Best Quotes About Football

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

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important. -Eugene McCarthy

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? -Jim Bouton

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. -Ambrose Bierce

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. -Frank Gifford

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football. -Fran Lebowitz

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners. -John Steinbeck

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

Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling. -Vince Lombardi

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. -Vince Lombardi

The first ninety minutes of a football match are the most important. -Bobby Robson

The pride and presence of a professional football team is far more important than 30 libraries. -Art Modell

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

Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole. -John F. Kennedy

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. -Archibald MacLeish

Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years. -Ronald Reagan

This ain't a football game, we do this every day. -Earl Weaver

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

In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are. -Arnold H. Glasow

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. -Vince Lombardi

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always. -Aiden Wilson Tozer

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands. -George Santayana

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

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

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

He played football too long without a helmet. -Jerome Cavanagh

I don't have a lot to share with other men. My heart sinks when I get into a taxi and someone starts talking to me about football. -David Walliams

Tiger is the greatest thing that's happened to the tour in a long time. He has brought incredible attention to golf at a time of year when football and the World Series always take precedence. Everything I've heard about him seems to be true. -Payne Stewart

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

WIth football you can have up to 28 guys you consider starters, and if they can pick up the slack when some aren't playing so well, you don't have to turn those two game losing streaks into six-game losing streaks. -Tom Brady

Money is not everything. My ambition was football itself, not the money I'd make from it. If that brings me and my family a more comfortable lifestyle, then that's fine. But I don't spend my time between games and training sessions thinking about figures. -Alessandro Del Piero

The football season is like pain. You forget how terrible it is until it seizes you again. -Sally Quinn

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

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

The car business is a lot like football. In football, you have to win once a week. In the car business, you have to win every day. -Tom Dempsey

I'm really normal. I play football, go to the beach, drive. We have dogs. I can imagine people calling me a character, but I'm Joe Straight. -River Phoenix

I've let a lot of things go, and obviously football is one of them. I think the hardest thing to let go is your self-image. That's what I'm working on now. -Ricky Williams

I'm closer to being happy. I'm doing things that make me happy. In football I loved to practice and I loved to play, but I hated to be in meetings, hated to talk to the media, hated to have cameras in my face, hated to sign autographs. I hated to do all those things. -Ricky Williams

If I stayed a football player, my career would have been over 20 years ago. As it is, my knees are shot. I found I got the same good feeling in acting that I had in sports, but I found I could have a more profound impact on people. -William Petersen

How can I go on with this? Please God, let me win a football pool. -Simon Raven

Nine in the box… that's a football term. -Ricky Williams

If you want to surf, move to Hawaii. If you like to shop, move to New York. If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California. But if you like college football, move to Texas. -Ricky Williams

One of my beliefs is that there are certain institutions within a community which stand for the spirit and heart of that community, there's the church, the local football team, the local pub and the theatre. -David Soul

A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he's just as good as everybody else. -John B. Keane

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. -Bear Bryant

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

But we're not supposed to talk anything besides football. -Al Michaels

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

The fans know their football, you can't kid them. -Richard Gough

Beckham is unusual. He was desperate to be a footballer. His mind was made up when he was nine or ten. Many kids think that it's beyond them. But you can't succeed without practising at any sport. -Bobby Charlton

I was meant to be a composer and will be I'm sure. Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football – please. -Samuel Barber

Sometimes in football you have to score goals. -Thierry Henry

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

I was very poor. As a child my dream was to have a leather football. -Stephen Chow

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

I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports. -Terrell Owens

I don't have to play football. -Terrell Owens

God blessed me to play football. -Terrell Owens

These kids are the future of the National Football League. They're the next generation that will be playing high school football, NCAA football, and some even to the pros. -Troy Vincent

I haven't seen a new football play since I was in high school. You have just so many holes in a line and you have eleven men playing, and there's only so many ways you can go through those holes, and those ways have been used for forty, fifty years. -Red Grange

The only football players in my time were fellows who really loved to play football. They were not in it for the money. There wasn't much money there. They would have played football for nothing. -Red Grange

I wish I could go to the school where my close friends go, but I obviously can't. The good thing is, they're really good about inviting me to all the football games and all that stuff. So I end up having an adopted team spirit for a school I don't go to. -David Gallagher

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

You know, it's a different deal – throwing a football as opposed to throwing a baseball. -Drew Bledsoe

I'm more akin to football than I think anything else because that's what I played in high school. -Bobby Sherman

I sail, scuba dive, play football, basketball. -Casper Van Dien

I also watched a lot of football and sports. I haven't had much time to watch too much TV lately. -Casper Van Dien

I'm actually about as famous as a fourth division footballer from the 70s. -Dylan Moran

The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white. -Stuart Pearce

I will do whatever it takes to win a football match. -Stuart Pearce

I think it all goes down to who plays the better football on the night. -Steven Gerrard

I think we've got a lot players in the squad who are more suited to European football at the moment. -Steven Gerrard

Pop knew absolutely nothing about pro football. -Wellington Mara

We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That's the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don't talk about football or anything like that. -Kevin J. Anderson

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 don't watch that much football… I really like to play it. -Jamal Lewis

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes. -Knute Rockne

I enjoy talking to my football men and my chemistry classes and I feel sure that they are quite interested in what I have to say. -Knute Rockne

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

Generalities don't count and won't help you in football. -Knute Rockne

Fear can be conquered. I became a better person and a better football player when I learned that lesson. -Roger Craig

I want to see a player on the football field. I want to see what kind of teammate they are, what kind of leadership qualities they have. I want to see how aggressive they are, how much fun they have playing the game. -Roy Clark

People call me Wayne Wonder and it also goes back to football because I could do mad skills with the ball and people would marvel and wonder how I could do it. -Wayne Wonder

I love to play games. I really like football, and I also like to ride horses. -Mary-Kate Olsen

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

We've got our football where no one wears anything and the guys are in little shorts and they beat the crap out of each other, and they can catch it and they can kick it, and it's the only place it's played in the world. -Rachel Griffiths

I come from a football family which has really helped. -Frank Lampard

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

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

Don't matter what they throw at us. Only angry people win football games. -Darrell Royal

Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine. -Roy Evans

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

I also tell them that your education can take you way farther than a football, baseball, track, or basketball will – that's just the bottom line. -Bo Jackson

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

I was always active – I went from baseball to football. I didn't have time to work out. -Bo Jackson

My workout was running down fly balls, stealing a base, or running for my life on the football field. -Bo Jackson

Whenever I wasn't watching the planes, I was playing community baseball, football, or something like that. -Bo Jackson

I don't know much about football but everyone seems to say that it is all about possession. -Julie Harris

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

Whether I played marbles, whether I played football or slam anything else, I wanted to excel. -Robert Mondavi

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 don't like American football. I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable. But baseball is very beautiful. It's played on a diamond. -Jim Jarmusch

My father was an all-American football player. -Edwin Moses

But I just want to be known for my football. -Jamie Redknapp

I'm a footballer, that's my job and that's all I want to be known for. -Jamie Redknapp

There is pressure every day as a footballer. -Jamie Redknapp

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 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

I know I can catch the football. That's the least of my worries. -Kevin Johnson

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

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

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

But if kids take up things like hockey and football they will go back to it. -Daley Thompson

You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course. -Jello Biafra

The negative side of football. The negative side of our society. People sometimes go to football and bring to it the negative aspects of our society. -Jose Mourinho

I think the best place to work in football is England. -Jose Mourinho

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

So if one day the result becomes 3-3, for me it doesn't change my mind, because it's football, it's normal. What is not normal is that we haven't been scoring enough goals playing such good football as we've been playing in the last few weeks. -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

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

I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football. But I also have things to give them. -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

When I was in college there was a girls' flag football league. The girls were extremely aggressive. -Lynn Swann

I was not a very good football player when I started out. -Lynn Swann

Back then I said to myself 'screw football.' Actually I just took part in this camp as there was nothing better for me to do. They also didn't draft me because they thought I was too wild and undisciplined. -Ed O'Neill

I went to Ohio University studying arts and history, and playing football. But I was only interested in girls, my pals and sports. I only did the minimum for school. -Ed O'Neill

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

As long as I own this football team and long after I'm gone, they will always be the Washington Redskins. -Jack Kent Cooke

Looking back I find it hard to believe that I could forge a career in anything other than football but I didn't do too badly in my final exams and there were a few business-related courses that interested me. -Kenny Cunningham

I never felt I would get to the stage where I would to have to actively think about retiring from international football as I always thought it would pass me by. -Kenny Cunningham

I can remember running around at the age of 3, wanting to play golf, cricket and football. I was always active, one way or another, driving my parents mad. -Ian Botham

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

These guys live and breathe football; they get something out of going to the training ground every day. -Alan Hansen

In football you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it's the last game that everyone has seen. -Thierry Henry

So my dad raised me, and he's a huge football fan. -Lisa Guerrero

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

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

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

When it came to football there was a certain age where I realized that my future in football was being a grease spot on the side of some bigger player. -Leigh Steinberg

Then I went to UCLA – so of course I became a huge Bruin basketball fan… and later came to football. -Leigh Steinberg

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

Now we're getting a whole generation of kids who have never had a football team in L.A., so they don't miss it and don't ask for it. It becomes self-perpetuating. They don't know what they're missing. -Leigh Steinberg

Cameron was able to get an inside look at professional football from the standpoint of athletes and agents and general managers that few people have ever seen. -Leigh Steinberg

It's quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that. -Diane Kruger

I think professional sports, football, to use it as an example, it's fundamentally a form of entertainment. -Gregg Easterbrook

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

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

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 work hard. I work 80-90 hours a week in part-time football. -Graham Roberts

After all, is football a game or a religion? -Howard Cosell

You know, I played football, I was offensive tackle in college. -Ruben Studdard

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

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

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

I started out wanting to coach football. -Lee Majors

If you'd rather go to the football game than read a comic, that's fine. I'd rather do both. -Rob Walton

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand. -Howard Cosell

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

I love football and beer and have a normal girlfriend. -Josh Duhamel

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

When I was growing up, there weren't any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn't have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football. -Mike Krzyzewski

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

As a footballer I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs… Sadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine. -Ryan Giggs

Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career. -Jack Youngblood

It's weird… people say they're not like apes. Now how do you explain football then? -Mitch Hedberg

I hope to get out before they start football next year. -Bear Bryant

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

When all the girls were getting all made up and getting into all that girl stuff in junior high I was out playing softball or touch football with the guys. -Catherine Bell

The manager sits down with me; I sit down with the board. We assess the success of the year. The manager assesses whose coming through the academy system. His job is to look at what is happening in European and world football. -David Gill

I'd heard about Texas football and how much of a religion it is, but to go to Odessa and experience it first-hand is something different than just hearing about it. -Jay Hernandez

