2. “Football is unconditional love.”

3. “I think, sometimes in life, the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen in your life.”

4. “Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.” 

5. “I’m not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.”

6. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you?”

7. “A lot of times, I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.”

8. “In sports, you often become part of something greater than yourself.”

9. “The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.”

10. “Everyone is dealing with something. This is life. This is not just a piece of cake. You expect that when your teammates are doing their jobs, so you have to compartmentalize and do your job.”

11. “You push your body to the limits, but you have to train your body to deal with the limits.”

12. “I think that at the start of a game, you’re always playing to win, and then maybe if you’re ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose.”

13. “I just love working hard. I love being part of a team. I love working toward a common goal.” 

14. “Moderation in everything. If there’s things you really love, you should enjoy. You get one life, so you should enjoy it.”


15. “When you’re one of the leaders of the team, there are no days off.”

16. “I don’t care about three years ago. I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only thing I care about is this week.”

17. “You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.”

18. “I’m a pretty good winner. I’m a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.”

19. “I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.”

20. “When you lose, talk little. When you win, talk less.”

21. “If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all.”

22. “You never get over losses. I’ve never gotten over one loss I’ve had in my career. They always stick with me.”

23. “Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates.”

24. “I don’t want to wake up and be bored. That’s probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do.”

25. “I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process.”

26. “Maybe some people can wake up and play PlayStation all day, but that’s never been me.”

27. “Nothing surprises me anymore in the NFL.”

28. “I am not a person that’s self-satisfied just being out there. I want to go out there and play great.”

29. “Every quarterback can throw a ball. Every running back can run. Every receiver is fast, but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.”

30. “I was the kid that was the 199th pick that never had the body for it. People didn’t think I’d play one year in the NFL, and now I’m going on my 17th year.”

31. “I can’t do anything with what’s happened in the past. I have to just go forward with the most awareness I can going forward and trying to be the best I can be for our team.”

32. “Things don’t correct themselves, you’ve got to go out there and work hard to correct them.”

33. “Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That’s not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that’s what life needs to be and that if it’s not that, it’s all screwed up. It’s not.”

34. “As you get older, you have more responsibilities. You have more commitments, more events, kids, you’re married now. You still have all the things that you’ve had, plus you just keep adding.”

35. “You need to think outside the box. You need to think differently if you want to sustain what, for me, is my peak performance. The very best that I can achieve as an athlete every day.”

36. “Don’t rely on others. You’ll have great support from a lot of people, still. But, no one’s going to hand you anything.”

37. “I don’t think there’s a lot of carry-over from year to year. I don’t think anybody cares what you did the year before.”

38. “I don’t think any country is perfect. It’s our responsibility to do the best we can do to change the things we don’t like. I think that’s part of social responsibility, and everybody is going to do that in their own way.”

39. “I think I have a certain respect for people, you know. And I guess a lot of times I expect that respect to go both ways.”

40. “I just love the competition, and I love trying to improve, and I think that’s what it comes down to, every year has its challenges.”

41. “I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I’ve already made them.”

42. “Your life will be what you make of it.”

43. ”We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it’s only us. And we’re only responsible to make ourselves happy.”

44. “Sometimes some of the toughest things you deal with end up being the best things because you realize the people that you can rely on, that love you and support you through it.”

45. “To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.”

46. “You put all the other stuff aside and go out and do your job, and mine is to be the best I can be for my teammates.”

47. “The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player.”

48. “My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me.”

49. “Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don’t get hit very often.”

50. “If you’re a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.”

51. “I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough, because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things, and other things it doesn’t work.”

52. “There’s not much time to unwind, but you know what, it’s because I love what I do. I look forward to the season. I look forward to playing games. It doesn’t ever feel like work.”

53. “When I’m out on the football field, I have so much confidence in what I’m doing.”

54. “Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.”

55. “I thought I would never get a chance to play, until one time I did, because I was prepared and the opportunity presented itself.”

56. “I would never do anything outside of the rules of play.”

57. “I play a complicated position in an intensely team-oriented game.” 

58. “You’ve learned some very valuable lessons in the course of your career, and you’re going to continue to learn very valuable lessons.”

59. “I’m much more comfortable and confident running out on the field in front of 70,000 people instead of standing in front of a camera trying to say some lines. The people who do that as a profession are very talented because it’s certainly not easy.”

60. “To me, if you’re trying to impress a girl, get a date, they’re gonna like that more because you’re a confident guy. That’s what it comes down to.”

61. “Every man should know, if you’re comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the girls think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it.”

62. “I think the great part about what I do is that there’s a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There’s a tangible score.”

63. “Everybody has an opinion. I think everybody has the right to believe whatever they want. I don’t ever cast judgment on someone’s belief system.”

64. “I think hygiene is so important.”

65. “People want to go out and travel around and meet cool people. I could just go live in Vermont, but is that what I really want?”

