40 Motivational Sports Quotes About Courage from Professional Athletes

In this post, athletes and coaches from various sports have shared motivational quotes about courage and its importance in sports. Playing a sport requires courageous decisions. Sports put an athlete’s mind and body to the test. Athletes must put their bodies on the line in order to succeed in their sport. This makes them vulnerable to injuries, which can be severe at times.

Athletes must make numerous decisions on the field. Under such intense pressure, one cannot perform without courage and risk-taking ability. However, an athlete never backs down from any of these challenges and faces them with great courage.

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Let’s take a quick quiz now before reading these inspiring sports quotes. Your task in this quiz is to identify the authors of the quotes we’ve provided from this post. You’ll have three choices to choose from, so think carefully! Match the words to the person who said them!



  1. It takes courage to go for your dreams. It takes courage to get back up, when you have been knocked down. It takes courage to go outside your comfort zone, to get better. It takes courage to win. Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player.

  2. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but staying one step ahead of it. Because that’s where you find a stronger version of yourself. Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player.

  3. I won’t let myself end where I started. I won’t let myself finish where I began. I know what is within me, even if you can’t see it yet. Look me in the eyes. I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am. Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  4. But a hero should be somebody who can lift up other people with his courage and dedication. Michael Phelps,  competitive swimmer.

  5. There’s not a specific formula to find courage, at least from my perspective. You can go all out and just close your eyes and just hit the ball as hard as you can, you can call that courage. But I wouldn’t necessarily call it courage in some particular situations. Novak Djokovic, tennis player.

  6. Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage. Bart Starr, American football coach.

  7. No matter how humble a man’s beginnings, success in achieving one’s highest goal is possible, if you have the courage to truly believe and the integrity to work as hard as you possibly can to sustain the mental and physical stamina that is required. Orlando Pace, American football tackle.

  8. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali, professional boxer.

  9. I am a very brave person, my greatest virtue is my courage. Neymar Jr, soccer player.

  10. Living takes a lot of courage. Without the courage, you can’t handle living. Living is a journey; living is a struggle. Mike Tyson, professional boxer.

  11. Courage can bring huge benefits to those who are prepared. Pelé, soccer player.

  12. To win, sometimes you have to be willing to abandon old routines. Peyton Manning, American football player.

  13. It does take some courage to change and say, I think I’m better than this. I don’t want to continue on this okay path. I want to get better and see how great I can become. Hunter Mahan, professional golfer.

  14. You will not always be strong, but you can always be brave. Simone Biles, artistic gymnast.

  15. To be the best, you must face the best. And to overcome your fear, you must deal with the best. Barry Bonds, baseball player.

  16. You need courage! Courage to do whatever your heart says do & the courage not to give up regardless of what others may say or think. Deion Sanders, Football coach.

  17. Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let fears stand in the way of our hopes. Barry Sanders, American Football player.

  18. Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite that fear. Pat Riley, former NBA coach.

  19. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person. Ronda Rousey, professional wrestler.

  20. Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love. Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist.

  21. We don’t control what people say and probability. Reality is what happens on the field in between those lines. That’s what takes a lot more courage than just putting out probability. Kirby Smart, American football coach.

  22. When you’ve got a group of people working collectively and you have the courage and the backbone to tell people what you think you can do, then that’s when great things can happen. Chris Beard, basketball coach.

  23. The climate we’re in now, no one is afraid to really express themselves, whether it be through their beliefs, whatever that is. There are incentives to be brave with who you truly are. Andre Iguodala, basketball player.

  24. I will pray that I’ll have wisdom and courage to make the right decisions and say the right things and do the right stuff, and that’s all I can do. Bernhard Langer, professional golfer.

  25. It’s more difficult to change yourself before you seek to change others. Only those who have the courage to change themselves and know, in all communities, without exception, there are good men and good women who want to serve those communities. Greg Sankey, football commissioner.

  26. To play well against the best player in the world takes a lot of courage and guts. But, I don’t measure myself against anyone. I never have and I never will. So whatever I can produce on the court on my side is all I can control ever. Venus Williams, tennis player.

  27. You’ll have your opportunities. Then it’s about having the courage to really step up and take them. Milos Raonic, tennis player.

  28. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble. Serena Williams, tennis player.

  29. Confidence gives me the courage to soar. Simone Biles, artistic gymnast.

  30. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage and heart and a little luck too. Alex Morgan, soccer player.

  31. It’s easy to stand back, but to move forward and take a chance, that takes a little more guts, a little more courage. Venus Williams,  tennis player.

  32. I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet. Nadia Comăneci, gymnast.

  33. It’s not about what you’re capable of, It’s about what you’re willing to do. Mike Tomlin, American football coach.

  34. Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. Vince Lombardi, American football coach.

  35. Only those who have the courage to take a penalty miss them. Roberto Baggio, soccer player.

  36. A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. Mickey Mantle, baseball player.

  37. Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Joe Torre, baseball executive.

  38. There’s going to be consequences when sometimes it doesn’t work out. But it takes a tremendous amount of guts and courage to go make a play when there’s nothing there instead of throwing the ball away. Jon Gruden, Football coach.

  39. You have to master the ball, play with confidence and play with character and courage. Mike Phelan, soccer coach.

  40. A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. Vince Lombardi, 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:

Uplifting Sports Quotes About Strength

Uplifting Sports Quotes On Overcoming Adversity

Sports Quotes from Athletes About Inner Potential


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