Good NFL coaches are like fathers, bosses, and babysitters all rolled into one. These are men who know a thing or two about life and leadership, and the lessons they pass on to their players don’t lose their utility away from the football field. Here, we've compiled 20 of the wisest, most timeless quotes from some of the NFL's greatest coaching minds.

Best Nuggets Of Wisdom From NFL Coaches


Vince Lombardi

Green Bay Packers (1959-67), Washington Redskins (1969)
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Mike Ditka

Chicago Bears (1982–92), New Orleans Saints (1997–99)
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Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys (1960-88)
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John Madden

Oakland Raiders (1969-78)
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Bum Phillips

Houston Oilers (1975-80), New Orleans Saints (1981-85)
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Bill Parcells

New York Giants (1983–90), New England Patriots (1993–96), New York Jets (1997–99), Dallas Cowboys (2003–06)
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Herm Edwards

New York Jets (2001-05), Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08)


Bill Walsh

San Francisco 49ers (1979-88)


Marv Levy

Kansas City Chiefs (1978-82), Buffalo Bills (1986-97)


Jimmy Johnson

Dallas Cowboys (1989-93), Miami Dolphins (1996-99)


Don Shula

Baltimore Colts (1963–69), Miami Dolphins (1970–95)


Bill Cowher

Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-2006)


Bill Belichick

New England Patriots (2000-Present), Cleveland Browns (1991-95)


Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins (1981–92, 2004-07)


Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-91)


George Halas

Chicago Bears (1933-42, 1946-55, 1958-67)


Brian Billick

Baltimore Ravens (1999-2007)


George Allen

Los Angeles Rams (1957, 1966-70), Chicago Bears (1958-65), Washington Redskins (1971-77)


Paul Brown

Cleveland Browns (1950-62), Cincinnati Bengals (1968-75)


Hank Stram

Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs (1960-74), New Orleans Saints (1976-77)

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