Top 211 Athlete Quotes

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“I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.”

― Abby Wambach

“People don’t think an athlete nowadays can have a team-first mentality and I do.”

― Abby Wambach

“As an athlete, you are literally programmed to endure a specific amount of pain.”

― Abby Wambach

“I’m a born athlete. Weight-lifting is in my blood. I used to do the powerlifting thing. I gained a little weight, but I still got it; I’m mad built.”

― Action Bronson

“I’m an athlete, and I have been interested in sports films.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“If we carry on filling up the calendar, we keep on pushing the athlete, we shorten the athletes longevity. The risk is to shorten a career that could have lasted 10 years because the athlete is burnt out.”

― Alberto Juantorena

“Music is my sport, and I’m the number-one athlete.”

― Alexa Chung

“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete.”

― Ali Krieger

“Every NBA player, every athlete, I think once you get to this level in life, whether you have kids or you’re about to have kids, understands that this is so much bigger than this sport.”

― Allan Houston

“I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get or ever got the respect from people.”

― Anderson Silva

“I will be a complete man, a complete athlete, with a fight with Roy Jones Jr.”

― Anderson Silva

“I’m a Christian who happens to be an athlete, not the other way around.”

― Andre Ward

“The activity of a singer that sings opera is similar to that of an athlete.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I’m an athlete, but I’m not a runner. I’m 5-foot-8 and stocky – not exactly a runner’s type.”

― Andrew Lawrence

“I used to be an athlete and even ran the 400 metre stretch for Tamil Nadu. I have always been active.”

― Arjun Rampal

“I was always a thin kid; I was an athlete.”

― Artie Lange

“Peterson was the most coachable athlete I have had in my life, and I coach many athletes.”

― Ato Boldon

“The nearest approach I have ever seen to the symmetry of ancient sculpture was among the Arab tribes of Ethiopia. Our Saxon race can supply the athlete, but not the Apollo.”

― Bayard Taylor

“I’m impassioned about injury prevention as an athlete.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“A male athlete’s peak, I believe, should be somewhere between 26 and 30.”

― Ben Askren

“I don’t think of myself as an explorer but as an athlete.”

― Ben Saunders

“I’m not the best athlete.”

― Ben Zobrist

“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete.”

― Beyonce Knowles

“Bam Bam Bigelow was an amazing athlete for his size.”

― Big Show

“Let’s be honest: I’m an athlete, not an entertainer as much.”

― Bill Goldberg

“Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”

― Bill Russell

“Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”

― Bill Shoemaker

“The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.”

― Bill Toomey

“The CrossFit program is broad, general and inclusive, and most of all, the movements can be scaled down to any level of athlete. Just watch what I do with it on ‘The Biggest Loser.’”

― Bob Harper

“I was a huge athlete as a kid. I was on every sports team.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“I’m an athlete. I’m not a big golf nerd in that aspect. I’m not big on the history.”

― Brooks Koepka

“Every athlete wants to win an Olympic gold medal, and I’d be lying if I said that’s not what I wanted.”

― Cate Campbell

“Behind every great athlete is a masterful coach that inspires the athlete to evolve into the strongest performer they can become.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“I was a Division I college athlete, and I grew up with five brothers and two sisters. I’ve always been a competitor.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“Beside the brand-ambassador elements of the modern racing driver, the evolution of the athlete has mandated that as drivers, we are very committed to fitness.”

― Charlie Kimball

“Being an athlete in a cold-weather sport is really difficult to deal with the asthma.”

― Charlie White

“I’m not an athlete dater, really. I would get too jealous. They’re really gone all the time. Different hotel rooms.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“I’ve always been a pretty good athlete.”

― Christian Pulisic

“Having your competitiveness and your desire as an athlete called into question is, for sure, frustrating.”

― Christian Yelich

“An athlete’s diet is a complicated thing.”

― Chuck Norris

“I am not competing to be an athlete. I make music.”

― Craig David

“I believe I deserve to be respected as an athlete because I’m a pioneer in this sport.”

