Throughout the history of college football, the lessons learned by those on the gridiron have been more than just guiding principles for how to become a great athlete. The trials and tribulations of the competitors who coach and play the game can inspire people from all walks of life, on and off the field. Many up-and-coming football stars exude a level of perseverance and teamwork that makes them valuable role models for anyone looking to achieve greatness. Here, we’ve compiled 10 motivating modicums of wisdom from some of college football’s finest talents through the years.
If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.
— Nick Saban, head coach, Alabama
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
— Roger Staubach, quarterback, Navy
The more I heard that I couldn’t make it, the more I was determined to do it.
— Archie Griffin, running back, Ohio State
No one has ever drowned in sweat.
— Lou Holtz, head coach, Notre Dame
If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?
— Joe Namath, quarterback, Alabama
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
— Bo Jackson, running back, Auburn
Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.
— Paul “Bear” Bryant, head coach, Alabama
Success is the peace of mind you get knowing you did everything you could to be the best you can be.
— Eric LeGrand, defensive tackle, Rutgers
The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.
— Peyton Manning, quarterback, Tennessee
Always remember, Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.
— James “Shug” Jordan, head coach, Auburn
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