Joe Montana Quotes About Football and Life to Inspire You

On3 imageby:Dan Morrison05/04/22


Coming out of Notre Dame, Joe Montana wasn’t a can’t miss prospect. He had found success and won big games, including a national championship in South Bend. Still, there were concerns that made him fall to the third round of the NFL draft. Three quarterbacks were taken ahead of Montana, only one of which even went to a Pro Bowl. For his part, Joe Montana went on to be a Hall of Fame quarterback with a perfect 4-0 record in the Super Bowl. Known primarily for his time with the San Francisco 49ers, though he also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Montana was widely considered the best quarterback of his generation. It wasn’t until Tom Brady, who idolized Montana, that a quarterback would definitively be seen as better than Joe Cool.

In the life of a Hall of Fame quarterback like Joe Montana, there is never a shortage of time to produce incredible quotes. Here are a few of the best.

10 Best Quotes From Joe Montana

  1. “When the game is over, I just want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had.”
  2. “Confidence is a very fragile thing.”
  3. “I don’t live in the past. I just live in the enjoyment of the game.”
  4. “The game is just, everybody talks about baseball, but I really think football probably has a little bit more American feeling than anything.”
  5. “I have a fear of failure.”
  6. “Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live.”
  7. “If I could still play, I would be trying. It’s been 15 years.”
  8. “There’s no thrill like throwing a touchdown pass.”
  9. “As a quarterback, you have to love it. As much as you like to turn around and hand the ball off – the whole traditional football game – as a quarterback, you gotta love putting it in the air.”
  10. “I miss the game – I miss it a lot.”

Inspirational Quotes From Montana

  • “Cause there’s only one reason for doing anything that you set out to do. if you don’t want to be the best, then there’s no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything.”
  • “Yeah, I think it motivates you as people start to count you out. It doesn’t make you play any harder, because every time you go out on the field you give 110%, but it does give you more of an edge mentally, knowing that you were in the same situation because in sports you always find yourself behind.”
  • “My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana, brought me long and taught me never to quit, and to strive to do the best.”

Leadership Quotes From Joe Montana

  • “Yeah, it’s nice to look up to people, but the more you try to be somebody else, the less you are of yourself.”
  • “Always be prepared to start.”
  • “You know, I’ve had blowups with my coach, too. The same thing happens, it just wasn’t as evident back then because they didn’t have so many cameras and ways to see things happen.”
  • “Don’t complain about not getting a chance and then be unprepared when you finally do.”

Funny Quotes From Montana

  • “Man, coaching is a hard job, and it requires a lot of time… I hear stories from coaches who tell me that players call them in the middle of the night not knowing where they parked their car.”
  • “Some guys practice like All-Americans, but they can’t play!”
  • “Chiropractic’s been a big part of my game.”

Team Attitude Quotes From Joe Montana

  • “You need to be able to work with people. Especially in football, it is not a QB’s game…even though the media likes to make it into that – it takes the whole team.”
  • “I don’t live in the past.”
  • “I don’t watch a lot of games on Sunday, but I keep an eye on the 49ers.”

Success Quotes From Montana

  • “Some people have no respect whether you are with your family or not. That’s the hardest part. I was shopping in a grocery store in Seattle looking for stuff for Nicholas. This guy kept following me with his cell phone video on.”
  • “As a quarterback, there’s no better way to finish your year, in winning a Super Bowl, than with a touchdown pass. The chances of that happening, by the looks of most of the Super Bowls, is a very rare chance. Fortunately for me, I had an opportunity.”
  • “Any quarterback that understands what the offense is really about is going to succeed.”