― Cris Cyborg

“I was a very good athlete: actually professional in the sport of handball.”

― Cris Cyborg

“I am much more of a geek than I am an athlete.”

― Curt Schilling

“Injuries are a part of the game. Every athlete knows that.”

― Damian Lillard

“I think a great athlete transcends eras.”

― Dan Jenkins

“I wasn’t a great athlete.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I was a horrible athlete.”

― Daniel Espinosa

“When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental and 10 percent is physical. You are competing against yourself. Not against the other athlete.”

― Dick Fosbury

“I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance. If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan.”

― Dick Schaap

“I can’t criticize an athlete if they say they’re injured.”

― Donovan Bailey

“It’s the philosophies of being an athlete that carry me today.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“It’s like an athlete. He has a string of hot years, and then he fades into nothingness. The actor doesn’t necessarily fade into nothingness. After his hot years, he fades into a different category.”

― Ed Asner

“People still think I’m a bit of a buffoon – not really an athlete.”

― Eddie the Eagle

“Any athlete has massive reserves in their body and their emotional landscape.”

― Edoardo Ponti

“Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.”

― Edwin Moses

“Bobsledders are big athletes, and I’m a big athlete.”

― Elana Meyers

“The athlete of today is not an athlete alone. He’s the center of a team – doctors, scientists, coaches, agents and so on.”

― Emil Zatopek

“I’ve had an affinity for Michael Jordan. He’s probably the greatest athlete in my generation.”

― Enzo Amore

“My long-range mission is to be the first athlete to win the Nobel Prize.”

― Ernie Banks

“You are an athlete when you’re onstage. You can’t get tired.”

― Faye Dunaway

“I’m not just a model who plays volleyball, or a volleyball player who supports herself modeling. I’m a female athlete personality.”

― Gabrielle Reece

“I worked my whole life and dreamed my whole life of being a professional athlete.”

― Gary Woodland

“Rosie knows how to play ball. She’s an athlete, for sure.”

― Geena Davis

“For an athlete, the country is everything.”

― Geeta Phogat

“An athlete may not know what they’re putting in their body.”

― Genzebe Dibaba

“It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.”

― Genzebe Dibaba

“In England, when an athlete gets to the top, we do our best to destroy him.”

― George Best

“There shouldn’t be budget problems. There is so much money that goes untapped. If every athlete gave 5% of what they earned, there wouldn’t be any budget problems.”

― George Foreman

“Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him.”

― George Steinbrenner

“For every athlete, the roar of the crowd goes away, and we have to learn how to turn the page.”

― Gerry Cooney

“For me, I’ve lived a life as an athlete.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“I wanted to be a pro athlete. I knew that.”

― Giancarlo Stanton

“I don’t run like any type of athlete.”

― Grant Gustin

“One of the scariest things for any athlete, I think, is pretty much the off season.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“Ryan Giggs just had an athlete’s physique. He could run all day.”

― Harry Redknapp

“Henry Cejudo is going to become the greatest combat athlete of all time, being an Olympic champ and a two-division champ in the UFC.”

― Henry Cejudo

“He has a method that likens the musician to an athlete, so I do physical exercises designed to keep a musician in shape in order to perform the function, which is to play music.”

― Herb Alpert

“Even Sachin used to get ducks during his career. There are ups and downs in every athlete’s career.”

― Hima Das

“Every athlete acquires routines as a way to help control nerves.”

― Hope Solo

“My father was just an amateur; my mother is not even an athlete herself.”

― Ichiro Suzuki

“I’m not just a footballer; I’m a top athlete, and we have to be at the top of our game.”

― Jack Wilshere

“I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m never going to be an athlete, never going to be running triathlons – I’m not that person.”

― Jamie Lee Curtis

“Why, when an athlete says something, why is it downplayed or considered not OK? I’ve always challenged that notion.”

― Jaylen Brown

“I think no athlete wants to end his career on an injury.”

― Jayson Williams

“I was an athlete when I was growing up.”

