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06 Aug 2013

The Month In Quotes: July 2013

compiled by Rory Hickey

YOU DIDN'T THINK WE NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT GRADUEL? GRADUEL CARTER?

"I won't apologize, I love God, with all my heart. I love my family and I love my friends who stuck with me. And just like these guys, I love football. I love this game. This game gave me identity, it gave me a sense of purpose, and for an African-American man, it's a great opportunity in America, to be able to play football. And the number four thing that you should know about Cris Carter before you here is ... Buckeye. Born and breed. Now HOF forever, even after I'm dead. Thank you." -- Newly inducted Hall of Famer Cris Carter, closing out his Hall of Fame induction speech (Shutdown Corner)

LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S PLAQUE DOES DO QUESTIONABLE THINGS AT NIGHT

"When they put my bust in the Hall tomorrow, I'd like to be somewhere near Lawrence Taylor so I can keep an eye on that sucker." -- Newly inducted Hall of Famer Bill Parcells, in his Hall of Fame speech (Shutdown Corner)

DARION CONNER IS IN HIS JAIL CELL WONDERING HOW ALLEN CAUGHT HIM ON THAT INTERCEPTION

"I did it all for respect. Respect from my teammates, my opponents and the NFL. Today, my mission is complete." -- Newly inducted Hall of Famer Larry Allen, in his Hall of Fame speech

"I did it naturally. Once I benched 700 pounds, they tested me twice a week for the rest of my career." -- Allen, after saying he became the strongest man in the NFL

"Two chickens, french fries, baked me a cake and gave me a 40 oz, I knew then that was my wife." -- Allen, thanking his wife, and revealing what she cooked him on their first date (SB Nation)

AND HE’S AN ALUM OF THE HOMER SIMPSON SHOWBOATING ACADEMY

"I never played this game to get into the Hall of Fame. I played this game to retire my mother, because my mother worked to the bone and I wasn't going to allow her, or myself, to be in that position again. I love this game. I love the passion of it, and I sit here with the greatest amongst the great, or as Michael Irvin said the other day, the Bible of football, because you can read, get inspiration, gain strength and look to tomorrow.”

"This game is so great. There's nothing else I know and love. It's taken me from a dirt road to heights I never seen seen and now to a gold jacket. Oh my goodness." -- Newly inducted Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, in his Hall of Fame speech (Shutdown Corner)

60% OF THE TIME, IT’S BLOOD EVERY TIME

"When you play football, you have to like the taste of blood and 50 to 70 percent of the time it's your blood." -- Newly inducted Hall of Famer Dave Robinson, in his Hall of Fame speech (Eye on Football)

"GOODELL HATE ME" JERSEYS

"Cameras in @NFL locker rooms? What's next, the XFL?" -- Chairman and CEO of WWE, Inc. Vince McMahon, tweeting his response to a Wall Street Journal article detailing that NFL teams will now be required to install cameras in the locker room, for all in the stadium to view. Of course, the XFL already did this in 2001 (Twitter)

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PSYCHED FOR ESPN AND NFL NETWORK TO BE STATIONED AT ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS!

"Again, you like to sit there as a coach and say you’d like that decision to just come up in front of you. Really if you can get 10-12 days prior to that first game, that’s when you’re going to get pressed for time and have to make a decision on a quarterback. That’s when you’re probably going to start preparing 10 days out of the first game." -- First year Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, when asked when he felt he needed to have a decision made on the team’s starting quarterback between first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel and veteran Kevin Kolb (BuffaloBills.com)

UGH HE WOULD SAY THAT. GOD CAM NEWTON IS SOOOO ME-FIRST!

"Whatever the NFL decides to do I’m all for it, whether HGH testing or any testing. I’ll be prepared to do the test." -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, coming out in favor of the NFL testing for human growth hormone (Sports Illustrated)

IF THIS WERE JOHN CONNOR I WOULD HAVE PROVIDED MY STUDY ON THE CORRELATION BETWEEN TERMINATOR MOVIES AND BENGALS ARRESTS

"I was flying out to a wedding in Pittsburgh and had something in my bag, a pocket knife that I didn't even know about. I hadn't seen it in over a year. I was a little shocked when they pulled it out. It's something I have to deal with now." -- New York Giants linebacker Dan Connor, taking responsibility for his arrest earlier this month at Philadelphia International Airport for possession of a switchblade in his luggage. (ESPN New York)

ASK TYRON SMITH?

