The Month In Quotes: March 2014
by Rory Hickey
BOY, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY
"I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values." --New Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, in part of a statement, denying reports that he is a member of a gang (Eye on Football)
WHAT ABOUT LAYUPS?
"I was going through the airport leaving Orlando yesterday, going through security, and this guy was just wearing me out on the ‘No Fun League’. Are you kidding me? He's saying, ‘No Fun League! They should be allowed to dunk!' And I'm like, ‘Then go to a bar and watch a basketball game. This is football." -- St. Louis Rams head coach and co-chair of the competition committee Jeff Fisher, describing a fan’s reaction to the NFL’s new rule to ban dunking as a touchdown celebration (Eye on Football)
"It’s what else can you do to take away from someone else’s excitement? It’s kind of mind boggling. They are taking all the creativity, all the excitement away from the game. It isn’t a situation like basketball where you dunk on someone and it is taunting" -- Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, on the NFL’s crackdown on dunking (Shutdown Corner)
"I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room. No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members. ... We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was." -- NFL executive and former Philadelphia Eagle Troy Vincent, on playing with openly gay players in the 1990s (Palm Beach Post)
THEY SHOULD HAVE A FLEX POSITION LIKE FANTASY FOOTBALL
"That is a byproduct of a little bit of an antiquated system with regards to franchise numbers. I think those will be over the years revisited and adjusted." -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, on tight end Jimmy Graham not being happy with being franchise tagged as a tight end (Eye on Football)
"Maybe we could have a bake sale. Raise some money for the cameras. Do a car wash." -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked how the NFL would afford to put cameras in all the end zones (Eye on Football)
SOMETIMES IT IS ABOUT THE MONEY
"I didn't mean a 40 percent discount. I'm going to earn in one year at Detroit what Seattle was going to pay me for two years. Seattle offered numbers that were laughable. I thought, 'I've given you everything and this is what you give me?'" -- New Detroit Lions wide reciever Golden Tate, on the contract offer he received from the Seattle Seahawks (KIRO-AM)
BO KNOWS RUSSELL
"Stick to what got [Wilson] in the headlines, not baseball. Twenty-five or 30 years ago when I did it, I'm not trying to say anything negative about other athletes, but the talent pool wasn't that deep. In this day in age, with all the high-tech training, computer-engineered workouts and the proper food and diet, if you try to concentrate on two sports, I guarantee you're going to ride the bench in both because the talent is that deep. Stick to whatever sport you're comfortable with and let everything else go." -- Former two-sport athlete Bo Jackson, giving some advice to Seattle Seahawks quarterbackRussell Wilson about playing in two sports (CSN Chicago)
AHH! REAL MONSTERS!
"They’re going to get the best, in-shape 35-year old guy that they can get. And if that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium, put your goggles on because there is going to be blood and guts everywhere." -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, on what the Ravens will get by signing him (CBS Charlotte)
"I like Johnny Football. I like that he didn't apologize for what happened. He was a 20-year-old kid who was enjoying life. He had some more opportunities financially with his family growing up, which allowed him in college, because of the bizarre extra benefit rules, to do some pretty cool things. And he didn't apologize. I think the way he plays on the field speaks for itself. He makes a lot of plays happen. We've seen in this league -- Russell [Wilson] winning the Super Bowl and [Colin] Kaepernick and Cam [Newton] and Andrew [Luck] being able to run around a little bit -- you have to be able to make plays if the pocket breaks down, unless you're a [Tom] Brady or a [Peyton] Manning." -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, offering his thoughts on quarterback Johnny Manziel (Eye on Football)
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I THINK THE NBA NEEDS FEWER TIMEOUTS
"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. I'm just telling you: Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule No. 1 of business." -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, forecasting an implosion by the NFL in ten years (ESPN Dallas)
IS DARREN MCFADDEN NOT DURABLE ENOUGH FOR YOU?
"Who are the running backs who aren’t getting the ball today who should be? Adrian Peterson isn’t running by committee. Nobody is going to tell me Marshawn Lynch can’t run. He’s strong as an ox. I don’t have the answers, but it doesn’t bother me. I don’t measure things by the average, which I know writers would have to look at things the way they have to, but I don’t have to. I’m looking at the exceptions to the rule, not the rule ... As we sit here, I can’t name seven great runners. Can you?" -- NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, on the dearth of great runners in today’s NFL (Cleveland.com)
A WISE MAN ONCE SAID...
"When you think you have depth, be careful, because you don’t." -- Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, in a radio interview (Miami Herald)
DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING THOUGH!
"My shoulder feels great. And if you [reporters] have any more questions, you guys can come into the weight room." -- New St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, in a conversation with St. Louis reporters. The Raiders claimed Safford had a torn labrum in nixing their agreed-upon five-year, $42.5 million deal with SaffoldSt. Louis Dispatch)
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DO YOU MEAN WITH SENILITY?
"Nobody really played like I played. This kid plays like I did more than anybody else." -- Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, on NFL Draft prospect Johnny Manziel (USA Today)
BETTER THAN A TRAMP STAMP
"Guys, the tattoo is still there. I’m not going to say anything about the Sanchez tattoo. It was my tattoo and it’s still my tattoo. I may alter it. Who knows? I’m going to put [No.] 75 on it to honor Winston Hill [His dad, Buddy was Jets defensive coach when Hill played]. That’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do." -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, on the fate of his Mark Sanchez tattoo now that Sanchez has signed with the Eagles (For The Win)
ALSO, WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IRON BOWL?
"I think anybody that doesn’t take AJ in one of those earlier rounds is going to make a huge mistake because I think he’s going to be a very, very good player. First of all, he has all the athletic talent to make all the throws that he needs to make at the next level. Guys who can make quick decisions, process the information and throw the ball accurately are the guys that usually end up being pretty good NFL quarterbacks." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, context of quote (For The Win)
HE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN TO HIS EDITOR
"I lost all respect for you writing a bull[censored] story that is no longer true...don't bring your ass by my locker." -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, in a since-deleted tweet to writer Calvin Watkins who apparently wrote something negative about Bryant (Shutdown Corner)