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100 Best ‘All American’ Quotes from the Series

All American will take you into the life of a high school football rising prospect at Crenshaw High.

The story is based in Compton and shows what it’s like for teenagers to juggle success on such a stage as the main character Spencer James.

Along the way, Spencer becomes friends with Jordan’s sister who has her own demons.

Here’s the scoop on the best quotes from the popular drama series, All American.

1. “Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.” – Coach Billy Baker

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2. “You don’t throw away your own. You fight for him.” – Spencer James

3. “Look, change is uncomfortable, growth is uncomfortable, and hell, adulting is uncomfortable… We have to learn to sit in the uncomfortable, me included.” – Coop

4. “Family isn’t always blood.” – Olivia Baker

5. “Sometimes you gotta be willing to give up what you have in order to get what you want.” – Layla Keating

6. “You’re not defined by your mistakes, but by how you recover from them.” – Grace James

7. “Pressure can either burst pipes or create diamonds.” – Coach Billy Baker

8. “You’ve got to get to the point where nothing is ever good enough. When that happens, when you embrace that grind, the sky’s the limit.” – Coach Baker

9. “Success is not about the fame or glory; it’s about the impact you make on others.” – Olivia Baker

10. “There’s a difference between being selfish and being driven.” – Asher Adams

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11. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” – Coach Billy Baker

12. “The only way to know how great you can be is to challenge yourself.” – Spencer James

13. “You’ve only got two hands, you might want to figure out what’s important to you and hang on to that as hard as you can.” – Cordell Simms

14. “People have a hard time thinking straight when they’re grieving.” – Layla Keating

15. “To help someone you care about is never a bad call. Just make sure it’s not at the expense of yourself.” – Chris Jackson

16. “You can’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Jordan Baker

17. “There’s always a choice to be made, even if it’s a bad one.” – Layla Keating

18. “You gotta find your truth and hold on to it.” – Spencer James

19. “You can’t change where you came from, but you can change where you’re going.” – Olivia Baker

20. “You have to fight for the things you want in life.” – Jordan Baker

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21. “No one’s really perfect. But we love the people we love anyway.” – Patience

22. “Sometimes it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about how you play the game.” – Spencer James

23. “The harder the struggle, the sweeter the victory.” – Coach Billy Baker

24. “You can’t let other people’s opinions define you.” – Layla Keating

25. “Sometimes the biggest risks lead to the biggest rewards.” – Asher Adams

26. “Don’t be a victim of your circumstances; be a survivor.” – Coop

27. “I don’t see our parents’ mistakes when I look at you. I see a teammate who became a brother to me. That ain’t ever going to change. You are my brother. Their problems ain’t ours, all right?” – Spencer James

28. “I’m sorry, Coach. But trust is supposed to work both ways.” – Spencer James

29. “Life is a battle, and you have to be willing to fight for what you want.” – Jordan Baker

30. “Strength is not just physical; it’s mental and emotional too.” – Spencer James

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31. “You can’t let the fear of failure hold you back from pursuing your dreams.” – Olivia Baker

32. “Success is not given; it’s earned through hard work and determination.” – Coach Billy Baker

33. “You have to trust yourself and your instincts.” – Layla Keating

34. “The past may shape you, but it doesn’t define you.” – Spencer James

35. “It’s not about where you come from; it’s about where you’re going.” – Coop

36. It’s best to find what you need in the people who are there for you, not the ones who let you down. Some wells, they just, they run dry. – Coach Billy Baker

37. “You can’t let setbacks define your future; you have to keep pushing forward.” – Jordan Baker

38. “You have to be willing to make sacrifices for the ones you love.” – Asher Adams

39. “That’s OK. The truth is more important than the fun.” – Olivia Baker

40. “You can’t change your past, but you can shape your future.” – Layla Keating

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41. “Never underestimate the power of determination.” – Spencer James

42. “Everything worth fighting for involves sacrifice.” – Laura Baker

43. “There’s nothing better than having a supportive woman by your side.” – Asher Adams

44. “Success is not guaranteed, but it’s worth fighting for.” – Coach Billy Baker

45. “Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith to discover your true potential.” – Jordan Baker

46. “Don’t let anyone else’s doubts become your reality.” – Coop

47. “How many times have you told us that crying is cleansing, that it’s highly evolved behavior?” – Spencer James

48. “You have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone to grow.” – Olivia Baker

49. “If I give in to this, the parents like Harold Adams, and put winning above these kids’ best interests, then what kind of coach does that make me?” – Coach Billy Baker

50. “Not the place. Not the place. I was just tired of the responsibility that came with being a black man in the hood. I always had to be better than great. It felt like if I messed up, then the whole hood messed up. That was a lot to carry.” – Coach Billy Baker

