87 National Championships Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous National Championships Quotes (Best in 2024)

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In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best. — Althea Gibson

Individuals play the game, but teams win championships. — Unknown

To me, being the best means proving it in different countries and championships. — Cristiano Ronaldo

Anyone who doesn't win their conference has no business playing in the national championship game. — Nick Saban

Learn from your mistakes, make adjustments, and go out and compete again. That's the mark of championship spirit. — Randy Couture

The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did; studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward. — Gene Tunney

If it weren't for a new rule that came into being, we'd have played three years in a row in the championship game. — Al Davis

People don't know what it means to be champions. Oklahoma invented it. — Barry Switzer

For me, I'm focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it. — Usain Bolt

The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-hop, and 26 world championships. — Kurtis Blow

Short National Championships Quotes

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  • It’s easier to win the National Championship than the SEC, ask Nick Saban. — Steve Spurrier
  • Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion. — Magic Johnson
  • At Alabama, our players don't win Heisman Trophies. Our teams win National Championships. — Bear Bryant
  • Well, I think any national championship is an extremely important championship to play in. — Greg Norman
  • Everything about my life is about winning a national championship — Kyle Dake
  • To win a national championship, you've got to be a little lucky. — Lou Holtz
  • That's the whole goal, to win the national championship. You can't have a legacy without one. — Seimone Augustus
  • It's a long, hard, difficult process to make it to a national championship. — Hale Irwin
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When a nation becomes devoid of art and learning, it invites poverty. And when poverty comes it brings in its wake of thousands of crimes.

Championship Games Quotes

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. — Michael Jordan

I've got a Championship game to play and I'm excited about the opportunity of my damn strong football team to play in it. — Les Miles

I'm the head coach at LSU. I will be the head coach at LSU. I have no interest in talking to anybody else. I got a championship game to play, and I'm excited for the opportunity of my damn strong football team to play in it. Please ask me after. I'm busy. Thank you very much. Have a great day! — Les Miles

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The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.

So, yeah, I'm going to try to win the national championship next year. But I'm not going to kill myself doing it. I'm not going to kill my players either. You really start to realize there's a lot more to what we're trying to do then winning games — Geno Auriemma

In Dortmund, they say the derby is more important than the championship. You can feel it around the game. — Jurgen Klopp

I love the game of basketball, and as long as I can do that, keep playing and try to get some more championships with the organization, I’ll be happy. — Kawhi Leonard

Every game's a championship game. When we focus that way, get prepared that way-that this is it, you know, this is the last one, the biggest one-you get ready, you get amped up, you get that laser focus and you're ready to play. — Russell Wilson

I was told I would never make it because I'm too short. Well, I'm still too short, but I've got 10 All-Star games, two World Series championships, and I'm a very happy and contented guy. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart. — Kirby Puckett

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

Usually a championship team is built on a strong defense. That is something you can bring to every game. A great attack is always going to be inconsistent - at least on the scoreboard - that's the nature of the game. — Anson Dorrance

Winning Championships Quotes

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There are only two types of player-those who keep their nerves under control and win championships, and those who do not. — Harry Vardon

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The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves. — Mike Ditka

It takes a number of critical factors to win an NBA championship, including the right mix of talent, creativity, intelligence, toughness, and of course, luck. But if a team doesn’t have the most essential ingredient - love - none of those other factors matter. — Phil Jackson

If you do base your life on how many touchdowns you score, how many championships you win, then when you have a setback, then when you have an injury, you're not playing, or something goes wrong, your self-worth goes down. — Tim Tebow

I have short goals - to get better every day, to help my teammates every day - but my only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship. It's all that matters. I dream about it. I dream about it all the time, how it would look, how it would feel. It would be so amazing. — LeBron James

A lot of guys go through their whole careers and don't win a championship, but are still great coaches. — Chuck Daly

If you win a National Championship, or you win two, people think you have not only seen the Holy Grail, but you've embraced it. Basically, I do what a lot of people do, but I've been able to win. — Mike Krzyzewski

To win the Championship in the first year will be hard. We need time to become competitive and win races. — Valentino Rossi

It's all about winning. Stats really don't matter, I mean, guys have great series and all that, and people take notice and take their place in history with those stats and all that stuff. But at the end of the day, it's all about winning and what you can do to help your team get to that point. — Stephen Curry

Even championship-winning teams don't play well all the time. — Teddy Sheringham

Championship Team Quotes

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One thing about championship teams is that they're resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity. — Nick Saban

It's not about rugby, it's about young men. It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong. — Larry Gelwix

Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice. — Bobby Knight

Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards. — Pat Riley

College coaches measure success in championships. High School coaches measure success to titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles. — Paul McAllister

Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable. — Jason Kidd

My goal is to win in Milwaukee, bring a championship in the city, and make the team a lot better. So I would never leave for L.A. — Giannis Antetokounmpo

