11 Inspirational Sports Speeches To Give You A Boost Of Confidence

“I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game ..."

Some people flock to convention halls and hotel ballrooms for motivational speeches — others just turn on ESPN. Sports speeches are often inspirational, and motivational speeches before a game can make all the difference. 


We've already covered some of our favorite inspirational sports speeches, and now we're putting the spotlight on even more favorites of ours — sports speeches from movies included — with these YouTube clips and written transcripts.

1. HK Poet’s Message to Her Sisterhood

In 2016, football player and spoken word artist Holly K. Peterson (aka HK Poet) participated in the NFL's first-ever women's summit, addressed other female athletes, and delivered one of the best inspirational sports speeches we've ever heard.

"You and me, we are part of a sisterhood," she said. "A sisterhood of sports, a solidarity of sorts, a mixed bag of backgrounds bonded by every backhanded compliment that made us want to be better than just fast 'for a girl,' than just strong 'for a girl,' than just good 'for a girl.' "

2. Serena Williams’ Empowering Acceptance Speech

Speaking of motivational sports speeches from female athletes, Serena Williams gave us memorable quote after memorable quote in her 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year acceptance speech.

"For all the ladies out there, yes, we can do it," she said. "I have to tell each and every one of you that it doesn't matter how old you are, how young you are, your age, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to." (Watch her speech here.)

3. Jack Buck’s Patriotic Poem

In one of his final public appearances, this late St. Louis Cardinals sportscaster read his poem "For America" at Busch Memorial Stadium six days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In our books, it's one of the most historic sports speeches ever recorded.

"Since this nation was founded … more than 200 years ago, we have been the bastion of freedom, the light that keeps the free world aglow," he said. "We do not covet the possessions of others; we are blessed with the bounty we share." (See the full poem here.)

4. Apollos Hester’s Post-Game Optimism

What do sports teach you? Self-confidence, for one. Just look at this wide receiver from East View High School in Georgetown, Texas, who gave one of the most energetic football speeches we've ever seen.

"It's an awesome feeling when you truly believe that you're going to be successful," he said in this inspirational sports speech. "Regardless of the situation, regardless of the scoreboard, you're going to be successful because you've put in all the time, all the effort, all the hard work, and you know that it's going to pay off."

5. Vince Lombardi’s Super Bowl Reminder

In 1968, in an inspirational sports speech before the second-ever Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi told his team they wouldn't see anything on the gridiron they hadn't already seen before.

"This is a club that's going to hit you," he said of the Oakland Raiders. "They are going to try and hit you. You are just going to take it out of them, just hit, just run, just block, and just tackle. You do that, and there is no question what the answer is going to be in this ball game. Keep your poise. There is nothing that they can show you out there you haven't faced a number of times. Right? Right!" (Hear his speech here.)

6. Darrell Green’s Shout-Out to His Father

Accepting his Pro Football Hall of Fame honor in 2008, this Washington Redskins cornerback gave a sports speech about the power of fatherly love that likely inspired millions

"My dad, my dad, Leonard Green Sr," he told the crowd. "Everybody said, 'You're too little. You can't do it.' He said, 'Boy, you can run that ball.' They said no, and he said go. The best encouragement you could ever get in life is when a dad encourages his son. Encourage your son." (Watch the speech here.)

7. Tony D’Amato’s Plea for Unity in “Any Given Sunday”

In this 1999 film, Al Pacino's Tony D'Amato gives his team a game-saving pep talk worthy of the best coach's speech at the end of the season — and one that has been motivating real-life teams ever since.

"You've got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes," he says. "You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows when it comes down to it, you're gonna do the same for him. That's a team, gentlemen, and either we heal now as a team or we will die as individuals."

8. Jim Telfer’s Everest Analogy

In 1997, this British & Irish Lions coach gave the rugby team a (slightly profane) motivational sports speech before a clinch game against the South African Springboks.

"You have an awesome responsibility on these eight individual forwards' shoulders, an awesome responsibility," he said. "This [is] your fucking Everest, boys. Very few ever get the chance in rugby terms to get to Everest, the top of Everest. You have the chance." (See his speech here.)

9. Norman Dale’s Speech in “Hoosiers”

Gene Hackman's character in this 1986 sports film, Norman Dale, tells his high school basketball team to focus only on their abilities and not the glory at stake. And this motivational sports speech boasts some great quotes on sportsmanship.

"Don't get caught up thinking about winning or losing this game," he says. "If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to being the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game. In my book, we're gonna be winners." (Watch the full scene here.)

10. Dave Belisle’s Little League Graciousness

After the Cumberland Americans lost the 2014 Little League World Series by just one run, this coach told his team to keep their chins up. It's one of our favorite end-of-season coach speeches, with choice quotes on the importance of sports in students' lives.

"The only reason why I'll probably end up shedding a tear is because this is the last time I'm going to end up coaching you guys," he said. "It's OK to cry because we're not going to play baseball together anymore. But we're going to be friends forever."

11. Yul Brenner’s Affirmations in ‘Cool Runnings’

Malik Yoba's Yul Brenner gives a helluva motivational sports speech to Rawle D. Lewis' Junior in this 1993 film about the real-life Jamaican bobsled team.

"Look in the mirror and tell me what you see," Yul says, cornering his teammate in the bathroom. "You see Junior? Well, you want to know what I see? I see pride! I see power! I see a badass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!"


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