"Fewer than three touchdowns is not enough, and more than five is rubbing it in."
"We brought up our rookies much different than they do now. During training camp, if we went to a tavern and a rookie came in—well, he just didn't dare come in. Rookies found their own joints."
"A head coach is guided by this main objective: dig. claw, wheedle, coax that fanatical effort out of the players. You want them to play every Saturday as if they were planting the flag on Iwo Jima."
"We think Tarkenton uses audibles when we're chasing him. Audibles like 'Help.' "
"Gentlemen, you are about to play football for Yale against Harvard. Never in your lives will you do anything so important."
—T. A. D. JONES
"When you do everything right and the ball is on target, you get what I think is the biggest thrill in football—you get to run with the ball."
"To those who loved, as I did, the old-time football—the very thud of the ball, the scent of bruised grass, the mighty rush of a hundred men, the swift and cool defense—there is something insufficient in the presence of a whole university sitting and shivering in the chill wind around an arena where a few picked gladiators push and wrestle."
—COLONEL THOMAS HIGGINSON
"I was able to belt a lot of quarterbacks around. It was the only part of the game that I liked."
"There's no such thing as a 'brilliant' quarterback. He just happens to be the player calling the signals. When he calls the right one, he's a champ. When he calls the wrong one, he's a chump."