There are 3 basic differences between we British and you Americans. One, we speak English, and you don't. Two, when we have a "World Championship", we invite teams from other nations. Three, when you meet the British head of State, you only have to get down on one knee. — John Cleese

When you're trying to build or change a culture, what do you do? I always say to take players from state championship teams because they only know one thing -- winning. — John Calipari

It just feels good to say we're the best team in the world, with the best player in the world. — Klay Thompson

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More National Championships Quotes

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If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year. — Bobby Bowden

Edwards said the greatest moment of his career was winning the national championship. The lowest moment (of my career) happens every time we lose to Utah. — LaVell Edwards

Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn't give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one. — Mike Krzyzewski

Actually, the Kentucky moment was better than winning the two National Championships, because it was the epitome of what I try to get from a team in a crisis situation. — Mike Krzyzewski

I'd been ready too, because before Olympic Games, I wasn't compete in big competition like, World Championship, like European Championship. I just competed in national competition. — Olga Korbut

I was able to do Classics, the U.S. national championships and the Pan American Games and feel like I improved with each meet, but I was still struggling with a lot of residual pain from the two surgeries. — Shawn Johnson

The first time I managed to pick up a basketball I knew I was destined to lead the UK to another National championship. ... Even now, so many years later, I still believe Kentucky will go undefeated in March & win everything. — Hunter S. Thompson

I started at a 'learn to swim' scheme when I was about five-years-old. I did it to learn water safety, but it was fun and I loved the water. I went to a club, moved up through the ranks and got better and better before taking part in my first national championships. — Liam Tancock

When people ask me now if I miss coaching UCLA basketball games, the national championships, the attention, the trophies, and everything that goes with them, I tell them this: I miss the practices. — John Wooden

During my 40-year coaching career at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech, my teams reached the Final Four on five occasions, winning the national championship three times. — Bobby Knight

There is not that many players that really can take over games, signed Candace Parker, I really felt like at that time that a National Championship was certainly in reach. — Pat Summitt

I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces. — Pat Summitt

An incident that left an impression on me was the 1999 sub-junior national boxing championship held in Calcutta. I had trained extremely hard to get there but got kicked out in the first round itself. 'If others can win, why can't you?' I repeatedly asked myself. — Vijender Singh

People want national championship banners. People want to talk about Indiana being competitive. How do we get there? We don't get there with milk and cookies. — Bobby Knight

When your are playing for the national championship, it's not a matter of life or death. It's more important than that. — Duffy Daugherty

The one I was driving for at the time, Nissan, they pulled out after they won the championship, because it was costing millions of pounds to do a national championship and ok, that might be ok when you're doing an international championship, but not for a national one. — David Leslie

Somebody asked me - you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, 'I'm a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.' — John Wooden

Our dad made everything competitive for me and brother. It always was a world championship, a national championship, Big 10 championship. It was always at stake in everything we did. — John Harbaugh

When I retired from the championships in 2012, I had finished in fourth place in the international division, second place in nationals, and first in our state three years in a row. This journey not only helped me overcome my fears, it taught me discipline and perseverance. The biggest medals were the friendships that I still enjoy today. — Emily Carpenter

The thing I wanted to focus on first was that I wanted to graduate, and (with me) coming back, I knew that I wanted another national championship. Another national championship is everyone's main goal, but we have to take it one game at a time. We can't get ahead of ourselves. We've got Washington first, then we'll see what happens. — Will Smith

In a country that never wins anything: in Canada, if one of our athletes so much as makes the final in a World Championship, we declare a national holiday. — Malcolm Gladwell

In 1948, I began coaching basketball at UCLA. Each hour of practice we worked very hard. Each day we worked very hard. Each week we worked very hard. Each season we worked very hard. Four fourteen years we worked very hard and didn't win a national championship. However, a national championship was won in the fifteenth year. Another in the sixteenth. And eight more in the following ten years. — John Wooden

Look, I won in high school, I won a national championship in college, I want to win one in the NBA. But winning a gold medal, I don't think anything can top that. — Carmelo Anthony

My biggest frustration with the Heisman is it's become the MVP of the national champion, or a team going to the National Championship game. That's what it's turned into. If you're not undefeated, you're out of the running. — Doug Flutie

I can honestly say that two weeks after the national championship year, I'd forgotten about it and started laying the groundwork for spring practice. And so every year, that's been the thing that's motivated me. . . . — Sayings

There's nothing easy about winning a game in the National Football League, let alone winning a championship, things that we've done in the past. However, that's in the past. — Rodney Harrison

If the UCLA teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s were subjected to the kind of scrutiny (other schools) have been, UCLA would probably have to forfeit about eight national championships and be on probation for the next 100 years. — Bill Walton

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