I first discovered my turn of pace when I was playing football as a kid. -Michael East

I was always the last one chosen for football games in Central Park. -Merlin Olsen

It took me a while to realize that basketball wasn't football. -Merlin Olsen

You are going in one second the length of a football field. That means you brain is receiving information from your body what the car is doing physically, bumping, balance, performance. -Emerson Fittipaldi

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

Even as a footballer, I was always being creative. -Eric Cantona

I started beach football in Monte Carlo when I retired from football in 1997. I liked the game very much. -Eric Cantona

I stopped playing football because I'd done as much as I could. I needed something which was going to excite me as much as football had excited me. -Eric Cantona

If you have only one passion in life – football – and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself. -Eric Cantona

In football you have an adversary; in cinema that adversary is yourself. -Eric Cantona

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

There are few secrets in football. So execute. -Hank Stram

I'm on the cover of the lingerie football swimsuit calendar this year. -Trishelle Cannatella

Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. -Joe Theismann

It's very warm there, so we were outdoors all the time. The local people had programs for us year-round, where as kids we had the opportunity to play football, basketball, baseball, track and field – we just went from one sport to the next, year-round. -Rafer Johnson

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

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

I am absolutely delighted to get back into football with Livingston. -Kenny Dalglish

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

That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The smell of popcorn and cigar smoke reminds me of the stadium. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice. -Garth Brooks

As football players you have all the experience on the field. You don't have the experience off the field. -John Elway

The Arena League is the best thing that could have happened to me because I get to run the whole process. I'm seeing not only the football side but the business side. -John Elway

I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that. -John Malkovich

I'm taking T.O., every day… He gives me the whole football field. -Michael Irvin

You made it something special. Most of all, I want to thank the fans for your support not through the great times that we shared on the football field, but for the last 17 years of my life. You have supported me through all times. -Michael Irvin

When Brian told me he grew up in New Mexico, I told him I thought it is cool that people from other countries play football. He corrected me on my geography and agreed to sit down with me anyway. -Terry Bradshaw

If I can join hands with FIFA and other continental bodies to promote football globally, then I can do more than that to raise African football to new heights. -Roger Milla

The Olympic stadium may have been built only in the early 1970s but it was clear for a long time it had no future. For many reasons it is not good enough for modern football and today's fans. -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

I played English football – soccer – instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment. -Wally Schirra

I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education. -Angela Merkel

In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction. -Angela Merkel

I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. There were lots of kids from different races and poor families. People had to struggle to get through the day. -Zinedine Zidane

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

For me football is more about making the right pass at the right time. -Michel Patini

For me, football is just a game, not a drama. -Michel Patini

I was never a prisoner to my footballing status. -Michel Patini

I was playing the best football of my career at the time, finishing top scorer in Italy three year's running. There were other good players around but I think I was the best at that time. -Michel Patini

The match against Brazil was football at its best. Both sides had opportunities to win the game. -Michel Patini

I am going to continue and bring this club forward. I am Paul Gascoigne the footballer. -Paul Gascoigne

I've learnt and I just want to be respected for what I've achieved on the pitch. I know I haven't achieved much off it but I do know I've given pleasure to people watching me play football over the years. -Paul Gascoigne

Because I love football and I love the footballers. -Sepp Blatter

Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we. -Sepp Blatter

FIFA's goal of making the world a better place through football cannot be achieved through our efforts alone – equally important is the power which every fan of the beautiful game has at their disposal. -Sepp Blatter

It is very important that football can see beyond religion but FIFA does not just ignore its impact. -Sepp Blatter

The source of wealth is from individuals with little or no history of interest in the game, who have happened upon football as a means of serving some hidden agenda. -Sepp Blatter

There is a movement in club football, which I don't necessarily consider a prime example of solidarity, because it leads us to conclude the rich are getting richer and they are using everything in the market to create an exodus from Africa. -Sepp Blatter

What I am most proud of is the legacy of hope that FIFA and football leaves around the world. It makes all of the efforts and energy I pour into this job worth it. -Sepp Blatter

Why is it good for football to take the excitement away from fans by overcharging them for tickets to see their team? -Sepp Blatter

Yes, in general, I think there is too much club football on TV. -Sepp Blatter

The treble parade would have been the most perfect moment of my footballing life, but for the two people standing behind me, clearly already plotting their next move. -Robbie Fowler

It strikes me that these days, clubs don't even want players who can truly play any more; they just want athletes, quick guys who don't have a football brain, can just run and run; some of them, Jesus. I can never imagine acting like that. -Robbie Fowler

No matter how much money you have or what kind of cocoon you live in, the reality is that you have lost a game of football and let England's fans down. We are bothered. -Rio Ferdinand

If we had a starting XI that no one could argue about it wouldn't say a lot for English football. We'd probably be on a downward spiral. It's good that people have different ideas about who should play. -Rio Ferdinand

There were a couple of years when I wanted to be a football player, but I really always wanted to be a singer. -Tom Wopat

I missed out on my teenage years. I led a sheltered life. I was practicing scales instead of playing football. -John Cale

Everybody wants you to do good things, but in a small town you pretty much graduate and get married. Mostly you marry, have children and go to their football games. -Faith Hill

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

Now Jack Charlton wasn't wrong, I was a bad footballer. -Craig Johnston

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

And I think they loved me because I loved being part of their team, you know, and I quite often say to kids, that I was the worst player in the world's best football team – and that was good enough for me. -Craig Johnston

Our football program is bigger than any one person. -Craig Johnston

For the longest time, I thought I was a boy. I really did. I wore boys' clothes, played tag football. -Eliza Dushku

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 suppose young people think football is glamorous – soccer – it's big money and the stars of it, they look good and have a great big house and a huge Ferrari. -Bryan Ferry

I've messed myself up more playing music than when I played football. -Zakk Wylde

We had a very exhaustive, extensive search for the guy that is going lead our football team over the next few years. We spent about two months in an in-depth interview process, and Bret came out with flying colors. We are absolutely thrilled that he is our head coach. -Ron Jaworski

The heartbeat of a football team is the quarterback position and I think everyone who has any intelligence about the game understands you must have consistency at that position to be a championship team. -Ron Jaworski

I love to see Favre playing his best football, and if his mind his right, he'll probably have a fine season. -Ron Jaworski

You couldn't take football away from me, you couldn't take acting away from me. -Dougray Scott

I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey. -Steven Chu

What I've been telling everyone that loves Carolina football is that we are going to put a team out there that, number one, is in good shape. We're going to be fit, we are going to be able to play the whole game and we're not going to poop out. -Steve Spurrier

Our coaches want to be a part of South Carolina football when they win it for the first time. When they win the division, when they win the SEC, win a major bowl game, etc. The opportunities to do it all for the first time here make it extra special. -Steve Spurrier

I knew nothing about football, then someone showed me a film of Petit and I realised how interesting the game could be. He is divine. When I met him I could barely speak, he was so gorgeous. Women will love that show. -Ruby Wax

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

The only thing I want to be able to do is come in and learn the offense, go out there and compete, show what I am capable of doing and try to get better as a football player. -Brian Griese

I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing. -Shaquille O'Neal

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

For me, football always meant that we came together as a family and, in the summer we played football outside. -Claudia Schiffer

Now learning a bit more about footballers I think what they need to do well, is someone who really wants to stay in the background and just be a strong support. -Anna Friel

I'm a big sports fan. College football is my favorite. -Verne Troyer

The real reason for coming to Montour is my love and respect for football. -Dick Butkus

I lust love to play football. -Ray Nitschke

I'm a racehorse fanatic rather than a football fanatic. -Steve McManaman

I just wanted to get back to playing attacking football after my time in Italy. It was a little difficult at first but the atmosphere and the fans were just fantastic. -Dennis Bergkamp

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 don't want to lose myself in football and that's what a coach has to do to be successful. -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

I think the greatest all-around athlete ever was Jim Brown. He played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse. He played professional football for the Browns. -Will McDonough

If you spend a whole afternoon just eating popcorn and watching football, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if that's all you do, you get swept along with the tide, without any idea of where you're going. -Roland Joffe

There have always been card schools at football clubs and always will be. -Peter Shilton

In football, time and space are the same thing. -Graham Taylor

Traveling is definitely something that your average 17-year-old doesn't get to do. One week we're in Japan, one week we're in Australia, one week we're back home going to football games. -Solange Knowles

I can't believe I survived, not only my life, but I am still playing football 'cause half of those eight or nine years I don't even remember. -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

Just, you never know what the next day is going to bring. That goes for football, goes for off the field, and I gave up a long time ago trying to predict the future and trying to deal with things I couldn't deal with. -Brett Favre

That's kind of how I approach life and football; why dwell on something that's hasn't happened. -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

Well family is obviously the most important. There was a time when I thought football was the most important. -Brett Favre

As a professional athlete, I believe that I need to explore my opportunities to the maximum, in order to excel and continue to play the best football I can. -Hidetoshi Nakata

I certainly didn't think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football. -James Cameron

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 look for opportunities to play together including basketball, tennis, swimming, riding bikes and touch football. I try to provide a loving environment where we can play. I think that's good on so many levels – emotionally, for family interactions and, of course, physically. -Alan Thicke

We spent last night listening to Liverpool football team on the radio, wanting them to win so badly. Paul supports Liverpool. He was Everton for a while because of his family – but it's all Liverpool now. -Linda McCartney

I'm not claiming that football is the nation's salvation in this area, but it's one of them, one little thing that apparently has captured the imagination of a large sector of our society. But when football can't be a relatively pure outlet, a fun thing, then it hurts itself. -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

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

Squabbling in public will eventually ruin football; there's no doubt it's hurting us already. Polls taken by Louis Harris – polls as valid as any political polls – indicate that very clearly. -Pete Rozelle

I don't understand American football at all. It looks like all-in wrestling with crash helmets. -Sting

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 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

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

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

I have been keeping myself fit. I am going on holiday next week in the Mediterranean so that I can really unwind after the football season and have a rest. -David Ginola

Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don't run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them. -Thomas Sowell

And I coached against Mike when he was an assistant with the Bears and they won that football game. -Don Shula

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

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

You know that a given in life in human nature, is that at a sporting event, a baseball game, a football game, you never introduce a politician, is because he'll be booed. I don't care if he's the most beloved person in the world, its part of the game. -Mark Russell

I always told my dad I'd play professional football. -Anthony Doerr

I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn't really there yet. -Claudio Reyna

In the last year my wife has noticed me struggling to get downstairs on a Sunday morning. I've two young children and football has been so good to me over the years I don't want to spoil it. -Graeme Le Saux

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

As a private person I think I am now totally different from Ruud van Nistelrooy the footballer. -Ruud van Nistelrooy

I feel very strong as an individual, but as a famous footballer I know I am prone to certain things. All the media have a continuous interest for me. It varies from once a year to every day interest. -Ruud van Nistelrooy

It is wonderful… Steve and Dan took professional football to a whole different level with the way they played the game. The fact that Steve is going in with Dan is very special. -Frank Gifford

The majority of the time I'm at home with my family, I play football three times a week. -Martin Gore

Every football player knows when his time is up. -Red Grange

It was a horrible, terrible, atrocious, offensive football game. -Barry Switzer

There's room for boys' and girls' football in the world-that's what I believe. -David Beckham

I don't know much about football. I know what a goal is, which is surely the main thing about football. -Victoria Beckham

Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator. -Nick Hornby

The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score. -Nick Hornby

The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public. -Phyllis Diller

A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are. -Bill Shankly

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

It's not pleasant when you lose your whole football team. -Chuck Noll

It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs… we should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics. -Snoop Dogg

It was an ideal day for football – too cold for the spectators and too cold for the players. -Red Smith

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

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

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

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

Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass. -Ron Jaworski

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.

