Tim Tebow & Best College Football, NFL & Football Movie Speeches Ever
In honor of the NFL's return, I have compiled a list of the ten best motivational football speeches/pep talks in both real life and in movies. The clips are intended to get your blood pumping, so don't be surprised if you all-of-the-sudden have the urge to participate in an iron-man event of some sort.
The NFL season is right around the corner, with many experts expecting the CBA to be finalized in the next week.
By the end of this list, you will probably want to call up your buddies and get a game of hardcore tackle football together.
I think I've hyped this enough...enjoy, and send it along to your friends!
WARNING: Bad language in some clips (I will specify)
P.S. For all of you Friday Night Lights fans out there (like me), don't hate on the fact that there is no Coach Taylor in here. Because Hulu has exclusive rights to the show, all the good stuff has been taken off of youtube. It's everyone's loss, really.
Honorable Mention: What a Motivational Speech USED to Look Like
"Bear" Bryant is one of the most famous coaches in football history.
But as a motivational speaker?
Weak at best.
This is why players didn't need to wear helmets back in the day, they were all soft. Where is all the cursing? The passion?
I want to see people's heads being ripped off.
For the 1970's (or whatever decade this is from), this is actually a pretty strong pep talk, but it pales in comparison to what we have today.
10. Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman in "The Replacements"
WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE (PG-13)
I admit, this isn't the strongest start to the list, but I like how this video adds humor.
For those not interested in the funny business, just skip ahead to 1:15 into the video. Just remember, this is only No. 10 on the list. A warm up for what's coming up.
9. Ed Reed, University of Miami
If Ed Reed's rant would have been about a minute longer, this video could have possibly landed the top spot.
The raw emotion in his voice will send a shiver down your spine. Imagine standing in that huddle. How do you not get energized by Reed's best line, "I'm puttin my heart in this ****, dawg."
Your defensive leader, and one of the best players in your college's history, is leaving it all on the field.
You better be do the same.
8. Tim Tebow, University of Florida
Tim Tebow was one of the greatest leaders in College Football in the last decade. In 2008, he had a ridiculous 30 touchdown passes, four interceptions, and ran for an additional 12 touchdowns. He won the Heisman trophy, and led Florida to a National Championship over the Oklahoma Sooners.
The championship win was not easy, though.
During halftime, Tebow lit a fire under his team with this ridiculously intense pep talk. "30 minutes for the rest of our lives" is a phrase that will live on in University of Florida lore.
Possibly my favorite part, though, is when No. 9 (Louis Murphy?) tries to maintain Tebow's emotion after Tebow leaves the circle. Can you say, "EPIC FAILURE?"
7. Rex Ryan, Head Coach of the New York Jets
WARNING: EXTREMELY VULGAR LANGUAGE (Rated M)
This isn't the most inspiring pep talk ever, but it is unbelievably entertaining, and it became one of the most talked about clips last season.
"Now let's go eat a ******* snack" doesn't even need to be explained anymore. Every football fan knows exactly what you're talking about.
But don't just focus on the end, enjoy the whole package. Whether he meant to or not, Ryan was saying some really funny things in there.
"There is a difference between having fun and being a jack***."
I'm a Patriots fan, but even I can agree that the fatty is pretty funny.
6. Matthew McConaughey in "We Are Marshall"
What a fantastic scene.
Has every emotion wrapped up into one speech. Heartbreak, excitement, sadness and happiness, this monologue has it all. It helps that McConaughey delivers it flawlessly.
The movie itself isn't a must-see, but you would definitely be missing out if you skip this clip. I'm sorry about the inconvenience of needing to watch the video on youtube as opposed to here, but again, it is well worth it.
Try and focus on the speech, and not the fact that the players end up stomping on the graves of the six dead players they are trying to remember.
5. Georgia Tech Chaplain Before a Big Game Against Notre Dame
Honestly, this video made this entire slideshow worth it for me. Doing research for many of these clips was just finding a high quality video, but for some, like this, it was just a clip that I stumbled upon by accident.
And boy am I happy that I did.
Not only does this guy have a tremendously thick accent, but he is the team's chaplain. Hence the, "not because of brick and mortar, but because of flesh and blood" line. Just awesome.
Make sure that you watch until the final seconds (after they pray). Otherwise, you'll miss out on one of the funnier dances I've seen from someone who doesn't seem to be the dancer type.
The only problem with his speech is that it seems like he pumped himself up instead of pumping up the players.
4. Will Patton in "Remember the Titans"
This speech is pretty much legendary from start to finish.
Half the stuff he says will be recognized instantly by any football fan.
My personal preferences?
"I don't want them to gain another yard. You blitz ALL NIGHT."
"You make sure, they remember, forever, the night they played the Titans."
Pretty much, I love the whole video. It's short, sweet, and to the point. The music in the background adds a nice excitement to the scene as well.
3. James Bethea, University of California (Taken Before a Big Game Against USC)
WARNING: LOUD AND EXTREMELY VULGAR (Rated R)
This pump up is ridiculously vulgar, but it is essentially what every pep talk is like in real life nowadays. Players scream the most insane things as loud as they can, and everyone gets all jacked up.
Bethea in particular, though, does a fantastic job.
He's the one who starts yelling 23 seconds into the clip. Best line? "Every ******* play, we are going to take their mother******* hearts."
Talk about anger problems. You have to admit, though, this video has you getting real excited about the return of football.
2. Al Pacino in "Any Given Sunday"
WARNING: VULGAR LANGUAGE (Rated R)
Not much needs to be said about this speech. It's one of the most famous pep talks in the history of sports, despite it being in a movie.
Something I only noticed after listening to it for the 10 millionth time: at the beginning of the speech, Pacino says, "I don't know what to say, really." He then goes on to give one of the most inspiring three minute speeches of all time.
By the way, I recommend you look around youtube for mixes of this monologue onto videos of your favorite teams' highlights. They make them so much more interesting.
1. "I Am a Champion" Pep Talk
I am going to let the video do the talking for this top spot.
I recommend that you DON'T watch this at work, because the video is pretty loud, and pretty unclear. Make sure you are able to read the subtitles.
Also, notice how the music makes his already inspiring speech one of the most motivational things you will ever hear. Just tremendous.
One other thing. If you watch this and then decide you want to go wrestle a baby shark, don't blame me.
I warned you.
Did you enjoy the list? Which great speeches/pep talks did I inevitably leave out?
Let me know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!