The NFL football season is almost over. The playoffs are well underway, and we almost know exactly who is going to get to play in the Super Bowl. This would be the perfect time for the remaining head coaches to break out their best motivational speech to help inspire their players to continue that push for greatness.
Whether it’s your favorite head coach or your favorite actor playing a head coach, there is no shortage of motivational and inspirational quotes that have been used to help pump up a team when the pressure is on.
It doesn’t matter if your favorite quote came from a real person or from a fictional character, all that matters is how you respond to that quote and how it makes you feel and act in the heat of the moment. That’s the point of motivational speeches. They are designed to get you pumped up and focused on the task at hand.
There’s nothing like a great speech in the locker room at halftime when all hope seems to be lost. You’re down by 20 points with half the game left to play, but just when you think you don’t have it in you to fight back, your coach delivers a speech that resonates with the players in the locker room. It makes everyone realize that there is hope, there is a possibility of greatness, but it all depends on your attitude as you leave the locker room. If you believe that you’re going to lose, you’re never going to win.
As the coach lights that fire underneath the team, it changes your attitude, your mindset, and your ability to perform. It’s not just in your head, the confidence is now flowing through your whole body and now you have a chance to win this game.
Inspirational Football Quotes
We all have that one quote from that one coach that we go to when a loss seems inevitable. Whether it’s a famous quote from Joe Namath or a saying popularized by your favorite TV show or movie, it doesn’t matter. As long as the motivation comes from somewhere, it doesn’t have to be real, you just have to believe in it.
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite inspirational football quotes said by some of our favorite players and coaches over the years.
“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace” – Mike Ditka
“The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi
“Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” – J.J. Watt
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” – Coach Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
“Adversity is an opportunity for heroism.” – Marv Levy
“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden
“Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” – Bear Bryant
“Just remember, football is 80 percent mental and 40 percent physical.” – Steve Emtman (Little Giants movie)
“I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn't be our style. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory...lasts forever.” – Shane Falco (The Replacements movie)
We All Need a Little Motivation Sometimes
Whether you’re looking for inspiration during a tough game or your just need that extra push to work harder, these quotes are sure to get you fired up. There’s nothing quite like a great quote or motivational speech from a great coach to pull a team together in times of struggle.
The road to greatness is not easy, it takes blood, sweat, and tears. It’s not going to be easy and it’s hard to do it yourself. Rely on your team and your coaches to help push you, to help you build up to the next level. The more you work at it, the more you’ll grow as an athlete and as a person. Take all criticism and advice, know that most people are just trying to push you forward and make you better, but if you shut them out you’ll never succeed.