The Replacements

The Replacements quotes

35 total quotes (ID: 490)

Clifford Franklin
Coach Jimmy McGinty
Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff
Other Characters
Shane Falco


I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn't be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever.


You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like quicksand.

A real man admits his fears. That's what I'm asking you to do here tonight.

When the replacement players for the Washington Sentinels left the stadium that day, there was no ticker tape parade, no endorsement deals for sneakers or soda pop, or breakfast cereal. Just a locker to be cleaned out, and a ride home to catch. But what they didn't know, was that their lives had been changed forever because they had been part of something great. And greatness, no matter how brief, stays with a man. Every athlete dreams of a second chance, these men lived it.

Get a job, ye wankers!

Let's play football, bitch!

I broke my arm, but you saved my arse, Shane.

I'll kick the bloody piss out of it.

The football's like a one-man cold to Clifford Franklin. Clifford Franklin's the only man catchin' it, Clifford Franklin's the only man comin' down wid it.

Coach McGinty: What's it gonna be, Shane?
Shane Falco: I want the ball.
Coach McGinty: [laughs] Winners always do.

(The football falls right in Jumbo's hands)
Jumbo Fumiko: Holy shit!
Andrea Jackson: Let's haul ass, round boy! Follow me! Follow me!

Coach McGinty: Danny, I need that ball.
Daniel Bateman: You need the ball.
Coach McGinty: Get me the ball.
Daniel Bateman: Get you ball.
Coach McGinty: (screaming) Are you going to get me the ball?
(They screaming together nearly incoherently as Bateman starts taking on an insane look.)
Coach McGinty: (After Bateman runs onto the field insane) I sure hope he doesn't kill somebody.

Jamal Jackson: The Mick's right.
Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff: I'm not a Mick. I'm bloody WELSH!

Woman Reporter: (Running to catch up with McGinty heading to the locker room for halftime) Coach, what will Washington need to get back into this game?
Jimmy McGinty: (pause) You've got to have heart.
Woman Reporter: Can you elaborate?
Jimmy McGinty: (striking his chest with his roll of papers) Miles and miles of heart.
Woman Reporter: (comes to a halt) So with a word, Coach McGinty says Washington will need to have heart to get back into this ball game.
Eddie Martell: We have a game to win. Nobody can beat Dallas with these losers!
Shane Falco: [enters locker room] I can.
Martell: Hi Shane, how are ya, now get the HELL OUT OF MY LOCKER ROOM!
Falco: Coach?
Jimmy McGinty: What the hell took you so long?
Falco: Traffic. [players cheer him on]
Jimmy McGinty: Suit up!
Martell: What?! O'Niel will fire your ass!
Jimmy McGinty: It won't be the first time!
Martell: This is bullshit. I'm going to put an end to it right now. (heads for the locker room exit)
Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff: (Pulling his shirt off, spitting into his right hand, and faces Martell) Come and get some then, you big fatty!
(Martell chuckles at Nigel in front of him but the grin disappears as the whole team moves to surround him.)
Martell: This doesn't change anything, Falco. I'm an All-Pro quarterback. I've got TWO Super Bowl rings! You'll never be more than a replacement player.
Falco: I can live with that.
Clifford Franklin: [refers to Martell] Will somebody please, please get this asshole out of here?
[As the crowd sings "Ole Ole Ole," Nigel Gruff has second thoughts about the goal kick]
Nigel Gruff: I'm sorry.
Shane Falco: What?
Gruff: I'm sorry Shane, I can't kick it. I took 50,000 quid and pissed it all on the track.
Falco: What do you mean?
Gruff: They're gonna take my pub away from me. It's all I've got, Shane!
Unnamed Forward: Come on, Shane!

Here's a list of people I've been keeping my eye on over the years. They've all played football somewhere, not all of them in the pros. But they all have something unique to bring to the game. We're gonna take those people and try to put together a winning team. If nothing else, they should be fun to watch.