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Football Game on Armistice Day, circa 1935
Source: Department of the Interior. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Number NRE-75-SR(PHO)-5292, NARA's Central Plains Region (Kansas City, MO).

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"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that."
- Bill Shankly

"Gentleman, this is a football."
- Vince Lombardi

"There will always be hope for our country as long as more people watch 'Monday Night Football' than 'Friends.'"
Michael Logsdon

"Update: Last week 4.7 million more people watched 'Friends' than 'Monday Night Football.' I think I'm going to move to Canada."
Michael Logsdon

"A lot of fans were drawn to me because they knew that whatever the score was, I was going to run as hard as I could on every play. You don't have that now, you have guys waiting for next week or even next year."
Walter Payton

"We can't run. We can't pass. We can't stop the run. We can't stop the pass. We can't kick. Other than that, we're just not a very good football team right now."
Bruce Coslet, on the Bengals' 1997 season

"He was too small for football and he got tired of sitting on the bench all the time."
Ray Prefontaine about son, Steve Prefontaine

"At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact."
George Plimpton

"Baseball is what we were, football is what we have become."
Mary McGrory

"Confidence is a very fragile thing."
Joe Montana

"Like many athletes, I played in college for the chance to play in the pros. In the years since I retired, Iíve come to realize that the education I got in college was for life. I will have it forever and for that I am incredibly grateful."
Pat Toomay

"George was watching NFL playoff
The drama, appreciating
Supposedly he gagged on a pretzel
Or was it the officiating?"
Blackie Sherrod, The Dallas Morning News, 1/27/02

"Whatís the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence."
Terry Bradshaw

"Tom Landry wore a coat, a tie, a hat and an expression that revealed nothing as he stood on the sideline, arms folded, watching his Dallas Cowboys at work. Hockey pucks show more emotion. He was the Great Stoneface, but nobody gives you grief about that if you go to five Super Bowls and win a couple of them."
Ron Green, Sr., The Charlotte Observer, 1/24/02

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. "
Tom Landry

"I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it."
Gale Sayers

"You don't have to win it, just don't lose it."
Ray Lewis, Baltimore linebacker to quarterback, Elvis Grbac

"Playing football in the morning is like eating cabbage for breakfast."
Pressbox maxim

"Tis the day before Christmas and all through the league, The upcoming playoffs are filled with intrigue. Who will be left standing when it's all said and done? Who will proclaim, 'We did it, we won!'?"
A Christmas poem for the gridiron prone by Bob Frantz, Special to The Examiner, 12/24/01

"Iowa and Minnesota play for a pig, a statuette rendition of the actual brother of a porcine star of a Will Rogers movie. I would like to remind you that this is, on balance, a marvelous nation. "
Chuck Culpepper, The Oregonian, in a run-down of the weekly college football top 25, 11/16/01.

"Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings."
George Will

"I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master. "
Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rooseveltís Letters to His Children

"So instead of the Super Bowl, we've got the Stupor Bowl. Two once-proud teams, now 0-4 and stumbling through the season like zombies. And if you think the Cowboys are bad (and they are), the Redskins are so bad that every few plays you have to put a mirror under thieir noses to make sure they're still breathing."
Tony Kornheiser, Washington Post sports columnist, No Joke, This Game is Good for a Laugh, Monday, October 15, 2001.

"The honor of my race, family and self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will. My whole body and soul are to be thrown recklessly about the field. Every time the ball is snapped, I will be trying to do more than my part...Fight low, with your eyes open and toward the play. Watch out for crossbucks and reverse end runs. Be on your toes every minute if you expect to make good. Jack."
Jack Trice, Iowa State football player who died from injuries received on the football field in October 1923, from a note written to himself and found in his coat pocket following his death. Source: Here's a sports inspiration Saga of a young black man has had a profound impact at mostly white Iowa State, by Sports Columnist, Kevin B. Blackistone for The Dallas Morning News (9/29/01).

"In short, in life, as in a foot-ball game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don't foul and don't shirk, but hit the line hard!"
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life (1900)

"Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you're crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you've got patience. They'd both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy—and a little more patient."
Bo Jackson, Raiders running back and Royals outfielder

"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, author of The Answer is Baseball

"If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother."
Bo Jackson

"It is better to give a lick than receive one. If anybody got in my way, I tried to run right through them."
Bo Jackson

"No talking. Talking doesn't play football, talking isn't going to make you practice harder or play harder."
Ken Simonton, OSU senior, after a disastrous season opener, in response to the question, "Do the seniors on the OSU team need to spend some time talking to the younger players about what is needed to right the ship?"

"When I get the ball, for some reason I see holes. I'm not really sure how."
Mike Bass, playing for University of Hawaii

"No pro football player should die of heatstroke, any more than cholera, in this day and age if the most basic attention is paid and precautions are taken."
Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist for The Washington Post on Korey Stringer's death due to heatstroke.

