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Football is already a perfect game … While the coin is in the air, the team captains should be allowed to kick the officials; it would get things going on a positive note … If there’s a fight, you move it off to one side of the field … These men are physical freaks full of drugs and anger and they’re here to entertain us … Instead, I would have all ninety men out on the field at all times … Ninety steroid monstrosities geeked on amphetamines racing around the field trying to hurt one another. Here’s another way to spice up the game: leave the injured players on the field … George Carlin, More Napalm and Silly Putty
Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead. Erma Bombeck
Oooh, thirty years I haven’t missed a game [American football]. They haven’t won the championship since 1966. And I missed that game ’cause that's the day I had Billy. Ooh, I wish I’d never had him. I wouldn’t have missed that game. Buffalo 66 starring Vincent Gallo & Christina Ricci & Anjelica Huston & Ben Gazzara & Kevin Corrigan & Mickey Rourke & Rosanna Arquette & Kevin Pollak & Alex Karras et al, director Vincent Gallor, mother at table
As a quarterback, you have to love it. As much as you like to turn around and hand the ball off – the whole traditional football game – as a quarterback – you gotta love putting it in the air. Joe Montana
Come back for me in five minutes. Mmm fancy seeing you here. Well it’s a small world after all. Grouch Marx as quarterback with cigar
Tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper. George Gipp
Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. Heywood Hale Broun
Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90% temper and 10% mental. Doug Plank
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. Dan Birdwell
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. George F Will
If you’re mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It’s about the same. Robert Perry Golic
I quickly learned what many Sunday widows already realized – that football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbal, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. Arnold J Mandell, A Psychiatric Study of Professional Football
Watching football is like watching pornography. There’s plenty of action, and I can’t take my eyes off it, but when it’s over, I wonder why the hell I spent an afternoon doing it. Luke Salisbury
Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while – you do them right all the time. Vince Lombardi
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi [alt. ‘a lack in will’]
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Vince Lombardi
If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Vince Lombardi
Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is. Vince Lombardi
Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. Vince Lombardi
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Vince Lombardi
Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling. Vince Lombardi
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. Vince Lombardi
Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you're doing. Peyton Manning
You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit. Joe Paterno
Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something … hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. Roger Staubach
There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass. Dan Marino
Football Is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life. Joe Namath
My NFL pension can barely pay my son’s tuition. You know, it’s very little money. O J Simpson
I watch NFL football on Sundays. I enjoy gaming with friends, meaning role-playing games; I still enjoy going to conventions and travelling. George R R Martin
In the NFL, you have a short shelf life. As a running back, if you’re the first pick, and your NFL life expectancy is only 3.5-6 years, your first big contract might not come until three years in – well, you might never get there. They need to get those signing bonuses up front because nothing is guaranteed. Eric Dickerson
In our country, true teams rarely exist ... social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit ... Yet these rugby players. with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own. Victor Cahn
My specialty is the science of death. Concussion 2015 starring Will Smith & Alex Baldwin & Albert Brooks & Gugu Mbatha-Raw & David Morse & Arliss Howard & Mike O’Malley & Eddie Marsan & Hill Harper & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Stephen Moyer & Richard T Jones & Sam Neill et al, director Peter Landesman, hero to jury
You need to touch somebody alive once in a while. ibid. boss
I’m starting to forget things. I’m saying this crazy stuff to my kids … ibid. former player to Mike
You got to fix this in here … I’m dying in here … Just help me. ibid. Mike
Voices in his head … He did complain of dizziness … ibid.
Mike Webster sustained more than 70,000 blows to the head. ibid.
Playing football killed Mike Webster. And I am certain there are others. ibid.
They want you to say you made it all up … They’re terrified of you. ibid.
I have told you there will be more. ibid.
Have, will die from, CTE. ibid.
I don’t want to see any more of these men vanish in a pickup truck. ibid. former team doctor
In order for me to keep going more have to die. ibid.
This is bigger than they are. They have to listen to us now. ibid.
Your men. Men under your care … You took an oath; tell the truth … Men, your men, continue to die. ibid.
If you won’t speak for the dead, who will? ibid. her to him
The Times is calling it a potential epidemic. ibid. black geezer