50 Quotes About Adversity by American Football Players and Coaches

This post contains uplifting and inspirational quotes about sports adversity from top American football players and coaches. These quotes teach us a lot about overcoming adversity and turning it into a positive force. Adversity is inherent in all sports. It is nearly impossible to find a successful athlete who has never faced adversity in his or her career. What makes these athletes successful is how they handle adversity in their sporting careers. They always maintain a positive attitude, no matter how difficult the circumstances are.
The quotes that follow reflect that same mindset. After reading these quotes, one can definitely feel the positive energy emanating from them.

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  1. The beautiful part about life is the adversities challenge you to figure out who you really are. The adversities challenge you to dig deep and to work with your teammates to try and get the problem solved. Tom Brady, American football player

  2. How you deal with adversity says a lot about the kind of players you’ve got and the kind of team we’ve got. Aaron Rodgers, American football player

  3. When adversity hits, you’ve got to persevere and overcome. Josh Allen, American football player.

  4. When you work hard, it’s definitely going to show. That’s why with any athlete, we have struggles, and we have adversity, but as long as you work hard and keep your head down, you will always prevail. Derrick Henry, American football player.

  5. Adversity is Temporary. The Best is Ahead. Russell Wilson, American football player.

  6. Adversity’s always going to hit, no matter what situation. Life. Football. Being positive is a huge thing because there is nothing you can do about it. You can’t control it. You can only just move forward and kind of grow from it or learn from it. Stefon Diggs, American football player

  7. We do not seek comfort. Cameron Heyward, American football player

  8. I don’t define myself by my successes. I define myself by adversity and how I’ve persevered. Shaquem Griffin, American football player

  9. We’ve all faced adversity at some point in our lives. It’s how you respond to it that controls your destiny. J.J. Watt, American football player

  10. Stand with us in times of adversity and celebrate with us in times of Triumph. Cam Jordan, American football player

  11. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. Vince Lombardi, American football coach

  12. I’ve never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity. Lou Holtz, American football coach

  13. Adversity makes me hungrier. I thrive on being able to make a way out of no way. Adrian Peterson, American football player

  14. Through adversity we find our heroes. Steve Gleason, American football player

  15. A vital team characteristic is the ability to overcome adversity. Any team acquires experience and endurance as it learns to fight back. Tom Landry, American football player

  16. Be a pro. Act like a champion. Respond to adversity; don’t react. Tony Dungy, American football coach

  17. You’ll hit adversity, and the good teams find a way to get it done. Davante Adams, American football player

  18. For me, football is a quest. Quests entail overcoming hardship, trials of adversity in the pursuit of true joy. Steve Young, American football player

  19. Goals give you a mark to shoot for and keep you motivated when you face adversity. Benjamin Watson, American football player

  20. Dreams are not granted or given – they come with a price. No matter what your goal, you’re bound to face adversity, and it’s during that adversity, when you find out what you’re made of. Mark Schlereth, former American football player

  21. You face distractions, you face adversity in life and you have to be able to handle it, you have to be able to fight through it and become a better man and become a better player because of it. Ryan Tannehill, American football player

  22. Everybody suffers through some type of adversity. Does it make you stronger or does it pull you down? And I never will let any of that pull me down or pull me away from what I’ve set to achieve. Donovan McNabb, American football player

  23. You discover your identity through adversity. Nick Saban, American football coach

  24. People that are brilliant and successful, we think they’ve just always been that way. That’s not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It’s prepared them. I’ve never felt like you could develop character without adversity. Bobby Bowden, American football coach

  25. Adversity is going to be a part of everyone’s journey. When one door closes, another one is going to open up. Brian Flores, American football coach

  26. Adversity makes you strong. You’ve got to get back up and keep pushing. Pig Howard, American football player

  27. Overcome adversity by what you do next. We call it play the next play. That’s really all you can focus on. And put yourself in a position to be successful because of the habits you have when the moment’s not near. Kirby Smart, American football coach

  28. You can’t find true leadership, and you can’t manipulate it. You can’t make it happen. It happens through adversity. Kirby Smart, American football coach

  29. Championship teams, they’re resilient in times of adversity. Ryan Day, American football coach

  30. Adversity reveals character. As long as we’re strong, great things are going to happen, we can get through anything together. Ryan Day, American football coach

  31. Been overcoming adversity your entire life & never lost faith once. The battle is already won, claim your victory, born winner. Teddy Bridgewater, American football player

  32. The adversity of the fall broke off all the parts of us that were fake and unbelieving. It stripped us down to our studs. From there, we started our build. Clark Lea, American football coach

  33. We love adversity. At this point, I think it fuels us. Tyon Davis, American football player

  34. There’s only two ways to do it if you hit adversity: Just trash the thing and then start over again, or you try to work through it. Kirk Ferentz, American football coach

  35. All good players go through adversity. Nothing happens overnight for anybody. Everybody goes through adversity. It’s about how you handle it. Carl Lawson, American football player

  36. It’s like life. In life, you go through ups and downs. If you can get through adversity as far as playing football, and get through adversity as far as life, getting through it in football is nothing. Jamal Merrell, American football player

  37. The longer your journey goes, you not only have to overcome adversity, you have to come from behind, hold the lead, you spend so much time together, you form a very big bond. Rick Pitino, American football coach

  38. I fight adversity as hard as I can fight it, not get too low. When good things happen, I don’t really embrace it. I just say it’s a lucky day. Rick Pitino, American football coach

  39. I don’t know if I’d be who I am if I didn’t have the adversity that I had in my life, and that adversity has led me to be in a position to help other people in my family that weren’t able to do the same thing I did. Hugh Thornton, American football player

  40. There’s nothing like adversity to fuel the fire. Carson Palmer, American football player

  41. I try to be the same guy every day, no matter the situation, no matter the adversity. Ryan Fitzpatrick, American football player

  42. Adversity in life teaches you. Tony Gonzalez, American football player

  43. Part of what makes college football great is what you learn playing it. Being selfless, learning how to go through adversity as a group, learning about perseverance. Kirk Herbstreit, former football player


Coach Deion Sanders Inspiring Quotes About Adversity

  1. How you deal with Adversity is who you are. Adversity is used to gage your true self. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  2. You will face adversity but remember adversity identifies that you’re headed in the right direction. Stay focused & stay the course. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  3. Everyday You’ve got to be ready to Fight. You’ve got to Prepare to Win. You’ve got to overcome Adversity. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  4. You must not give up, quit or have a pity party. Many are depending on you to succeed, overcome adversity & win. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  5. If it weren’t for the losses I’ve endured I couldn’t fully appreciate the victories I’ve encountered. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  6. Extraordinary accomplishments are accompanied by extraordinary challenges. You can’t expect to be everything you desire to be without complications. Deion Sanders, American football coach

  7. I’d like to thank adversity for being there with me darn near my whole life. Please don’t leave me now because you are why I am where I am. Deion Sanders, American football coach



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

How to play?

In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.



Also See:

American Football Quotes About Hard Work

Football Quotes On Teamwork and Team Building

Uplifting American Football Mindset Quotes


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