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1. "Well, you're not a man because you like football and you're not a woman because you're attracted to men and you're not a chick because you like to be the one who gives and you're not a dude because you like to receive or because sometimes you cry at dumb movies."
Author: Abigail Tarttelin
2. "I only started concentrating on football as a career when I left school at 18. I played golf for the Scottish and British boys' teams."
Author: Alan Hansen
3. "With the club now in administration and concern about where the money for land sale has gone, I know there are huge commercial difficulties to be resolved, but I hope that football will once again become the most important issue."
Author: Anne Campbell
4. "Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces."
Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
5. "I am basically turning football players into sprinters for a while. When we first talked about it, I didn't know how my expertise could be used."
Author: Ato Boldon
6. "What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball."
Author: Bill Shankly
7. "When I won the world championship, in 1972, the United States had an image of, you know, a football country, a baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country."
Author: Bobby Fischer
8. "If you grew up in a household with a football coach who looks like a drill sergeant, you would think you would be tough."
Author: Brett Favre
9. "Now Jack Charlton wasn't wrong, I was a bad footballer."
Author: Craig Johnston
10. "Why isn't it fun to watch a videotape of last night's football game even when we don't know who won? Because the fact that the game has already been played precludes the possibility that our cheering will somehow penetrate the television, travel through the cable system, find its way to the stadium, and influence the trajectory of the ball as it hurtles toward the goalposts!"
Author: Daniel Gilbert
11. "The manager sits down with me; I sit down with the board. We assess the success of the year. The manager assesses whose coming through the academy system. His job is to look at what is happening in European and world football."
Author: David Gill
12. "Arsene Wenger's idea is not only to play good football. It's to play good football to win. In my day, we knew that with our style we could hurt teams and win trophies too. But we did it our way, with the positional game, passing, movement."
Author: Dennis Bergkamp
13. "Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck."
Author: Don Shula
14. "On game day, until five o'clock or so, the white desert light held off the essential Sunday gloom—autumn sinking into winter, loneliness of October dusk with school the next day—but there was always a long still moment toward the end of those football afternoons where the mood of the crowd turned and everything grew desolate and uncertain, onscreen and off, the sheet-metal glare off the patio glass fading to gold and then gray, long shadows and night falling into desert stillness, a sadness I couldn't shake off, a sense of silent people filing toward the stadium exits and cold rain falling in college towns back east."
Author: Donna Tartt
15. "The real fans of football come from the working class. Now they cannot afford to come and watch the game."
Author: Eric Cantona
16. "The Olympic stadium may have been built only in the early 1970s but it was clear for a long time it had no future. For many reasons it is not good enough for modern football and today's fans."
Author: Franz Beckenbauer
17. "Football needs its roots, it needs its connection with the supporters. But those in charge seem to think they can do without them."
Author: Graham Taylor
18. "The positions I played in football, being a quarterback and a defensive back, you had to kind of have a little independent thinking."
Author: Hale Irwin
19. "In football, like in life, you must learn to play within the rules of the game."
Author: Hayden Fry
20. "But you're wrong about that hating business. I mean about hating football players and all. You really are. I don't hate too many guys. What I may do, I may hate them for a little while, like this guy Stradlater I knew at Pencey or this other boy, Robert Ackley. I hated them once in a while- I admit it- but it doesn't last too long, is what I mean. After a while, if I didn't see them, if they didn't come in the room, or if I din't see them in the dining room for a couple of meals, I sort of missed them. I mean I sort of missed them."
Author: J.D. Salinger
21. "It may be the kind where, at the age of thirty, you sit in some bar hating everybody who comes in looking as if he might have played football in college. Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, 'Its a secret between he and I.' Or you may end up in some business ofice, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer."
Author: J.D. Salinger
22. "The ship itself was about as long as a football field, or some other really long thing, given that may honestly could never remember how long football fields were. A hundred yards? That was like three hundred feet, wasn't it? The boat did seem long, but she was over five feet tall herself, and that's be like sixty of her end to end. Only sixty? Or was that a lot of herselves? Stupid analogies. The boat was big, that should cover it."
Author: James Riley
23. "But I just want to be known for my football."
Author: Jamie Redknapp
24. "Fantasy football is not only a good thing, but a great thing."
Author: Jay Mohr
25. "I feel 21. I've looked after myself and take my football seriously."
Author: Jermain Defoe
26. "As football players you have all the experience on the field. You don't have the experience off the field."
Author: John Elway
27. "In all the years that I've been in football - I went directly from coaching to broadcasting - I never really had a lot of experience watching it."
Author: John Madden
28. "So I know all about the ups and downs of football, I know that one day I will be sacked."
