by Rob Eves
MUST BE FUN AT PARTIES
"We are five weeks behind the rest of the NFL for the 2017 season."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, already looking ahead to next year in the immediate aftermath of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI win. (ESPN)
SHANAHAN GETS TO BE THE BAD KIND OF GOAT
"He's the GOAT, king of the petting zoo."
"It took me nine years, it took (Howie) 13, so that's kinda sad."
-- Long, teasing his father, former Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders defensive end Howie Long, about the length of time it took him to win a Super Bowl. Howie actually won a Super Bowl in the third of his 13 NFL seasons. (Fox Sports, YouTube)
SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN
"Kiss this f-cking trophy, man, f-cking kiss it!"
GISELE BÜNDCHEN, SAVIOR OF THE AFC EAST
"If it was up to my wife she'd have me retire today, she told me that last night… I said 'too bad babe.'"
-- Brady, not planning on retiring for his supermodel wife's sake any time soon. (SiriusXM)
AND WE WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO FORGET IT
"Actually, 32 teams passed on me, three times."
DRUNK ON SUCCESS
"Damn I just realized ppl are really mad that I got a ring. I thought everyone would be happy for me. Oh well. I'm a champion!!"
-- Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd, who signed with the team late in the season after being released by the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest, celebrating his Super Bowl victory. (Michael Floyd, Twitter)
UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE DECADE
"I think everybody is disappointed, for sure."
SKIP TO THE FOURTH QUARTER
"I'll probably watch it 10 times a day. I'll probably watch it over and over and over again just to see to what went wrong and when it went wrong and why it went wrong."
A MULTIMILLIONAIRE RAT
"I especially enjoyed how over-eager Roger (Goodell) was to smile at all the Patriots and give them a big handshake, but then as soon as he gave them the trophy he scurried off the stage like a rat. It was awesome."
YOUR REACTION SAYS OTHERWISE
"(Hall Of Fame) is a total joke. Honestly, doesn't mean anything to me to get in beyond this point."
SO… JUST DON'T GET CAUGHT
"They only test us two times a year for illegal drugs… the guys that are getting caught aren't using common sense."
ONE OR TWO PERHAPS
"Have you ever been in a game where you start to think, 'it's not our day'?"
-- BBC NFL pundit Mike Carlson, interviewing Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi in studio during the BBC broadcast of Super Bowl LI.
-- Ajayi, in reply. (BBC)
LUCKY TO REMEMBER EITHER ALSO
"My off season happy hours remind me a lot of me running the ball. It starts off amazing but ultimately just ends with me having a headache."
WEEK IN GIFS, PICS & TWEETS:
IT'S 2017 AND HERE'S A VIDEO OF A WOMAN VIDEOING HERSELF
GISELE SETTLE DOWN pic.twitter.com/ikrXMLhueN
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 6, 2017
-- Supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Gisele Bündchen, celebrating the Patriots' game-winning touchdown to end Super Bowl LI.
FAILED AT MOST, STILL WON
-- The Patriots' locker room game plan from Super Bowl LI, imploring the team to "start fast" and "win turnover battle." (USA Today)
THIS OFFSEASON'S MUST-HAVE LOOK
Looks like Matt Patricia is wearing a Goodell clown shirt as the team arrives back in Boston pic.twitter.com/YK8OPZ4Hoh
— Nick Emmons TV (@nicknbcboston) February 6, 2017
-- Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, making a fashion statement as the team landed back in Boston.
Gronk goes full beast mode ripping the lid off his beer with his teeth pic.twitter.com/XkT3bgZC3Z
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 7, 2017
-- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, celebrating during the team's celebratory parade in Boston.