Don't walk through life just playing football. 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 - bottom line.
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
I don't want to be the center of attention, which is ironic. I hate having all eyes on me - unless it's for my job, and my job is playing football. I'm not that attention-hungry.
You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact.
If you're mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It's about the same.
Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.
The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.
Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.
When Brian told me he grew up in New Mexico, I told him I thought it is cool that people from other countries play football. He corrected me on my geography and agreed to sit down with me anyway.
You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately - unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.
The most difficult thing about an easy match is to make a weak opponent play bad football.
I'd give all the champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford.
I have the chance to do for a living what I like the most in life, and that's playing football. I can make people happy and enjoy myself at the same time.
Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.
I've felt a little tired, but I'm only 24. I love playing football. That's my job and that's what I love doing.
I was playing video games LONG before I ever thought about playing football. If it wasn't for my parents making sure that I got outside every now and then as a child, I probably would've pursued some sort of tech path.
What motivates me is an ideal of thinking about how football should be. And to try to get near this way of playing. And to try to improve all aspects of my personality that can help me get near this ideal way of playing football.
I'm a very private person, and you have a lot of people looking into your personal life, away from football. That's the one thing that I don't like, but I always remember how lucky we are that we're playing football.
If you can miss getting up in the morning and running into a wall, I miss playing football. I'll never be a frustrated athlete.
It has all happened so quickly, but it's exciting, I just wanna get back to playing football you know.
I just always felt I'd be playing football in the NFL - or at least playing for a living.
When I was young, it wasn't about the money, it wasn't about the fame and fortune, it was about playing football.
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