Sports Quotes: Inspirational Sayings and Hard Core Sports Quotes

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

The sports quotes below are for diehard fans. You will find a mix of inspirational quotations with a few hardline truths about what it's like to be a professional coach or player.

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NEW! Share your favorite sports quote with the world. It can be a saying of your own, one your parents or coaches have used to motivate you or a quip from your favorite athlete. Read and rate the quotations submitted by our visitors.

"In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."

~Russell Baker~

"Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors."

~Frank Gifford~

Inspirational Sports Quotes

"Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we.’"

~Phil Jackson~



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"The one nice thing about sports is that they prove men do have emotions and are not afraid to show them."

~Jane O'Reilly~

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"There are two kinds of coaches—those who have been fired and those who will be fired."

~Ken Loeffler~



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

~Erma Bombeck~

"The way you motivate a football team is to eliminate the unmotivated ones."

~Lou Holtz~

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

~Vince Lombardi~

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"A successful coach is one who is still coaching."

~Ben Schwartzwalder


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"You can only really yell at the players you trust."

~Bill Parcells~

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"Football is … a wonderful way to get rid of aggressions without going to jail for it."

~Heywood Hale Broun~



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True Men Not rated yet
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120 Percent Not rated yet
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