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

In real football, I wouldn't want Terrell Owens anywhere near my team. But you're nuts if you don't take him in fantasy. -Randy Cross

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

I don't enjoy getting knocked about on a football field for other people's amusement. I enjoy it if I'm being paid a lot for it. -David Storey

Snoop Dog is the Phil Jackson of youth football coaches. He ain't going to accept nothing but a winner. -Ice Cube

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

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

Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become. -Mary McGrory

Football players win football games. -Chuck Knox

It's football season; anything can happen. -Troy Brown

I learned a great many things in the Marines that helped me as a football coach. The Marines train men hard and to do things the right way, just as a football team must train. -Hayden Fry

When it's football season, I'm all football. -Hayden Fry

I think the preponderant opinion clearly was that St. Louis could be a great football city if it had a team of its own that they could really root for. -Paul Tagliabue

My favorite water cooler topic is fantasy football. I used to make fun of friends for doing it and now I'm obsessed. -John Krasinski

People care about my personal life. But really I'm dorky! I drink beer and go to football games. And ya know, sit in my house in a t-shirt on the weekends and play with my dog! -Sophia Bush

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

I played football for a team called the East Dragons on the east side of town. We only had six regular season games. And six games I played tail back and I had 18 touchdowns in six games. That's when I knew I had some athletic ability. -LeBron James

Darts players are probably a lot fitter than most footballers in overall body strength. -Sid Waddell

I think if you want to become a great football player, professional, you must give all the time one hundred percent, you must work hard – to be lucky is a good thing – but if you work hard and you give everything you will have great success. -Greg Akcelrod

But my biggest passion is football. -Greg Akcelrod

I did play two years of high school football and was very short and uncoordinated but the second year I was very tall and skinny and very uncoordinated. -Kyle Chandler

I've never fancied that footballer lifestyle. I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that's not really happened yet. I've got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it's just so much easier. -Rupert Grint

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

When you get down to it, at it's root, Comedy is truth, absurdity, and pain. One of my little mottos is: 'Do you remember the Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown kicked the football and kissed the Little Red Haired Girl? Neither do I.' -Lev Yilmaz

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

What I did, you know, being away from my family, letting so many people down. I let myself down, not being out on the football field, being in a prison bed, in a prison bunk, writing letters home, you know. That wasn't my life. -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

I don't think there's any question that the UFL or any other league that wants to challenge the NFL can have an impact. The demand for professional football is off the charts. -Mark Cuban

You may not win the Super Bowl. Your kids may not go on to be doctors and lawyers and everything may not go perfectly. That doesn't mean it was a bad plan or the wrong thing. It's just like a football season. Everything's not going to go perfect. -Tony Dungy

For some reason the football coach of a major college program is seen as one of the leaders of the campus. And some way we have to let our young people know that that leader can look like anyone. -Tony Dungy

My friend and I sang an a cappella rendition of Extreme's 'More Than Words' at one of our football pep rallies in a desperate attempt to look cool. For a while, I wore pink Converse All Stars because I thought it made me seem daring and irreverent. -Ed Helms

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

There are hundreds of Beckhams playing football all over the world. -Diego Maradona

If you don't want to play clean football then go up into the stands. -Diego Maradona

Things are neither clear nor clean in the world of football right now and many people recognise this reality. -Diego Maradona

Many people agree with me that many things are not clear in football these days and it is not something people who watch football deserve. The situation will be the same while football is run by people who do not understand football. -Diego Maradona

To see my country lose a football match is very hard for someone who has worn the shirt. -Diego Maradona

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

There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen – me or Pele. Everyone would say me. -Diego Maradona

The bottom line is winning. I want to do what we need to do to win football games. -Mike Singletary

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

To be able to influence someone or to be able to have a group of guys come together to have a successful team and to be together all the time every day for, you know, a year and longer together, you have to have a – find a common ground. And that common ground for us is football. -Tim Tebow

I am not better than anyone else just because I play football. -Tim Tebow

I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field, because that has the ability to influence a lot of people. That puts smiles on people's faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work. -Drew Brees

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

I had sacrificed my entire life to play football. -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

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

Wrestlers are a bunch of wanna-be football players. -Brian Bosworth

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

First of all, I'm so glad that the city of Houston has a football team again. They have such great fans. I'm really happy for the people of Houston because they deserve a football team. -Earl Campbell

For me, you've got to play football first. We're not trying to be accountants. The money takes care of itself. That's kind of how I think anyway. -Shaun Alexander

The key thing with any football player is, what can he do when he gets on the field. -Shaun Alexander

I would play football, because I love it. -Summer Altice

I'm more inclined to linger in the science pages of 'The Week' magazine. But my principle obsessions are still watching sitcoms and football. -Alan Davies

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 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

The first few weeks football players look at you like you are speaking a foreign language. My job is to get them to trust me, trust the system. I ask them to run in a way that makes no sense to them. -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

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

I'm in great shape, back-in-my-football-days shape. I've worked hard to get to this point. -Brian Jordan

My dad was a sports writer when I was younger and then he became just a general columnist. But I grew up with him literally getting into brawls with football coaches. -Amy Klobuchar

I feel fortunate that there was a place like the CFL where I could hone my skill and become a consistent football player and have a nice career. -Darren Flutie

I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. Hey, it made me a better leader: you have to take a lot of people's needs into account; you have to look down the road. Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy. -Dee Dee Myers

I played football when I was little. I didn't want to be an actress at all, I wanted to be a majorette in an Australian circus. That was my ambition. -Emmanuelle Beart

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

We had to be down early to get the best stuff for the pros we looked after and then get the rags that we were left ourselves for training. It seems very old school but it grounded me as a person and made me appreciate everything as a footballer, because all we got was a pair of boots. -Colin Cooper

Playing professional football is something I'll never be able to do. -Jerry O'Connell

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

Ryan Giggs will go down as the most successful British footballer of all time and I cannot see anyone ever overtaking him. He's on the brink of his 13th league title, after all. -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

With good coaching, proper motivation and the right club structure with organic growth, you can achieve an awful lot in football. -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

I developed a mechanism so that whatever mistakes I made, I would bounce straight back. Whatever was happening off the pitch, I could put it to one side and maintain my form. Call it mental resilience or a strong mind, but that is what we mean when we talk about experience in a football team. -Gary Neville

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

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

In the States, there's ESPN3, and each country has different options, and other than premiere league football, there tends to be very little global content. And movie and TV rights are pretty broad content. -Reed Hastings

Everything about morality and obligations I owe to football. -Vidal Sassoon

There's no point in making predictions. It's not worth speculating because nothing is set in stone and things change all the time in football. Today there are opportunities that no one knows if they will come round again in the future. -Cristiano Ronaldo

Without football, my life is worth nothing. -Cristiano Ronaldo

In football, day in day out, you always have to show your worth. -Luis Figo

As a professional football player, I have known perfectly well from the day I started playing that every day I have to fight for my place. -Luis Figo

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

More than anything I want to be fit so I don't get out of breath when I play football with the kids. -Stella McCartney

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

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

In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury. -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

I played football in high school, I played baseball when I was younger, things like that, but I think it was the passion I had for track where you want to do an individual sport and be the best, I think – there's nothing that can replace that. -Tyson Gay

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

But the reason that women's football is still unknown is because it's not on television and not widely publicised for a wide majority of the leagues in the world. -Marta

I played pretty darn competitive-level hockey. Then the good old knee injury. Obviously, it's a blessing in disguise, but growing up Canadian, that's our religion, that's our football. -Taylor Kitsch

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

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 need to go play football. I don't care about anything else. -Freddy Adu

It's one of the best leagues in Europe in football. Benfica in my opinion is one of the top 10 biggest clubs in the world. -Freddy Adu

There's no doubt about it; playing football and how tough it is on the body afterwards. -Terrell Davis

Most Sundays, with the exception of football Sundays, I work, because I don't take days off as long as I'm working on something that's supposed to be all in the same mood. -Robert Caro

Since retiring I have spent a lot of time with my family, on my boat, and playing football. -Goran Ivanisevic

I have had interviews and got close to taking a managerial job. I would consider going back into football. -Alan Shearer

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

You can't really get into regular football after you watch Australian rules football because it's just two different ends of the totem pole. -Andrew Bogut

I used to play football at school, and I enjoyed really physical sports, but I now try to avoid any sports that might build up different muscles. That might have a negative impact on my archery. -Im Dong-Hyun

My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player. -Marat Safin

The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports – football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported. -Novak Djokovic

I love football and it's the sport I would really like to play. I've said on national television here that I would really love to play for one of our football clubs when I finished my tennis career. -Novak Djokovic

I'm not super social, don't really go to parties, or basketball games, or football games very often, the big social occasions. -Taylor Phinney

I'm just a seasonal guy. Basketball, football, baseball, boxing, golf. Give it to me all the time. -Jerry Ferrara

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

In America, we have three major sports – baseball, football and basketball. They get the most coverage. Then there's things like golf which mop up most of what is left. But track and field? We are way at the bottom of the totem pole. -Maurice Greene

I think at some point during the course of the game, I will have an impact – whether it's blocking or whether it's catching the football. -Terrell Owens

There are things players go through on an everyday basis in the business of football. You don't see it all with the glitz and glamour of game day. -Terrell Owens

I think players tend to get anxious if they've not really done things properly – like eating, resting or training. If you're fully prepared you've got nothing to worry about – it's just a game of football. -Roy Keane

Sometimes I miss coaching, but often things are not how they appear in football. -Ruud Gullit

Politics and football don't mix. -Ruud Gullit

Being a football manager is no fun at all. You have to put up with all the hassle. It is not surprising that so many turn grey or have heart attacks. -Ruud Gullit

