Top 15 Dumbest Athlete Quotes

You might think pro athletes are somewhat intelligent people. And most are smart, articulate, and funny. But then there are these guys…

(Ryan Lochte has kept up the tradition.)



15. “The sun has been there for 500, 600 years.” – MLB All-Star Mike Cameron



14. “I made a 1600 minus 800 minus 200 on the SAT, so I’m very intelligent when I speak.” – Shaq



13. “Ball handling and dribbling are my strongest weaknesses.” – Former NBA player David Thompson



12. “I dunno. I’ve never smoked any Astroturf.” – MLB pitcher Tug McGraw on whether he preferred grass or Astroturf.



11. “We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.” – Basketball player Weldon Drew



10. “It’s a humbling thing being humble.” – Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett



9. “Left hand, right hand, it doesn’t matter. I’m amphibious.” – former NC State basketball player Charles Shackleford



8. “Don’t say I don’t get along with my teammates. I just don’t get along some of the guys on the team.” – NFL, IFL player Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens


7. “I’ve won at every level, except college and pro.” – Shaquille O’Neal before his Laker days



6. “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” – sportscaster and former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann



5. “My career was sputtering until I did a 360 and got headed in the right direction.” – NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady



4. “We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” – NBA basketball star Jason Kidd



3. “The only thing that keeps this organization from being recognized as one of the finest in baseball is wins and losses at the major league level.” – Former Devil Rays GM Chuck Lamar on his team



2. “I enjoyed the Luge.” – Michael Jordan on his visit to Paris.



2. “Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic.” – Alex Rodriguez on getting, yep, you guessed it — therapy.

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BONUS: “Sure we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too.” – Patrick Ewing during the 1988-89 NBA lockout

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  • Ron

    The dumbest quote I ever heard was from Joe Frazier afte the lost to ALI in the thrilla in manilla.
    “He didn’t hurt me, I just couldn’t see”,
    joe frazier with his eyes swollen like rotten apples as he couldn’t see out of his right eye and sun glasses could barely sit on his face due to uneven swelling of his eye sockets.. RIP

  • Ryan

    Can’t believe Yogi Berra didn’t make the list… I guess you are assuming he meant to be glib/funny… Or at least one would hope. “…When you see a fork in the road, take it” …

    • recordguy

      I found a book of famous Yogi quotes but then I misplaced it. Maybe I’ll refind it. Actually Yogi did say “No one eats at this restaurant. The wait for a table is too long”. I sincerely believe he knew what he was saying. He probably thought these Yogi-isms up in advance. Could have gone into comedy. Yogi was not dumb.

  • Jim

    Former NFL back George Rogers: “I want to rush for 1,500 or 2,000 yards, whichever comes first.”

  • ST

    “You have to score more points than opponents in order to win” -Javale Mcgee

  • Lance

    “We just finished the game. We played the whole 42 minutes.” -Zach Randolph

    One of my favorites!

  • Josh

    “Some people like to give 110%. I always give 120%.” – Trent Richardson

  • raisin bran

    Re Yogi’s “Take the fork in the road…” His house was at the end of a circular road; whichever ‘fork’ you took – got you there!

  • bdi

    LMAO good ones but Yogi had so many at least one should have made it.

    “It’s like deja-vu, all over again”

    “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”

    Love that guy!!

  • Harry R Wiener

    I know there must be alot said over the years by alot of athletes. I would of loved to hear some of the examples by Yogi and Casey.

  • wil marsh

    what i find amusing are athletes that murmur “you know” in every sentence……if we “knew” we wouldn’t be asking!

  • ewr

    A. Shaq is kidding. That much is completely obvious.

    B. Terrel Owens is not making a completely stupid remark here. Here’s distinguishing between what he sees as a “teammate” and someone who’s merely “part of the team.” Clearly what he means is that he gets along great with the guys who are out there giving it their all for the team. He does not however get along with the guys who aren’t leaders, who aren’t trying to motivate and energize others. Instead of being teammates, they’re only part of team-they’re just there.

  • Mark

    -1987 Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told
    a player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me like you’re
    spending too much time on one subject.”
    -1991 Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John
    Jenkins: “He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.”

  • James

    Tug MaGraw was joking. It was a reference to smoking weed.

    • Dean Higham

      No shit! Your explanation of McGraws comment has just moved up to number one!!’

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  • DN1000000

    Shaq at the Olympics in Greece was asked if the team visited the Parthenon. He replied, “I don’t remember what clubs we went to”.

  • Larry Bonyai

    How about Joe Don Looney when asked by the coach to take a message to the huddle? His reply: ” You want a messenger, call Western Union!”

  • Jakob

    The Charles Shackleford quote is a hoax. Made up story by a UNC writer to degrade NCSU education.

    • Joe blow

      Actually it was on tv

      • FlynnFan

        I remember hearing Shack say it live, and I thought he said something like “I’m amphibious, I can shoot with both hands”