Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.— Don Shula
Revolutionary Pro Football quotations
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.
I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.
Without a doubt in my mind, I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
You look at my stats without my USFL stats, and I don't know how you can argue with that. Look at my combined yards. I'm not one to make excuses, so I'll play by their rules and not even count the USFL stats.
Some of the money going to the rookies can now be spent on people who have proved their worth. After all, the average playing life of a pro football player is about eight years and it is only fitting that the veterans get something for their efforts.
Maybe a good rule in life is never become too important to do your own laundry.
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
Football is an honest game. It's true to life. It's a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.
Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.
Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like artist.
Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.
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.
I don't know whether I prefer Astroturf to grass. I never smoked Astroturf.
That's the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.
American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party.
Most football players are temperamental. That's 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental.
Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.
Pro football is a game; not a war. It's for win or lose, not life or death... but say that in the summer, for winter brings the playoffs, and a season is at stake.
I'm in pro football to win, to have the Raiders dominate, to have the Raiders global, and we're not going to be able to do that with a half-filled stadium.
It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.
The way to be successful is through preparation.
It doesn't just happen. You don't wake up one day and discover you're a lawyer any more than you wake up as a pro football player. It takes time.
Now that I'm retired, I want to say that all defensive linemen are sissies.
Pro Football Hall of Famer is something that everyone recognizes as the pinnacle of any achievement in sport. All the fame and all the recognition that we single out in various industries, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is really special.
You guys line up alphabetically by height.
On the field accolades are great, but in order to reach your full potential, you have to overstep the boundaries of football and go out into the community and be an All-Pro there too.
A good back makes his own holes. Anybody can run where the holes are.
No talking. Talking doesn't play football, talking isn't going to make you practice harder or play harder.
I want to be recognized as the best-no doubt about it.
When they say all-pro middle linebacker, I want them to mean Butkus!
I don't like to lose, and that isn't so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective.
If you give me anything less than your best, you're not only cheating yourself.
your coaches, your teamates, everybody in Green Bay, and everything pro football stands for. Your also cheating the Maker who gave you the talent.
In Montana, they renamed a town after an all-time great, Joe Montana.
Well, a town in Massachusetts changed their name to honor my guy Terry Bradshaw--Marblehead.
I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.
If you think I'm a loser, that I'm a bust, that's fine, but you don't know me.
I don't have a problem with people thinking I was a bad football player. I wasn't a particularly good pro football player. But I was a great college player, and that's something.
Pro sports are a tough business--whether you're in baseball, football, or something else. But when you're running around the bases after hitting a home run or jumping up and down after a touchdown, a little boy comes to the surface.
The worst thing that can happen to a man who gambles is to win
I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.