― Jeremy Renner

“As soon as I had a child, he became the priority. Now, I fit my training around him. I’ve changed as an athlete.”

― Jessica Ennis-Hill

“I’m definitely Australian and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been formed as an athlete in Australia.”

― Jessica Fox

“I should have stayed an athlete, body well-tuned, cruising around with my accountant in a Porsche, maroon and chrome.”

― Jim Carroll

“I learned a lot from my father. I’m very lucky to have a father who was a professional athlete.”

― Joakim Noah

“My parents wanted me to become a national athlete.”

― Joe Taslim

“I think I’m a good athlete.”

― Johanna Konta

“I’m a British citizen, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain. I’ve also represented Great Britain in the Olympics, so I’m definitely a British athlete.”

― Johanna Konta

“Kid Rock is a hell of an athlete.”

― John Daly

“I’m not an athlete, I’m a baseball player.”

― John Kruk

“In my neighborhood in Springfield, Ohio, there were a lot of young kids. We all played tackle football after school, but I knew very early on that I was not an athlete.”

― John Legend

“No other athlete in any sport has ever had to go through what I have to.”

― John McEnroe

“I was really active athletically, definitely. I was a hurdler, a sprinter. I played basketball for years. I was a serious athlete.”

― Johnny Mathis

“I don’t eat as much as an athlete should. I just don’t like it.”

― Johnny Weir

“I am an athlete in every sense of the word. Athlete, martial artist.”

― Jon Jones

“I think that Ben Askren, when he competed as a wrestler, he was an amazing athlete.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“I think I’m a crossover athlete to get the sport into the mainstream media.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“I think every athlete is afraid for their career to be over.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“At one point that’s all I cared about, being a pro athlete. But I realized I wasn’t athletic enough.”

― Josh Duhamel

“I was an athlete, but I hung out with the band guys. I was adaptable.”

― Josh Holloway

“The concentration of the elite athlete is akin perhaps to the concentration of the writer.”

― Julia Leigh

“Psychologically, for an athlete to miss a game because of injury, it’s tough.”

― Julian Edelman

“I think the physicality of being an athlete or working out, it grounds you. It centers you.”

― Juliana Harkavy

“Every athlete in the UFC, I think they want to fight for the title. I’m no different.”

― Junior dos Santos

“Honestly, the only thing I loved when I was a kid was basketball. I was an athlete when I was a kid, and that was it.”

― Justin Timberlake

“One thing about me is that my parents didn’t force me to be an athlete.”

― Kamaru Usman

“My biggest accomplishment has been making a transition from athlete to author.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“I always said I wanted an Olympic medal. It’s the pinnacle of any athlete’s career.”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“Maybe I’m the kind of athlete who absorbs the atmosphere instead of trying to block it out.”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional.”

― Katarina Witt

“I used to bring my sketchbook to gym class and doodle, because I am a very uncoordinated athlete.”

― Kate Voegele

“As an athlete, you learn to keep pushing through the pain until the pain eventually becomes unbearable. Even then, you are told to continue.”

― Katelyn Ohashi

“I’m a huge fan of Conor McGregor, an incredible athlete. What he has done for MMA is phenomenal; he has been a great supporter of me.”

― Katie Taylor

“With Venus and Serena and their ascension – and you had a lot of kids that saw them and wanted to be like them – it’s like any sport, any major athlete, like Michael Jordan in basketball: everybody wanted to be like Mike.”

― Katrina Adams

“Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time, the greatest female athlete of all time, the greatest athlete of all time.”

― Katrina Adams

“To be an Olympic athlete is an honour, a privilege. They’re so respected. This is my dream. I have to do this.”

― Kelita Zupancic

“When I was a kid, I had serious athlete’s foot and nosebleeds.”

― Ken Kercheval

“I was the first athlete, from a training standpoint, with Adidas to have their own signature shoe.”

― Keyshawn Johnson

“I don’t know about politics so much. I’m a professional athlete.”

