"You take on what's right in front of you. You want to do the best you can with the opportunities that you have."
-Donald Francis "Don" Shula (born January 4, 1930) is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the only perfect season in the history of the National Football League. Shula was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins with 347. He has been head coach for six Super Bowls, a record tied with Bill Belichick. Shula's three Super Bowl records and total NFL wins still remain unbroken.
"Talent sets the floor. Character sets the ceiling."
-William Stephen "Bill" Belichick (born April 16, 1952) is the head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations, effectively making him the team's general manager as well. Since early 2000, Belichick has coached the Patriots to six Super Bowl appearances. His teams won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, and XLIX and lost Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Belichick is the NFL's longest-tenured active head coach and currently is fifth in regular season coaching wins in the NFL at 221, and first in playoff coaching wins with 22. His four Super Bowl victories as head coach are tied for most all time with Chuck Noll.
"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
-Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total National Football League championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. Lombardi is considered by many to be one of the best and most successful coaches in professional football history. The NFL's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the year after his death.
“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”
-Paul William "Bear" Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins.
"When I was duck hunting with Bear Bryant, he shot at one but it kept flying. 'John,' he said, 'there flies a dead duck.' That's confidence."
-John Harvey McKay (July 5, 1923 – June 10, 2001) was the head coach at the University of Southern California from 1960 to 1975 and of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984. In 16 seasons at USC, McKay compiled a record of 127–40–8 and won nine AAWU/Pac-8 conference titles. His teams made eight appearances in the Rose Bowl, with five wins. Four of his squads captured national titles (1962, 1967, 1972, 1974).
"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks."
-Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012) was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. With 409 victories, Paterno is the winningest coach in FBS history. The team won two national championships—in 1982 and 1986. Paterno coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. In all, he led the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl appearances with 24 wins.
"To me, this thing is a lot about life. Not every day in life is going to be great. Some of the greatest people are the ones that respond to adversity when things are not right and people aren’t saying the best things about you. Coming back from disappointment and showing a little character and being relentless, those things go a long way."
-Frank Mitchell Beamer (born October 18, 1946) is currently the head football coach at Virginia Tech, a position he has held since 1987. On November 1, 2015, Beamer announced that he will be retiring from coaching at the end of the 2015 football season. From 1981 to 1986, Beamer served as the head football coach at Murray State University. He is the 6th winningest and one of the longest tenured active coach in NCAA Division I FBS.