81 Broad and Famous Megan Rapinoe Quotes

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Megan Anna Rapinoe is the full name of an American professional soccer player, Megan Rapinoe. She plays as a winger and captions OL reign in the National women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team.

Rapinoe is the same player who won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also linked with the team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the US comes in second place.

And yes, she leads the team and co-captions the national team together with Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

Moreover, she is very popular with her sneaky style of play and involvement all over the world. She is a brave and hardworking player and a personally good woman.

Here, I am presenting a few of her quotes that will help you. After reading the article, choose your favorite one.

Megan Rapinoe quote on criticism
Megan Rapinoe quote on criticism

“To say I am not mentally tired in ways and exhausted in ways would be a lie.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I was made exactly the way I was meant to be made in who I am and my personality and the way I was born.”― Megan Rapinoe

“The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects. You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined.”― Megan Rapinoe

“We’re gracious and we’re humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Being a woman, we talk about equal pay all the time. We’re not talking about if you’re black or if you are Latina. I would like to get back to that and improving the relationship between the police community and the community of color. I don’t know exactly all the right things to say, but I want to engage in that conversation.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Putting yourself out there is hard, but it’s so worth it. I don’t think anyone who has ever spoken out, or stood up or had a brave moment, has regretted it. It’s empowering and confidence-building, and inspiring. Not only to other people, but to yourself.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Honestly, I feel like we are a walking protest. The fact that we’re women professional athletes says that in and of itself. We’ve been feeling the inequality; we’ve been struggling with pay equality or whatever it is, or sexism in sports.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Be honest about how you approach failure. Don’t just be critical of yourself, because that can be self-serving. Approach it honestly, assess your performance, and assess the areas where you have fallen short. Correct them and move on. Don’t dwell on it. Don’t hold on to it.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“When we, as a nation, put our minds to something, when we truly choose to care about something, change always happens.”― Megan Rapinoe

“A typical week of training leading up to a major championship is like the sprinkling of parsley at the end of a dish. It’s just the final little touches, that last little bit of strength or fitness, but mostly you are ready and are just maintaining and staying healthy.”― Megan Rapinoe

“It’s really obvious that we have very serious inequality in this country across many different spectrums. Yes, we can talk about the form of protest or the way it’s done or this or that. But it’s still not really the conversation that I think we desperately need to have more of in this country.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think it’s absolutely absurd that we’re playing on turf, and it’s really a slap in the face to women’s football by FIFA and just a show of disrespect.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think the national team is more like a traveling circus. It’s hard to get that translation into the NWSL teams.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I feel like it’s actually everybody’s responsibility to use whatever platform they have to do good in the world, basically, and to try to make our society better, whether you’re an accountant or an activist or an athlete or whatever it is. I think it’s everybody’s responsibility.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Maybe you are homophobic a little bit, but then you see me, and you’ve always loved me, and you love the way I play, and your kids love me. And then you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s OK. It’s fine.’ Once it gets a little bit more personal, it helps break down those barriers.”― Megan Rapinoe

“If we want to be proud to be from a country like America and all the things that we hang our hats on, like diversity, equality, land of the free and home of the brave, it’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that everyone in the country is being afforded the same rights.”― Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe and Leo Messi receiving the best FIFA award
Megan Rapinoe and Leo Messi receiving the best FIFA award

“I’m a pretty open book, so not being out publicly felt inauthentic. Hopefully we can get to a point where your personal life isn’t anybody else’s business, but until then, it’s less about people having to know about your sexuality than standing up for what’s right and fighting for equality.”― Megan Rapinoe

“When I take a knee, I am facing the flag with my full body, staring straight into the heart of our country’s ultimate symbol of freedom – because I believe it is my responsibility, just as it is yours, to ensure that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“You have someone like Colin or many of the other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you’re not respecting what they’re saying, if you’re not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality, you’re saying that they’re lying.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I play a certain style. I’m not willing to compromise that part of me.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I have chosen to kneel because I simply cannot stand for the kind of oppression this country is allowing against its own people.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Even before I came out, looking at me, I’ve probably looked a little gay. I had short hair, and, you know, it wasn’t a huge surprise to people. But some athletes have this image to uphold and may feel like sponsors won’t want them if they’re gay.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Being female and an advocate for equal opportunities, I want to see an equal representation in people applying for the head coach job for the women’s team.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Over the years, I have really figured out what works for me. It’s not about what anyone else is doing. I can’t worry about whether I am doing everything that another player is doing, which can be hard sometimes. I have to trust my training and know my body and figure out what will get the best out of me.”― Megan Rapinoe

