someone had spiraled a football right into my skull. At 40, it feels like someone had driven a 757 right through me.

— Junot Diaz

I want to coach high school football, and that’s always what I’ve wanted to do.

— J. J. Watt

I feel like, growing up, I watched football, obviously, and you see great players, and as a fan, you want to watch the best you can possibly watch, and you want to see what’s capable of being made.

— J. J. Watt

I know that I’m going out there, and I know that I am going to get hit in the head. I know that’s part of football. That’s like a firefighter knowing he is going to go into a fire at some point. You know you are going to be put in danger’s way, and you accept that risk, and you do it.

— J. J. Watt

The way I look at it is that somebody in the world, no matter what your field is – teacher, violinist, football player – has to be the best. Why not me?

— J. J. Watt

The number of fighters that are ISIS fighters wouldn’t fill up most American football stadiums. This is not a large group of individuals, but they’re tenacious, and they rule with absolute terror.

— James Lankford

I’m very proud of ‘Gavin and Stacey,’ but I think I have to write something else even to start to consider myself a writer. Just because you do something once, it doesn’t mean that’s who you are. I played football last night it doesn’t mean I’m a footballer.

— James Corden

Louis Tomlinson, who is a member of One Direction, his mum was a chaperone on ‘Fat Friends.’ So Louis used to come to the set with his mum, and since I was the only sort of young person around, we would kick a football around, things like that.

— James Corden

Football is very masculine and, to me, a metaphor for war.

— Jane Lynch

If it’s football season, all things sort of stop. I’m from Seattle, so I’ll watch the Seahawks and whatever other game that day is worthy.

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Football, basketball, and the Olympic sports all have their problems with banned substances.

— Jim Sensenbrenner

Back in East St. Louis, tennis wasn’t the real thing. If you weren’t playing baseball, basketball, football, you were kind of on the outside.

— Jimmy Connors

And we have not found any generational gap at all. If he wants to go a football game, he goes. If I want to go to a fashion show, I go. We don’t have to do everything together. But we like doing most things together.

— Joan Collins

We believe that African football is among the best in the world and very much characterized the Puma brand mentality, which is to win.

— Jochen Zeitz

I love Halloween, trick or treating and decorating the house. And I love Thanksgiving, because of the football and the fall weather. And of course, I love Christmas – that’s my favorite of all!

— Joe Nichols

There will soon be streams of data coming from all manner of products – appliances, clothing, sporting goods, you name it. Wouldn’t you rather live in a world where you can export the data from your son’s football helmet to a new app that monitors force and impact against a cohort of high school players around the country?

— John Battelle

I love football and the intensity of football in Liverpool, this is what is very good for me.

— Jurgen Klopp

I always thought about working in England because of the kind of football, the intensity of football. Liverpool was first choice.

— Jurgen Klopp

We should play free football, defend lively with a passion, and have the best understanding in offence.

— Jurgen Klopp

In England, football is a big thing to talk about, but Liverpool, it’s a special place. You feel it when you make your first step.

— Jurgen Klopp

Yes, it is one of my ultimate aims – it is the ultimate sense of football: to make the people happy, to let them live some emotions that you usually can’t get.

— Jurgen Klopp

The best thing I can say is professional football is a business. When they are recruiting football players, they are not recruiting model citizens. Everybody has to be aware of this. What’s being selected for the NFL is the ability to play and perform on Sunday afternoons. Everything else is secondary.

— Jackson Katz

I could be 30 pounds heavier if I played football. But I play baseball, and I do Pilates.

— Jake Arrieta

Confidence is sky high, but we’re also all very grounded. We know, in football, nothing can be taken for granted.

— Jamie Vardy

My life has changed, but I’m not money-motivated at all that’s the last thing on my mind. I just want to play football, and that’s how I’ve always been.

— Jamie Vardy

There is only one thing I want to do here, and that is play football to the best of my ability. If I let things start distracting me, I’m not going to be able to do that, which will jeopardise the team as well.

— Jamie Vardy

There is no free speech in football. Information is parsed by monosyllabic head coaches, who dictate who gets to speak to whom and when.

— Jane Leavy

In 1927, my father descended the heights and took his place as the newly appointed water boy for his beloved New York football Giants.

— Jane Leavy

I don’t think I could ever describe myself as unlucky because people would look at me, playing football for a living, and say: ‘Are you winding me up?’

— Jermain Defoe

There is always going to be competition. When you play for a top club, you’re going to attract top players. It’s part and parcel of football.

— Jermain Defoe

People know what they’re getting with me. It’s part and parcel of football that people want to see new faces, but all I can do is play games, score goals and prove I can do it. My record is there for everyone to see.

— Jermain Defoe

It doesn’t matter who you are, football’s a business. At some stage you’re going to have to leave a football club that’s just normal.

— Jermain Defoe

It was easy to get wrapped up in some of the negative stuff, but obviously I chose not to. I didn’t want to get in trouble and end up in prison where I can’t play football. It was as simple as that.

— Jermain Defoe

This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field. He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it.

— Jerry Jones

Many people, many girls have tried to teach me the rules to football. And you would think that it would get in my head that way, but I just don’t understand it.

