In Their Words: Our Favorite Quotes From the Centennial Class of 2020



Legends are cemented on the Enshrinement stage.

As enshrinees take to the podium to deliver their long-awaited Enshrinement speech, the crowd at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and around the country waits in quiet anticipation for that special moment.

The speech is a time for self-reflection, thanksgiving and incredible stories about each enshrinee’s time on the gridiron.

With the Centennial Class of 2020 finally making their speeches this August, we’ve gone back and found our favorite quotes from some of the members of the class. Maybe they’ll give us a hint of what to expect Aug. 7.


Bill Cowher on Confidence

“Confidence is a very fragile thing, and it certainly is something that has to start with your mental approach and your ability to respond and stay focused and not allow negative thoughts to enter your own mind.”

Edgerrin James on Being a Tiger

“It is better to live 50 years as a tiger than 100 years as a chicken.”

Troy Polamalu on Getting Better

“Any time you can squeeze out the opportunity to get better, you should.”

Jimmy Johnson on How to Treat People

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be.”

Steve Hutchinson on Receiving The Knock

“As soon as the knock happens, it’s hard to explain, it’s like a weighted vest is taken immediately off your shoulders. It’s pretty special.”

Isaac Bruce on His Mentality While Playing

“Score, score, score. That's what we do. If it's three points or seven points, we're out to score. We got players on the field who keep playing, and we make plays.”

Steve Sabol on Football

“Life is great; football is better.”

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