Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
28 Jan 2011
compiled by Rory Hickey
"If the President don't wanna come watch us in the Super Bowl, then guess what? We'll go see him!"
-- Packers cornerback Charles Woodson addressing his teammates after the Packers defeated Barack Obama's Chicago Bears 21-14. Traditionally the champions of all major sports, including the NFL, visit the President in Washington, D.C. (Packers.com)
"Well I voted for him, you know, so why is he not a Green Bay fan? So that was really the thinking behind it. I jumped on his bandwagon a couple of years ago and voted for him. So for him to only go to the Super Bowl because Chicago is there I thought is not fair to me. I'm a voter, I'm a taxpayer, so I want him to root for the Packers as well."
-- Woodson explaining his pep talk in a press conference a few days later. Obama had said he would attend the Super Bowl if the Bears made it (Packers.com)
"We were like, 'Oh, he caught it.' And then were like, 'Oh! He might SCORE!' That was awesome, a pick-6 by a nose tackle."
-- Packers safety Nick Collins on 337-pound nose tackle B.J. Raji's game-winning 18-yard interception return for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game. Raji became the biggest man to score a postseason touchdown in NFL history (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee ... I played the whole season on one."
-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (Twitter)
"As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher to leave a championship game!"
-- Former NFL lineman and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth (Twitter)
"Jay Cutler better go put some Tussin on that knee and get back out there. Tussin cures all."
-- Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison (Twitter)
"Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro lockerooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans!"
-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders (Twitter)
"As I mentioned last week and on Saturday's show, the factor that was going to come down to that game was the X-factor, the Cutler factor, and man, I just never thought that his tampon would fall out on national TV."
-- Former Packers offensive lineman Greg Koch's hygienic thoughts on quarterback play being the difference in Sunday's game between the Packers and Bears (Sports Radio Interviews)
"Jay was hurt. I don't question his toughness. He's one of the toughest guys on our team -- he's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn't bitch, he doesn't complain when he gets hit, he goes out there and plays his ass off every Sunday, practices every day. So, no, we don't question his toughness."
-- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher dismissing the questions about Cutler's toughness (ESPN Chicago)
"Honestly, I don't give a damn if they get mad at me or not. But it's getting to the point where it's getting ridiculous when everything is always dealing with money. You're basically dealing with people's livelihoods.
"You're dealing with hundreds of thousands of other people in this workplace from the venues to everyone else. To me, you need to stop bitching about it. If you want to say that you want to get into a room and meet. Then, do it. Don't just talk about it."
"You got our head union rep acting like an a-hole. They got their guys acting like a-holes. So they just need to get their [expletive] together and just get it done."
-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie giving his thoughts on the public posturing by the NFL Players Association (NY Daily News)
"I don't give a who about Ray Lewis or [Darnell Dockett] talking about what I said. There's 10's of thousand ppl who will lose jobs. They taking our healthcare away and for players that have surgery can't even get rehab once March 3rd gets here."
"I want everyone to know I'm a regular person with an irregular job. Yes I'm blessed to b in my position but this not about me it's about the working people that makes everything wrk during the week and on game day."
-- Cromartie strengthening his comments later in the week (The Huddle)
"Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for."
-- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's tweet to Antonio Cromartie, which Hasslebeck deleted shortly afterwards, responding to Cromartie's comments about the C(ollective) B(argaining) A(greement)
"hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."
-- Cromartie's even-tempered response
"Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB's & QB's have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. Lol"
-- Hasselbeck offering an olive branch (The Huddle)
"Our guys I think called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody's looking."
-- Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (ESPN New York)
"Stafford, good guy. He's a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is -- hopefully, it's just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder. So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC."
-- Lions linebacker Zack Follett referring to teammate, franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford as a 'china doll'
"I'm glad we have Matt Stafford instead of the Bears' quarterback because [Stafford] goes out there and plays with separated shoulders and wins games."
-- Follett throwing in a dig at division rival Jay Cutler because, why not? (Detroit Free-Press)
"There was some talk of Calvin Johnson. But you can take a look at Calvin up at Detroit. How many games did they win this year, Detroit, do you know? Six? Yeah. But up until now, Calvin hadn't done anything for them. He had been eulogized, but he hadn't made a lot of indelible impression on the won and lost."
-- Raiders owner Al Davis discussing the Raiders' success in recent drafts and more specifically the decision to draft JaMarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson (MLive.com)
"Belichick's smarter than that."
-- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, when asked about the possibility of outgoing wide receiver Chad Ochocinco playing for the Patriots (Boston Herald)
"Me and Marvin Lewis in a cage match, set it up, I've earned my stripes on my helmet it's time to fight then play"
-- Ochocinco after hearing Lewis' latest nudge at him (Twitter)
"I've told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that. I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time."
-- 48-year-old former NFL great Herschel Walker, during a conference call to promote his upcoming Mixed Martial Arts fight (ESPN | Mixed Martial Arts Blog)
"Obviously, two of the best hairs in the game, so there's no doubt about that. It will be fun. I'm sure there will be some good video and print on that. We'll see how it goes and where it goes."
-- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on sharing a locking locks with Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (Madison.com)
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