“The climate is much different for men. That stigma is only going to be broken when people come out and see that there is a positive response. That doesn’t mean there will be no negative response, but if people can have the courage to be one of the first, which is very hard, those barriers can be broken down very quickly.”― Megan Rapinoe

“If there’s one thing this team doesn’t lack, it’s competitiveness and a desire to win. No matter if we come off a win or come off a loss, it seems like we don’t really care. We’re always motivated to win.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think I have unique qualities that other people don’t have that can contribute to the team.”― Megan Rapinoe

“One of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s points is that it’s an honour and a privilege to to play for this country, and it is. But we also represent the entire country, and the idea of liberty and justice isn’t afforded to everyone.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I’ve always been a risk taker. Growing up, I had a lot of freedom and room to roam and do what I wanted, and I think that’s a huge part of my game.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I need to feel like I have that freedom to make mistakes and to just try things.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I would say it’s part tomboy, part hipster, definitely part want-to-be-very-comfortable. Fashion is a way for me to express myself. I guess I’m vain in that sense. It’s not a bad thing.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Some people play best when they’re frustrated and mad. I play my best when I’m happy. I really, truly do.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think our team kind of strives on weirdness sometimes. We have that ‘rah-rah, rally’ sort of American mentality that we can all kind of get around.”― Megan Rapinoe

“There are plenty of sports teams that say they’re very open and super accepting in the locker room. But are they really? Is it really a safe environment? Have they preset that environment to make these players feel comfortable for coming out? I don’t think so because there’s none out.”― Megan Rapinoe

“We’re a pretty strong bunch, and we have pretty lofty goals. For us, the manager is very important in a lot of ways, but also, we have a job to do, and that’s to go out and win.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I’ve gotten a lot more disciplined since dating Sue.”― Megan Rapinoe

“My mom, whether it’s right or wrong, she had dreams for me to have a certain life. It takes time to get used to that. But they’ve been really supportive, and they love me for exactly who I am.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I don’t think there’s any perfect way to protest.”― Megan Rapinoe

“As I got more into gay rights, I got more into equal pay, and you just see that it’s all connected. You can’t really speak out on one thing and not another without it not being the full picture.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Just emotionally, as amazing as it is to win the World Cup, it’s emotionally draining in many ways.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“I think we need to keep our faces out there and to keep our game out there and keep it growing.”― Megan Rapinoe

“For us, the conversation is always about getting paid what we feel like we’re worth and getting paid as the sport grows and as we help grow the sport.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“Being a winger or a wide mid, I have to run continuously for 90 minutes, which not only takes endurance but also strength in my legs to be able to be explosive for 90 minutes. I think weight training has really allowed me to sustain for those 90 minutes.”― Megan Rapinoe

“We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I’ve had to learn how to listen to my body over the years and figure out how it all works together. I’m not invincible, so focusing on training my whole body and injury prevention have been extremely important.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I do wish, when I was younger, that I knew that I was gay. It would have made things a lot clearer for me. Really. Looking back on it, it was so obvious, but it never really dawned on me. Socially, I felt like I didn’t know how to be and who to be. If I had known back then, it would have given me more self-confidence.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I can understand if you think that I’m disrespecting the flag by kneeling, but it is because of my utmost respect for the flag and the promise it represents that I have chosen to demonstrate in this way.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I’m totally obsessed with Tilda Swinton. She has this strange, beautiful sexiness about her. I love everything she does. And I love her hair. It was a little bit of an inspiration for mine.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think more people are engaged in the issues I want to talk about.”― Megan Rapinoe

“With the national team, we have these fans, people love of us, people come up to us in our cities, and they’re like, ‘We love you – what are you doing in Seattle?’ And I’m like, ‘I live here, and I’ve played here for the last five years.’”― Megan Rapinoe