"Distance running to a professional athlete in my day was five laps around the field. And you stopped each lap to take your pulse."
Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steeler

"I just wrap my arms around the whole backfield and peel 'em one by one until I get to the ball carrier. Him I keep."
Big Daddy Lipscomb, former NFL defensive tackle on his tackling technique

"My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget."
E.J. Holub, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, on his 12 knee operations

"When it's third and ten, you can take the milk drinkers and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."
Max McGee, former Green Bay Packers receiver

"I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important —like a league game or something."
Dick Butkus, former Chicago Bears linebacker

"When in doubt, punt!"
John Heisman

"Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football."
John Heisman

"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer."
John Madden

"How'd you like that one, God?"
Joe Don Looney, talented running back who could also kick, after sending up a sixty-yard punt during a practice session with Baltimore Colts.

"A good back makes his own holes. Anybody can run where the holes are."
Joe Don Looney, running back from Oklahoma, first draft pick by New York Giants in 1963, later traded to Baltimore Colts, giving his reason for missing training camp and his refusal to learn plays.

"It's probably similar to being in New York City and having a cab driver behind you and you're driving too slow. It's not the most pleasant thing."
Barry Sanders, on what defensive backs who played against him compared him to.

"Maybe a good rule in life is never become too important to do your own laundry."
Barry Sanders former Running Back of Detroit Lions

"What's one more torpedo in a sinking ship."
Lynn Dickey, Packers quarterback's response when asked why he was preparing to play considering he had suffered career injuries including a dislocated hipbone, shattered hip socket, broken fibula, severe tendinitis, plus so many repairs that he couldn't remember them all.

"Excuse me, but it's always been an emotional game. Did Sam Huff do a dumb dance when he knocked down Jim Brown? Did Walter Payton need to celebrate all those touchdowns? But now, with players having a highlight mentality, it's out of control."
Leonard Shapiro, Washington Post, "Showboating is Way Overboard"

"I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack; with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing. "
Deacon Jones

"Football is a very short-term proposition. Football really prepares you for nothing. The only thing I got out of football was the ability to work hard, and that's it."
Gale Sayers

Jimmy Brown"I had two heroes, John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Then one day I saw Jim Brown and I said, that's the way I want to look. Jim Brown represents a dream come true for every young man who wanted to be something, especially in the '60's. We saw in him everything we wanted to be."
George Foreman

"That Jim Brown. He says he isn't Superman. What he really means is that Superman isn't Jimmy Brown!"
Attributed to an NFL player who played against Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns.

"We were sitting around figuring out how this team came together and we realized that we are a collection of southern California rejects and Oregon white trash."
Jonathan Smith, Oregon State University Quarterback, just prior to OSU's 23-13 win over Oregon in the 104th Civil War, 11/18/2000.

"Hey, we're like soldiers. Would you go to the Roman army and ask them if they thought they were going to win the battle? If I didn't think we could win, I wouldn't be here. I'd stay home and get fat."
Ken Simonton, OSU tailback before the 30th Fiesta Bowl

"I think the Civil War should be played in Corvallis every year. It's an ugly game, played against an ugly team, in an ugly stadium, in an ugly town. "
Brian Vik, long-time UO fan

"Everyone has their nightmares of the Donut Bowl."
Neal Zoumboukos, UO offensive line coach speaking of the 1983 Civil War, which ended in a 0-0 tie.

"I remember the Fog Bowl here in 1993. At about halftime, the fog rolled in and just covered Autzen Stadium. The fog was so thick that fans sitting on the north side couldn't see the press box on the south side."
Justin Wilcox, cornerback, UO 1996-99. Oregon lost the Fog Bowl, 15-12.

"At the end of practice, instead of running wind sprints or something, we always ran this drill called the 'Burma Road,' which was a God-awful drill where you had to run into big blocking dummies and jump over them. He'd just run you until you didn't have anything left. There was always that fear that you might have to try it another time. Naturally, you associated the 'Burma Road' with a loss."
Bob Grim, OSU end, 1964-66, describing graduate assistant at the time, Rich Brooks' drill in preparation for the Civil War.

"I got into a few games after they were hopelessly won or hopelessly lost, you know, when they put the substitutes in, and finally the water boy, and then me.
That is the way it worked."
Richard M. Nixon, explaining his football playing days
at the dedication of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Utica.

"You're kind of numb after 50 shots to the head."
Jim Harbaugh, played four years with University of Michigan, seven seasons for Chicago Bears before becoming a free agent and going to Indianopolis.

"Itís not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Archie Griffen, two-time Heisman winner

"What about football? Is it a sport or a concussion?"
Jim Murray, L.A. Times

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