USA Today has a list of the 40 best sports quotes of all time, whether they’re funny, inspirational, or just about winning and losing.  Here are the Top Three in each category:


Inspirational Quotes:

1.  Mario Andretti:  “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”

2.  Mickey Mantle:  “During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times.  I struck out about 1,700 times, and walked maybe 1,800 times . . .

“You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season.  That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.”

3.  Martina Navratilova:  “I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had their career.”


Funny Quotes:

1.  Former NFL star Terrell Owens:  “I love me some me.”

2.  Former tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis:  “Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”  He said this after defeating Jimmy Connors, who’d beaten him 16 straight times.

3.  Muhammad Ali:  “I should be a postage stamp.  That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”


About Winning and Losing:

1.  Former NFL coach Vince Lombardi:  “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

2.  Former NCAA basketball coach Bobby Knight:  “The key is not the will to win . . . everybody has that.  It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

3.  Former NFL coach and owner Paul Brown:  “When you win, say nothing.  When you lose, say less.”

There’s also this classic from Michael Jordan:  Quote, “I’ve never lost a game.  I just ran out of time.”


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