"It’s from family members, everyone reaching their hand out thinking I’m an ATM, and people who think you owe them something. It was just a situation where I was visiting back to my hometown and a guy pulled a shotgun on me right then and wanted money. How do you deal with those situations? I really can’t, so I dealt with it the best way I knew how." -- New York Giants safety Will Hill, speaking openly about why he uses marijuana, the substance for which failing tests caused the NFL to suspend Hill for four games (The Star-Ledger)

TRUE LIFE: I IMPRESSED MY COACH AT TRAINING CAMP

"I’ll tell you what, he’s really impressive from where he left here at the end of mini-camp to his report. You know people make TV shows about Extreme Makeover and stuff like that and I like where he is right now.

“He’s worked very hard in five weeks or six weeks whatever it was where he was gone and reported in great shape. His weight was done and he just needs to stay on that track. We’ve talked about how talented he his but it’s been more about availability thing with him rather than a talent thing. And it looks like he’s taken it very seriously. I’m proud of him for doing it." -- Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, on how defensive tackle Nick Fairley has reported to training camp in great shape (Lions.com)

YOU'RE WELCOME! WAIT ... I DIDN’T WRITE ANYTHING ABOUT YOU! OH THIS IS MOTIVATING YOU TOO, ISN’T IT?

"The one thing I don’t need is motivation, but I’ve found a lot of that this offseason. For all you ignorant writers out there, thank you. I’m my biggest critic. There’s nothing you guys can write or say that I probably haven’t thought or found ways to try to already correct. I know where I am personally and I know what I’m still capable of doing. The process is to come out here and work and make sure, come Sundays, I can go out there and do that." -- New York Giants defensive end and captain Justin Tuck, on the media narrative that the 30-year old Tuck is not the same player he used to be (ESPN New York)

GLAZER, OF COURSE, MEANT MANCHESTER UNITED GAMES

"[There will be] a lot more games on TV than there were last year." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer, discussing ticket sales and potential TV blackouts during a Saturday night practice at Raymond James Stadium. Glazer said ticket sales, enthusiasm for the 2013 Buccaneers, and an improving local economy, are playing a role. He also said the NFL’s 85 percent rule — teams must sell 85 percent of non-premium seats to avoid a local TV blackout — will help the Buccaneers more this season (JoeBucsFan.com)

"GREG, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BUBBA FRANKS?"

"That’s not something that we’re high on, and he and I are going to talk before we practice [Saturday afternoon]. I’ve got to grab him. That’s not how we do things. We’ll talk. We’re going to talk about it. He has strong feelings regarding his former team, and that’s good. But there is a way to get that communicated, and we’ve got to sit down and he and I have got to talk a little bit." -- Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, on ex-Packer and new Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings’ multiple comments about the Green Bay Packers and more specifically quarterback Aaron Rodgers (NFC North Blog)

JADEVEON CLOWNEY FLIPPED MY JOKE AROUND LIKE THAT BLOCKING SLED

"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there. He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-linemen. We know that coming into the game that we have him shook already. We get a couple hits on him and it changes the whole game. He's scared every time we play them. I know he's probably listening to this right now, but I'm just telling the truth, man." -- South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, on how Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd deals with his in-state rival.

"He is the best at holding and getting away with it." -- Clowney, on Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson.

"Just stay out of bars and stay off Twitter." -- Clowney, on how he stays out of trouble. (Dr. Saturday)

NEW HEAD COACH, NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NEW DIRECTION ON GLORIFYING THEIR OBVIOUSLY NOT-THAT-GREAT QUARTERBACK

"Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback. I think we have the best in the league."

