Activities Sports & Athletics Funny Football Quotes by Players, Coaches, and Announcers Share PINTEREST Email Print Sports & Athletics Football Basics Playing & Coaching Plays & Formations College Football Baseball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Extreme Sports Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By James Alder James Alder James Alder is an expert on the game of American football, blogs for The New York Times, and appears on radio shows. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 05/03/18 Let's face it: Whether the stereotype is fair or not, most football players aren't highly regarded for their intelligence (not to say there aren't some smart guys playing the game). And as a result, a large amount of time they spend in front of a microphone answering questions can lead to some very amusing moments. In honor of these blunderers, we've put together a collection of the more comical quips to escape the lips of college and pro football players, as well as coaches and announcers alike over the years. 01 of 13 Joe Theismann, ESPN Announcer and Former NFL Quarterback David Madison/ Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." (Norman? Is he related to Albert? I guess we know who isn't a genius.) 02 of 13 Torrin Polk, University of Houston Wide Receiver When asked about his coach John Jenkins, Polk said... "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings." And next he's going to let them paint their fingernails. 03 of 13 Former New Orleans Saints RB George Rogers George Rogers, running back for the Saints. Getty Images I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first Now I haven't been in a math class in 20-some odd years, but I do believe 1,000 still comes before 1,500. 04 of 13 Houston Oilers Head Coach Bill Peterson "You guys line up alphabetically by height." Bill also gets extra credit for these inspirational words: "Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl." 05 of 13 Dick Butkus, Former Chicago Bears Linebacker Dick Butkus, Bears linebacker. Getty Images "I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was important -- like a league game." Hey, at least he holds back in practice! 06 of 13 William Perry, Former Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle William "The Refrigerator" Perry. Getty Images "I've been big ever since I was little." Ummm... okay. 07 of 13 Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Jerry Rice, best ever?. Getty Images "I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." Damn... you got us Jerry! 08 of 13 Lee Corso, College Football Analyst Lee Corso, TV commentator. Getty Images "Hawaii doesn't win many games in the United States." Here's a hint for you Lee... Hawaii is in the United States. 09 of 13 Bob Hoying, Ohio State Buckeyes Quarterback After winning a Big Ten title for Ohio State... "I'm really happy for Coach Cooper and the guys who've been around here for six or seven years, especially our seniors." And the fourth grade was the best three years of his life! 10 of 13 Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Former Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson. Getty Images Commenting on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw's intelligence... He couldnt spell cat if you spotted him the C and the T. 11 of 13 Steve Smith, Sr. Former Wide Receiver Steve Smith Sr. Gerry Images On what it's like to play on a national stage: "Ex-girlfriends who wish they wouldn't have dumped you, they're questioning themselves right now. So, it's fun." 12 of 13 Geno Smith, New York Jets Quarterback Geno Smith, Jets' quarterback. Getty Images "It's almost exciting to think about all the room for improvement that we have." That's definitely on way of looking at it. The Jets went 4-12 the year Smith said this. 13 of 13 John Ralston, Former Denver Broncos Head Coach John Ralston, former Denver coach. Getty Images "I resigned as the Broncos coach because of illness and fatigue. The fans were sick and tired of me."