Whether your mantra is Hotty Toddy, Geaux Tigers, or Role Tide, you’re bound to enjoy these inspirational football quotes.

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Below the Mason–Dixon we have four seasons: spring, summer, winter, and football. It's no secret that Southern folks love their football. As soon the weather starts to cool, we break out our team jerseys and go-to game day recipes. Whether your mantra is Hotty Toddy, Geaux Tigers, or Role Tide, you're bound to enjoy these inspirational football quotes. We searched high and low to find the football quotes that are sure to excite you long before kickoff. Players, coaches, and fans alike come together in this collection of quotes to share some wisdom about the beloved game. Some allude to the importance of hard work, while others speak about simply leaving everything they have on the field. Some of the most famous football quotes in this group focus on the depth of the game. They argue it's more than tossing around the pigskin. Read through these quotes and sayings for the ultimate game day motivation.

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“You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.” –Joe Paterno
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“Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” –Vince Lombardi
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“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” –Mike Ditka
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"Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz
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“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” –John Madden
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“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” –John Madden

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vince Lombardi
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“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vince Lombardi

“No one ever drowned in sweat.” –Lou Holtz
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“No one ever drowned in sweat.” –Lou Holtz

“No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it.” –Ray Lewis
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“No matter the circumstances you may be going through, just push through it.” Ray Lewis

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” –George S. Halas
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“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” –George S. Halas

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size in the fight of the dog.” –Archie Griffin
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“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size in the fight of the dog.” – Archie Griffin

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” –Terry Bradshaw
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“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” –Terry Bradshaw

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” –Vince Lombardi
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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” –Vince Lombardi

“When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” –Adrian Peterson
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"I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved." –Urban Meyer
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“I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.” –Emmitt Smith
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“I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.” –Emmitt Smith

“There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything.” –Vince Lombardi
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“There is only one way to succeed in anything…and that is to give it everything.” –Vince Lombardi

"You cannot make progress with excuses." –Cam Newton
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"You cannot make progress with excuses." – Cam Newton

"Success isn't owned, it's leased. And rent is due every day." –J.J. Watt
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"Success isn't owned, it's leased. And rent is due every day." J.J. Watt

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from defeat.” –Paul Brown
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“It’s not the will to win that matters. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” –Paul “Bear” Bryant
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“It’s not the will to win that matters. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” Paul “Bear” Bryant

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi
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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” - Vince Lombardi

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” –Bo Jackson
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“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” Bo Jackson

“To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” –Sean Payton
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“To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” Sean Payton

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"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." –Jerry Rice
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"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."Jerry Rice

"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." –Vince Lombardi
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"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there."Vince Lombardi

“Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” –J.J. Watt
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“Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” J.J. Watt

“The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” –Peyton Manning
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“The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.”Peyton Manning

"If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today." –Lou Holtz
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“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” –Vince Lombardi
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"When you're GOOD at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're GREAT at something, they'll tell you."--Walter Payton
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"When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you." - Walter Payton