― Khabib Nurmagomedov

“I’m an African-American man with an Afro who isn’t your typical athlete – who wasn’t as masculine as other guys.”

― Khalid

“I grew up an athlete. Track and field and dance. In track, I actually went to the Junior Olympics. I’ve always been very athletic.”

― Kimberly Elise

“I was fully immersed in the now as an athlete.”

― Kyle Shewfelt

“I’m an athlete in general.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“I have been a professional dancer and athlete my entire life.”

― Lana

“Being on TV is similar to being an athlete. You get no second chances.”

― Lara Spencer

“My athlete idol is Usain Bolt. He’s inhumanly fast!”

― Laurie Hernandez

“I’m a golfer – not an athlete.”

― Lee Westwood

“Forty years ago the chances of journalists reporting – or the authorities even prosecuting – a pro athlete were practically nil.”

― Leigh Steinberg

“I was a tomboy growing up, and an athlete.”

― Lela Rochon

“My favourite meal is penne carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?”

― Leroy Sane

“I’m a different athlete, I’m a different person.”

― Libby Trickett

“I’m not going to relate to an athlete as a peer.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“I want to know about what makes an athlete tick.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“The shortstop is a perfectly conditioned athlete. You’re running out on relays all the time. You’re covering second base. On every pitch, you’re moving.”

― Lou Boudreau

“Dai Greene will be our greatest-ever Welsh athlete.”

― Lynn Davies

“I think there’s nothing sadder than a pro athlete who plays past his prime.”

― Lynn Samuels

“I’m an athlete. I go out there and fight my heart out.”

― Maria Sharapova

“I love what I do and I love being an athlete, but I also love all the things that have come with it.”

― Maria Sharapova

“I’m a jock and I’m an athlete, and that’s what I love to do.”

― Marion Jones

“In my opinion, Jackie is the greatest female athlete ever.”

― Marion Jones

“Daniel Bryan is a good athlete, but he’s a better entertainer.”

― Mark Henry

“I’ve been a Nike athlete since day one.”

― Marshawn Lynch

“I really didn’t have one particular athlete I liked growing up.”

― Masahiro Tanaka

“Everyone probably says this, but my favorite athlete is Tony Hawk. I’d really love to meet him.”

― Mason Cook

“I think I was a pretty selfish athlete.”

― Melanie Roach

“I just wanted to be an athlete.”

― Merlin Olsen

“Never played football, but I’m an athlete. I’m a competitor.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“Becoming an Olympian is the ultimate reward for any athlete.”

― Michael Diamond

“It probably won’t sink in until I’ve retired from running but I’m a much better athlete than two years ago.”

― Michael East

“As an athlete, I’ve always been very proud to represent the United States.”

― Michelle Kwan

“I’m a collegiate All-American athlete and earned a master’s degree in education from Florida State University.”

― Michelle McCool

“I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.”

― Mickey Rourke

“The whole Miami Heat team is my least my favorite athlete. Why? Because they keep beating my Pacers.”

― Mike Epps

“Being an athlete, my job was to physically perform.”

― Mike Schultz

“Everyone has been injured, regardless of whether they’re an athlete or not.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“It all depends on the athlete. It all depends on if the bigger guys come out, and they become a Shaquille O’Neal, or if they become a Porzingis…You don’t ever lose sight of those type of players, even though the game has changed.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“One of our worst traits in journalism is that when we have a narrative in our minds, we often plug in anecdotes that confirm it. Thus we managed to portray President Gerald Ford, a first-rate athlete, as a klutz.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“It’s physically very, very, very trying to be onstage as a performer, not unlike an athlete, for thirty years.”

― Nikki Sixx

“I never in a million years thought I would be able to be a Paralympic athlete.”

― Oksana Masters

“I am an athlete, a warrior.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.”

― Oscar Robertson

“He is very upbeat but we hear that all the time from just about any athlete.”