— John Hodgman

And it’s the President of the United States who said he wasn’t going to spike the football and all this, we shouldn’t gloat about it, running campaign ads, gloating about it and saying the other guy isn’t good enough to do the tough things that I did, which I think is, one reprehensible.

— Jonah Goldberg

I don’t think people can watch University of Texas basketball or football games with me – really, anything Texas is playing – without wanting to punch me in the face. I’m as big a Longhorn fan as you’ll find.

— Jordan Spieth

The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year. Interest in college football was exploding, and there was this new game called basketball.

— John Thorn

Up until the age of 16, I was very focused on sport – I played a lot of football. Then I tore my ACL and had to stop playing.

— Josh Hartnett

What the people say on TV means nothing to me, and it means nothing to anybody that’s actually playing football. It’s for the fans to watch and enjoy.

— Jared Goff

You take your shots when you have them, and I threw a lot of touchdowns, but I’m always going to take care of the football in the red zone.

— Jared Goff

I’m playing quarterback, I’m playing football, and I don’t try to make it more than that.

— Jared Goff

I’m a football guy at heart maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football videogames I’m really into them.

— Jason Kidd

More than anything tough, I play ‘Madden’. I’m a football guy at heart maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football videogames. I’m really into them.

— Jason Kidd

On a foggy, steel gray Saturday in September 2002, Bennet Omalu arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office and got his assignment for the day: Perform an autopsy on the body of Mike Webster, a professional football player.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

Football is in a guy’s DNA. A primal thing. You should play it so you can talk about the glory days when you get older and drink Bud with the guys from the office. Get it done when you’re young, while you have the chance.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

I actually ran in junior high school a little bit, you know, like most kids do in track and things. Then I got out of it and just trained for football and played ball for so many years – high school, college and the NFL.

— Jeff Fisher

As we say from time to time, it’s hard to win in the National Football League.

— Jeff Fisher

We’re gonna play fast, we’re gonna play physical, we’re gonna play furious, and we’re gonna play contact football.

— Jeff Fisher

Prize-Fighting is not the aim of boxing. This noble exercise ought not to be judged by the dishonesty or the low lives of too many of its professional followers. Let it stand alone, an athletic practice, on the same footing as boating or football.

— John Boyle O’Reilly

A lot of things look good on an academic’s blackboard in terms of the actions that need to be taken. It’s almost like a football coach, when you draw the X’s and O’s: Every play that is chalked on that board goes for a touchdown. Well, there are a lot of yards to be made between the line of scrimmage and the touchdown.

— John O. Brennan

When I first started playing football, a headache was called a ‘headache.’ And now it’s called ‘a concussion.’

— Junior Seau

I was a quarterback in pee-wee football. I always wanted to be quarterback. They’re the leaders, they make the calls. It didn’t work out because I didn’t have the arm. I also played wide receiver my senior year in high school.

— Junior Seau

Playing football and rugby is the Samoan sport. It’s part of the conversation at church. It’s part of the conversation in their barbershops, in the grocery stores. It’s what everyone is aware of and familiar with. They take a lot of pride in the beating you can take in the course of that sport.

— Junior Seau

Football is a chess game to me. If you move your pawn against my bishop, I’ll counter that move to beat you. Football is the same way. I study so much film that I know exactly what teams are going to do. I love knowing what a offense is going to run and stuffing that play.

— Junior Seau

Being a part of the National Football League for so long, I’ve come across so many trainers and equipment managers who’ve allowed me to be who I am today.

— Junior Seau

In the normal process of evaluating the end of the season, I meet with key executives for thorough discussions and evaluations of all aspects of football operations.

— Jeffrey Lurie

I started surfing when I was working on ‘The Hunger Games,’ out on the north shore of Oahu, so about four years ago. I used to skateboard as a kid, kind of religiously, until I broke my leg riding in a pool when I was about 14 and I couldn’t play football that fall.

— Jeffrey Wright

It was a very exciting time for me to play professional football, finally.

— Jim Otto

I do play football no-holds-barred. Any edge I can get, I’ll take. I’d grab a face mask only in a fit of anger. Uncontrolled anger is damn near insane.

— Joe Greene

For a football coach, there’s nothing that matches the pain of a team not playing up to its capabilities.

— Joe Greene

If you’re talking about nuclear physics, I have to defer to the next guy. But if you’re talking about football, I don’t have to take a back seat to anyone.

— Joe Greene

The scary thing is that players have a one-upsmanship about money they sign a contract and they like it until someone signs a bigger one and now they don’t like it. I don’t like that. I don’t begrudge anyone money, but it disrupts the football team.

— Joe Greene

When I’m in town on Sundays, I sometimes go down to the Central Bar in the East Village to watch English football. But my natural inclination now is to get in the car with my wife and kids and get out of town.

— Joe Scarborough

I went to Alabama, so I’m still very devoted to Alabama football and the SEC.

— Joe Scarborough

For a kid who’s lost his mom and all the rage and grief that no one was able to talk out of me, football was a very therapeutic sport. Very.

— Jon Hamm

Not every kid plays football, basketball. Running can be a source to vent and let things out.

