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01 Sep 2017

The Week In Quotes: September 1, 2017

Compiled by Cale Clinton

THE WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY

I understand that this is usually a lighthearted article, a place where readers can escape from whatever's going on in their lives and have a good laugh. However, the reports and images coming out of the Texas area in recent days have been unavoidable. On behalf of those at Football Outsiders, I would like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you have the means to donate, please give to a reputable source. If you have the means to volunteer, I have the utmost respect and admiration for your selflessness and bravery.

That being said, in this time of tragedy, I have seen an incredible outpouring of support from those in the NFL. For all the flak we give these players, and for all the times we call guys like J.J. Watt "corny," what some of these players have done to help has warmed my heart. Doing research for this week's piece, I've been able to attain a newfound respect for those players and organizations who have reached out and given to those in a time of need.

Because of this, I'd like to start TWIQ by showcasing the side of the NFL that isn't showcased nearly enough and should be celebrated more. Thank you.

J.J. WATT TAKING INITIATIVE TO HELP HIS TEAM'S CITY…

…AND BLOWING HIS GOALS OUT OF THE WATER

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has started a YouCaring campaign in order to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texans' home city of Houston especially hard, bringing in massive flooding and heavy winds. As of writing this, Watt's campaign has eclipsed $13.5 million raised. You can donate to his campaign at www.YouCaring.com/JJWatt.

WATT'S FOUNDATION ALSO ORGANIZING DONATIONS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

ONE AFC SOUTH TEAM HELPING ANOTHER IN A TIME OF NEED

The Tennessee Titans announcing via Twitter that the team's owner, Amy Adams Strunk, made a $1 million donation to J.J. Watt's flood relief fund. The Titans franchise spent 37 years in Houston as the Oilers before moving to Tennessee in 1997. (Twitter)

COWBOYS TURN PRACTICE INTO TELETHON

"During the practice, fans are encouraged to call in and speak directly to current members of the Cowboys team who will be accepting donation pledges. Dallas Cowboys alumni will also be manning the phones. … Funds raised from the telethon will be dedicated to The Salvation Army for the purpose of supporting the ongoing relief efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey."

The Dallas Cowboys announcing a live telethon to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The practice was aired live on the local CBS affiliate and in over 20 other markets throughout the southwest. The practice was also streamed on the team's Facebook page and Periscope. (NFL.com)

OTHER COWBOYS HELPING OUT IN BIG WAYS

-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant tweets out his receipt for a $50,000 donation to the Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey Relief fund.

-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is thanked by the Salvation Army for his donation of $100,000 to the Harvey relief effort

-- Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten originally planned to auction off his Hall of Fame suite for the Cowboys' preseason game vs. the Texans this Thursday with all proceeds going to the Houston Area Women's Center. This game has since been cancelled.

OTHER TEAMS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE CONTRIBUTE

"The New England Patriots are deeply saddened by the news of the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Harvey over the weekend in Texas, especially in the greater Houston area. In an effort to provide much needed financial support to a community where they have family members and many friends, the Kraft family is offering to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million."

-- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announcing he would match any donations made to www.redcross.org/thekraftgroup up to $1 million in order to support the relief fund. (New England Patriots)

"Today is about community. It's about service. I want to acknowledge that there is a community that is suffering mightily right now. It's Houston and it's Texas. I want to announce that the Jets and the Johnson family are pledging $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund."

-- New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson announcing that the Jets and the Johnson family will give $1 million to the Red Cross in order to aid the relief effort. Christopher Johnson is brother to Jets owner Woody Johnson. (New York Jets)

THE WEEK IN QUOTES

THE GREAT WHITE NORTH: A BARRED QB WASTELAND

"I think they had me pretty good, outnumbered three-to-one, with the coaches. Definitely different, being a little ghost town out there. I missed Tyrod and T.J. both. We have a good time out there. So hopefully they'll get back quick."

-- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, equating the quarterback situation in Buffalo to a "ghost town" after Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates were absent from practice for concussion protocol. (Buffalo Bills)

THIS MAN LOVES FOOTBALL TO A FAULT

"We're focused on the team we play and the teams that we cross over with. In this case, Kansas City, the teams that they've played, obviously, we'll see them. But two teams that aren't on our schedule that played each other last week, generally, we wouldn't be pouring over that film unless there was some particular reason."