― Pat Cash

“Colin Kaepernick is one of the leaders in the movement for black lives. His role as an athlete and activist is not only motivating but inspiring.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“I think The Undertaker is, much like Brock Lesnar, a once-in-a-lifetime wrestler, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and a once-in-a-lifetime performer.”

― Paul Heyman

“As an athlete, there are advantages being with a team and getting regular physio.”

― Paula Radcliffe

“The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“My favorite athlete of all time would have to be Jim Thorpe.”

― Randy Castillo

“Life is about being a versatile athlete and training in all realms of life.”

― Ray Lewis

“I’m a sports fan. I’m not just an athlete who plays football.”

― Reggie Bush

“A college athlete is going to be competitive. You don’t get to that level if you’re not.”

― Richard Linklater

“When you get off five or six months, and you’re not competing as an athlete, you want to get back out on the field.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I always wanted to be an athlete growing up.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“Holly Holm is a heck of an athlete and a heck of a fighter.”

― Robbie Lawler

“Obviously, that’s the thing any athlete wants to be able to do, to take weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

― Robert Whittaker

“I was always more of an athlete. I like to compete.”

― Rohan Marley

“Being an athlete, you try to get protein.”

― Ronda Rousey

“I grew up as an athlete doing judo, so I didn’t really have a conventional, feminine body type.”

― Ronda Rousey

“I’m not a UFC athlete. I’m a UFC fighter.”

― Roy Nelson

“The person most qualified to tell the tale of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the man himself, as gifted an intellect as he is an athlete.”

― Rumaan Alam

“I don’t know if I’m a good kickball player; I know I’m a good athlete.”

― Ryan Lochte

“When you think about mixed martial arts, you have to think about the entire scope of the athlete.”

― Scott Coker

“In 1981, I spoke at the Olympic Congress. I was scandalised that I was the first athlete to be given that chance. But I made the most of it.”

― Sebastian Coe

“I’m an athlete rep, so I’ll be available if they need me for anything.”

― Shannon Miller

“You are an athlete if you are a dancer.”

― Sharon Lawrence

“I still can’t believe I’m an Olympic athlete.”

― Shawn Johnson

“I am an entertainer and I am an athlete, and WWE is the biggest performance-based show in the world.”

― Sonya Deville

“I was not an athlete in college.”

― Steve Bullock

“Coos Bay is a sports-minded town. You had to be an athlete to be somebody.”

― Steve Prefontaine

“I was not an athlete, but I was a break-dancer. I was a beatboxer, an entertainer.”

― Tech N9ne

“For an athlete, there’s no time off… until it’s over.”

― Terry Bradshaw

“The ultimate goal of any athlete in any sport is to become a true world champion.”

― Thomas Hauser

“I’ve been through every surgery that any athlete has ever been through, and I’ve prevailed through it.”

― Tito Ortiz

“Have you seen any African American athlete that appeals to the urban market actually bring that market to the MMA?”

― Tyron Woodley

“I try not to be a typical athlete.”

― Tyronn Lue

“I wouldn’t say I’m a phenomenon, just a great athlete.”

― Usain Bolt

“Every athlete, every person is individual.”

― Valtteri Bottas

“Of course I want to look well and fit – and as an athlete, I want to look strong.”

― Venus Williams

“I’m not the perfect model of what an athlete should be, mentally or physically.”

― Victoria Pendleton

“As a child I wanted to be a professional athlete or lawyer.”

― Walter Dean Myers

“Overall, I think Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete in any particular sport. He dominated the game for the Chicago Bulls and brought the NBA to its greatest peak of popularity.”

― Will McDonough

“I think the greatest all-around athlete ever was Jim Brown. He played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse. He played professional football for the Browns.”

― Will McDonough

“When should a college athlete turn pro? Not until he has earned all he can in college as an amateur.”

― Will Rogers

“Arthur Ashe had been the first black athlete to play Johannesburg at the time of apartheid.”

― Yannick Noah

“As an athlete, it’s very important to have an open mind and to be willing to learn.”

― Yoel Romero

“It truly takes a village to become a professional athlete.”

― Zach Ertz
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