— J. R. Martinez

If you’re going to play high school football, you do it in Texas or Florida or Georgia for the simple fact it’s such a big deal.

— J. R. Martinez

My favorite football team is the Bears because my favorite player is on there, Devin Hester. I love the whole team, though. But that’s just my favorite player.

— Jacob Latimore

We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful.

— Jacob Zuma

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today’s realities.

— Jean-Jacques Annaud

It’s something you dream about as a kid. Like when you play all those NCAA video games as a kid and you create your own player and win the Heisman with a bunch of crazy numbers. It’s the biggest, most prestigious award in college football, so it’d definitely be a dream come true.

— Johnny Manziel

Some of football’s gaudiest displays of manliness are purely aesthetic. It’s not what players do, it’s how they look doing it.

— J. R. Moehringer

Basketball’s eras are defined by teams – Celtics, Lakers, Bulls – and baseball’s epochs are defined by players – Ruth, Robinson, Mantle – but with football, it’s the sideline strategists, the nutty professors and top coated Lears.

— J. R. Moehringer

Baseball, boxing, handball – sooner or later every game gets compared to narrative, but only in football are the plays perfectly linear, drawn up with letters, and only in football is the field itself lined like a sheet of notebook paper.

— J. R. Moehringer

Before I was 12 years old, I had no interest in music I was just into football. Then I heard Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ come on at the end of an episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ You know when you hear something and you don’t understand why you like it, you just do? That’s how I felt. I just thought, ‘I want to be able to write songs like that.’

— Jake Bugg

That’s what we really mean by being feared on the football field. And not actually the player that fears him, it’s the offensive coordinator that fears him or the running backs coach.

— Jamal Lewis

I play a lot of football, watch a lot of football, and think about football.

— Jamie Blackley

I secretly liked acting, but I wanted to play football. It was an enormous dream.

— Jamie Sives

I used to play football for Real Madrid, and to be on stage for two hours, I can tell you it takes the same amount of strength.

— Julio Iglesias

Fantasy football is not only a good thing, but a great thing.

— Jay Mohr

Unfortunately, there are no mulligans when it comes to pro football contracts.

— Jay Mohr

For me, I’m lucky to have a lot of close friends – through football or through my family.

— Justin Tuck

Everything to me is about team football, and if we keep winning Super Bowl trophies, I’ll be fine.

— Justin Tuck

As long as I own this football team and long after I’m gone, they will always be the Washington Redskins.

— Jack Kent Cooke

I sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ so I can get into football, basketball and baseball games for free.

— John Cullum

My little brothers loved baseball. I’m not as big on that as basketball or football, but I understand the game.

— Jurnee Smollett

I spent most of my youth in Manchester, in clubs and football grounds and the Manchester Apollo.

— John Simm

The beauties of the game may be lost on some of us sometimes, but many children will read about football when they will read nothing else, not for realism or glamour but for romance.

— Jan Mark

In the game of football, you can never be too sure of anything.

— Jason Babin

When I started, there weren’t any arenas. There was football fields, but they would only hold three or four or five hundred people at the most… We played a lot of high school auditoriums and things like that – a lot of churches… but boy, it has changed.

— Jim Ed Brown

It’s grossly unfair to judge Walter Payton solely on the yards he gains. He is a complete football player, better than Jim Brown, better than O.J. Simpson.

— Jim Finks

I’m really into basketball, baseball, football and working out – but you’ll never catch me in a public sauna.

— Joey Lawrence

If I liken the Pacific War to a football match, I can say to you that the first half is over, we have kicked off after the interval, and we are going to carry the ball into enemy territory for a smashing victory.

— John Curtin

Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.

— John Heisman

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.

— John Leonard

Now let me say that Matt Busby was a great manager and Manchester United wouldn’t be where they are without him. He was a god at the club, but he wasn’t a god to me. Football is like that sometimes.

— Johnny Giles

It’s so funny I grew up in the Midwest, I have two older brothers, and you’re just as competitive playing football as you are eating pickled eggs, or trying to kill zombies. As long as you don’t take it too far, I think it’s a good way for people to relate.

— Jose Pablo Cantillo

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

In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.

— Lionel Messi

It seems like people want to blame me for everything. Whenever any issue arises, I’m said to have been involved even if I’ve had nothing to do with it. That’s why I always focus on what I know, which is playing football, and try to be very careful with what I say because people always try and twist things.

— Lionel Messi

I’m comfortable with my femininity, and I don’t try to change what I look like just because I’m reporting on football at the end of the night.

— Lisa Guerrero

So my dad raised me, and he’s a huge football fan.

— Lisa Guerrero

If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback.

— Lou Holtz

If you made me the national commissioner of football, I’d tell you one thing that I would mandate. The second Saturday in September, we’re going to have conference day. Everybody from the SEC plays a Big 12 team. Everybody from the Big Ten is going to play the ACC. Everybody from the Big East is going to play the Pac-10.

— Lou Holtz

I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they’d be, what position they’d play and so on.

— Lou Holtz

As football players, our bodies know exactly what time of year it is and what we need to be doing.

— LaDainian Tomlinson

A lot of people may know my face and know that I’m a good player on the football field, but they probably don’t really know me as a person.