Author: Jose Mourinho
29. "Scott Waldron.' 'What?' Robbie's lip curled in a glimace of disgust. 'The jockstrap? Why, does he need you to teach him how to read?' I scowled at him. 'Just because he's captain of the football team doesn't mean you can be a jerk. Or are you jealous?' 'Oh, of course, that's it,' Robbie said with a sneer. 'I've always wanted the IQ of a rock. No, wait. That would be an insult to the rock..."
Author: Julie Kagawa
30. "As for football in L.A., it's going to take a loooong time before another team comes here."
Author: Leigh Steinberg
31. "I've grown up watching football my whole life."
Author: Marisa Miller
32. "If you look at football over the last 50 years there has been a gradual decrease in goals, you don't see too many 10-nils these days, but two, three or four goals per game is a good spectacle."
Author: Michael Owen
33. "You know I'll never say no, and Nate's so dedicated, I think he loves our alpha more than me.""I resent that," Nate grumbled. "I might love football more than you, but definitely not Lucas's ugly mug."
Author: Nalini Singh
34. "I know I had been successful in football. I had been successful in broadcasting. I didn't think that anything could touch me. I thought, I can beat anything."
Author: Pat Summerall
35. "Mostly I play sports games - football and basketball. 'Inside Drive' and 'NFL Fever.'"
Author: Paul Pierce
36. "I somewhere along the way became fascinated with exploring characters who are willing to put themselves into violent situations, whether it's football, hockey, boxing, being a cop, being a soldier. There's not a lot of people who are willing to put themselves into those situations."
Author: Peter Berg
37. "Soft sun shone down on a misty cathedral at the opposite end of a football-field length courtyard. The cathedral had a long pointed tower with beautiful rose and ivory stained glass windows. Pink-petal flowers and deep green ivy climbed the stones from the ground to it's roof. A large fountain stood in the middle of the courtyard with water falling from several lion's heads. Between the misty air and rolling slope of the earth, the grounds reminded me of a long lost fairy tale."
Author: Priya Ardis
38. "I had actually gone to a church-related college, but I went on a football scholarship, not because of any interest in the church."
Author: R. C. Sproul
39. "Well, I've learned a lot from Bill Belichick. I've said time and time again, before I got to New England, I thought I knew a lot about football. But I think he taught me a lot from A to Z. I still carry it to this day."
Author: Randy Moss
40. "I haven't seen a new football play since I was in high school. You have just so many holes in a line and you have eleven men playing, and there's only so many ways you can go through those holes, and those ways have been used for forty, fifty years."
Author: Red Grange
41. "Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye."
Author: Roger Kahn
42. "Sometimes I miss coaching, but often things are not how they appear in football."
Author: Ruud Gullit
43. "Does it matter?--losing your legs?...For people will always be kind,And you need not show that you mindWhen the others come in after footballTo gobble their muffins and eggs.Does it matter?--losing your sight?...There's such splendid work for the blind;And people will always be kind,As you sit on the terrace rememberingAnd turning your face to the light.Do they matter?--those dreams from the pit?...You can drink and forget and be glad,And people won't say that you're mad;For they'll know that you've fought for your country,And no one will worry a bit."
Author: Siegfried Sassoon
44. "There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don't have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren't lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is."
Author: Stephen Fry
45. "Why was it considered normal for a girl to live for fashion and makeup, but not car engines or bugs? And what about sports fanatics? My mom had a boyfriend who would flip out if he missed even a minute of a football game. Wouldn't that be what doctors considered autistic behavior?"
Author: Tara Kelly
46. "In football you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it's the last game that everyone has seen."
Author: Thierry Henry
47. "I'm blessed to have a little bit of success in football."
Author: Tim Tebow
48. "And when I go around and talk to schools, what I tell the kids are, first of all, you have to accept each other's differences. Some of you are going to be a crappy football player, some of you are going to be a great mathematician. Whatever it is, accept each other's differences and help prop each other up."
Author: Vince Flynn
49. "The game of football is one of strategy and tactics."
Author: Woody Hayes
50. "This has been the century of strangers, brown, yellow and white. This has been the century of the great immigrant experiment. It is only this late in the day that you can walk into a playground and find Isaac Leung by the fish pond, Danny Rahman in the football cage, Quang O'Rourke bouncing a basketball, and Irie Jones humming a tune. Children with first and last names on a direct collision course. Names that secrete within them mass exodus, cramped boats and planes, cold arrivals, medical checks. It is only this late in the day, and possibly only in Willesden, that you can find best friends Sita and Sharon, constantly mistaken for each other because Sita is white (her mother liked the name) and Sharon is Pakistani (her mother thought it best — less trouble)."
Author: Zadie Smith

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