75 Brian O’Driscoll Quotes from the Famous Rugby Player

Brian O’Driscoll is a former professional rugby player from Ireland.

Brian played rugby for 15 years becoming the second most capped player with 141 matches and scoring 46 tries.

He captained Ireland team and the British and Irish Lions setting records for most tries scored in the Six Nations and Irish Rugby.

Brian was nominated for World Player of the Year three times and won Player of the Tournament three times.

Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

Raised in a rugby family he started with Gaelic Football before switching to rugby.

He played his entire career with Leinster winning three Heineken Cups and was voted World Rugby Player of the Decade in 2010.

Below are the most famous quotes by Brian O’Driscoll.

Best Brian O’Driscoll Quotes


I still get a great buzz from rugby. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


You want to win everything you are in. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


My nutritional knowledge is good enough to figure out what’s good, what’s bad, and where my leeway is. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


You’ve to celebrate the good days because there are brutal days that make the good ones sweet. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

You have perspective when little people come into your life. You take the best things you have and let them overshadow your disappointment. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’m an eternal optimist. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Growing up, I supported Manchester United, and my hero was Mark Hughes. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


I need to worry about the things that I am in control of. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Rugby takes its toll. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

As the summer moves on, there are Saturday nights when I come home and find friends I haven’t even been out with sitting up in the hot tub. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


I’m very much a glass-half-full person. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Until you win a series, it’s difficult to place yourself in that elite group of great Lions players. It’s not enough to produce one-off performances or be nearly-men. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

The great thing about playing team sport is you win and lose together, and the pain is never as bad when you share it. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Being recognized by Guinness World Records in their 60th year is a real honor. It’s also a real privilege for me to be positioned beside such sporting greats. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

There is no point winning the semi if you don’t win the final. It’s as simple as that. No one will remember a big semifinal if you lose the final, so you have to do it all again. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I would always treat my attacking game as the more natural part. With defence, you have to get yourself in positions to understand the game and understand situations, and that might not be as natural a thing. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


Dressing rooms can be vicious places, in the best possible way, from a slagging point of view. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Top Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

I’m not privy to the English set-up, but at the academies in Ireland, there is a huge focus on the weights room as opposed to whether they can throw a 10-meter pass on the run. They should be rugby players becoming athletes, not athletes becoming rugby players. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Before there was any chance to go to England, I changed schools, and it was rugby from there on in. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


I had massive admiration for lots of players. Richard Hill would be up there, along with Martin Johnson. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

If you stop doing a skill you’ve done for years for any period of time, there’s an adjustment period to get it back. In anything you do. Motor skills won’t work as fast, because repetition is everything. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Famous Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

I don’t care that people thought I was one way for my whole career because now that I am not attached to a team, I can have my own opinion, I can have my own voice. I can link myself to my own thought process rather than a generic message most teams try to get across. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

The big upside to being captain is it’s a huge honor, but the downside is that there is definitely extra pressure. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Rugby gave me a confidence. I was quite shy and relatively timid, but it gave me the confidence to be a little bit more out-going and back myself a bit more. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

There is still a big onus to be coached. I understand the best teams don’t need a huge amount of coaching, but that’s when a coach should decide not to do coaching. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I enjoy training so much, sometimes I don’t want it to stop. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I tell you one you straight off in Scotland – Nick de Luca. I don’t see his name quoted, but I’ve played against Nick quite a lot, and he is a good player – one of the trickiest centers I’ve played against. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

It’s happened a couple of times in training when I hyper-extend my back. Some facet joints send all the muscles in my lower back and lumbar-spine into spasm. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

People talk about loyalty of players to clubs. But in the everyday world, you don’t see people being loyal to their company when they’re getting offered considerably better deals elsewhere. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I used to love looking at a recipe, getting all the bits and pieces in the shops, getting them ready and prepared… I don’t really have the time to do that anymore. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


When you are captain, you are never speaking for yourself. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