— LaDainian Tomlinson

I’ve always thought about my legacy – more so, though, my impact off the field and how I’m helping my community and solidifying and strengthening the lives of others around me. And also, I just want to be a dominant football player, too. So it encompasses everything.

— Larry Fitzgerald

If you play football, there’s going to be a 100 percent injury rate. Something is going to be bothering you. So I just try to focus on the things that I can do to help my team.

— Larry Fitzgerald

Chess is a lot of fun for me. Football is a physical game, and in chess you can just beat someone mentally – you outwit somebody, outmaneuver them, think ahead of them.

— Larry Fitzgerald

Sometimes English football takes pride in having the lowest yellow-card count in Europe, but of course it will have if you can take someone’s leg off and still not be booked.

— Luis Suarez

In football, you can always maim a person if you wanted to.

— Lawrence Taylor

People get hurt all the time in the game of football, it’s part of what we do.

— Lawrence Taylor

Taking them out of the picture, so to speak, what football really is, the savagery, the core root of football, it doesn’t change. It really puts the real in football.

— Lawrence Taylor

As for football in L.A., it’s going to take a loooong time before another team comes here.

— Leigh Steinberg

Before British title fights, I’ve played football on a Saturday before it’s silly as it is.

— Liam Smith

If I can run, I’m not going to sit out any game. I’m here to play football, not to watch and collect a check.

— Logan Mankins

In football, you’re hitting, so you might as well hit in practice.

— Logan Mankins

I always say to my people, ‘If you don’t sell a Ferrari to a football player, you make a big present to me.’ Really. Because they buy to just show off. I don’t like.

— Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

I write first drafts by hand. Never do I open an umbrella inside the house. I don’t predict wins or losses. I used to stand on a certain piece of rug if my brothers and husband were watching football and their team got in trouble – but now the luck went out of that rug. If a circle is involved, I try to go clockwise.

— Louise Erdrich

By the way, you won’t put that thing in about me wanting to have sex on a football pitch, will you?

— Louise Nurding

Even though I support the blue side of Manchester’s football heritage, I don’t really mind that wherever I go in the world it’s not Manchester City that starts the conversation. ‘Ah, yes, Manchester United,’ is the response when I say where I come from. It’s commonplace everywhere – in Europe, Africa, Asia and even the U.S.

— Lucy Powell

Even when I was young, playing college football, and I injured my knee, I bounced right back.

— Lee Majors

Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?

— Lesley Garrett

Many sports, not just football, have kind of the macho meathead mentality where innovation is almost frowned upon.

— Lawrence Jackson

I studied philosophy and ended on sociology. For some reason, all the advanced courses in philosophy were offered 4:30 to 6:30, so I could never go because of football, so I had to switch.

— Lawrence Jackson

I feel that World Cup cricket should be played like football in which all the 160 countries take part. If only a handful of countries are going to keep on playing in the World Cup without making the game popular, I will be a sad man.

— Kapil Dev

I, as a cricketer, would like to see 100 counties playing top-flight cricket, just like tennis and football. If I am alive to see that, I will be very happy.

— Kapil Dev

I used to play football with a load of lads, and I would be like a secret agent going out with a hat on so they wouldn’t see my hair in a bun.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

If you saw pictures of me as a kid, you’d laugh because I was always in football kit.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I played a lot of football, and I was a goalkeeper, but I didn’t really like playing in goal.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Playing football helped me a lot. Just reading the quarterback’s eyes and reading receivers, figuring out what they want to do.

— Kawhi Leonard

I learned as a mascot that rules don’t really apply to you. As long as you don’t go crazy with that. You want to go be the 12th man on a football play, they might have an objection, but otherwise, if you stay out of the way of the game, you can do most anything.

— Ken Cuccinelli

You’re convincing these big, tough football players to wear what was essentially women’s lingerie. There was a little bit of a Jedi mind trick that needed to take place. The product really spoke for itself once guys felt it and touched it.

— Kevin Plank

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

— Knute Rockne

The essence of football was blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.

— Knute Rockne

I was never big or fast, but I got to play football and box.

— Kris Kristofferson

Only a handful of professional football athletes have had a signature shoe, unlike in basketball where there have been a number of guys.

— Keyshawn Johnson

For me, the amazing thing was entering into this amazing world of ‘Sesame Street.’ We’d be in the kids’ room, and there was a door into the soundstage that said ‘1-2-3 Open Sesame.’ I remember pushing that door open and going into this incredible magical world of make-believe. In one episode, I was playing football with Joe Namath.

— Kim Raver

I’ve been very fortunate to be with Coach Saban this long, learned a lot of football from him. It’s been kind of the key to my personal success out of the places that I’ve coached.

— Kirby Smart

Every kid I’ve been around as a football player, they want their coaches to make them better as men and as players.

— Kirby Smart

They should just open lots of YouTube schools… as well as, like, a games school, where you can play all types of games. Like, if you want to play racing games, you go there and become a pro at that. Same for football or a shoot ’em up.


The majority of my family is Auburn fans, and I grew up watching Auburn football, and that’s always who I’ve cheered for.

— Katherine Webb

English football is in a bad way because the foreign players here are so good, so dominant.

