Inspiring speech by Al Pacino (Any Given Sunday)

30 06 2009



What are YOU gonna do?

What are YOU gonna do?











I don’t know what to say, really.

3 minutes…to the biggest battle of our professional lives…all comes down to today.

And either, we heal, as a team, or we’re gonna crumble…

Inch by inch, play by play…til we’re finished.

We’re in hell right now gentlemen…believe me.

And…we can stay here, get the crap 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 cant do it for you…Im too old.

I look around, and see these young faces…and I think…

I mean, I’ve made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make…

Lately, I can’t 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…

And you find out, life is a game of inches.

And 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 don’t quite make it,

One half second too slow, too fast, you don’t quite catch it,

The inches we need are everywhere around us…

They’re 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,

Thats gonna make the difference, between winning and losing!

Between living and dying!


I’ll tell you this:

In any fight, its the guy who’s willing to die, who’s gonna win that inch…

And I know, if I’m gonna have any life anymore…

It’s because I’m still willing to fight and die for that inch…

Because, that’s what living is!

The six inches in front of your face!!!

Now, I can’t make you do it, you gotta look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes!

I think you’re 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, you’re gonna do the same for him.

Thats a team, gentlemen…and, either we heal, NOW, as a team, or we will die… as individuals.

Thats it, guys… thats all it is.


What are you gonna do?

-Al Pacino (Any given Sunday)




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