In your mid-20s, you think you’ll go on for eternity. Then a point comes where you realize that’s not going to be the case. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Your name or what you’ve done on the rugby pitch is not going to carry you through for the rest of your life. I realize I’m going to have to eventually do something else, and that does frighten me a little bit. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

A physical therapist does some unbelievable stretching with me. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Popular Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

I get burnt in the sun, so there’s no point me getting pecs for when I take my shirt off in the summer. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett have both been decent, but Dan Carter takes it on to a different level, and he kicks his goals better than both of them. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

There have been a couple of things I’ve been involved in launching that have been a bit more public, but I’ve always had other things tipping away in the background. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


The great thing about playing a team sport is you win and lose together, and the pain is never as bad when you share it. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Just because you lost your last game doesn’t mean you change anything. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I was exposed to the gym at about 28. I never had a huge love or appetite for it – it was just a means to an end. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I have always played into the belief that you are only ever borrowing the jersey; you never own the jersey because someone has gone before you and there is going to be someone after you, so it’s a case of giving the jersey maximum respect. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

There’s ego in all of us rugby players. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’ve got my head fixed on the next part of life. I know there will be an adjusting period of just not being a rugby player for a while, and over that period I’ll get my head around what the next challenge involves. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

My missus knows to leave me alone. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


I don’t really want to be the center of attention. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’m fairly adventurous with my eating. I’ve tried kangaroo, and Moreton Bay bugs, which are a kind of lobster, are so good. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

If you stick around long enough and you do enough of the right things, you get seen in a largely positive light. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I was a football fan before I became a rugby fan. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Great Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

I would say I thrive in a competitive environment. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I was quite small as a kid and maybe a little afraid physically. When I grew into myself, the realization changed. That when you hurt yourself, it’s transient; it doesn’t stay forever. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’ve always found when I was captain when other people were doing the talking for me, I didn’t need to say as much, and when I did say one or two things, people tended to listen all the more. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

If you can beat New Zealand, then you’re probably going to win the World Cup. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’ve been a professional rugby player all my life; I don’t really know anything different. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

You never sit on your laurels. It is always a case of trying to work on your deficiencies as much as working on your strengths. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I had come across a few sports psychologists, and I had no time for nearly all of them. I just don’t think they work in a team environment. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


I don’t feel comfortable with the kind of celebrity that has come my way – and I’m not very good at it, either. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I have ambitions to set records which will be hard to chase down, like getting more than 100 caps for Ireland. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Inspiring Brian O’Driscoll Quotes

You go into the Lions camp with preconceived ideas about players and teams and then find guys are actually very different, and the beauty of the Lions is that all those characters are moulded into it. I find that exciting. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

What do you remember about Jason Robinson? His feet. Not how improved he was under a high ball or his kicking skills. Everyone remembers those feet. He could go round you in a phone box. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

As you get older, the defeats become more painful. They definitely hurt more. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

In a team situation, I think the players are more inclined to give the answer they believe the psychologist is looking for rather than maybe being totally honest. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

For me, it took five years to understand what professionalism meant. But I’m more settled now. I’m married, life changes, and I’ve been lucky in managing my injuries. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Practise things you’re good at. Keep on top of things you’re not so good at, but be world-class at your best. Never think, ‘I’m very good at this and that, I can leave those for a bit.’ ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Team sports are very important for shaping personalities. It’s important that kids understand the mentality behind playing team sports and playing for one another and playing with friends. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

You can’t rely on your defense to win a World Cup. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’m very happy to have been a one-club man, but I wouldn’t shoot down guys who have gone off and played in multiple clubs either because, essentially, it is an earning that people are after. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

That’s what happens in the world. You get offered superior contracts. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

When you talk to family and friends, they can’t tell you anything from an impartial point of view because they have a vested interest in you. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.


The victory is always sweeter… winning things with friends. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

Games bring another level out in you. There is no way you can train to the same intensity when you are playing a game. It is just impossible. Your head won’t allow you to do it. Because the adrenalin of a game and the importance of it steps it up to another level. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

I’ve never bought a sports car. ~ Brian O’Driscoll.

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