— Kevin Keegan

In the late-’80s, there was a big push to make American football big in Scotland. The Super Bowl was on TV, but it didn’t really catch on. When I was a kid, though, I became a big Miami Dolphins fan. I don’t really know why – I just liked the logo, I guess. I didn’t really know what was going on.

— Kevin McKidd

I don’t really pretend to know what’s going on, but I’ve been immersed in the excitement of watching sports, particularly football. I like baseball, probably more than football.

— Kevin Corrigan

While I’m more of a soccer and tennis fan myself, I still enjoying catching some football games when I get the chance.

— Marcus Samuelsson

For many sports fans, the onset of fall only means one thing: It’s football season!

— Marcus Samuelsson

Although I may not know a lot about football, I do know a lot about food! As a result, not many people ask me to join their fantasy leagues, but they will come to me for suggestions on what to serve for guests for a weekly Sunday get-together.

— Marcus Samuelsson

I was born in the Ottawa General Hospital right after the Gray Cup Football Game in 1939. Six months later, I was backpacked into the Quebec bush. I grew up in and out of the bush, in and out of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto.

— Margaret Atwood

Sometimes in football you deserve to win but lose. Other times you deserve to lose or draw but you win. That is the game, and it’s why I’ve always said you should never try to predict anything in football, especially in Europe.

— Mario Balotelli

When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.

— Mario Balotelli

Sometimes I dream to be alone and that nobody would talk to me. But I understand that football is really important and that everybody watches it. When you’re famous, you have to do photos or autographs, especially for the kids.

— Mario Balotelli

Clearly, those of us women who play football wish that there was more coverage.

— Marta

Football in Brazil is seen as a masculine sport, even with a lot of people accepting the female sport.

— Marta

Clearly, those of us women who play football wish that there was more coverage. But it’s one of those things that happens. Every year the level is getting higher, and I think we surprise a lot of people when the world focuses its attention on the World Cup or the Olympics final.

— Marta

When I started playing, there were no teams and no structure, so I had to play with the boys. I get very emotional when I think about the humiliation that I’ve suffered playing football.

— Marta

As a lad growing up in the Fifties and Sixties, I played both Gaelic football and soccer and loved them both.

— Martin McGuinness

I watch HGTV like a maniac, and when it’s bad, it’s like some crazy college guy watching a football game.

— Melissa McCarthy

To me, having 500 rolls of fabric around is the most calming thing in the world. I think it’s what football is to some guys.

— Melissa McCarthy

That’s another thing, we made up games. We didn’t have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn’t skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.

— Mike Krzyzewski

When I went to high school, an all-boys’ school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn’t make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down.

— Mike Krzyzewski

I am not a movie star or a football player, I just do my thing.

— Manolo Blahnik

I’d say I was a tomboy… I took wood shop in high school and I was very into volleyball and football, and was very unaware of anything girly for a long time.

— Marisa Miller

Where the costs of entry are minimal, there is a wide avenue of opportunity for those with little or nothing, which is why football is just about the most democratic sport of all: African and Brazilian footballers compete on a level playing field with their rich white European counterparts.

— Martin Jacques

I love to play games. I really like football, and I also like to ride horses.

— Mary-Kate Olsen

In football, I need full concentration even though I really enjoy it.

— Michael Schumacher

My ultimate goal is for that next generation coming up, who didn’t see me play, go, ‘Oh, he used to play football?’

— Michael Strahan

We’re sympathetic, but once you step on the field, football’s football.

— Michael Strahan

When I finish playing football, I would like to work with kids and sleep!

— Michael Strahan

All I know is, I was trying to win the football game. And the bottom line is, you have to do what you think is right. You have to go with your gut. And if you don’t do that, then I think you regret a lot of things later on.

— Mike Singletary

As a child, I was very active. I was a gymnast, I played touch football, netball and basketball. When I was 16 years old, I started yoga. I started working out at an early age.

— Miranda Kerr

My father, Tommy, who was a trained draughtsman, played for Preston North End in the Finney era. He liked football but did not love it as I do.

— Mark Lawrenson

People sometimes ask me to name the greatest coach in NFL history. George Halas may have set the standard, but Don Shula has won more games than anyone, and he has done it in the most competitive era. He had an incomparable ability to evaluate players, to motivate them, and to teach them the game of football.

— Marv Levy

I was always a little insecure. I had brothers that played football, so I was just a straight-up tomboy for a minute. I didn’t know makeup and hair stuff. My friends had to tell me what a straightener was. I didn’t know fashion or any of that until the label gave me a stylist.

— Meghan Trainor

It is like football with coaches, like, ‘We’re only going to think about the next game.’ It is really true, all you think is, ‘Okay, we have to make a good next episode.’

— Matt Stone

Football is controlled violence, but it is violence, which people have loved to watch since the gladiatorial contests in ancient Rome.

— Michael Mandelbaum

Rather than opera, football is more like ballet or a chess game. You can really see it in a team like Arsenal, especially when Dennis Bergkamp was playing. He seemed to be able to read the game like a chessboard and knew where a player would be several seconds later and put the ball there for him.