I am happy with everything I achieved in my football career. I don't think I could have done any more. -Ruud Gullit

In L.A., nobody is talking about football. No television stations. You see it nowhere. -Ruud Gullit

It's really football, tennis, and golf that I watch other than hockey. -Sidney Crosby

Growing up in Canada, I didn't watch football much. -Sidney Crosby

I've put myself forward to be involved. Whether I get picked, we'll have to wait and see. Obviously everybody is excited about it, about the Olympics coming to London and the football being played in different parts of Britain. -Ryan Giggs

What you've got to realise is that footballers, and me in particular, have seen everything in the changing room. Everything. I've seen the manager kicking off with the players, the players kicking off with him, players fighting each other, managers fighting, everything. -Ryan Giggs

Celebrity culture, it's everywhere, isn't it? It's reality TV, Big Brother. I didn't become a footballer to be famous, I became a footballer to be successful. I didn't want to be famous. Now people want to be famous. Why? Why would you want people following you about all day? -Ryan Giggs

I like to let my football do the talking, I'm respectful of other good teams such as Arsenal. -Ryan Giggs

I had an early taste of fame. I was 20, going out with TV presenter Dani Behr and we'd have paparazzi chasing us. I'm not comfortable being photographed, though I accept it is part of the job. I had to ask myself, 'What comes first, being a celebrity or footballer?' -Ryan Giggs

Where does it stop? You get offered money for your wedding, then for your kids, new houses, holidays… We earn enough from football and sponsorships, why do you need any more? -Ryan Giggs

I had my footballing heroes such as Bryan Robson and Diego Maradona but my dad was a rugby league star, and he was my real hero. But the relationship with my mum was rocky and we saw things that would affect any youngster. -Ryan Giggs

All my life my priority was football, football, football. I was just fully focused on that and when my kids were born that focus changed gradually. I had something in my life that changed my perspective. You experience something that is more important than win, lose or draw. -Mark Viduka

You're obviously conscious of being brash or big-headed but I always knew I was going to be a footballer when I was seven or eight. I didn't just think I wanted to be one, I knew I was going to be one. Nothing ever surprised me really. -Michael Owen

You learn to understand it, but if you step back, you do think it is either strange or unfair. But I know that if you don't score, play well or win, you are wrong to have a helicopter and fly home each week to see your kids. You are wrong to have a business outside of football. -Michael Owen

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

The difference with football is you're out on the pitch, you feel as though you can do something about it, or score a goal. But when that horse goes down to post as an owner you have no involvement whatsoever. It's a lonely old place in the stand. It's just down to man and beast. -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 would like to think that if I stop playing in three, four, five years time, whatever it may be, that I would still be involved in football and still have that as my profession. It is my passion and what I know. -Michael Owen

I was at one time a football wife, and there is a certain level of bonding that happens between women who are the wives of football players. -Gabrielle Union

Everyone in my high school was a bit nerdy. We didn't even have a football team. -Norah Jones

I am very patriotic and grew up in a house with football fans. -Rachel Stevens

Well, I don't think I've necessarily ever been a passionate football player or a passionate person. -Ricky Williams

I am an honest, God-fearing man who is intensely dedicated to being the best person I can be on and off the football field. -Ricky Williams

If you identify yourself as a great football player, anytime anyone challenges that, you're going to have some kind of problem. -Ricky Williams

I think if I were a college professor, no one would say I was uncomfortable about being shy because that might be expected. But I think because of people's stereotypes, they think of a football player as someone who is very outgoing and I'm not. -Ricky Williams

The people that I see on the street, they treat me more as a human being and not just an icon or a football player. -Ricky Williams

Maybe I'm stupid or whatever, but to me if I got a concussion, if I could see straight and I could carry a football then I'm not telling anybody. -Ricky Williams

I stepped away to find out more about myself, which I was having difficulty doing as a football player. I got a chance to travel the world. I studied Eastern philosophy, and I've grown as a person so much. -Ricky Williams

I really do love football. -Ricky Williams

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

The things that are happening to me are unbelievable. I'm actually busier right now than when I played football. This is almost like I'm coming back out of retirement. It will be fun to see myself in the game. -Jerry Rice

I'm really looking forward to the Hall of Fame ceremonies. It's going to be unbelievable – just crazy. I'm looking forward to thanking all the fans for inspiring me to go out there and play my best football each and every game. -Jerry Rice

You know, I never looked down the road and said, 'Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.' It's always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport. -Jerry Rice

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work. -Jerry Rice

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'm married to football, baseball is my girlfriend. -Deion Sanders

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

One thing I can say about the Dallas Cowboys: They have always had talent around them. They have been one of the most talented football teams in all of football. -Emmitt Smith

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

My younger son, Cordell, aka Lil Snoop, loves me like a fan loves Snoop Dogg. He's inspired by making me happy. My older son, Corde, aka Spank, does everything I say, with effort and determination – but he does it for himself. He gets his thrill out of seeing his own results on the football field. -Snoop Dogg

When it's good, cinema can be one of the most important things in a person's life. A film can be a catalyst for change. You witness this and it is an incredibly spiritual experience that I'd never lived before; well, maybe only in a football match. -Gael Garcia Bernal

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 love football, football is my life. -Wayne Rooney

I'm just a normal young lad who plays football. -Wayne Rooney

The lifestyle I lead as a footballer means I am always in the spotlight. -Wayne Rooney

Pulling on your country's shirt is the greatest honour a footballer can have. It's what I always dreamed of as a kid and I get a buzz every time. -Wayne Rooney

I love football, I've never really taken an interest in anything else. -Wayne Rooney

There are many ways to grow football-wise. You go slow or are pushed to go faster, otherwise you get left behind. For me, there would be trouble in stopping learning. -Wayne Rooney

I love football so when I finish playing I would like to still be involved in it somehow and a manager would be my first choice. -Wayne Rooney

Becoming a dad was the proudest moment of my life. Playing football does not even compare. -Wayne Rooney

I've cut my teeth as a coach with some great head coaches and some great co-workers and I have been very lucky to have learned a lot of football from all of the above. -Mike Tice

My four older brothers were my favorite players. That's why I got into football and sports. -Tony Dorsett

Quite honestly I never had a desire to be an actor. I tell people, I did not choose acting; acting chose me. I never grew up wanting to be an actor. I wanted to play football. In about 9th grade an English teacher told me I had a talent to act. He said I should audition for a performing arts high school so I did on a whim. I got accepted. -Ving Rhames

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

My dream was to play football for the Oakland Raiders. But my mother thought I would get hurt playing football, so she chose baseball for me. I guess moms do know best. -Rickey Henderson

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

I learned in high school that I was going to have to outwork people. I remember running around the track, training for football, and a faster guy ran past me. I just figured, I can outlast him. If I work harder than him, I'll beat him. And to this day I overprepare. -Roger Goodell

Here in Cameroon, football is our leading political party. It's football alone that that unites us, it's football alone that brings us good things – football is the window into our country – so we don't mess around with it. -Roger Milla

Cameroon is a football country – children are born playing football. -Roger Milla

Most people would say safety was my best position. To me, the biggest challenge and most gratifying thing I got out of playing football was playing corner, because it was a bigger challenge than playing safety. Playing corner provided me my biggest thrills and my biggest headaches. -Ronnie Lott

I take compliments and I take constructive criticism. Not everyone loves you. It's the way you react as a footballer. I use it all to make me play better. -Timothy F. Cahill

I'm a very traditional person. The tattoos are about my grandmother dying and they tell the story about my mother and father, my brothers and my sister, my kids. It's pretty much a family tree on my arm with my life in football too. -Timothy F. Cahill

No money in this world could convince me to play for Liverpool. That's not a lack of respect for Liverpool supporters or the football club. It's respect for the Everton supporters. You just can't do that. It goes against everything that I stand for. No chance. -Timothy F. Cahill

I want to work with kids and help develop them, show them the right way, the right morals and attitude into how to become a better footballer. Australia has many different cultures but I'd like to bring in the indigenous style, bring their competitiveness, athleticism and raw ability into the frame. -Timothy F. Cahill

I remember cleaning boots at Millwall on £250 a week and feeling like a millionaire. I'd made it then. At that time, if I never played for another club it wouldn't have bothered me too much because I'd made it with a football team in England. -Timothy F. Cahill

Every time I score the passion comes out and I try to relay that back to the fans and to the players and the staff how grateful I am to be playing for such a good football club. The fans have taken well to me. I am part of the furniture at Everton, but I don't take it for granted. -Timothy F. Cahill

All I do is play football, eat, sleep, play with my kids, play football. -Timothy F. Cahill

It's a massive compliment to me to be known in Asia because Asia is the way forward in football, along with the Middle East. I believe that strongly. -Timothy F. Cahill

I've done a lot of work in the gym preparing myself for what is certain to be pretty strenuous pre-season training – something I've not previously experienced. And I knocked local football on the head this winter, simply to ensure I didn't pick up any injuries. -James Hibberd

I love the flow of the game. There's a certain fluidity to basketball. I don't enjoy watching baseball or football in the same way. -Adam Yauch

When I was a child, it was my dream to be a professional footballer. When I was 14 I visited Milan's San Siro stadium and remember thinking how unbelievable it was. From then onwards I vowed that one day I would be playing there – and I am very proud that I achieved this and also for everything else I have managed to achieve in football. -Andriy Shevchenko

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

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 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

There is still a lot of football in me and I enjoy watching the players go out there and be the best players they can possibly be. -Jerry Rice

I went to Alabama, so I'm still very devoted to Alabama football and the SEC. -Joe Scarborough

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

And I love shooting football. -David Fincher

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

So like any football or basketball coach, you always always believe you're going to win. -Colin Powell

I have no problem putting my feet up and watching football but my mother-in-law is always doing stuff. -Seal

I try not to tune in to politics until it's two or three months before the election. Till then, it's like watching preseason football. -Trey Parker

I really want to try soccer after I retire because I've watched football over the years and I think I could be a good contender. -Usain Bolt

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

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

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 wouldn't want to go out six nights a week and watch somebody's reserves playing to check out a footballer to see if we're going to buy him. -Gary Lineker

When I was playing for tips in college, I felt a fire in my soul. I had the same principle of focus that I had learned playing football. -Kenny Chesney

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

I run an academy in Spain for young footballers who are released by their clubs and who, in my opinion, deserve a second chance. It is a rewarding job for me, but one that also reveals many of the faults in the English game. -Glenn Hoddle

As England manager I always felt we needed an extra man in midfield to retain the ball, but that was more as an attacking ploy to help create opportunities. It came from my experience playing international football in a 4-4-2 and spending half my time chasing the ball. -Glenn Hoddle