66. “I firmly believe that sleep and recovery are critical aspects of an effective and holistic training program.”

67. “There’s nothing more comfortable or leisurely than having a pair of Ugg slippers on in the house.”

68. “Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day, it all just hurts.”

69. “I think it’s a feeling like I’ve got it all figured out. There’s nothing that can shock me anymore. There’s nothing I haven’t anticipated, so at that point, there is a calmness.”

70. “See, there are a lot of guys who are all talk. They say they want to work harder and be the best, but they never pay the price.”

71. “There’s a lot of people who don’t like Tom Brady and I’m okay with that.”

72. “Sleep is all about recovering. So if you’re not sleeping, you’re not recovering. And if you’re going to break your body down a lot, you better find ways to build it back up. And the only way to do that is get a lot of sleep.”

73. “I knew I became a professional when I stop paying attention to what time it was.”

74. “A lot of people don’t believe in you. It’s obvious by now, six other quarterbacks taken and 198 other picks. And I always thought, ‘You know what, once I get my shot, I’m gonna be ready. I’m gonna really take advantage of that.’”

75. “I could talk about food all day. I love good food.”

76. “I try to not eat as much sugar, but it’s so hard in our American diet to do that. It’s hard to completely avoid.”

77. “It’s never come easy for me. I don’t think my mind allows me to rest ever. I have, I think, a chip on my shoulder, and some deep scars that I don’t think were healed.”

78. ”All I do is work out. Oh my God! Half my life is spent in a gym somewhere, sweating.” 

79. “I like to have fun all the time, even if I’m working.”

80. ”I’m not really concerned with portraying this . I mean, that’s part of my job and I take that very seriously. But I don’t have anything to hide, and I’m not concerned with what people think.”

81. “You guys know how many times I have been turned down in my life? To be told how many times that I couldn’t accomplish something?”

82. “You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.”

83. “I think style is being so comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. That’s what style is, ’cause everybody’s got a different style.”

84. “I think the running game is very important to every offense. Being balanced is extremely important. There’s times where you have to throw the ball. You could be down late in the game, you need to come back. You have to be able to pass it when they know you’re passing it.”

85. “I always want to feel like I am the best quarterback for this team. I want to earn it every single day.”

86. “I’m never going to be fast, and nobody will ever mistake me for being fast.”

87. “My personal feelings are my personal feelings. I don’t want to express them with anyone except for a very few people.”

88. “I was crying. I’m a very emotional person. I have a deep caring for the people I’ve worked with.”

89. “I think I’ve been eating pasta for 26 years.”

90. “Everyone does things differently on offense. Everyone’s goal is to score points.”

91. “Certainly, I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, and a lot of it you take the good with the bad, dealing with different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do.”

92. “After the first day of practice, there’s not one guy who’s playing at 100% or who feels great.”

93. ”If someone lies, well, you had a choice to trust that person or not. I think the way my father raised me, well, he trusted everybody. And that worked for him.”

94. “There are times when you throw an interception and you’re beating yourself up.”

95. “Some of the best motivation in life is trying to impress a girl.”

96. “I’ve had just about everything punched. I’ve had things grabbed that just shouldn’t be grabbed.“

97. “I think you can just go out and try to be the best you can be, deal with people with respect, with honesty, with integrity, have a high moral standard.”

98. “If you waste your time and energy on things that don’t matter in the outcome of the game, then when you get to the game you’re not going to give your teammates the best that you have to offer.”

99. “I would bring a level of competitiveness to practice for myself because if I didn’t play well, I didn’t think I would be playing on the weekend.”

100. “I don’t want to say anything negative about anybody or anything or anybody’s political beliefs. I’ve never done that. I’ve never tried to get involved in those things.”

101. “It’s the offseason. These days are valuable for everybody.”

102. “Man, wear your seat belts. That’s all I can tell everybody. You never know.”

103. “I approach every week the same. I think I’ve always tried to be very professional in how I approach the game, my preparation. Every game is important.”

104. “You can’t go out and practice average on Wednesday, average on Thursday, okay on Friday, and then expect to play well on Sunday.”

105. “If you want to perform at the highest level, then you have to prepare at the highest level.”

106. “As long as you believe in what you are doing and you’re doing things you love to do, then you can go out there and be the best at it.”

107. “Is it going to make me feel any better to make an extra million? That million might be more important to the team.”

108. “It’s not really a chip on my shoulder, it’s just that feeling that, ‘Man, maybe nobody wants ya.’ When I watch myself play at times, I still don’t think I am very good. ‘Man you’re still not very fast, you know you got a decent arm, you know you made some pretty bad reads on that day.’ But that’s what gets me up and motivates me.”

109. ”One thing I learned in college is that the coach decides who plays, and when he says to go in there, you play your butt off.” 

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