Football Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old football quotes, football sayings, and football proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen, soccer is a gentlemen's game played by beasts and US football is a beastly game played by beasts. Henry Blaha
Football, wherein is nothing but beastly fury, and extreme violence, whereof proceedeth hurt, and consequently rancour and malice do remain with them that be wounded. Thomas Elyot
Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. Frank Gifford
Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Bo Jackson
Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport. Vince Lombardi
Most football players are temperamental. That's 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental. Doug Plank
Football is mesmerizing, because it's a figurative war. You go in one direction till you get there, but you get there as a team, not as an individual. Players bond whether they're black or white, much as soldiers do. Oliver Stone
Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. Heywood Hale Brown
American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party. Sue Lawley
The tactical difference between Association Football and Rugby with its varieties seems to be that in the former the ball is the missile, in the latter men are the missiles. Alfred E. Crawley
Let's face it, you have to have a slightly recessive gene that has a little something to do with the brain to go out on the football field and beat your head against other human beings on a daily basis. Tim Green
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. Dan Birdwell
As concerning football, I protest unto you that it may rather be called a friendly kind of fight than a play or recreation - a bloody and murdering practise than a fellowly sport or pastime. Philip Stubbes quotes
What's the toughest thing in a professional football game? Well, it's being the mother of the quarterback. John Madden
Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up. Knute Rockne
To play this game (football) you must have fire in you, and there is nothing that strokes fire like hate. Vince Lombardi
In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are. Arnold H. Glasow
At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact. George Plimpton
College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture. Elbert Hubbard
Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common. Hunter S. Thompson
The essence of football was blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception. Knute Rockne
Anyone who's just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do Jazz hands. Craig Ferguson
In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team. Jean-Paul Sartre
Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. George F. Will
Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple. Bill Shankly
Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead. Erma Bombeck
Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys. Oscar Wilde
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that. Bill Shankly
Football is the ballet of the masses. Dmitri Shostakovich
If you have not seen it, FOOTBALL is a game in which men shove one another back and forth for no reason. They do not choose how, when, or whom they shove. They are doing this in order to please one angry old man on the sidelines. This old man is called the 'coach' or 'yelling surrogate' dad who will never be happy. John Hodgman
Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority. Vince Lombardi
Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins. Johan Cruyff
Everytime I went away I was deceiving my mum, I would tell her I was going to school but I would be on the street playing football. Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima
I've never thought about what I could get out of football or where it would take me. I just wanted to play. I'm the same now. Thierry Henry
Football is about teammates playing with and for each other and respect of the responsibilities. It is also about respect for your opponents, accepting the glories and the painful moments. Benjy Pierrecin
Football has becoming my life, it has given me the chance to help my family and friends, it has given me the opportunity to make a difference in my community. Benjy Pierrecin
In football a win is a win no matter what the margin is. Benjy Pierrecin
Football is a game of mistakes. Benjy Pierrecin
Football has becoming my life, it has given me the chance to help my family and friends. Benjy Pierrecin
The football season is the only time of the year when girls whistle at men in sweaters. Evan Esar
The good old days were when football game was something that got people outdoors. Evan Esar
America is the land of opportunity for soccer. Ron Newman
Football is self-expression within an organized framework. Roger Lemerre
A man who gives himself up to football, body and soul, will take risks and get himself entagled in such a way as he would never consider in the conduct of his own business. A man who gives himself up to football, body and soul, will take risks and get himself entangled in such a way as he would never consider in the conduct of his own business. Sir Frederick Wall
The English are plagued by industrial football, yet the potential remains enormous. Miljan Miljanic
Football is fashionable. Political parties jockey to enlist football men to their cause. John Williams
Football attracts a certain percentage of nobodies who want to be somebodies at a football club. Brian Clough
Football is like a car. You've got five gears, but the trouble with English teams is that they drive in fourth and fifth all the time. Ruud Gullit
In England, soccer is a grey game played by grey people on grey days. Rodney Marsh
A man can change wives, political parties or religions, but he cannot change his favorite football team. Eduardo Galeano