58 Woody Hayes Quotes On Success In Life

Wayne Woodrow Hayes was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University (1946–1948), Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1949–1950), and Ohio State University (1951–1978), compiling a career college football record of 238 wins, 72 losses, and 10 ties. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983. These Woody Hayes quotes will motivate you.

Best Woody Hayes Quotes

  1. “The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours.” ~ Woody Hayes
  2. “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” ~ Woody Hayes
  3. “We do not pull in and fill up. And I’ll tell you why we don’t. It’s because I don’t buy one goddamn drop of gas in the state of Michigan. We’ll coast and push this goddamn car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money.” ~ Woody Hayes
  4. “Because I couldn’t go for three.” ~ Woody Hayes

  5. “I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have. “Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” ~ Woody Hayes
  6. “You can never really pay back. You can only pay forward.” ~ Woody Hayes
  7. “Football represents and embodies everything that’s great about this country, because the United States of America is built on winners, not losers or people who didn’t bother to play.” ~ Woody Hayes , Woody Hayes quotes on football
  8. “There’s nothing in this world that comes easy. There are a lot of people who aren’t going to bother to win. We learn in football to get up and go once more.” ~ Woody Hayes
  9. “Perfect preparation prevents piss-poor performance.” ~ Woody Hayes

  10. “Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” ~ Woody Hayes
  11. “You don’t get hurt running straight ahead…three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense. I will pound you and pound you until you quit.” ~ Woody Hayes
  12. “It does not matter the size of the man, rather the amount of effort the man is willing to put forth” ~ Woody Hayes
  13. “The height of human desire is what wins, whether it’s on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.” ~ Woody Hayes
  14. “I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good.” ~ Woody Hayes
  15. “Even the best team, without a sound plan, can’t score.” ~ Woody Hayes

  16. “Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” ~ Woody Hayes
  17. “Paralyze resistance with persistence.” ~ Woody Hayes
  18. “I recruited a Czech kicker, and during the eye exam, when asked to read the bottom line, the kicker replied, Read it? I know him.” ~ Woody Hayes
  19. “When you’re winning – you don’t need any friends. When you’re losing – you don’t have any friends anyway.” ~ Woody Hayes
  20. “In football, we always said that the other team couldn’t beat us. We had to be sure that we didn’t beat ourselves. And that’s what people have to do, too – make sure they don’t beat themselves.” ~ Woody Hayes
  21. “Statistics always remind me of fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet.” ~ Woody Hayes
  22. “It’s never an upset if the so-called underdog has all along considered itself the better team.” ~ Woody Hayes

  23. “You can outwork anybody. Try it, you will find out that you can do it.” ~ Woody Hayes
  24. “To hell with exciting. I’d rather be drab as hell and win.” ~ Woody Hayes
  25. “I don’t apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there. I just despise to lose, and that has taken a man of mediocre ability and made a pretty good coach out of him.” ~ Woody Hayes
  26. “I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.” ~ Woody Hayes
  27. “When I look in the mirror in the morning, I want to take a swing at me.” ~ Woody Hayes
  28. “Indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” ~ Woody Hayes

  29. “I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.” ~ Woody Hayes
  30. “The only meaningful statistic is number of games won.” ~ Woody Hayes
  31. “You’ll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.” ~ Woody Hayes
  32. “Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning.” ~ Woody Hayes
  33. “Picking an assistant coach, the first thing I was interested in was the man’s character.” ~ Woody Hayes
  34. “I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose.” ~ Woody Hayes
  35. “A man is always better than he thinks.” ~ Woody Hayes

  36. “The most deceptive course in football is straight at the goalposts.” ~ Woody Hayes
  37. “Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it.” ~ Woody Hayes
  38. “Anything easy ain’t worth a damn!” ~ Woody Hayes
  39. “I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games.” ~ Woody Hayes
  40. “We control by attitudes-positive mental attitudes-not by rules.” ~ Woody Hayes
  41. Success is the only motivational factor that a boy with character needs.” ~ Woody Hayes , Woody Hayes quotes on success
  42. “You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward.” ~ Woody Hayes

  43. “Jack Tatum could hit a man so hard that it would lift both his feet off the ground.” ~ Woody Hayes
  44. “The minute I think I’m getting mellow, I’m retiring. Whoever heard of a mellow winner?” ~ Woody Hayes
  45. “You don’t get many chances to pay back what’s been done for you. Take them.” ~ Woody Hayes
  46. “Nobody despises to lose more than I do. That’s got me into trouble over the years, but it also made a man of mediocre ability into a pretty good coach.” ~ Woody Hayes
  47. “Without winners, there would be no civilization.” ~ Woody Hayes
  48. “I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork ’em.” ~ Woody Hayes

  49. “The five big mistakes in football are the fumble, the interception, the penalty, the badly called play, the blocked punt—and most of these originate with the quarterback. Find a mistake-proof quarterback and you have this game won.” ~ Woody Hayes
  50. “The only way we’d get beaten was if we got a little fat-headed if we didn’t train right if we had dissension on the squad.” ~ Woody Hayes
  51. “They may outsmart me, or be luckier, but they can’t outwork me.” ~ Woody Hayes
  52. “The game of football is one of strategy and tactics.” ~ Woody Hayes
  53. “Without winners, there wouldn’t even be any civilization.” ~ Woody Hayes

  54. “The players fire the coach, and as long as I’m on the same wavelength with them, I can coach as long as I want to.” ~ Woody Hayes
  55. “A good general always makes you search for his weaknesses.” ~ Woody Hayes
  56. “No back in the history of football was ever worth two fumbles a game.” ~ Woody Hayes
  57. “I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face.” ~ Woody Hayes
  58. “The bowl games are only supposed to be a fun reward.” ~ Woody Hayes

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