Marshawn Lynch
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) at a press conference at Arizona Grand in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

America is often divided among major issues. Democrats and Republicans. Country Music and Rock Music. Tupac and Biggie. But there’s one thing that the people of the United States despite their differences can all agree on: the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has become the biggest sporting event in the world and it unites a nation. Whether you are a fan of the game, or are simply tuning in for the commercials and halftime show, over 120 million Americans will be glued to their television sets come Sunday to see the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl XLIX will be the 49th edition of the big game and it has come from humble beginnings in Super Bowl I when Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in front of a small audience of thousands. There is no video footage from that game. Apparently it was recorded over for a soap opera. Regardless of what happened to that footage there is one thing that has transcended the game over the course of its nearly 50 years, the original footage may have been lost, but the quotes remain. We look back over the last 50 years of the Super Bowl to bring you the funniest, inspirational and memorable quotes from the world’s biggest sporting event:

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

“I hope we do [win the Super Bowl]. It’s always nice to have a beast within you.” – Eli Manning

“He [Terry Bradshaw] couldn’t spell ‘CAT’ if you spotted him the ‘C’ and the ‘T’” said Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson before Super Bowl XIII. Bradshaw then threw for four touchdowns. “I didn’t say he couldn’t play, just that he couldn’t spell.”

“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.” – Bill Peterson

“When we got down to the Super Bowl in ’85, against the Patriots, we’re down there on the field checking things out. This helicopter flies overhead, probably taking pictures, and McMahon just moons it. He mooned the helicopter from the field!” – William “Fridge” Perry

“The Super Bowl is like a movie, and the quarterback is the leading man.” – sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

“The next MVP of the Super Bowl is just as likely to have been a full time grocery store bagger than last year’s Heisman Trophy winner.” – Hunter S. Thompson in regards to Kurt Warner’s career as a grocery store bagger before joining the NFL.

“I’d run over my mother to win the Super Bowl.” – Russ Grimm
“I’d run over Russ Grimm’s mother, too” – Matt Millen

“As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy… there’s something about winning a Super Bowl.” – Terry Bradshaw

“If the Super Bowl is the ultimate game, why are they playing it again next year?” – Duane Thomas.

“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and loser of the Super Bowl.” – John Madden

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” – Marshawn Lynch

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