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28 Walter Payton Quotes About Greatness (FOOTBALL)

Top 10 Most Famous Walter Payton Quotes (BEST)

“Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best.”

Walter Payton
Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.
Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.
Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

“I developed my training routine going into my senior year at Jackson State. I found this sandbank by the Pearl River near my hometown, Columbia, Miss. I laid out a course of 65 yards or so. Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed.”

Walter Payton
All people, regardless of whether they're athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated.
All people, regardless of whether they’re athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated.

“During the off-season when you see other people playing in the Super Bowl, you wonder, and you say to yourself, ‘Are you ever gonna get there and see what it feels like?’ And it pushes you a little bit harder during that off-season to work to try to get there the following year.”

Walter Payton
When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is.
When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is.
If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now.
If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now.

“I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; be it negative or positive, it has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect.”

Walter Payton
I try to run on the hottest days, at the hottest time, because that's the most difficult time. And sometimes I worry about drying out, and dying.
I try to run on the hottest days, at the hottest time, because that’s the most difficult time. And sometimes I worry about drying out, and dying.

8 Inspirational Walter Payton Quotes About Life

“If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn’t mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they’ve given it their best. That’s a winner.”

Walter Payton
We are stronger together than we are alone.
We are stronger together than we are alone.
I always thought, 'That's just the way you do it.' You work as hard as you can for as long as you can, and the small gains you make will eventually pay off.
I always thought, ‘That’s just the way you do it.’ You work as hard as you can for as long as you can, and the small gains you make will eventually pay off.
If you start something, you shouldn't quit; that is what we were taught. If you're going to play, you might as well play to be your best.
If you start something, you shouldn’t quit; that is what we were taught. If you’re going to play, you might as well play to be your best.

“No matter what the game was or how much older and stronger the other kids were, we were taught to give it everything we had until it was over. Never give less than one hundred percent.”

Walter Payton
When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you.
When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.
You have to take things one day at a time.
You have to take things one day at a time.
Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.
Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.

2 Walter Payton Quotes on Playing Football

“There were high school coaches such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time.”

Walter Payton
If I'm going to get hit, why let the guy who's going to hit me get the easiest and best shot I explode into the guy who's trying to tackle me.
If I’m going to get hit, why let the guy who’s going to hit me get the easiest and best shot? I explode into the guy who’s trying to tackle me.

2 Walter Payton Quotes on Pete Rose

“You look at a Pete Rose to be the terrific athlete he is and then he falls on hard times, but when he played the game, I got something from the way he played the game because he hustled every play, and just because he had one mistake in his life, am I supposed to throw back everything that I gained from him?”

Walter Payton
I want to be remembered like Pete Rose. 'Charlie Hustle.' I want people to say, 'Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all.'
I want to be remembered like Pete Rose. ‘Charlie Hustle.’ I want people to say, ‘Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all.’

6 Walter Payton Quotes to Ponder

God's been very good to me. I'm truly blessed.
God’s been very good to me. I’m truly blessed.
What is poor? We had food. We dressed well. We didn't have a lot, but what we had fit, and it was always neat.
What is poor? We had food. We dressed well. We didn’t have a lot, but what we had fit, and it was always neat.
Money isn't everything. Do you get married because of money Do you have kids because of money
Money isn’t everything. Do you get married because of money? Do you have kids because of money?
I don't have to jump up and smile just because TV wants me to.
I don’t have to jump up and smile just because TV wants me to.
I wanted to be a professional drummer.
I wanted to be a professional drummer.
Growing up, we played sports nonstop. I mean every single day. As soon I got done with breakfast, I was ready to go.
Growing up, we played sports nonstop. I mean every single day. As soon I got done with breakfast, I was ready to go.

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