-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, stating in an interview with Boston-area radio station WEEI that he has watched every 2017 preseason game. That's FORTY-NINE games. And it's not even a good product. I can't even think of an analogy to try and highlight how absolutely absurd that fact is. (WEEI, Boston.com)

PUNTERS ARE ATHLETES TOO

"We tried to do the old 'Trick 'Em With Ten Guys And See If We Can Catch 'Em Off Guard' Play, and that didn't really work too well in our favor. [I saw him] last second. And I really have no clue where that came from, the ol' round-the-back thing. I was never a very good basketball player, so I can't really attribute it to that. But I guess it was just natural athleticism."

-- Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber breaking down the play that led to one of the most viral clips to come out of this NFL preseason thus far on former Colts punter Pat McAfee's podcast, "The Pat McAfee Show." (Pat McAfee Show, Barstool Sports)

PEYTON DOESN'T WANT TO BECOME A MEME

"My only request to Mr. Irsay and Pete Ward is I want my helmet to be on. Do not show all of this (pointing to face) permanently in bronze so at least I'm covered up a little bit. I told him to feel free to make it the 24-, 25-year-old version of me."

-- Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, not about to let his likeness become the butt of the latest Twitter joke. The Colts are going to unveil a statue of him outside Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7 during his number retirement ceremony. Manning is doing his best to hide that massive forehead when it comes to his bronze doppelganger. (RTV6, Indianapolis Star)


THE WEEK IN TWEETS, PICTURES, AND GIFS

MAGNUM, P.I. GOT TRANSFERRED TO WISCONSIN

The stache is back #PackersCamp

A post shared by Green Bay Packers (@packers) on

-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unveils an absurd new handlebar mustache. I need to see Rogers' stache covered in frozen sweat during a late December game in Lambeau, let's hope he keeps it that long.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: He didn't.)

SPEAKING OF DOPPELGANGERS…

-- A young New York Giants fan impersonating head coach Ben McAdoo last January.

-- McAdoo finally getting to meet his young clone.

THE WEEK IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVERS

A new @sportsillustrated cover, just in time for #TomTuesday.

A post shared by New England Patriots (@patriots) on

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the face of Sports Illustrated's NFL Preview 2017, where the cover declares that the NFL has a "Patriots Problem."

-- The Cleveland Browns official Twitter account having some fun and congratulating a very, very tiny Joe Thomas on his cover photo appearance.

-- Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee breaking down the best cameos on the cover, including Buffalo Bills running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy dangling from Brady's towel and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford swimming on Brady's shoulder.

-- Boston Red Sox Bleacher Report writer and Patriots fan Steve Perrault, quick to point out that this cover comes a decade after Brady's last feature on Sports Illustrated. However, what he may have failed to note is the other similarities between the two. Both covers came off the heels of a Super Bowl appearance, and both seasons began with an opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs. That last game ended with a torn Brady ACL. Combine this with the Madden Curse and Tom's really starting to play with some fire…

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 01 Sep 2017

6 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2017, 8:23pm by LionInAZ

Comments

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by nat :: Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:41pm

The link to the Red Cross in the section on "Other Teams" (re: Robert Kraft's $1 million donation match pledge) is broken.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/thekraftgroup-pub

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by Vincent Verhei :: Sat, 09/02/2017 - 2:32am

Thank you. It's fixed now.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 09/02/2017 - 6:03am

Can remember the days when Magnum PI was a maligned QB for Pittsburgh

http://www.baconsports.com/mark-malone-card/

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 09/02/2017 - 9:04pm

The Titans owner donates $1 million. Bob Kraft donates $1 million. Michael Dell donates $36 million.

Jerry Jones? $100K.

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by dbostedo :: Sun, 09/03/2017 - 11:46am

Incorrect. Jerry Jones gave $1 million during the telethon the Cowboys held, which raised over $2 million total.

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-cowboys-get-1-million-donation-...

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by LionInAZ :: Mon, 09/04/2017 - 8:23pm

I was just responding to the reports in the article. If Ol' Jerrel got shamed into contributing more, so much the better.