My saddest decision in football was leaving Paul Gascoigne out of the 1998 World Cup finals. But he wasn't fit enough and once that decision is made, as a manager and a group of players, you forget about who isn't there and focus on the job. -Glenn Hoddle

The old adage that you shouldn't change a winning team doesn't apply in modern international football because managers have to study the opposition and pick players who exploit their weaknesses. -Glenn Hoddle

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

It took me 35 years of being involved at a decent level of football to become manager at a great club like Celtic. -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

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

The thing I really look for in this business is there are guys who are into football and there are guys who are in the profession for other reasons. -Bill Parcells

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

You don't boo at a Kemp rally. You boo at football games. -Jack Kemp

My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961. -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

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

Schools across India do not have teachers, libraries, playing grounds and even toilets. I do not want to see empty classrooms, empty libraries. I do not want to see cattle grazing on fields meant to be cricket or football grounds. -Sachin Tendulkar

I want to own an NFL franchise. I understand the business of football. -Jon Bon Jovi

I'm a football guy. Baseball, I enjoy it at playoff time. -Jon Bon Jovi

I'm not a defender of old or new football managers. I believe in good ones and bad ones, those that achieve success and those that don't. -Jose Mourinho

I don't even like football. -Tom Hooper

I would definitely say the Oakland Raiders are the punk rock band of football. -Billie Joe Armstrong

I started my cooking 'career' aged 15, almost 20 years ago. At the time it was quite a shock suddenly working 75 to 80 hours a week, without time to play football or other sports. -Rene Redzepi

If you come from Spain, you have to play football. -Enrique Iglesias

I still love football, though, and I think cooking is like football. It's not a job, it's a passion. When you become good at it, it's a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever. -Gordon Ramsay

Would I swap what I have achieved as a cook if I could have been as successful as a footballer? Definitely. -Gordon Ramsay

I hate being in Los Angeles when it's football season. I want to be in New York. It just doesn't feel right if I'm away. -Kate Mara

Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now. -Steve Sabol

So they talk about heaven, and I don't know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I've lived down here, the football life. It's been perfect. -Steve Sabol

To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn't the score that interested me, it was the struggle. -Steve Sabol

When we started in the early '60s, football had a little bit of a tradition. But, they didn't have a mythology. And NFL Films, through our music and our scripts and our photography, created a mythology for the sport. -Steve Sabol

Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull. -Steve Sabol

The only other human endeavor on which there's more 16-millimeter film than pro football is World War II, and we're going to pass that in 2013. -Steve Sabol

I've always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman's face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn't we do the same thing with a football play? -Steve Sabol

We would get 20 different angles and then cut them all together. That's what I called it at the time – the 'cubistic' treatment of shooting football. It was the same thing Picasso did except we did it with a football play. It's taking a single image and looking at it from multiple perspectives. -Steve Sabol

Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It's part ballet. It's part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage. -Steve Sabol

If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football. -Steve Sabol

I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn't even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game. -Steve Sabol

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

I like both athletic girls and girly girls. It depends on their personality. I like girls who can go out and play sports with me and throw the football around, but you don't want a girl who's too much tougher than you. I like brainy girls who can respond to what I'm saying. -Josh Hutcherson

People talk about footballers and they get a bad press when not all of them deserve it. -Gordon Strachan

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

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

Going out and playing football or baseball with the boys, when I was a tomboy, was a great way to learn about winning and losing, and most girls didn't have that experience. -Hillary Clinton

Well football teams are perhaps easier to control than political parties, I'm sure the Prime Minister would agree with me, but yeah I think every team needs discipline and a sense of self-belief and that's important, that's what leadership's all about. -Iain Duncan Smith

If you look at the footballers, you look at our celebrity culture, we seem to be saying, 'This is the way you want to be'. We seem to be a society that celebrates all the wrong people. -Iain Duncan Smith

I think that when people join clubs as simple as a sorority or a fraternity, a football team, a baseball team, it's just – you want to be in a group. You want to be around people, you want to be with people. -Theo Rossi

We have got a problem winning games in the league. We have to educate ourselves and maybe we have to not play the lovely football that we have been. -Kenny Dalglish

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

I know nothing about Christianity, nothing about football, and I'm not a Republican. -Sandra Bullock

I believe in work, in connections between the players, I think what makes football great is that it is a team sport. You can win in different ways, by being more of a team, or by having better individual players. It is the team ethic that interests me, always. -Arsene Wenger

I don't play the kind of music that works in a football stadium. -James Taylor

We should confine booing in sports arenas to sport. I love a good boo as much as the next football fan. -Alastair Campbell

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

We think wireless is going to grow tremendously. Do I think people are going to watch an episode of 'Survivor' on a 2-inch television set? I doubt it. But I do think somebody's going to go to a grocery store in the middle of a football game and watch that game. -Leslie Moonves

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

When you arrive in England for football it's a paradise. -Eric Cantona

The real fans of football come from the working class. Now they cannot afford to come and watch the game. -Eric Cantona

Being on stage isn't so tough compared to the football pitch. -Eric Cantona

When I was a freshman in high school, I got a letterman jacket, which you'd think would be great stock. The jacket had the big S on it, for Santa Monica. But rather than having a football or a baseball on the S, I had a little nine iron. Girls thought it was a flute. -Carson Daly

I realised I'd been spoiled at Liverpool. We were used to winning. In Italy I grew up as a person. I didn't enjoy the football, mind. It was very defensive, but I became a better player because of the work I had to do around the box. Off the pitch, I learned about what to eat and what to drink to be successful, and I learned about life. -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

Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft. The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn't do this out of compassion or guilt. It's done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team. -J. C. Watts

I've got so many things coming across my desk right now that are nonfootball related, I can't stand it. -Chuck Pagano

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 don't play fantasy baseball anymore now because it's too much work, and I feel like I have to hold myself up to such a high standard. I'm pretty serious about my fantasy football, though. -Nate Silver

When you're younger, it's about, 'How can I get better? How can I become the player that I want to be?' As you get older, it's, 'How can this football team improve?' While all along getting better along the way. -Tony Romo

When I was a kid, I was always an athlete. I played a lot of sports. I played football, basketball, baseball and soccer. -Scott Caan

My whole body is a wreck. I've injured myself so many times with jujitsu, skateboarding, football. I guess I like to live hard. -Scott Caan

I've always been really active. I grew up playing sports, so I'm always shooting hoops or throwing the football with my friends. I'm super-active in that sense. -Taylor Lautner

I definitely think that females have a harder time. It's a lot harder to be a girl because you're always in your head. I've heard my brother go and take it out on the football as he says. Whereas girls would rather sit down and over think things. -Nikki Reed

A squirrel attacked me. I got attacked by a squirrel in Battersea Park. They're dangerous. It's rare. I've torn most of the ligaments in my knee. So no football for me. It's early retirement now. I've got a floating knee-cap! -Niall Horan

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

You can't live on last year, you can't live on the year before. I can't bring in my 13 Pro Bowls in the locker room and say, look at me. No. That is gone. That is the best thing about the game of football is that everybody starts over. -Junior Seau

When I first started playing football, a headache was called a 'headache.' And now it's called 'a concussion.' -Junior Seau

There's a window in my life which is football. I try to remember that it's not going to be there forever. That's why staying humble is important; knowing who I am and the message I'm sending out. I always try to be a person first, before I'm No. 55 on the football field. -Junior Seau

Too many athletes are living in a tiny window. They have no vision for themselves – what they can be outside of football and what they can mean to a community. They just don't know any better. My hopes and dreams are unlimited. -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

I remember when I was 6 years old and my brother used to go seek out guys that were 13 to come over and play football against me while he was the 'permanent quarterback.' I didn't know exactly what the age difference was, but I was already playing against older guys. -Junior Seau

Jim Thorpe is someone I've always loved. He was an Olympic athlete, you know, and a football player from back in the day. I'd love to play him. And then there's a guy called Iceman who was a top hit man for the mob. I would love to play him. Actually, it's sort of in the works, so I hope it goes through. -Channing Tatum

I had to have help getting up these stairs because I've been tackled by so many lions and tigers. Really. I'm like an old football player. -Tippi Hedren

I'm not necessarily intimidated by really jocky guys. I can talk football with them, you know what I mean? -Joan Jett

I'm focused on football; focused on my family right now. -Victor Cruz

I just want to continue to play football and be myself. -Victor Cruz

I want to win football games. -Victor Cruz

I never dreamed about being a millionaire – I dreamed about being a football player. -Victor Cruz

When I was young, it wasn't about the money, it wasn't about the fame and fortune, it was about playing football. -Victor Cruz

There are times where I am trying to make the big play before I even catch the football. -Victor Cruz

Being an actor is a good way to earn a living. And to meet fabulous people. It's great to live very comfortably. I've been lucky, I've had a lot of fun with great roles, but it is true that if I were extremely rich, I would stop and I would go to play football on a beach in the Caribbean with my children. -Gary Oldman

Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well – at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz. -Thierry Henry

And I don't really like golf. I know a lot of English footballers play, but I know that if I go with the club to play, sooner or later I will end up trying to smash the ball with my foot. -Thierry Henry

I only deal in what is real. To be honest, 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

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 was meant to date the captain of the football team, I was going to be on a romantic excursion every Saturday night, I was destined to be collecting corsages from every boy in town before prom, accepting such floral offerings like competing sacrifices to a Delphic goddess. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

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

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

It's too easy to blame other people in football. -Steven Gerrard

In football, the hero and legend status is given out far too easily for me. -Steven Gerrard

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

I want to do what I like and that's play football. -Royston Drenthe

Spanish football is very good but every year the same teams win the league. -Royston Drenthe

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

I've always really just liked football, and I've always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day. I like going out, but you have to know when you can and when you can't. -Lionel Messi

I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. -Lionel Messi

Nah, I've always had a great relationship with my two brothers, I have always had their support in my football and in everything. They've been very close to me and we have a great relationship. -Lionel Messi

Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing. -Lionel Messi

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. -Lionel Messi

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

I was a very good baseball player and football player as a kid. -John Malkovich

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

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

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

My memories are of my dad taking me to football on Saturday mornings, and my mum taking me swimming. Those are the things I remember from my childhood, not sitting around the table debating capitalism and the profit squeeze. -David Miliband

My sophomore year I spent exactly one day on the JV football team. It was the tryout day. -Mo Rocca

During the course of my football and business careers, I have had the great honor of meeting and associating with many outstanding leaders. -Bart Starr

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

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

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

I played a lot of football when I was younger. I'm a good receiver, actually. -Shania Twain

Obviously fashion is a completely different world from football. -Zinedine Zidane

I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. -Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid is the most important thing that happened to me, both as a footballer and as a person. -Zinedine Zidane

There's two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season. -Darius Rucker

