"I do know that if a boy wants to play football and for any reason you keep him from it, you will probably find that his character—or his temper, at least—will not improve."
"Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors."
"Tackling is more natural than blocking. If a man is running down the street with everything you own, you won't let him get away. That's tackling."
"There is something in the swoop and shock of a hard tackle at the knees which stirs a racial memory and satisfies an ancient desire."
—MAJOR FRANK CAVANAUGH
"Football has become so complicated, the student will find it a recreation to go to classes."
—T. S. ELIOT
"I'm for the upperdog. I was for the underdog because I was one. Now I see the pressures that are on the upperdog.... The average fan cannot appreciate the pressure and emotional peak you must reach each week to keep from getting knocked off your perch at the top."
"Never tell 'em how many lettermen you've got coming back. Tell 'em how many you lost."
"When I'm traveling. I ask farm boys how to get to a certain place. If they point with their finger. I move on. If they pick up the plow and point with it. I stop and sell them on the University of Minnesota."
"It's a lot tougher to be a football coach than a President. You've got four years as a President, and they guard you. A coach doesn't have anyone to protect him when things go wrong."
"If lessons are learned in defeat, as they say, our team is really getting a great education."