Rockne In His Own Words

“The secret of winning football is this: Work more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”



“I don’t like to lose. And that is not so much because it’s just a football game but because defeat means the failure to meet your objective. I don’t want a football player who doesn’t take defeat to heart, who laughs it off with the thought that, ‘Well, there’s another one next Saturday.'”



“Everything worthwhile in life is gained through hard work, and I find resting up quite a task.”



“One loss is good for the soul; too many losses are not good for the coach.”



“The average professor goes into a classroom, gives his lecture, and leaves. HIs attitude is distinctly ‘Take it or leave it.’ He may flunk half the class and everyone is awestricken. The coach, however, has to be a super-teacher. He must see to it that the class learns what he has to teach. If he flunks half the class, he flunks with them. It is not what a coach knows, it is what he can teach his boys, what he can make them do.”




“Football is not and should not be a game for the strong and stupid. It should be a game for the smart, the swift, the brave, and the clever boy.”




“One oration a season is quite enough for any football squad. If a coach talks too much, his words lose weight.”




“A boy who hopes to be a good football player must have brains, courage, self-restraint, fine muscular coordination, intense fire of nervous energy, and an unselfish spirit of sacrifice. He must live cleanly. He must develop the will to win so keenly that he can taste it.”



“Go out and win, but remember that we want no boasting if we are successful and no alibis if we lose. Give the other fellow credit if he is better than you are.”



“Humility is the lesson every athlete must learn in secret commune with his soul — or he gets it in big sour doses on the field as thousands roar.”




“A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.”




“A team that won’t be beaten can’t be beaten.”




“Any time you’re inclined to slow up, or get filled with your own importance, take out your watch and remember that when that second hand moves from 60 to 60, that minute is gone. If you have wasted it, it will do you no good, because it is gone, never to come back. But, if you have taken advantage of it, you can say, ‘I’ve made the best of my time.'”