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

One reason outfielders don't have stronger arms might be they don't practice as much as we did. Most teams today don't take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now – basketball, football, soccer – for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms. -Al Kaline

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

Whatever it is, if you draw, you paint, you're a carpenter, you play football, the more you do it, you're a journalist, the more stories you write, the more people you interview and navigate your way through these different personalities to get your story, the better you're going to get at it. Acting's no different. -Tom Sizemore

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

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

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

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

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

I don't train for football; I train more for a lifestyle. -Ray Lewis

Because a football game is just sixty minutes, but I'm training six, seven hours in every day. So, going for sixty minutes becomes easy. More importantly, I think that your muscles mature and can move in all different directions. -Ray Lewis

You can talk about what you see from the outside; it's hard to tell me who I am when you're just looking at me with a football uniform on. That's a totally different person. That's my job, that's it. -Ray Lewis

Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal – bottom line. -Ray Lewis

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

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

The trouble is that right now I want to put as much work into football as I can. It's very important for me to get off to a good start. By the same token, I feel a responsibility to handle the media and those sort of things. -Doug Flutie

Any game is important to me. At Boston College, when I went out for the spring games, I wanted to win. Maybe it is more important than other preseason games. It's just that everyone is expecting a lot from me in my first week of professional football. I want to confirm my expectations. -Doug Flutie

Football is my profession now. I'm getting married in August… It's a new experience for me as someone just getting out of college. I still have the same attitude about football I always had. I play hard. I enjoy practice. I'd rather be throwing in passing drills than sitting around and watching TV. -Doug Flutie

There's a lot of dancing in football. You can see Victor Cruz doing a little bit of a cha-cha or samba move in the end zone. You can see Terrell Owens getting his popcorn ready. You can see Ochocinco doing the riverdance. But not so much when it comes to ballroom. -Emmitt Smith

As a former football player who has carried a football more than 4,000 times, trust me, I did not go into ballroom dancing with my body being 100 percent, with no aches or pains or ailments coming with me. When you're dancing, you're doing stuff that your body's not used to, and so you start to aggravate those old injuries. -Emmitt Smith

Charles Haley changed the way the Cowboys played football in the 90s. And the reason why I say that is because he was such a dominant force coming off the edge, where it took two and three to block him. -Emmitt Smith

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

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

There is no rule that says a footballer needs to be 'this high' and 'this wide.' -Andres Iniesta

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

I play fantasy basketball and fantasy football, soccer. -Andy Murray

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

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

I really do know football. -Aisha Tyler

The saddest day of my life was the day I didn't get to play football anymore. -Brian Bosworth

I played football for a huge portion of my life, all the way through college actually. -Matthew Fox

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 also played two years of high school football but I wasn't very, how shall I say it, talented. -Kyle Chandler

I'm not a video game guy. I would rather throw around a football. -Jeremy Piven

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

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

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

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

Arsene Wenger's idea is not only to play good football. It's to play good football to win. In my day, we knew that with our style we could hurt teams and win trophies too. But we did it our way, with the positional game, passing, movement. -Dennis Bergkamp

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

Life doesn't stop with football. -Barry Sanders

Happiness does not come from football awards. It's terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don't dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father. -Barry Sanders

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

The thing I miss the most about Scotland is the football. -Robert Carlyle

Coming from bad results, you have more tension and you get more into the game, maybe. You never know which is best. I prefer to come from good results. You have more confidence and you believe you are doing things well. But in football everything can change very quickly. -Tito Vilanova

We must look after football and to do what it is necessary to bring to the game the best ethical values and personal behaviour. -Vicente del Bosque

I just wanted to defend football, which is not always easy to do. Those of us who have been in the sport so many years now realise we must protect it and look after it. I was speaking about football, what it means. It is our profession, it has been our lives, and we must take care of it a little. -Vicente del Bosque

Sometimes people say that coach is a winner, but everyone wants to win. You must know how to behave in victory and in defeat, to look after what is our sport, football. -Vicente del Bosque

No one knows anything about economics. It's the great lie of the economists. By contrast in football people might have contrasting opinions, each of which has some validity. But the economists always speak in conditionals – what a mess. -Vicente del Bosque

As with Cesc Fabregas, some players who go and play for foreign clubs improve on a cultural level. It makes them grow on many levels; intellectually, because you have to learn a new language and adapt to another culture, and on a footballing level too. -Vicente del Bosque

The certainty that our football, the football of Spain, is recognised, that's very important to us – perhaps more important than the successes and the joy that you can create. Football hasn't always been appreciated, and luckily our football is appreciated now, at all levels of society. -Vicente del Bosque

I love football. My weekends are booked. Saturday college games and Sunday NFL and 'Monday Night Football.' Booked! Football is first, then basketball and then everything else. -Jordin Sparks

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

It's easier to date a football player for sure. Football players have one game a week, and they practice every day, but they're all at home. In basketball, they're on the road all the time. -Khloe Kardashian

I'm Joe Canada, who never went to high school. I've never even been to a football game. -Cory Monteith

In my school, people liked the gym teachers because they were the football or soccer coaches. But look, if they're cool, they get respect. -Danny McBride

And when I go around and talk to schools, what I tell the kids are, first of all, you have to accept each other's differences. Some of you are going to be a crappy football player, some of you are going to be a great mathematician. Whatever it is, accept each other's differences and help prop each other up. -Vince Flynn

A good football team plays offense and defense. You have to be aggressive and disrupt. -Vince Flynn

I ran track in high school. I was a fragile young man, personally and physically. I tried football. That didn't work out; I broke my collarbone. But I always loved running. -Danny Pudi

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.

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

Music is my thing. It's my thing; it's what I love. It's what I do. It's football to me; it's Christmas to me; religion to me; poetry to me. -Ryan Adams

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

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 was 10, I knew there was something different about me. Everyone was football-mad, but I just wanted to watch musicals and see art. -Bruno Tonioli

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

I play American football every Saturday, which I find calming. -Chad Harbach

My dad was a football player – a soccer player – for Manchester United, and I loved playing football, but I also happened to be the guy in class who was pretty good at sight reading. My teacher gave me scripts, and I was very comfortable. -Ian McShane

I love football. -Kaitlin Olson

I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn't going to make the grade. Luckily I was told by the age of 13 that I wasn't good enough. That's not a bad thing. You see this 'X Factor' generation of kids now who don't accept that they're not good enough. -Brendan Coyle

In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics. -H. G. Bissinger

There are the medical dangers of football in general caused by head trauma over repetitive hits. -H. G. Bissinger

I actually like football a great deal. -H. G. Bissinger

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 dad's method in his madness was to try every sport and then observe what I liked. I played football, tennis, golf, cricket but I loved my snooker. -Ronnie O'Sullivan

I was writing very early, like I was involved in our high school literary magazine, which was called 'Pariah.' The football team was the Bears, and the literary magazine was 'Pariah.' It was great. It was definitely a real sub-culture. But I wrote stories for them. -Tom Perrotta

I grew up in Michigan, so I played hockey, football and basketball. I played a little bit of lacrosse, too. My brother played more lacrosse and ran track. -Steven Yeun

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 went to a football school, which meant that I went to a university that served up education and was simultaneously operating a sports franchise. -Susan Orlean

Tom Coughlin is great with the players and he is what you see with the media. He's a good guy and he's a fun guy, but at the same time he's a serious guy when it comes to winning and it comes to football. -Michael Strahan

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

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

The myth about me as a footballer has grown: I am now the lost Maradona of Norway. -Jo Nesbo

I get too excited about football and rugby. -Matthew Lewis

I'm active – I like playing football, but I'm not very good. I like running, but I'm not really fast. -Michael Kiwanuka

I was obsessed with football when I was growing up. -Michael Sheen

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

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

If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race. -Marilyn Monroe

I've always really just liked football, and I've always devoted a lot of time to it. When I was a kid, my friends would call me to go out with them, but I would stay home because I had practice the next day. -Lionel Messi

If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports. -Michael Mandelbaum

We all know that the great memories of our childhood are the little triumphs – it doesn't really matter whether that was in writing, art, on the hockey field or on the football field. It's something that makes you feel – 'I can do this stuff.' -Michael Morpurgo

You know, I stopped being competitive after I played football. -Isaiah Mustafa

I played football, honestly, to get a scholarship. -Isaiah Mustafa

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

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

From my own point of view, I hope everybody would realise that people who work in Scottish football – referees included – are always under terrific scrutiny. -Walter Smith

Whether people like it or not, you have to say the Old Firm are a major part of Scottish football. I know there is a lot of resentment from other clubs about that, but it's a fact. -Walter Smith

I started out in Scotland, not as a footballer of any note, and I didn't play to draw the attention of people abroad. -Walter Smith

As a kid, I was always mad – just noticing the women at Thanksgiving, running around the kitchen, while the men were watching football. For one, I don't want to cook, and for two, I hate football. I was stuck in the middle. -Beth Ditto

I know virtually no one of my age who can remember a hug, or a smile from their father, or a 'Let's go play football.' -Peter Mullan

I was on the football team because I wanted to experience the different iconic social classes of high school. So football for me was an attempt to socially integrate in an interesting way. And then I didn't like it anymore and stopped doing it and focused more on drama and science and other forms of art and music. -Reggie Watts

I don't picture myself as a normal person when I play football, and I don't think anyone else pictures me that way as well. -Robert Griffin III

If you're out there stressing on your pro day, then you're not going to perform well, so I plan on having a little fun. Play a little music while we're out there throwing the football, have everybody tapping their toes and bobbing their head and just go out there and make the most of the experience. -Robert Griffin III

I don't do too much outside of football during football season, because this is my job and I take it seriously. I don't do too much, don't really go out at all that much, don't eat out or anything, try to stay focused and stay to myself. -Robert Griffin III

If you say you're going to do something, you do it. If you start it, you finish it. Yes sir, no ma'am. And you've got to have that kind of structure in your life. It kind of helped me be that disciplined person that I am, whether it's with workouts, film or just the game of football. -Robert Griffin III

There's far more that goes into being a professional athlete than being a college athlete. So many differences that people don't realize. It's not just about playing football and getting paid to do it. There's a lot of things that you have to deal with. -Robert Griffin III

You know, I started this process of being a football player and I'm going to make it to the NFL very soon and I plan on finishing that. And by 'finishing that,' I mean that I'm going to go out and be the best that I can be and put everything forth to make that happen. -Robert Griffin III

I think if you're a good high school player that you have the ability to be a good college football player. If you're a good college football then you have the ability to be a great NFL player. -Robert Griffin III

Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference. -Robert Griffin III

Every time you step on the football field in between those lines you're putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. -Robert Griffin III

There's something about football that's exciting. The defense is trying to shut you down and you're trying to blow people up. -Robert Griffin III

