11 Powerful Quotes From Female Athletes To Get You Amped For The Super Bowl

by Leeor Bronis
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I'm in love with Super Bowl Sunday, but I don't love football.

On February 7, the world will watch eagerly as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers. For most women, it's one of those rare times when we get to put on our stretchiest leggings, eat nachos and toss back Bud Lights (or glasses of Pinot, in my case) without judgment.

The men on TV might be amazing athletes, but we should also pay homage to the badass female athletes out there.

After all, these past two years have been huge for women in football, specifically. After Jen Welter became the first female coach in the NFL in 2015, Kathryn Smith made history by becoming the first full-time coach for the Buffalo Bills.

While you're stuffing your face with hot dogs and watching the game with friends, let these women inspire you to achieve your own girl boss goals. Come Monday morning, you'll be ready to dominate.

When it comes to negotiating, Annika Sorenstam will make you fight for fair pay.

Sorenstam is one of the most successful female golfers of all time. She rewrote LPGA record books and created a name for herself in a largely male-dominated sport.

If I were heading into the boardroom, I'd want her on my side.

When you're afraid to speak up, let Ronda Rousey crush your fears.

Rousey knows a thing or two about knocking down barriers.

Not only is she the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in judo, but she's also fast-become a hot commodity in Hollywood. She's nabbed feature roles in movies like "Entourage" and "Furious 7."

When you realize you can influence others, know Misty Copeland has been doing it her whole life.

When it comes to breaking racial barriers, Copeland is one person who knows what she's talking about. She made history by becoming the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.

Copeland is a strong believer is instilling passion in other dancers and told Elle she tries to "give what little bit of myself I have left to the dancers that I mentor."

When you're hesitant about rocking that bold lip at work, take Lisa Leslie's advice.

Leslie may be a three-time WNBA MVP, but she's never lost touch with her feminine side. She's proof you can rock bright yellow basketball shorts one day, and your favorite tube of MAC Ruby Woo the second.

When you feel you're lacking, Martina Navratilova will help you hone in on what you already rock at.

Navratilova knows the importance of perfecting the one thing you're really good at. She excelled all throughout her career as a professional tennis player.

She was considered the best in her sport, winning a total of 59 Grand Slam titles.

When you want to apply for your dream job, but you think you're too young, Jackie Joyner-Kersee has your back.

Joyner-Kersee is a legend. She's won three gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals in the heptathlon and women's long jump from the years 1984-2000. She's proven herself to be one of the greatest track and field athletes in history.

This woman is proof that if you have the skills, age is just a number.

When you don't fit society's definition of "perfection," Serena Williams is there to call bullsh*t.

Williams dominates on the court, but she's also made a name for herself in the fashion and entertainment world. She's even designed lines for Puma and Nike.

In the past, Williams struggled with hate. She received floods of body-shaming comments on social media while competing for the grand slam title last year. In true girl boss fashion, she told Good Morning America, "I don't have time to be brought down, I've got too many things to do."

When you're uncomfortable receiving praise for your hard work, Misty May-Treanor will put your mind at ease.

May-Treanor may not want to be "put on a pedestal," but throughout her professional career, she's seen her fair share of Olympic podiums. She's a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball and is a spokesperson for companies like Nike, Wheaties and AT&T.

If I ever reach her star status, I hope I'll be as humble as she is.

When you've just graduated and have no idea what to do, Danica Patrick will teach you to follow your gut.

Patrick is the quintessential woman in a man's sport, as well as the winningest woman in American open-wheel racing. When it comes to following your gut, we can all learn from Patrick.

When you didn't get a job offer, Mia Hamm can help ease your worries.

Hamm, now retired, was a member of the US women's national soccer team for 17 years. she's won two Olympic gold medals and has three ESPY awards.

When it comes to victory, we should all aspire to be on Hamm's level.

When you've been searching for your dream job with no luck, Lindsey Vonn will motivate you to keep dreaming.

Vonn's become a star in the sport of alpine ski racing. She's one of two women to win four World Cup overall championships.

Vonn recently told CNN she feels strongly about empowering young women to feel "confident in themselves."