54 Informative Quotes About Game Preparation from American Football Players and Coaches

Playing a sport without prior training is akin to joining a combat without a weapon to defend with. Being prepared for any eventuality and having a strong desire to attain one’s goals allows one to confidently overcome any hurdle.

In this post, we’ll look at various perspectives and ideas on the importance of game preparation through quotes from top football sportsmen and former players, the majority of whom took coaching to share their expertise with future generations.

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  1. I think the key is to be able to focus on your preparation.  You can’t let the other distractions and the magnitude of the game take you away from what you need to do next. Aaron Rodgers, football player.

  2. You need to show up prepared to play, expect the unexpected, and know exactly what you are going to do. Aaron Rodgers, football player.

  3. It [preparation] goes back to what you’re doing in your spare time and what you’re doing with your time in the facility. Being a pro is all about making sure you’re as ready as possible by the time the game hits. – Aaron Rodgers, football player.

  4. For me, it’s always been about preparation, and the more prepared I can be each week, the less pressure I feel and the more confident I am. As your confidence grows, it’s only natural that the pressure you feel diminishes. – Aaron Rodgers, football player.

  5. Usually I sacrifice sleep earlier in the week and then as you get closer to the game trying to get back on your sleep schedule. – Patrick Mahomes II, football player.

  6. Every single day you have to make an impact not just for yourself but for the people around you. The key is to prepare mentally, not just physically, so that when the unexpected happens on the gridiron you’ll be ready. – Patrick Mahomes II, football player.

  7. The most important thing for me is to be prepared. I grew up watching a man who is up there with the best quarterbacks in the history of our great game – Tom Brady. – Patrick Mahomes II, football player appreciating the work ethics of Tom Brady.

  8. If you don’t know what you’re going to do before you do it, you are at a massive disadvantage. Hesitation is weakness, and if the opposition can find your weakness quickly, they will target it. – Patrick Mahomes II, football player.

  9. If you want to perform at the highest level, you have to prepare at the highest level mentally. – Tom Brady, football player.

  10. Knowing what your strengths are and weaknesses are and trying to build on those things and being open to changing those things is something that I’ve really worked hard at. – Tom Brady, football player.

  11. If I don’t play my best, why am I disappointed? Because I could’ve, should’ve played better, done better, worked harder, prepared more. – Tom Brady, football player.

  12. I believe pressure is what you make of it. If you prepare yourself, then there’s not going to be pressure. – Jalen Ramsey, football player.

  13. I have always been a firm believer that if you focus on the process, the result takes care of itself. – Drew Brees, football player.

  14. You have to start with the process and preparation. Just understanding that if you do not just go out on Sunday and snap your fingers and it happens. – Drew Brees, football player.

  15. Once you begin to reap the benefits or see the success from the work from the preparation that is what brings them [players] the confidence and the momentum. – Drew Brees, football player.

  16. Even when I’m not the starter, prepare like the starter. – Derrick Henry, football player.

  17. I’ve always shown up, always been prepared. Everything I do comes back to the example I want to set. – Brett Favre, former football quarterback.

  18. Talent, effort, & preparation – What does it take to get to the NFL lifelong dream. – Barry Sanders, former football player.

  19. Most of the people around you don’t understand what it takes [to succeed]. It takes a lot of preparation.  – Barry Sanders, former football player.

  20. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performances. – Ray Lewis, Former football player.

  21. I prepare so no one can take what is mine, no one can replace my mind, my heart. – Ray Lewis, Former football player.

  22. I’ve learned over those years that there were three things that were a big part of [the team’s success] – Preparation, work ethic and trust. – Joe Montana, former football quarterback.

  23. Don’t complain about not getting a chance and then be unprepared when you finally do.– Joe Montana, former football quarterback.

  24. The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best. These are trademarks of champions. – Dan Marino, former football quarterback.

  25. Preparation creates confidence. – Bobby Wagner, football player.


Quotes about game preparation from American football coaches

  1. Every battle is won before it’s fought. It’s all about preparation. You know what you’re doing and you have an idea what the opponent’s going to do – what their strengths and weaknesses are. – Bill Belichick, professional football coach.

  2. Leave as little to chance as possible. Preparation is the key to success. – Paul Brown, former football coach.

  3. If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job. – Tom Landry, football coach.

  4. I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game. – Tom Landry, football coach.

  5. The will to prepare is more important than the will to succeed. – Tom Landry, football coach.

  6. A Successful leader has to be innovative. Innovation starts with preparation and knowledge.  – Tom Landry, football coach.

  7. Real motivation is built up over time and its foundation is preparation. Careful preparation fosters confidence.  – Tom Landry, football coach.

  8. When you’re thorough in your preparation, you can almost go on automatic pilot and reduce the chance of making emotional and ill–considered decisions. – Bill Walsh, football coach.

  9. I couldn’t control that 20 percent of each game. However, the rest of it—80 percent—could be under my control with comprehensive planning and preparation. – Bill Walsh, football coach.

  10. The more preparation you have prior to the conflict, the more you can do in a clinical situation, the better off you will be. – Bill Walsh, football coach.

  11. When you prepare for everything, you’re ready for anything. – Bill Walsh, football coach.

  12. The most interesting thing about this sport, at least to me, is the activity of preparation–any aspect of preparation for the games. The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing. – Chuck Noll,  professional football coach.

  13. The more you prepare beforehand, the more relaxed and creative and effective you’ll be when it counts. – Bill Parcells, former football coach.

  14. Leave as little to chance as possible. Preparation is the key to success. – Paul Brown, football coach.

  15. At some point in life’s journey, professionally and personally, we have to be able to trust our preparation. – Tony Dungy,  football coach.

  16. A winning effort begins with preparation. – Joe Gibbs, football coach.

  17. If you have everything prepared, the rest will take care of itself. Marv Levy, former football coach.

  18. Winning is the science of being totally prepared. – George Allen,  former football coach.

  19. Be humble enough to prepare and confident enough to perform. Tom Coughlin, former football coach.

  20. Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face. – Tom Landry, former American football player.


Quotes on game preparation from Peyton Manning, a former American football player

  1. I could actually get lost in the intense focus of figuring things out that others may never even look at. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  2. You have to work the plan. Our job starts with knowing better, but it has to end with doing better. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  3. At some point you are going to have to come from behind. When that happens, my advice is to play smart, not scared. How? By relentless preparation. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  4. I never left a field feeling I could have done more to prepare myself, regardless of the outcome. The teams I was on, our best players were our best practicers. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  5. Preparation was where I always thought I could get an edge. I couldn’t out throw anybody, I certainly couldn’t outrun anybody, but I could out–prepare others. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  6. When you prepare meticulously you should be able to bank on making fast-twitch decisions in high pressure situations. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  7. Pressure is what you feel only when you don’t know what you’re doing.” You shouldn’t feel pressure if you prepared as hard as you could. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  8. preparing to play football games and studying film, it’s worth it to do the little things in preparation. This way, you can go out there and thrive in that moment instead of being overwhelmed. – Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.

  9. I realized to get an edge I had to try to out–prepare anybody. Peyton Manning, Football quarterback.



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