As long as I can run fast, track will always be an option. But right now I'm focused on football because the NFL is knocking on my door and I'm not going to slam it in its face. -Robert Griffin III

I also wanted people to know that football actually started in China almost 3000 years ago. -John Woo

I will never attempt to even begin to make excuses for what I did in football. -Peter Storey

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

You want to do Olympics just like you do a pro football game or a basketball game? Be my guest. Watch it all fade away. -Dick Ebersol

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

In club football you have your players and staff with you all the time, preparing for two games a week, you know them inside out, you have a discipline over them. -Graham Taylor

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

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

I wasn't the brightest kid, not by a long shot. I was interested in football, in girls, in getting my work done with the least amount of effort. -Thomas J. Sargent

Athletes, coaches and parents today are increasingly aware of the danger of concussion, and this awareness influences decisions about buying new and reconditioned football helmets. -Tom Udall

Like many a Yank before me, I have tried to explain to European friends that Americans actually know soccer quite well, that many of us played it in school and college, but that, well, we just don't find it quite as exciting as, say, what we call football. -Serge Schmemann

What's so wonderful about football and business and show business is that every time I start thinking I'm special, I get knocked on my ass. -Fran Tarkenton

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

The chairmen of the largest companies in the world can cancel an appointment or move a board meeting; a manager cannot change the date of a game. In the combined 42 years that Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have managed in English football, I can only remember one occasion when Sir Alex did not attend a Manchester United game. -Howard Wilkinson

You can go to the pictures or read a book, but football constantly comes back into your mind. It's not a job, it's a life. It takes up your time, thoughts and energy and it can damage relationships with those around you. -Howard Wilkinson

I had a basketball net that my dad had put up outside. I went out there and dribbled all day long. I wanted to play basketball. Then I'd go baseball, and then I'd go to football. I remember playing football in a plowed field. I grew up going from one thing to the next wanting to play something. -Joe Gibbs

There is a lot of luck in football. Following England is like following Wycombe Wanders or Leyton Orient. You hope for the best and hope you are lucky. -Alan Sugar

I did not come into football to make money. I had already made millions. -Alan Sugar

My main regret about my years in football was keeping my mouth shut like a little mouse, not daring to speak out because I was told you left the managers to get on with the job and that the chairman must never interfere with the manager's decisions or the performance of his team. -Alan Sugar

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 remember my dad, who coached football, would buy some of his players football shoes when they couldn't afford it. -Chaske Spencer

There's more to life than football, right? -Fabrice Muamba

I've lived most people's dream by playing football. -Fabrice Muamba

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

I love to take risks, I love to travel, and I'm very outdoor-sy, so any girl who can pick up a football and throw a spiral will definitely catch my attention. -Kellan Lutz

The energy of college football rivals that of a live performance for me. I am an extremely analytical guy and predicting these games is right up my alley, especially with a little luck thrown in. It is even more fun when I am winning and I have to say, I have fared quite well in my predictions. -Rodney Atkins

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

Not to be narcissistic, but I truly believe in order to make yourself better, you should see what you did before and what was good about that and what wasn't – same way a football team plays a game and then they go back and watch film. -Jake Owen

It is well documented that I am a lifelong football fan. My love of the British game started with the 1966 World Cup. -Alisher Usmanov

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

I have never imagined doing anything other than football, but now, thinking about it coldly, if I hadn't been a footballer, I would have been a musician. -Ronaldinho

When it comes down to it, I'm thinking about football all the time. When I'm on the golf course, I'm thinking about it. It's never out of your brain. -Al Michaels

I used to spend a lot of time at football training, but that time was later spent in amateur acting classes and my local youth theatre, in plays at school and after-school clubs. That filled the void. -Sam Claflin

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 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

Once Joe Paterno learned that his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was showering with a young boy in the Penn State football locker room, he had two choices: think of the child as his own and call police. Or not. He chose the latter. -Christine Pelosi

The truth is, what Americans enjoy about football is much of what makes the sport dangerous. However, I believe there must be a way to find the art of success and vitality in football, without the driving the level of impact that causes serious risk of head trauma, paralysis and other life-changing injuries. -Naveen Jain

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

I'm not going to lie, I love TV. I watch a ton of it – golf, HGTV, football. -Charles Kelley

I'm a very active person. I'm a big tomboy, throwing around a football, hiking… all that stuff I love. -Tracy Spiridakos

People ask me about my interests outside football, but I haven't really got any. -Brian McDermott

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

I really enjoy the football season. -Jimmie Johnson

There is a history of footballers in my family; my granddad played for Notts County and my dad played at county level. -Matt Smith

Actors, movie stars, rock stars, I can meet them with no worries – but with footballers I go weak at the knees. All of them. -Matt Smith

I've always wanted to be a top footballer since I was young. -Michael Owen

I'm a country boy. I grew up kicking around the woods, riding dirt bikes, playing football, climbing rocks and all that good stuff, so that's always been fun. -Taylor Kinney

Just because I'm undersized and under-this and under-that, I've still been a good football player since I was little. -Wes Welker

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

I was 10 when I realised I couldn't stand football. I'd tried, obviously, before this – no one wants to give in to social pariah-hood without a fight. I had stood frozen on pitches, done some running about and shouted a lot, as though I cared. -Andrew O'Hagan

I wasn't like other boys. At any rate, I wasn't like my three elder brothers: they excelled at football and they were like other boys, going up to bed each night hugging annuals filled with stories about the glories of Pele and Danny McGrain. -Andrew O'Hagan

Fans of football and fans of nationhood have a similar zeal. Read the fanzines: their contributors could find a needle-sized diss in a haystack of compliments, and their passions are fundamentalist. -Andrew O'Hagan

I live in Beverly Hills and I'm proud of it. The only things I miss are pie and mash shops and football games. I've lived in America longer than I lived in England. When I first got here, it just felt right to me. I like the open space, and the weather's great. -Steve Jones

Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur. -Darell Hammond

Thankfully I'm a better actor than football player, or at least I hope so. -Ryan McPartlin

I can't actually read interviews with thesps now because they're almost always fantastically predictable, the men especially. Actors are forever stressing their ordinariness, their beer and football-loving commitments. -Peter York

I was good at football and cricket at school. My dad said, 'Son, be an architect,' and I came to Melbourne passionate about becoming an architect. -Max Walker

Grade 9: I was too small for football, too shy for drama class, but I did have a passion for music. And so, with a mouth full of braces (and a glorious mullet), I accepted that the trombone would be a fantastic scholastic counterpart to my extracurricular loves: country music, and the guitar. -Jason McCoy

I have no interest in owning a football club; I don't play golf; I don't like horseracing and I'd rather become a professional bungee jumper than enter politics. -Lloyd Dorfman

Of course I am for stopping violence against women. It is unfortunate that the Senate Democrats are making the current re-authorization of Violence Against Women bill into a political football. The Republicans are offering an improved version of the reauthorization bill and I want to review it. -Sarah Steelman

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

My brother Martin is two years younger than me. There has never been any competition between us – clearly he was the good-looking one; he was also very sporty, and I am not a football player. -Gary Kemp

When I was a teen, I was never really into the captain of the football team or the student body president. The guys I liked were quirky and different: They listened to music I'd never heard of, never had lunch or gas money, and could always make you laugh. -Sarah Dessen

I'm not particularly a football fan, but I live in north London, and I can hear when Arsenal score, and it's fantastically exciting. Down the road you can hear the roar. -Mike Newell

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

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

We spend our spare time taking care of little things. I can watch a little bit of college and professional football if I want to… Our favorite pastime is trying to take pictures of our hometowns from space. -Kevin A. Ford

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a footballer and racing driver, like all kids. -Diego Della Valle

In high school I was on the basketball team, but the coach did something I didn't dig and the next day he looked up and saw me practising with the football team. -Charles Mingus

When I was a footballer, I surrounded myself with footballers. We were all friends. But in Brasilia you don't know who your friends are. It can be a dangerous place. -Pele

Over the years I've learnt to live with two persons in my heart. One is Edson, who has fun with his friends and family; the other is the football player Pele. I didn't want the name. 'Pele' sounds like baby-talk in Portuguese. -Pele

The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world. -Pele

I always had a philosophy which I got from my father. He used to say, 'Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared.' -Pele

I hate the idea of theatre just being an evening pastime. It should be emotionally and intellectually demanding. I love football. The level of analysis that you listen to on the terraces is astonishing. If people did that in the theatre… but they don't. They expect to sit back and not participate. -Sarah Kane

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

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

Baseball always gets credit for the foundational part of masculinity – the father thing. The eternal game of backyard catch, 'Field of Dreams', the Ripkens, the Griffeys, the Bondses, so on. But football is the real paternal game, because it's a conveyor belt of father figures, in the form of coaches. -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

Before replays, football telecasts were filled with dead spots… It really destroyed the momentum of the telecasts. Replays gave you something to show during the pauses. It seemed to make the game go faster. -Tony Verna

Football spectators appreciate a bit of loyalty, and we're seeing that less and less. There are echelons of football, as in society, where some players are clearly mercenaries. I regret in a way that somehow the local identification, the local bonding between the community and its football team has been commercialised to such an extent. -Vincent Nichols

I went to school with a guy named Truxton. He and I played football together, and he knocked me out once because he's bigger and strong than I am. -Henry Bromell

My favorite television show of all time is 'Hill Street Blues.' I think it's the show that is to television what Pele was to football or Muhammad Ali was to boxing. -Lennie James

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

I'm a football fan, a sports fan, a fan of competition. -Matthew McConaughey

I don't like people who get into fights about football – or anything else. -Viggo Mortensen

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

When I was a teenager, my idol was the Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He's the only person I've ever asked for an autograph. -Ferran Adria

As you know, the South is known for its hospitality, traditions, football, pageants, and food. Football is almost like a religion here. People say their priorities are faith, family, and then football. People eat, breathe, and sleep it in the South. It's a huge deal. -Katherine Webb

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

Of course, I love football, but I'm not one of those die-hard fans that never miss a game or with rooms devoted to team colors. At the end of the day, it's just a game. -Katherine Webb

I'm in love with college football. I have such a blast with it. -Erin Andrews

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and went to a big high school called Douglas McArthur where there was a lot of track and a lot of football. It was a bit like 'Friday Night Lights.' I used to spend a lot of time at the track. -Norah O'Donnell

I went to public school, elementary through high school. I went to homecoming, to football games, pep rallies, I got detention, I got an F. I've done it all. -Raven-Symone

Never played football, but I'm an athlete. I'm a competitor. -Michael B. Jordan

I've always written. At the age of six or seven, I would get sheets of A4 paper and fold them in half, cut the edges to make a little eight-page booklet, break it up into squares and put in little stick men with little speech bubbles, and I'd have a spy story, a space story and a football story. -Ian Rankin