“We didn’t lose a game at home for two years. What are we missing? We have the product on the field. We’re exciting.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think, in a large way, it’s, ‘OK, you’ve knelt; you’ve made your point.’ But I don’t necessarily feel like that. I don’t know what that looks like. Do I kneel forever? I don’t know, probably not. But I think until I can feel like I’m being more effective in other ways, then this seems appropriate to me.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“We need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I feel in my heart it is right to continue to kneel during the national anthem, and I will do whatever I can to be part of the solution.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I take playing for my country very seriously. It’s a huge honor.”― Megan Rapinoe

“The kneeling and everything, I think it really only sort of solidifies who I am as a person and the things that I stand for.”― Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe quote on her opinion
Megan Rapinoe quote on her opinion

“In female sports, if you’re gay, most likely your team knows it pretty quickly. It’s very open and widely supported. For males, it’s not that way at all. It’s sad.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Our team, in general, is in a position where people look up to us, and kids look up to us. I embrace that, and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it’s pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There’s really not that many out athletes. It’s important to be out and to live my life that way.”― Megan Rapinoe

“For the record, I am gay.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Sometimes when you date people, you end up breaking up, and if teammates are mature enough to deal with that, then it’s okay. I never want to bring any undue drama to the team.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think, bottom line, I have to be good enough to make the team. I have to bring something in and beat somebody else out, especially with a smaller roster for the Olympics.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think it’s very difficult, and people don’t give enough credit to how hard it is to do in-game commentary. I’d have a lot of work to do, but I’d definitely be interested. I’m always interested in breaking down the game, and I’d love to see more females doing it.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“It’s often hard to just throw money at a problem when you don’t really know what the problem is.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think that a lot of these cops have been put in very difficult situations and tasked with very difficult jobs with very little training and very little help.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Obviously to be on this team, to be able to represent my country and have the platform that I do, I’m incredibly grateful for it.”― Megan Rapinoe

“It seems like I’m thinking 400 hours a day; that’s kind of how it feels.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think people now – you know, a lot of athletes have come out and said, I would definitely accept, you know, a gay male athlete in the locker room and on my team.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I just think gay men are looked at much less favorably than gay women. If you look at the overall stereotype, lesbians are sexy, and gay men are disgusting. Girl and girl is fine, and guy and guy seems to just be something completely different.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Everyone who has a pair of eyes in this country understands the racial tensions and the issues we have are very serious and they’re not going away. Just because we had Barack Obama as our president and, on paper, everything looks equal, it’s very clearly not.”― Megan Rapinoe

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“Homophobia in male sports is much stronger than in women’s sports; the locker room environment is a lot different. It’s going to be much more of a brave step, an earthshaking move, for a gay male athlete to come out.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Some guy in Germany has my face tattooed on the back of his calf. That was wild. It was a decent tattoo job, but that’s kind of weird for me.”― Megan Rapinoe

“It’s frustrating sometimes: as an athlete, you’re thrust into the spotlight, and you know, I think this team has always done a really amazing job of understanding that we have this incredible platform; let’s do something good with it.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think our existence in professional sports is almost a protest in and of itself in sometimes the very sexist society that we live in. For us, it’s just kind of right in line with what we always do.”― Megan Rapinoe

“Maybe you’re not having a thousand times more injuries, but there’s an aspect to the purity of the game and the quality of the game that is played on grass that is different on turf.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I feel like everyone is really craving people to come out. People want – they need – to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.”― Megan Rapinoe

“There are not many athletes who are out. And I think it’s something that’s important. It felt important to me. I guess it seems like a weight off my shoulders, because I’ve been playing a lot better than I’ve ever played before. I think I’m just enjoying myself, and I’m happy.”― Megan Rapinoe

“I think there’s a lot of gay women in sports, and it’s widely known in the team; they can live a pretty open lifestyle without being open in the media.”― Megan Rapinoe

“For this group, because we have so many big personalities, I think the manager also has to have a big personality but in a way that sort of knows how to deal with everything.”― Megan Rapinoe

“You never want to go through a coaching change mid-cycle.”― Megan Rapinoe

“The one-v-ones and stuff, that’s a special skill in and of itself. That’s the sizzle. Fans love that.”― Megan Rapinoe

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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