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"On Any Given Sunday" (1999)


Coach Tony D'Amato: "Peace by Inches" Address to Players

Audio mp3 delivered by Al Pacino

Contains Profanity

I donít know what to say, really. Three minutes till the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team or weíre gonna crumble, inch by inch, play by play, 'til weíre finished.

Weíre in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here -- get the shit kicked out of us -- or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell one inch at a time.

Now, I canít do it for you. Iím too old. I look around. I see these young faces, and I think -- I mean -- I made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I, uh, I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone whoís ever loved me. And lately, I canít even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know, when you get old in life things get taken from you. I mean that's...part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out lifeís this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small -- I mean one-half a step too late, or too early, and you donít quite make it. One-half second too slow, too fast, you donít quite catch it.

The inches we need are everywhere around us.

Theyíre in every break of the game, every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch, because we know when we add up all those inches thatís gonna make the fuckin' difference between winning and losing! Between livin' and dyin'!

Iíll tell you this: In any fight, itís the guy whoís willing to die whoís gonna win that inch. And I know if Iím gonna have any life anymore, itís because Iím still willin' to fight and die for that inch. Because thatís what livin' is! The six inches in front of your face!!

Now I canít make you do it. You got to look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes! Now I think youíre gonna see a guy who will go that inch with you. You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows, when it comes down to it, youíre gonna do the same for him!

Thatís a team, gentleman!

And, either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.

Thatís football guys.

That's all it is.

Now, what are you gonna do?


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