Through school, I saw plenty of theatre my parents weren't necessarily up on. They would prefer a football game to watching 'The Nutcracker,' and that's fine. I enjoy both. -Katori Hall

Once you start worrying about a national football championship, then you begin to worry about getting the quality of athlete, and the numbers needed, to win a national championship. And that worry leads to pressure to compromise academic standards to admit those athletes. -Derek Bok

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

I'm not pro-owner or pro-player. I am pro-football. I want the game to go on. I want the game to be tough. I don't want the game to be a killer of our players. -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

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

I'm not trying to win a popularity poll. I'm trying to win football games. -Woody Hayes

No back in the history of football was ever worth two fumbles a game. -Woody Hayes

The five big mistakes in football are the fumble, the interception, the penalty, the badly called play, the blocked punt – and most of these originate with the quarterback. Find a mistake-proof quarterback and you have this game won. -Woody Hayes

The game of football is one of strategy and tactics. -Woody Hayes

The most deceptive course in football is straight at the goalposts. -Woody Hayes

There were high school coaches such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time. -Walter Payton

If football had always been my main goal then I would have gone to some scholarship school; I could have gotten more exposure there. -Michael Corbat

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

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

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

I was set to go to Oregon to play college baseball and football. -Harmon Killebrew

Ideas and thoughts and creativity is more of who I am than football. -Dhani Jones

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

A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of 'success.' Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector? -David Icke

I wanted to play football or be a boxer, but my dad didn't want that because of all the impact. But in 1992 I was watching short track, and it was obscure, but they looked like superheroes in their tight outfits, and I thought it was amazing. I wanted to do that. I made the national team at 14. -Apolo Ohno

I didn't want to leave Newcastle, but that's football. -Gary Speed

What's important is Welsh football and that it progresses. -Gary Speed

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

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

I feel 21. I've looked after myself and take my football seriously. -Jermain Defoe

When you are young, nothing is more important than football, but as you get older, you get married, have kids and lose people. Then you realise your family is more important. This comes with age. -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

The best thing about football is that the rules are so simple. Anyone can play anywhere. -Jermain Defoe

I don't feel like I'm getting older. I think it's the way I've looked after myself. I take my football seriously. I love scoring goals and I get a good feeling from it, so I'll do whatever it takes to be fit and feel good in games. -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

For me, there's nothing that beats playing. When I'm not playing, I'll watch games on the television, watch stuff on You Tube, everything. I just live for football, love watching great players. -Jermain Defoe

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

I've always believed since I was a kid that God was gonna allow me to play professional football, to use it as a platform to proclaim and live out the name of Jesus. And, you know, that's the most exciting part about my life because God has done things in me to change my character to benefit the kingdom. -Reggie White

My parents are from north London, and so it's not like I'm some Yank who wants to make a profit out of football. I don't care about making money. I just want to see Spurs succeed and, if I can help, that's great. -Steve Nash

I was a baseball player and a football player at Stanford, so I didn't play a lot of golf in college. I really started playing a lot after I turned pro and I had some time in the off-season. -John Elway

The patience that goes with the game, the little things that go along with the game, you have so much more time to think in golf than you do in football – you have to keep your thoughts positive. I'm not sure I've got that mastered. -John Elway

I think I'm lucky in life and not just in football. I was very fortunate to play for a great organization and a great team that was really good near the end of my career. -John Elway

To be able to get a football team that's capable of competing for world championships, you always got to get a little bit lucky, but you got to have all phases to win it all. -John Elway

I didn't get a ton of interest from colleges in baseball and football, but I was outstanding in track and had the sense that this would be my meal ticket… Track was a sport where I saw immediate improvement, and I had a lot of good support behind me… and the coaches had a lot of experience and pushed me in that direction for sure. -Dan O'Brien

Traditionally, Seattle has been a great sports town and great football town. What the Huskies have achieved over the years has been pretty amazing. That's how I got my first taste of football – when I went with my father to Husky Stadium. -Paul Allen

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

I wanted to make the world's greatest football undershirt. But I realized that no team sport had equipment for apparel. Apparel was an afterthought. -Kevin Plank

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

I don't want to be the center of attention, which is ironic. I hate having all eyes on me – unless it's for my job, and my job is playing football. I'm not that attention-hungry. -Cam Newton

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

In college, you had to worry about that math class or this exam that's coming up on Tuesday, but not in the professionals. You eat, sleep, and do everything related to your craft – and your craft is football. You can be at it from sunup to sundown. -Cam Newton

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

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

Having a stadium in France named after a footballer from the Ivory Coast, even if I'm proud of my France-Ivory Coast background, is a great proof of integration. -Didier Drogba

People think footballers are all like robots – we can control everything on the pitch. But your heart is beating 200 times a minute; it's very, very physical. -Didier Drogba

When I retired in 2006, I stayed for a further two years in England. I stayed because I wanted to be in England without being a footballer, without the rhythm. I wanted to enjoy the city. -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 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 only started concentrating on football as a career when I left school at 18. I played golf for the Scottish and British boys' teams. -Alan Hansen

I was born in a mining village, and you either played football or played football. If you didn't play, there was something wrong with you. -Alan Hansen

Playing for 14 years definitely took its toll mentally. I decided when I was playing my last season that when I retired from football I would never go back into it, and I've never regretted that decision. -Alan Hansen

When I was playing football, I always felt in complete control. When I play golf and come under pressure, it's a completely different ball game. -Alan Hansen

I don't miss playing football, but I do miss going into the dressing room every day and having a laugh. -Alan Hansen

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

You know, I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college. -Sarah Shahi

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

Statistically, I'd say there are about as many gay figure skaters as there are gay football players. The majority are straight. There are just those few exceptions, and those are the ones who have gotten picked on and followed over the years. -Johnny Weir

In football, it's the ultimate team sport. You have to have good people around you as a quarterback for things to happen. -Warren Moon

I'm proud of the fact that besides being known as a successful former football player, I've also worked hard to establish myself as a successful businessman, network broadcaster, sports & entertainment executive and philanthropist. -Warren Moon

Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler and I used to argue for hours about who the best athletes are. I thought football players were better overall. -Warren Moon

Basketball players want contact to get a foul called. Slaps on the wrist and bumps on the shoulder are big time to them, and they don't like that. In football, you get that all the time. The whole mental makeup is different. -Warren Moon

It was about being wanted, it was about winning, and it was about my passion for the game. I just loved it. I absolutely loved to compete and to step out onto that football field with my teammates. -Warren Moon

My legacy isn't about what I did playing football, but how I use the opportunities that came from playing football. -Warren Moon

I'm blessed to have a little bit of success in football. -Tim Tebow

If I believe that I became the best quarterback that I could possibly be, the best football player that I could possibly be… That's how I'm going to measure my career as a success or not. -Tim Tebow

It's pretty easy for me to say that the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ, followed by my relationship with family. And football's later on down the line. -Tim Tebow

So many times in today's society, we can put football No. 1. And I've done it in my life at certain times. You put football number one, this game is more important than anything else. Well, really, it's not. It's just a game. -Tim Tebow

I don't know what my future holds. I'm gonna love playing football for as long as I can, but there's a lot of other things that I would love to accomplish. -Tim Tebow

Outside of football and training, I am somewhat of a homebody. Love hangin' out with my siblings and close friends. -Tim Tebow

I don't judge my success in life as a football player. -Tim Tebow

I don't judge my self-worth as a football player. Football is something I love. It's a fun career deal, but it's not what I want to do with my life, because I see football as a game. -Tim Tebow

For some reason in today's society, people look up to football players and you have a voice. And it's because of that voice you have the opportunity to impact people's lives. -Tim Tebow

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

My aim as a frontman is always to try and shrink the venue, if you can, to turn that football stadium into the world's smallest club. At least you have to try. -Bruce Dickinson

I used to love playing football in high school. I played with the same guys for 10 years. -Mickey Rourke

American sports are quite masculine. And football – although it's still played by men all over the world – football compared to American football is quite feminine in its artistry. And there's no padding. It's America's loss, though. -Noel Gallagher

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

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 have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I'm not enjoying it, I will leave football. -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

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

It was okay for Wayne Gretzky's dad, for instance, to give him a hockey stick, or Joe Montana's dad to give him a football, or Larry Bird's dad to give him a basketball, but it wasn't okay for Gloria Connors to give her son a tennis racquet. -Jimmy Connors

Tennis was always there for me, which was lucky. I would go play baseball, basketball, football, hang with my brother, do whatever, and at the end of the day I'd come back and say, 'Hey, Mom, would you hit 15 minutes worth of balls with me?' -Jimmy Connors

Too many pupils at schools in the U.K. want to have careers as footballers or TV hosts, or models, because that's what they're constantly exposed to as the heroes of our time. -Sugata Mitra

It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the 'good old days' when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy. -Sherry Turkle

I lost my childhood. I didn't play football or video games. Or have birthdays or the love of a family. -Emmanuel Jal

My brother was the consummate Nebraska boy – the football star who went to the university, was president of his fraternity, hunted with my dad all the time. -Evan Williams

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

There's never been completion in my football career because I've always been striving for that next thing. -Ryan Giggs

I just want to be as successful as I can in football. -Ryan Giggs

I didn't become a footballer to be famous, I became a footballer to be successful. I didn't want to be famous. Now people want to be famous. Why? Why would you want people following you about all day? I couldn't think of anything worse. -Ryan Giggs

Every footballer wants to play forever. And if you are going to keep on playing – to enjoy it to the full – you want to win games, and as a result, trophies. -Ryan Giggs

I play football once or twice a week. I eat pretty healthy. I'm in fairly good shape most of the time. -James McAvoy

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

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

I always knew I would sing. I just didn't know if I would be successful or not. But I sang at school, I sang at parties, I sang at church. Everyone always asked me to sing. I'd be playing football with my friends, and my parents would ask me to sing for their guests. I was never very happy about that because I wanted to play football. -Andrea Bocelli

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

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

I played football. I wrestled. Those were team sports and I played for the school. When I was younger, I played kick the can and stuff like that. I loved that. -Vince Vaughn

I probably follow all sports a little bit. I like hockey quite a bit. I like football. I like college basketball when it gets down to March Madness. I like baseball. I enjoy them all. I watch them all. -Vince Vaughn

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

Deeper fulfilment is rather different from the happiness of seeing a good film or watching your team win at football, and it doesn't come at the push of a button. -Geoff Mulgan

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

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

Climate change should not fundamentally be seen as a political or partisan issue, but it has been turned into a political football primarily by the climate deniers who have a vested interested in maintaining the status quo. That includes certain industrial interests, financial interests and political interests. -James Balog

Mostly I play sports games – football and basketball. 'Inside Drive' and 'NFL Fever.' -Paul Pierce

The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player. -Tom Brady

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