Gentlemen, This Is a Football: Football's Best Quotes and Quips

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Eric Zweig
Firefly Books, 2006 - Humor - 176 pages
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"Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck."
- Don Shula

Football has changed the way we speak, adding new words and rewriting the definitions of old ones. NFL games dominate Sunday's television ratings as millions of fans tune in to watch their favorite teams.

Gentlemen, This is a Football is a quote from Vince Lombardi, and this book celebrates more of the wit and wisdom in the game of football. Fascinating quotations taken from superstars and celebrities will engage fans of all ages, who will find plenty to cheer about here.

These quotes mix the hilarious with the sarcastic and the sincere with laugh-out-loud zingers. Of course there are groaners -- and lots of "oops" moments, too. Here's a small sampling:

  • Terry Bradshaw couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A. (Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson)
  • Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the hell you're doing. (Peyton Manning)
  • Most football players are temperamental. That's 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental. (Doug Plank)
  • Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing. (Vince Lombardi)
  • Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football. (John Heisman)
  • Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. (Joe Theismann)
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    About the author (2006)

    Eric Zweig writes for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun and is also the author/editor of dozens of books, including Home Plate Don't Move. He is a third-generation football fan who, when eight years old, had Joe Theismann sign his cast.

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