American Athlete Quotes


Colin Kaepernick is the latest professional athlete to spark a national debate about the meaning behind the American flag and the national anthem. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American. Larry Bird

We thought I was going to be a great athlete, and we were wrong, and I thought I was going to be a great entertainer, and that wasn't it either. I'm going to be an American Citizen. First class. Dick Gregory

First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance, Brian Boitano

OK, I'll put it like this: I doubt if we will see another All-American basketball athlete who is a Rhodes Scholar. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Distance running to a professional athlete in my day was five laps around the field. And you stopped each lap to take your pulse. Lynn Swann

For centuries, New York has served as the gateway for millions of people from all over the world in search of the American dream. It only makes sense that it would now serve as a gateway for the world's greatest athletes. Hillary Clinton

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. Lou Holtz

I am a National Football League player of American Samoan heritage. Because of my status as a professional athlete, I have been blessed to play a role in educating players and fans about the culture and history of America's southernmost territory. Troy Polamalu

Common decency demands that [NCAA athletes] should be paid, but the only way it will happen is the same way workers got paid throughout American history, through a strong union. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A White House dinner is the American family assembled, from labor leaders to billionaires, actors, architects, academicians and athletes. Hugh Sidey

I got a bronze medal and I can't complain about that, the only African-American to get a medal in the Winter Olympics. Debi Thomas

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. Ronnie Lott

The American worker is more productive than he's ever been. We've got more people to do it. We've got all the ingredients for a sensational future. It's just that right now the athlete's on the floor. This is a super athlete. Howard Warren Buffett

I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation, Jason Collins

The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Wilma Rudolph

OK, I'll put it like this: I doubt if we will see another All-American basketball athlete who is a Rhodes Scholar. Kareem Abduljabbar

I was an All-American in wrestling in high school, was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes, which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company. Tim Ferriss



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