Memorable College Football Quotes

“Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this
John Heisman
“Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.”
Knute Rockne /Notre Dame

“I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want
him to quit in practice, not in a game.”
Bear Bryant/Alabama

“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.”
Knute Rockne /Notre Dame

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we
don’t have any.”
Erk Russell / Georgia Southern .

“Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal.
Nevertheless, Beat Texas!”
Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game .

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left …. and I ain’t ready
for that.”
Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be
the one who dropped it.”
Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
Joe Namath/ Alabama

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”
Lou Holtz/Arkansas

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the
password, “Roll, tide, roll!”
Bear Bryant/Alabama

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval
study hall.”
Frank Leahy/Notre Dame

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked
out of you.”
Woody Hayes/Ohio State

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I
just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.”
Bob Devaney/Nebraska

“In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear

Wally Butts/Georgia

“You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else
in life.”
Paul Dietzel/ LSU

“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.”
Bear Bryant/Alabama

When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. “No, but you
can see it from here.”
Lou Holtz /Arkansas

“There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring – give us the ball near
the goal line.”
Matty Bell/SMU

“Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you
Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

“I never graduated from Iowa . I was only there for two terms –
Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.”
Alex Karras / Iowa

“My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball
and arrive in a bad humor.”
Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.”
Duffy Daugherty/Michigan State

“Always remember ….. Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.”
Shug Jordan / Auburn

“They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that’s real small pieces.”
Darrell Royal / Texas

“They whipped us like a tied up goat.”
Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

“I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t

recruit me and he said: “Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you
weren’t any good.”
Walt Garrison /Oklahoma State

“Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering
Bobby Bowden/Florida State

“Football is not a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Dancing is a
contact sport.”
Duffy Daugherty/Michigan State

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post game message to his team:
“All those who need showers, take them.”
John McKay / USC

“If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great

Murray Warmath/Minnesota

“The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a
back, you only have to be dumb.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.”
Spike Dykes /Texas Tech

“We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.”
Darrell Royal / Texas

“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”
John McKay/USC

“Only three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them
are bad .” (On why he only ran the ball)
Frank Howard / Clemson

“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

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