50 Sports Quotes About Integrity from Athletes and Coaches

In this post, we’ll share some inspiring quotes about integrity from the world of sports with our readers. We’ll look at some of the most encouraging sports quotes about integrity from notable athletes, coaches, and sports executives in this post. These quotes emphasize the significance of integrity. Sport of any kind is always built around the principle of integrity.

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  1. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal. Ray Lewis, American football player

  2. My integrity means more to me than any fame or money. When I say something, I want people to take it to the bank that I mean it and believe in it. Tim Tebow, American football player

  3. Evolve with integrity. John Cena, professional wrestler

  4. Success doesn’t motivate me as much as integrity does. Everyone loses. I enjoy the pressure of showing up every single day, being focused, putting forth my best effort. Becky Sauerbrunn, American soccer player

  5. I’m me. I can’t put on airs. I’m not a phony. I know the way I am hurts me more times than it helps. But somehow it’s all tied up with my integrity, and my integrity is the last thing I’m going to let you take from me. Tony Dorsett, American football player

  6. The integrity of the game is everything. Peter Ueberroth, American sports executive

  7. The integrity of the game is the umpires. Nobody else. The entire integrity of the game is the umpires. Doug Harvey,  Canadian hockey coach

  8. Honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character. Nick Saban, American football coach

  9. If you truly believe something, and it’s incorrect, that doesn’t mean you don’t have integrity. Jim Brown, former NFL player

  10. We should never let ambition cause us to sacrifice our integrity or diminish our efforts in other areas. However, we need to remember that we never reach a serious goal unless we have the intention of doing so. John Wooden, basketball coach

  11. Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; its doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage. Tony Dungy, former NFL player

  12. If you really have integrity, there are very few people who can insult you, or honor you. Bill Russell, former basketball player

  13. You must be a man of integrity. Never break your word. Don’t have two sets of standards. Remember you don’t handle players-you handle pets. You deal with players. Stand up for your players. Show them you care-on and off the court. Red Auerbach, basketball coach

  14. I care deeply about our sport. I care about its history. I care about its legacy. I care about the integrity of the game. There’s a lot of players out here that are like-minded and share those same views. Rory McIlroy, professional golfer

  15. Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who’s looking back at you. And you can only do that if you’re being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. Aaron Rodgers, NFL player

  16. I think in the midst of the highs and the lows, your mindset, your character, your integrity, how you play the game and how you respect the game should never change. You just continue to try and elevate in the midst of it all. Russell Wilson, American football player

  17. The players just need to know, we need to make sure the integrity of the game is always maintained because without that, I always would say, why do you come and watch this match tonight or any match, because you just don’t know the outcome. Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player

  18. Don’t forget, it’s a game. Play it like a game with all the integrity that you have in your body, and win. But don’t think it’s just going to happen, you have to make it happen. Arnold Palmer, American professional golfer

  19. I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes. Leo Durocher, baseball player

  20. Whatever you do, you have to put your name on it — your job, your hobby. It’s your integrity, and be strong about it and support it 100 percent. Adam Vinatieri, former football player

  21. If you try for a job, and they want you to compromise your integrity, leave- leave right away. Lee Corso, American football coach

  22. Money is not God, and human dignity is very important. Your integrity is way up there. And as a single human being, if you carry yourself in a certain way, you can defy all evil that comes at us. Jim Brown, former American football player

  23. My advice to athletes, especially those just beginning, is to never lose your integrity, and loyalty is a must. You want to have people that are in your corner who are going to be loyal to you, as well as you loyal to them. Tiffany Porter, sports agent

  24. Your peers will respect you for your integrity and character, not your possessions. What are you gonna do anyway, drive a Ferrari around the naval base? How is that going to help anyone?. David Robinson, former basketball player

  25. We’re not against change, we just don’t want anything to threaten the integrity and competition of our game. Adam Ottavino, Baseball pitcher

  26. I realized that being a champion wasn’t the end-all and be-all. I couldn’t let it define me, one way or the other. My faith, family, friends and integrity were the most important things to me. Everything else was secondary. Brandon Slay, freestyle wrestling

  27. The game is what matters — above everything else — and I want to see a level playing field for everyone. I want the game to be played with integrity. Trevor Bauer, Baseball pitcher

  28. If we don’t respect the integrity of the game we’re going to lose part of it. Eddie Jones, Australian rugby union coach

  29. Every time you fall down it gives you an opportunity to question yourself, question your integrity, your character, your personality, the decisions you made leading up to it, was it good enough? Those are the things I’ve learned most about myself when I’ve failed. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  30. Integrity is not always doing the right thing. But when you do something wrong, you own it. Hugh Freeze, American football coach

  31. will always remember the game for other reasons, because I learnt a very important personal lesson. It taught me never to resort to unethical ways and to play the sport with honesty and integrity at all times. Sachin Tendulkar, cricket player

  32. The finest of athletes have, along with skill, a few more essential qualities: to conduct their life with dignity, with integrity, with courage and modesty. All these are totally compatible with pride, ambition, determination and competitiveness. Donald Bradman, cricket player

  33. Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter. Tiger Woods, professional golfer

  34. I think you can just go out and try to be the best you can be, deal with people with respect, with honesty, with integrity, have a high moral standard. Tom Brady, NFL player

  35. Winning is nice if you don’t lose your integrity in the process. Arnold Horshak

  36. At the end of the day, there’s always another championship, there’s always another game. But your integrity, there’s nothing worth that. Jeremy Foley, former college athlete

  37. Work hard, have true intentions for people, hold onto your integrity. Each and every single person has their own path and their own journey, and there’s no right or wrong journey – but it’s all about the journey. Katy Rogers, athletic trainer

  38. Integrity is underrated. Michael Clarke, cricket player

  39. In business, everything starts with integrity. Otherwise it falls apart, though it does take time to find out who has integrity. Billie Jean King, tennis player

  40. It may not pay right away, but over the long term, you have always got your integrity and eventually that will pay off. Adam Nelson, Olympic athlete

  41. Integrity is often tested in times of adversity. Jason Kelce, American football center

  42. Rules are put in place to guard the integrity of the game for people to enjoy it and for just the fairness of play. I think any time that is compromised, people should pay the ultimate price. Ryan Zimmerman, Baseball first baseman

  43. The NBA refs who called my games called 2,500 fouls on me during my career. Their integrity and willingness to communicate to players about why a certain call was made is greatly appreciated. Bobby Jones, former basketball player

  44. No matter what it feels is stacked against you, you go out with character and integrity, you give your all, and that’s all anybody else can ask of you, and you’re proud with that. Allyson Felix, track and field athlete

  45. Talent is the floor. But you’re [your] character, your integrity, your work ethic is the ceiling. Jerry Stackhouse, American basketball coach

  46. Don’t let that work ethic be determined by a certain date, whether that be in the fall, next month or in the spring. Let that be carried by your integrity, your mentality and your spirit as men. Inky Johnson, former college football player

  47. Our integrity in this building is what gives us a chance to be successful and I think when distractions are around your integrity gets exposed. Matt Campbell, American football coach

  48. The drive to finish something even when things aren’t going your way is a measure of your integrity and your character. Josh Heird, University sports executive

  49. A sport without integrity is not a sport. Bud Selig, American baseball executive

  50. Your integrity, courage, respect, selfless service, duty, loyalty, trust – those, they do not know an age. They’re ageless. Mike Krzyzewski, American basketball 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.

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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:

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Resilience

Inspiring Sports Mindset (Mentality) Quotes

Uplifting Sports Quotes About Patience


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