These inspirational football quotes will prepare you for the next time you step on the gridiron.

It’s a punishing contact sport requiring strength – both physical and mental – to succeed. From pee-wee football to the NFL, any player will tell you there’s always more to learn.

Luckily, these inspiring quotes are packed with insights from athletes and coaches that will help you navigate the ups and downs of the season.

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Inspirational Football Quotes

An inspiring quote from Darren Sproles that says: "I heard I was too small to play in high school, in college, in the NFL. It just made me work harder."

“I heard I was too small to play in high school, in college, in the NFL. It just made me work harder.” – Darren Sproles

“If you work hard and you play well, all those critics quiet themselves pretty quickly.” – Peyton Manning

“Success doesn’t come from pie-in-the-sky thinking. It’s the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence.” – Nick Saban

“Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.” – Roger Staubach

“The hardest thing to do is work hard when no one is watching.” – Ray Lewis

“Do you want to know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

“Stay hungry, remain humble, and get better today.” – Pete Carroll

​“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” – Walter Payton

“I want to thank my haters. I want to thank the people that told me through other people that I wouldn’t be where I am today…My haters became by elevators, they helped me out so thank you.” – Brian Dawkins

“I am going to outwork everybody because no one was going to give me anything.” Dawson Knox

“If you do the bare minimum, expect bare minimum results. You want to be great, work to be great.” – J.J. Watt

“I can honestly tell you that I would play this game for free.” – Troy Polamalu

“It doesn’t matter what people say about me. I weather the storm.” – Terrell Owens

“How great a life is this? To get to knock guys’ heads off for 60 minutes and not get thrown in jail?” – Brian Urlacher

Football Quotes About Life

A quote about life from QB Alex Smith that reads: "Embrace the new, no matter how uncomfortable, and make it work for you."

“Embrace the new, no matter how uncomfortable, and make it work for you.” Alex Smith

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

“Football is a game of controlled anger. It is a game of retribution. It’s about will.” – Brian Dawkins

“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka

“To the young: work, work, work, and then work some more.” – Ed Reed

“Respecting people is an important part of life, whether it’s the person doing janitorial work or the person above you. It doesn’t matter who you are: I’m going to respect you.” – Andy Reid

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

“Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live.” – Joe Montana

“Every day is an opportunity disguised as a challenge.” – Tiki Barber

“Trust that you can get back up and not give in. Ever.” – Patrick Willis

“Everything about the game is hard and tests your will. It compels every man who puts on a uniform to not only do their best but to be their best.” – John Lynch

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Teamwork Quotes

Super Bowl Champion Nick Foles quote about teamwork that reads: "You're never more dangerous than when everyone's counting on you. You just have to believe."

“You’re never more dangerous than when everyone’s counting on you. You just have to believe.” Nick Foles

“You can’t win together if you don’t work together.” – Nick Saban

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.” – Lou Holtz

“To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.” – Tom Brady

“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.” Bill Belichick

“Whenever you go on the field, you need to rule as a unit.” – Aaron Donald

“It’s the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.” – Joe Paterno

“Teammates are there for each other even after the noise of the crowd is gone.” – Jim Brown

Short Football Quotes

Russell Wilson motivational quote that reads: "Separation comes from preparation."

“Separation comes from preparation.” – Russell Wilson

“When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” – Adrian Peterson

“Heart can’t be measured!” – Boston Scott

“When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath

“Football is a game of controlled anger. It is a game of retribution. It’s about will.” – Brian Dawkins

“You cannot make progress with excuses.” – Cam Newton

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas

“Every experience, good or bad, you have to learn from.” – Patrick Mahomes

“When you lose, talk little. When you win, talk less.” – Tom Brady

“A winner never stops trying.” – Tom Landry

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