Observations apropos of the opening of the gridiron season:
"Football is nothyng but bestely fury and extreme violence, whereof procedeth hurte, and consequently rancour and malice do remayne with thym that be wounded, wherefore it is to be put in perpetuall silence."
—SIR THOMAS ELYOT
"It's pretty hard to describe how that feels, throwing a pass and seeing a man catch it and seeing him in the end zone and seeing the referee throw his arms up in the air, signaling a touchdown, signaling that you've done just what you set out to do. It's an incredible feeling. It's like your whole body is bursting with happiness.
"I guess there's only one thing in the world that compares with it."
"To watch a football game is to be in prolonged neurotic doubt as to what you're seeing. It's more like an emergency happening at a distance than a game. I don't wonder the spectators take to drink."
"A good coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback, but not necessarily in that order."
"When a person looks at a game of football, he tends to see a reflection of his own life. If it's mainly violence and getting ahead and winning at all costs, he'll tend to see that in the game. Or if life is mainly statistics and numbers and measurements, he'll tend to see that.... People look at the game and project their own reality onto it."
"I won't mention the name of this particular team we were playing, but at half-time we came in, pulled off our socks and began putting iodine on the teeth marks in our legs. Coach Bob Zuppke said, 'I'll tell you one thing: if we ever play this team again, it'll be on a Friday.' "
"Football is a sensible game—but it is surrounded by crazy people."
"If I can hit a man hard enough so he has to be carried off the field. I'll be glad to help him off."