“There are a lot of great ones, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.” -- Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, saying that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is the best quarterback in the league. We can only assume he meant the National Football League (Kansas City Star)

"I BROUGHT SAND TO THE BEACH CAUSE MY BEACH IS BETTER" –- GENO SMITH

"I think that’s bullcrap. My thing is, if you’re going to be a fan, be a fan. You don’t come out here and boo anybody." -- New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, reacting to the crowd at SUNY Cortland booing Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez

“Oh, shoot, I don’t care. That’s the way it goes.” -- Sanchez’s response to the booing of himself (NY Daily News)

NEXT PRO BOWL RULE CHANGE: ADDERALL SUSPENSION MEANS YOU MUST ACTUALLY TRY IN THE PRO BOWL

"You've got prima donnas, egocentrics, who act like it's not an honor. Plus, they're thinking, 'Why should I go and jeopardize what I'm doing?' But it should be for the fans.”

"How can you get the players to recognize that it's an honor? You've got to play your best football in the Pro Bowl. So the spirit of this needs to be changed. I'm not sure that can be accomplished now." -- New honorary Pro Bowl captain Jerry Rice, doubting whether the new fantasy football-type format will save the Pro Bowl (USA Today)

SOMEHOW, THIS IS URBAN MEYER’S FAULT

"I never really knew how to throw a football before. It's coming along. I'm getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great."

"They've got me going in the right direction to be a pretty good quarterback who knows how to throw the ball." -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who apparently never learned how to throw a football despite being the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2008-2010. (Bay Area News Group)

ARE YOU GOING TO NOT BELIEVE D-BLOCK?

"We're just going to ball. We're just going to ball out. The whole team is going to ball. Ballin' is the theme. I don't know if everybody knows it, but that's my thing for the team this year, just ballin'. We're all going to come out and ball. If we do that, we'll be ballin' all year." -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, on the objective of the 2013 Falcons defense (Falcons.com)

NOT QUITE AS COMPELLING AS COLIN KAPERNICK WEARING A DOLPHINS HAT, SORRY DREW

"In case anyone still cares about this report: I tipped $3 on a takeout order. Had we sat down it would have been 20%+" -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, responding to the controversy of him tipping three dollars on a $74 bill (Twitter)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 06 Aug 2013

18 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2013, 11:53pm by fb cash study

Comments

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 11:17am

I'd say Clowney has a better handle on things than Johnny Maziel.

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by Mike Ridley :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 1:56pm

It's too bad A&M doesn't play SC, because maybe then Clowney could literally knock some sense into Johnny Football.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:13pm

This is why I get impatient with the "Johnny Manziel is just a college kid" idiocy. Clowney is the same age as Manziel, or nearly so, and he has enough brains to grasp what sorts of stuff can get him or his team stupidly jammed up. I have no problem him talking trash about the Clemson qb; he may well sense that the Clemson qb is sort of opponent who can be affected by that sort of thing, and I highly suspect that Clowney can back it up.

Johnny Manziel wants to be celebrity more than he wants to be a football player, and it looks like me may have celebritied himself into a year off, for a few thousand bucks that he was not in need of. What a dummy.

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by justanothersteve :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 3:04pm

Agreed. That quote on Twitter and bars should be in every locker room in the country.

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by Theo :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 4:04pm

or livingroom

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 1:07pm

You know, that Sean Weatherspoon is really on the ball.

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by wr (not verified) :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:18pm

Where's the Curley Culp quote?

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by bravehoptoad :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:21pm

“What other coach had an opera written about him?” Culp said. “That would be the one and only Bum Phillips."

That one?

6
by MikeyNg :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:44pm

No Art Donovan quote?

I know he probably didn't say much in July 2013, but that guy used to crack me up all the time.
(He still does!!)

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 3:37pm

So a few months back we used to get the month in quotes before the month ended, now we get quotes from the following month included ... curiouser and curiouser!

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by justanothersteve :: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 8:40am

I prefer it this way. I really hate those best of month/year/millenium articles that take place before the time frame is finished. Sometimes the best or most important things for the time frame happen after these articles come out. The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was the most important event of the year but not in most of the 2004 news wrapups because most of those articles came out the week before Christmas.

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by Theo :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 3:52pm

"I won't apologize, I love God, with all my heart."

Oh ok. It's alright then.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 7:37pm

What's alright?

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by Intropy :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:07pm

Jesus is just alright with me.

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by Will Allen :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:20pm

So sez the Spirit in the Sky.

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by Anonymous718289494 (not verified) :: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:40pm

Had to choose some lame cliches/platitudes over anything from Ogdens awesome HOF speech?

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