— Marcus du Sautoy

If you look at football over the last 50 years there has been a gradual decrease in goals, you don’t see too many 10-nils these days, but two, three or four goals per game is a good spectacle.

— Michael Owen

When you’re a kid you just think about where you are going to be to put yourself in a position for the next scoring chance. But as you develop, you start to do things that may not catch the eye of the normal football watcher, the dropping back, the closing down.

— Michael Owen

Horses will never be my career. It’s just a big passion of mine, and one that will always be there in the background, but football is my main passion and everyone knows that.

— Michael Owen

I am a great football player. I had my own club when I was 14 years old. Football is in my blood, and I have been a fan of Fulham for the last 30 years.

— Mohamed Al-Fayed

If you own a football club, you have to be really involved and committed.

— Mohamed Al-Fayed

I have always been an outstanding football player, I have always had uncanny abilities, great arm strength, an immense ability to play the game from a quarterback standpoint. The problem was that I wasn’t given the liberty to do certain things when I was young.

— Michael Vick

The good thing is I don’t put the ball in my right hand and I’m predominantly left-handed when I’m running the ball. I just have to take care of the football and even if I have two hands that are 100 percent, I still can’t turn the ball over. It’s just something I have to mentally prepare for, and I think I’m strong enough to do that.

— Michael Vick

Never played football, but I’m an athlete. I’m a competitor.

— Michael B. Jordan

For me, football is just a game, not a drama.

— Michel Patini

I’m a lucky boy. Never wanted for anything new tracksuit, new pair of football boots. I had a happy childhood.

— Martin Compston

I wanted to play football all my life, and when I got accepted to Florida State, it was academically – it wasn’t for any kind of scholarship. I kind of sat down and said, ‘I’m not going to make it to the NFL. I’m not the size nor the skill.’

— Matt Cohen

I love playing football. So I go out to play football, and I don’t really feel pressure. Of course, there are some days when things just don’t work out as well as they do on other days, but that doesn’t have anything to do with pressure.

— Mesut Ozil

Of course the Premier League is the most difficult league in the world because it’s so even. I think you can’t really compare other leagues with the Premier League. In the Premier League, every team can beat every team, and in football, that’s something where you can have surprises.

— Mesut Ozil

The movie, ‘Remember the Titans,’ is my favorite movie, staring Denzel Washington. I love the way in this movie the game of football brings those boys together, it unites those boys on that football field. It unites a whole town, black, white, old, young, rich and poor.

— Michael Irvin

I’m taking T.O., every day… He gives me the whole football field.

— Michael Irvin

I’m active – I like playing football, but I’m not very good. I like running, but I’m not really fast.

— Michael Kiwanuka

Really, I learned a long time ago that in the National Football League, paper doesn’t mean anything. Football teams are created on the football field.

— Mike McCarthy

When I was seven we moved to Orpington, and in my new school, I was kept in for extra lessons to learn ‘joined-up’ writing instead of playing football. I still think that my poor handwriting and lack of soccer skills date from that period.

— Martin Evans

Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become.

— Mary McGrory

Preseason game plans are always about fundamentals and playing football. You’re not trying to out-scheme anybody, you’re just trying to beat people and out-execute people. That’s what’s fun to me.

— Matt Flynn

The vast majority of fantasy football fans, myself included, revel in the absurdity of it all.

— Max Handelman

I don’t follow football, but I always watch the Superbowl.

— Melissa Fumero

If you’re dating the quarterback and then you go out with the hockey player, you just go to the hockey games. I don’t think I’ll still go to the football games.

— Nicolle Wallace

Nobody really doubted me playing football, making it to the NFL. I was like, ‘I know I can do that.’

— Nate Robinson

I ran track for my school. I played football, but I didn’t play for my high school I played for a little league team.

— Nate Robinson

I love basketball, but I miss football every time I watch it.

— Nate Robinson

You don’t have to be the biggest, tallest, strongest guy to do whatever you want to do. You can do anything. There’s tall doctors, short doctors. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be the tallest guy to play the sport of basketball, football or whatever you want to play.

— Nate Robinson

I do enjoy playing some sports, even though none of them are organized. I enjoy football most of all.

— Nathan Kress

As a kid, there are some things you looked forward to. You looked forward to Charlie Brown during Halloween and you looked forward to Monday Night Football.

— Nick Ferguson

We played a lot of sandlot ball, so we were used to tackling each other, or falling on the concrete, things of that nature. And nine times out of 10, our flag games turned into tackle anyway. So when I got to high school, tackle football was kind of natural.

— Nick Ferguson

I think any football is a guy that is able to one, be able to be humble and hungry off the field, but at the same time on the football field understand what they have to get done and be a little bit ferocious.

— Ndamukong Suh

Growing up, I always thought of Detroit as a basketball town because of the Pistons, but everyone says it’s really, at its core, a football town.

— Ndamukong Suh

Football is a violent sport. Somebody’s going to get hurt. It’s the game. Just hopefully, you’re on the good side of it.

— Ndamukong Suh

The game of football, especially in the NFL, is all about situations, and coming out on the big end of that stick.

