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11 Feb 2011
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I just want you to know, for the next year you guys can steal my belt celebration because we're the champions of the world. Put that on whenever you want. It's been a great journey."
-- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers speaking to fans at the Packers' Super Bowl victory ceremony at Lambeau Field (TwinCities.com)
"I still go to Starbucks every morning. Got a cup with 'Congratulations!' on it today -- that was nice. But other than that, they still charged me. So everything's staying the same."
-- Packers coach Mike McCarthy on how his life has changed since winning the Super Bowl (ESPN Milwaukee)
"Aaron Rogers congrats on the super bowl. Saw Letterman, the title fits u well come to Wrestlemania and earn the right to wear it."
-- Current WWE Champion The Miz, to championship belt aficionado Aaron Rodgers, trying to get Rodgers to attend Wrestlemania 28 in Miami on April 1 (National Football Post)
"What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming"
"O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming."
-- Singer Christina Aguilera incorrectly singing our nation's anthem at our nation's most watched event (SportsbyBrooks)
"At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him "LET'S GO!"
"I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!"
-- ESPN's Desmond Howard on his run-in with Phill Simms after Howard made negative comments about Phil's son Matt Simms. Simms later apologized for his dust-up with Howard (Twitter)
"When you can answer a question without really answering what was asked takes superb skill and poise,there's got to be n art to it :( "
-- Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, following his question to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, which Goodell answered without answering during a press conference (Twitter)
"Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die? How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?"
"He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys."
-- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, not holding anything back when it comes to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (National Football Post)
"I really didn't need to see the workout, nor do I need to hear about the workout. ... I've watched five of [Newton's] game tapes. He's got a classic overhand delivery, he's got a big arm. You and I in gym shorts at the local high school can throw pretty accurately, so I would guarantee you [Newton] would look great in a pair of gym shorts."
"... But I would also (offer) one cautionary note, and that is the best Pro Day for a quarterback I ever attended was JaMarcus Russell. That same day, even though I admitted it was the best Pro Day I ever saw, I also said I wouldn't take (Russell) in the first round."
-- NFL Network's Mike Mayock's pessimistic assessment of Cam Newton's NFL future (Pro Football Talk)
"Most people don't marry the first girl they date. Hopefully they marry the best one."
-- New Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton when asked about coach Ken Whisenhunt's tendency to get rid of defensive coordinators every two seasons (Pro Football Talk)
"Yes, I'm going into [movies]. I think I'm very versatile. I could definitely go into action [movies]. When you talk about action movies, that's kind of what I do."
-- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on what his future might include after football (Dan Patrick Show)
"The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the City of Dallas. Official Keys to the City are presented by the Mayor, or an elected official designated by the Mayor, and reserved, on a limited basis, for an elected official of international status. Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and done without my knowledge or approval. Given these circumstances I have requested the City Manager propose guidelines to prevent this situation in the future."
-- Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert in a press release, after Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway gave a "key to the city" to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (NBCDFW.com)
"Having now returned to Troy, Kiffin and his dream team coaching staff have already put together the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and look forward to having similar success on the field. Do not miss out on your opportunity to come learn from the best coaching staff in football today."
-- Part of the description of a Coach of the Year Clinic run by Nike and USC, where you can learn the tricks of the trade from the USC head coach Lane Kiffin (USC Football Camp Kiffin)
-- What an unknown Dolphins employee who had a say in Miami's 2007 coaching search said of now-Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at the time. Miami went with Cam Cameron instead (Miami Herald)
"It depends if something's good on. Maybe I can DVR Jersey Shore or something and catch up on that. I've been working a little bit this week, man. Hopefully I can catch up there as we get close to game time."
-- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, saying that watching TV helps calm his nerves before a big game
"We all need mindless entertainment every now and then."
– Tomlin when asked whether he was serious about watching Jersey Shore (NESN)
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