The Super Bowl is more than just the culmination of an NFL season. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, with millions of diehard fans and casual observers tuning in to watch the big game each year. This year’s matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday is expected to draw a record audience.
In nearly five decades of existence, the history and endless fanfare surrounding the Super Bowl has produced countless memorable, inspirational and downright hilarious quotes. The comments aren’t just limited to NFL players and coaches, either. Comedians, actresses and other celebrities regularly give their thoughts on the NFL’s annual championship game, to go along with conversation occurring throughout the world in bars and living rooms.
A roundup of 24 of the most memorable Super Bowl quotes can be viewed below. All quotes are courtesy of BrainyQuote or Sports Illustrated.
"I remember my dad asking me one time, and it's something that has always stuck with me: 'Why not you, Russ?' You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl?" -- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback
“Never in a million years would I think I’d play in a Super Bowl.” – Victor Cruz, New York Giants wide receiver
"If I see Ray in a snowstorm and his truck is broken down and mine is running perfect, would I pick him up? No." – Shannon Sharp, former Denver Broncos tight end, on Super Bowl XXXIII opponent Ray Buchanan.
“You always want to have good balance. That's the key to winning a Super Bowl. You look at the teams who have won championships, you got to have balance. So, to be able to run the ball effectively and throw the ball effectively is what gives you the chance to win a world championship.” – John Elway, former Denver Broncos quarterback
“I always have a lot of personal goals, but primarily my main goal each year is to obviously win a Super Bowl.” – Michael Strahan, former New York Giants defensive end
“When Super Bowl time comes around, I get jealous." - Bill Parcells, former NFL head coach
“The chance of winning a Super Bowl in a city like New York, there’s nothing like it. Once you win one, you get that bug to win another, that edge.” – Mark Sanchez, New York Jets quarterback
"I never really understood the strip joint thing. Why go to a place and get all excited and then have a hard time walking out?" – Tony Siragusa, former NFL defensive tackle
"We're going to win on Sunday. I guarantee it." –Joe Namath, former New York Jets quarterback, before Super Bowl III
"Pump it in there, baby. Just keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys." – Hank Stram, legendary Kansas City Chiefs head coach
“Our goal was to win, to win a Super Bowl, but also to win in the right way, to be role models to our community, to represent Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the National Football League.” – Tony Dungy, former NFL head coach
“I find it almost comforting to count calories, because it makes me conscious of what I'm eating. But on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought, 'Surrender to it. It's nacho time.' Then I ate nothing but Doritos all day.”– Kristen Bell, actress
“You know, the Super Bowl is so fresh that every single commercial is even on, you know, some next-level entertainment.” – will.i.am, musician
“As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy ... there's something about winning a Super Bowl.” – Terry Bradshaw, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Fox broadcaster
“That's the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.” – John Madden, Hall of Fame head coach and NFL broadcaster
“The Super Bowl is Americana at its most kitsch and fun.” – Sting, musician
“Every game I've ever played, regardless if it was pre-season or Super Bowl, meant the same to me, and I laid it all on the line.” – Brett Favre, former Green Bay Packers quarterback
“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.” – Joe Montana, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback
“I've never been more nervous in my life than singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.” – Kelly Clarkson, singer/songwriter, former Super Bowl Halftime Show performer
“The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.” – Bob Schieffer, journalist
“The next MVP of the Super Bowl is just as likely to have been a full-time grocery store bagger last year as a Heisman Trophy winner.” – Hunter S. Thompson, journalist
“I believe that a bad Super Bowl halftime show is still better than a soccer game.” – Ron White, comedian
“Even when I was playing, I never thought much about the individual honors. I wanted to go to the Super Bowl.” – Joe Greene, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle
“There is no future. This is the season. Get to the Super Bowl.” – Troy Vincent, former NFL defensive back