Greatest Pre Game Motivational Speeches

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Sometimes in life, we need the rallying cry of a stirring locker room speech. This list is a compilation of some of the greatest, most rousing speeches in the history of sports. These pre game motivational speeches will ‘fire up’ any player.

Coach Gary Gaines Prepares His Team for a Championship Game

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“I want you to put each other in your hearts forever because forever is about to happen here in just a few minutes.”

This speech has the assistance of an Explosions in the Sky soundtrack, which turns any topic of conversation into a highly stimulating experience. 

Ray Lewis Fires Up the Stanford Basketball Team

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“If you ain’t pissed off for greatness, then that means you’re OK with being mediocre.”

Look at the above quote. If we replaced every high school guidance counselor in the country with that soundbite emblazoned on a Ray Lewis Fathead, we’d have a 98 percent graduation rate nationwide. Ray Lewis has a handful of speeches that will inspire you to do bicycle crunches in your cubicle, but being “pissed off for greatness” is an everlasting moniker that you can put on a tombstone. 

Western Kentucky Football Coach Rallies His Team

“…a Hilltopper is a badass dude who stands at the top of a hill. And he’s got scars all over his body from the fight he took to get on top of that hill and to stay on top of that hill.”

YouTube is a treasure trove of inspiring speeches, but the authenticity of coach Lance Guidry makes his pregame tirade stand out. When a coach is describing your team’s mascot as a “badass dude,” you know you’ve committed to the right program.

Coach Bombay’s “Ducks Fly Together”

“When the winds blow hard and the sky is black…ducks fly together.” 

All kids sports movies have two things: hilariously timed fart gags and stirring locker room speeches. In D2: The Mighty Ducks, Team USA Hockey rallies with a collaborative, passionate tribute to the flying habits of migratory birds.

Coach Brooks’ “Great Moments” Speech

“I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ‘em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.”

The story of the 1980 United States Ice Hockey team’s improbable win over the Soviet Union is inspiring, but the pregame soliloquy from Coach Brooks is enough to trigger a full-blown application to graduate school, 250 push-ups and a trip to you ex-girlfriend’s house to “explain things.” After watching this clip, putting planet earth on notice won’t seem like such a complicated endeavor. The world is yours for the taking, man.

Michael Irvin’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech

“Look up, get up and don’t ever give up.”

During his induction speech to the Football Hall of Fame, Michael Irvin pays homage to the players that paved the way and gives a little parting advice to those of you at home. The image of No. 88’s tear-riddled face is powerful. You could watch this clip on mute and still be fired up enough to set a one-rep max at the squat rack.

These are some of the most motivational speeches so far.

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