— Ndamukong Suh

I played football I was a running back, and I took a hit, and I had a hairline fracture in my leg which no one spotted, and I was playing basketball all winter and it got worse. And then I was long jumping, about 20 feet, and I landed one time and there was this big crack, and all the bones were jutting out of my leg.

— Nick McDonell

Athletes at all ages are bigger and stronger than ever before. And they are being encouraged – sometimes even incentivized, as we recently learned was the case on at least one National Football League team – to play to injure.

— Naveen Jain

I think I’m pretty misunderstood, because I’m not just about football.

— Nick Saban

College football is the only game in the country, of any kind, that the college game is longer than the pro game.

— Nick Saban

Soccer is a continuous game, rugby is a continuous game, but for the physical elements that are involved in playing a football game and the number of plays that you play, I don’t know that it was ever intended to be a continuous game.

— Nick Saban

As a coach, when it comes to football players, we’re trying to change their behavior and make them better. As people, we’re trying to change their behavior and make them better.

— Nick Saban

I remember the ’70s constantly being winter in Manchester and the Irish community in Manchester closing ranks because of the IRA bombings in Birmingham and Manchester, and you know the bin-workers’ strike, all wrapped up in it… They were violent times. Violence at home and violence at football matches.

— Noel Gallagher

Once you become an owner of a team, you get so much more into the sport and you can’t help it. So I really love NFL football now to the degree of following it much more than I did previously.

— Paul Allen

The real Pogba is the one you see every time. You know, when I’m on the pitch, I cannot act. I’m not an actor. So when I’m in the pitch, I like to joke and laugh, and outside the pitch, I’m the same. For me, I’m normal. I come and play football. I do what I love.

— Paul Pogba

They teach you some things, but football is instinct sometimes. You just get the ball, and sometimes you dribble past three players and pass it other times, you can shoot from far away. It’s just instinct. If you feel something, just do it. I am free to do that.

— Paul Pogba

I wasn’t really interested in girls. Only football. I was just enjoying football all the time. There was a five-a-side next to the flat, and I used to play there all the time. It was all about football. I wanted to be a professional. That was my goal. I didn’t want to be anything other than a footballer.

— Paul Pogba

If anything 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 Bryant

Brazil eats, sleeps and drinks football. It lives football!

— Pele

We try to play football don’t forget it, right. My teams always in my career try to play football. I cannot control the other circumstances.

— Pep Guardiola

We all feel that hunger in football. With Cruyff, it was different. He deepened and changed the hunger so you became conscious of why you are getting better.

— Pep Guardiola

When you train a massive club or little third division outfit, when you go out to play football in any situation, it is always about winning.

— Pep Guardiola

It doesn’t mean my footballing ideas are special, different, better than the others. I am not saying it’s my football, my ideas, and the other coaches are nothing. It’s the way I believe. I’m not special.

— Pep Guardiola

I started playing football young, and my career was on the pitch.

— Pep Guardiola

Once you’re a football player, you’re a football player for life. You always think of yourself in terms of that. We all do. It’s hard to get rid of when you can’t play anymore.

— Pete Carroll

There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else.

— Pete Hamill

I never gave up as a player, and I won’t give up as someone who wants to go to the Hall of Fame, because it’s the ultimate goal for a baseball player or a football player or a basketball player.

— Pete Rose

Believe it or not, one teacher used to call me a giant spastic for not being able to play football.

— Peter Capaldi

I didn’t play organized football until I was in the seventh grade. Up until that point, I only played at recess and in the backyard.

— Peyton Manning

When you take a year off from football, you come back for all the enjoyable moments. When you’re not playing, you miss out on all the highs, but you also miss these disappointments. But I would rather be in the arena to be excited or be disappointed than not have a chance at all. That’s football. That’s why everybody plays it.

— Peyton Manning

You can play pickup basketball, but you can’t really re-create football.

— Peyton Manning

Some people have this impression of me: ‘Boy, he’s always so serious on the field. Football. Football. Football.’

— Peyton Manning

I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes, stumbles, and losses in football.

— Peyton Manning

A single Dallas Cowboys football game uses up as much electricity as the entire nation of Liberia in those same three hours – one reason the globe, if looked at from a certain height, is a cluster of lights surrounded by enormous patches of dark.

— Pico Iyer

No, I didn’t quite know to what extent the football might be, but it was quite a bonus for me to try to learn new skills and to keep fit at the same time.

— Parminder Nagra

In London there was an article about all these girls bending it like Beckham, and in India there’s this big wave of girls playing football. Wow! I can’t believe a movie’s done this!

— Parminder Nagra

But we had a fantastic coach, Simon Clifford, who runs a British football youth game which teaches Brazilian techniques – which is what we wanted to incorporate into the film. And some of those things we eventually got in.

— Parminder Nagra

And of course in America you’ve got American football and baseball and all those other ball games, soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled.

— Parminder Nagra

A poet is never one of the people. He is detached, remote, and the life of small-time dances and talk about football would not be for him. He might take part but could not belong.

— Patrick Kavanagh

I just didn’t want to walk away from football without knowing what it meant to be a manager, or even wondering what it was like to be sacked.