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51. “Don’t confuse where I’m living with where I’m living.” – Coop

52. “Success is not about luck; it’s about perseverance.” – Asher Adams

53. “You have to be willing to put in the work if you want to see results.” – Layla Keating

54 “Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.” – Spencer James

55. “Life is full of challenges, but it’s how you face them that matters.” – Coach Billy Baker

56. “In life, you either sink or swim. I chose to swim.” – Coop

57. “This was the last thing those kids needed to see was another black man being dragged off to jail by the cops.” – Grace James

58. “Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward.” – Jordan Baker

59. “You can’t let fear of failure hold you back; take risks and chase your dreams.” – Olivia Baker

60. “Never underestimate the power of a strong support system.” – Coop

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61. “Self-care is not selfish, Spencer.” – Dr. Spears

62. “I realized tonight that you’ve been there for me in ways that very few people have ever been. And I don’t want to lose you, Patience. I just found you. I don’t want to hide that anymore. Do you think you could help me with that?” – Coop

63. “You just had a moment, a very human one.” – Layla Keating

64. “I want better for you Coop. You’re my people, all right, you’re family to me. I am never going to leave you behind, no matter what.” – Spencer James

65. “Success is not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” – Asher Adams

66. “You have to stay committed to your goals, even when it’s difficult.” – Layla Keating

67. “You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there.” – Coop

68. “Believe in yourself, even when nobody else does.” – Spencer James

69. “Hard work and determination can overcome any obstacle.” – Coach Billy Baker

70. “I came back home to make a difference but so far it’s just been messy.” – Spencer James

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71. “I didn’t ask you to protect me either, but you did, for a long time. That’s over now. You cannot save the world, Spencer. You gotta save yourself.” – Coop

72. “You have to be willing to make sacrifices for what you want.” – Jordan Baker

73. “There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal.” – Jordan Baker

74. “My first order of business at this place is to make sure the toxicity ends with you.” – Coach Billy Baker

75. “I guess you could say we have textual chemistry.” – Olivia Baker

76. “Choose the school that’s going to let you live out your dreams, whatever that looks like.” – Spencer James

77. “Live your life. Do your thing.” – Olivia Baker

78. “Don’t put your life on hold for nobody.” – Cordell “Preach” Simms

79. “Life is a journey, and it’s up to you to make the most of it.” – Coach Billy Baker

80. “Can you just relax and enjoy yourself, even if you don’t like either of those things?” – Jordan Baker

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81. “Don’t worry about what the coaches are saying. I just want you to focus on balling out.” – Coach Billy Baker

82. “Until I leave, I’m going to enjoy my people.” – Spencer James

83. “How about you take care of your own problems and stop making them mine?” – Cordell “Preach” Simms

84. “Maybe it’s better for everybody if I go back to pretending everything’s fine.” – Layla Keating

85. “This world is not OK and it’s a lot closer than you think.” – Olivia Baker

86. “Can you maybe stop saying ‘the outside’ like I’m in prison?” – Layla Keating

87. “Welcome to being the big man on campus, Spencer. Nothing’s ever going to be the same for you.” – Layla Keating

88. “You didn’t miss us because you replaced us.” – Spencer James

89. “Money changes you. Even my boy. One day he just forgot where he came from.” – Grandpa Willy

90. “I’m your sponsor, not your enabler.” – Olivia Baker

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91. “I don’t like to make a big deal out of my birthday.” – Layla Keating

92. “I didn’t come here to be protected. I came here to win.” – Spencer

93. “Take it from me, my experience. Every player out there is just one injury away from needing a backup plan.” – Coach Billy Baker

94. “A year ago I wasn’t pretending. We were loaded. I lost everything overnight. Was I supposed to change who I am? I don’t know how to be the poor kid.” – Asher Adams

95. “Wow. You know there’s a difference between working out and working it out. Something you need to talk about?” – Coach Billy Baker

96. “What do you think I’m trying to do? That money’s for her. She’s the reason I gotta keep it at Alvin’s. It’s neutral, Coop. Anywhere else and my hustle becomes everybody’s hustle.” – Shawn

97. “It just don’t feel right, celebrating right now, with everybody here in pain.” – Spencer James

98. “You can’t be the single girl at the reunion looking thirsty.” – Coop

99. “I’m speechless. You two are the worst detectives in the world.” – Laura

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100. “As soon as I tell my dad what you did, you’re off this team.” – Jordan Baker

Even though All American is considered to be in the sports genre, viewers who aren’t a fan of sports will still find this drama interesting with enough sub-genres like relationships and black culture to draw them in.

While Spencer is the main character, the show branches out to other characters which creates a unique depth missing from other sports dramas.

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