— Paul Ince

I somewhere along the way became fascinated with exploring characters who are willing to put themselves into violent situations, whether it’s football, hockey, boxing, being a cop, being a soldier. There’s not a lot of people who are willing to put themselves into those situations.

— Peter Berg

Young kids should probably not play tackle football. I know this intellectually, but emotionally, I’m conflicted. I love this sport. I grew up playing and adoring football. I love the brotherhood, teamwork, athletic grace that borders on superhuman, grit, pressure and, yes, contact. I love the contact.

— Peter Berg

We will play football. We will box and play lacrosse and ice hockey and snowboard and surf and drive fast cars, climb trees, and do dozens of things that we know are potentially concussive. We will do this because we are human and animals, and we like speed and contact and aggressive maneuvering and all such things.

— Peter Berg

I’d followed the strange deaths of pro football players for years, sensing something odd going on.

— Peter Landesman

I mean no disrespect to Scottish football, but the Premier League is the biggest stage and highest profile league of all.

— Peter Shilton

Pro football was taking off when I became commissioner, and when a sport’s successful and you’re its chief executive officer, much of the credit flows to you and you develop a good track record.

— Pete Rozelle

People are interested in pro football because it provides them with an emotional oasis they don’t want football to get involved in the same types of court cases, racial problems and legislative issues they encounter in the rest of American life.

— Pete Rozelle

America pays its bills. It always has. It always will. The fact that Washington is now debating whether to honor its debts and obligations, then, should come as a surprise. But playing political football with a necessary vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling has become as predictable as a Twitter rant from Charlie Sheen.

— Peter Welch

In football, there were drinks available everywhere you looked. On a golf tournament, you could find one free anywhere you wanted it. In tennis and NBA basketball, everybody had a hospitality suite, and so you could go there and load up if you wanted to.

— Pat Summerall

I know I had been successful in football. I had been successful in broadcasting. I didn’t think that anything could touch me. I thought, I can beat anything.

— Pat Summerall

If I could play football, I’d play football. But not women’s football – real football. Or I’d just date a quarterback.

— Portia Doubleday

I actually was the captain of the football team. I went to Catalina Foothills High School, and I played football all four years. I started on Varsity my sophomore year, and senior year I was captain.

— Parker Young

Then you get into it, especially if you start talking about football, fighting and Muhammad Ali. Then the ladies get very bored and start delivering ultimatums.

— Oliver Reed

I could dunk a volleyball in high school. I didn’t play football because I knew they were going to put me at a fat-guy position, and I didn’t want to do that. I am athletic.

— Prince Fielder

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I know my football. And I adore football players. The crashing noise of a tackle, the huddle grunting, and the roar of the crowd are music to my ears.

— Rachel Nichols

The president is just the coach of a football team. You need the right support, the right stadium, the right players, the right staff. An excellent coach is not going to win games.

— Questlove

Los Angeles, which is where I live, happens to be a great place for junk. People have a lot of it, and they sell it and trade it: At these big swap meets, many, many hundreds of dealers of junk will descend upon a football field on a Saturday and sell all their stuff.

— Ransom Riggs

Three coaches at Notre Dame made a big difference in my life, not that I played any football when I attended Notre Dame. But Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, and Lou Holtz – they all made a difference to me, and I respected them for their attitudes about life and how they handled loss.

— Regis Philbin

By high school, I was already tall – 5-foot-8 – and one day I made the mistake of wearing green tights. The football players all started calling me the Jolly Green Giant.

— Rene Russo

Instead of being like the other kids going to soccer or football practice, I was wrestling every day.

— Rey Mysterio

Almost any football play, even an off-tackle slant by a running back, offers the balletic beauty of athletic skill and the punishing drama of physical collision.

— Richard Corliss

Football has end zones and goal posts basketball has the hoop, and hockey the goal cage. Baseball is the only game with an imaginary box: the strike zone, which the umpire determines at his own discretion.

— Richard Corliss

The draft is one of my favorite events because it is about football. People are focused on how their teams improve. It’s a celebration of football. And most importantly, it represents a very important time in the lives of these men who are entering the NFL, and their families.

— Roger Goodell

Well, I’ve learned a lot from Bill Belichick. I’ve said time and time again, before I got to New England, I thought I knew a lot about football. But I think he taught me a lot from A to Z. I still carry it to this day.

— Randy Moss

I love the game so much. I’ve been penalized. I’ve been fined. I have some regrets in my career. But for those four hours on Sunday, you can be free and just let it all go. Retiring had nothing to do with football it had to do with my family.

— Randy Moss

Honestly, being a 5’11 quarterback, not too many people think that you can play in the National Football League. And so for me, you know, I knew that my height doesn’t define my skill set, you know? I believed in my talent. I believed in what God gave me. I believed in the knowledge that I have of the game.

— Russell Wilson

My thing is, and I’ve always been this way – to get to know as many people as I possibly can on a personal level, so that way, when you get on the football field, you’ve got your buddy right beside you, and you’re ready to go.

— Russell Wilson

You know, I want to be the uncommon one. I think it’s pretty cool that I’m only 5’11, you know, and playing in the National Football League.

— Russell Wilson

Since I was in high school, I wanted to play professional football and professional baseball, be a two-sport star.

— Russell Wilson
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