"Probably the only time I’ve seen him do something that was crazy was he walked into a meeting room, slammed a Red Bull on his chest, kinda got everyone pumped…It was still full, he popped it off the open." -- Former LSU cornerback Greedy Williams recalls a time where LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, a big fan of energy drinks, got the team fired up by smashing a full unopened Red Bull on his chest. (Charles McDonald, SBNation via Twitter)
“Do I have both of my testicles? And I was like yeah, I don’t know why you got to ask.'' -- Texas cornerback Kris Boyd reveals his most “unique” combine question. (Jeff Legwold, ESPN via Twitter)
I’M GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD
"Devin White’s in love with his horse. He takes that horse everywhere, but yeah, I enjoy watching him just be different and riding a horse across the field, hey, that’s big. Just being yourself. He's a country boy, I'm a country boy, both like horses and that's where we find our peace at."
-- Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver reveals that both he and LSU linebacker Devin White both own and care for horses in their spare time. (Detroit Free Press)
DON’T KNOCK IT ‘TIL YOU TRY IT
"I used to hate the Patriots. I hated because they would win so much. I hated because Tom Brady's hair was long. I hated that Belichick would wear sweaters. But now that I'm here, I love it. I love Tom Brady's hair. I love being a Patriot." -- New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett, who the team traded for this offseason, revealed the hatred he had for the team before actually joining them. (Patriots.com)
NEVER BEEN A BETTER AGE TO LOB IT UP DOWNFIELD
"At 34, he’s just going into his prime." -- Denver Broncos general manager John Elway believes that new quarterback Joe Flacco still has his best years ahead of him. (Fox Sports: NFL via Twitter)
…OH HE’S BEING SERIOUS?
" This narrative that Eli’s overpaid and can’t play is a crock… With the way we ended the season, and what he's making, there really wasn't a decision to make." -- New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman still has faith in quarterback Eli Manning…maybe blind faith, but that remains to be seen. (Pat Leonard, New York Daily News via Twitter)
"I don’t know. When I wake up, I feel like s**t. And he’s older than me." -- New York Jets head coach Adam Gase doesn’t understand how New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still playing. (Manish Mehta, New York Daily News via Twitter)
THE START OF A BEAUTIFUL BROMANCE
"Uhh…’I love you,’ then give him a hug? ‘Can you show me how to catch the ball with one hand?’" -- Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who had yet to meet newly acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. prior to the coaches meeting, wonders what is the first thing he’s going to say to Beckham. (Kimberly A. Martin, Yahoo Sports via Twitter)
A RECORD NUMBER OF NON-ANSWERS
" Bill Belichick fielded 116 questions over 43 minutes this morning (2.7 questions per minute). He said 1,790 words, an average of 15.4 per response. His most frequent phrases were “we’ll see” (21 times) and “I don’t know” (13 times).” -- The Athletic’s Jeff Howe kept track of just how little New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick give to the media during his interview time. (Jeff Howe, The Athletic Boston via Twitter)
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR PLAYBOOK IS
"I would hope so, you guys are paying him enough." -- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin thinks New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell better be able to elevate the team’s offense considering the team is paying him $52.5 million. (Jeremy Fowler, ESPN via Twitter)
"I cried for 3 days after trading Mack. But we’re not able to get Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, and Lamarcus Joyner without making that trade." -- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden allegedly cried for three days after dealing linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. (Vic Tafur, The Athletic via Twitter)
I DIDN’T COME HERE TO PLAY SCHOOL
"I remember at LSU we had a 8-page paper due and I told [Jamal Adams] ‘Man I don’t even think I know that many words.’" -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette reflects on the rigorous academia he was forced to tackle during his college days. (Leonard Fournette via Twitter)
PHILLY GETS CREATIVE WITH THEIR INSULTS
"You go there, and a 9-year-old kid is giving you the double finger. Not a thumbs up. Not, ‘We’re No. 1.’ And he said something about my mom; I had to Google what it was." -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning opens up about being terrorized by Philadelphia third-graders during Eagles games. (Bleacher Report via Twitter)
SIR, THIS IS AN ARBY'S
“The bottom line here is that it calls into question the motives of a man to get on national television and cite anonymous sources on things such as ‘leadership’ and ‘study habits’ about somebody he’s never met. Look, If you don’t like Kyler’s game, it’s cool. If you don’t like his size and want to talk about that, that’s fine, too. If you’re into a Heath Shuler-type looking guy, then hype those guys and say why. But when you slander the character and work ethic of a young man who’s worked his ass off his entire life and done everything right to put himself in his current position, you’d better cite your sources and come with a better record than 18-46 as a G.M. of the Texans, and whose own leadership and accountability has been questioned by his old bosses and colleagues, as well as the greatest coach on the planet.” -- NFL agent Erik Burkhardt tees off on former NFL general manager Charley Casserly after he made some not-so-positive comments about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. (ProFootballTalk)
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, BABY
"Shoutout my agent." -- Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long was named the most overpaid player in a list-icle by Bleacher Report, and he had the perfect response after learning the news. (Kyle Long via Twitter)
I’LL SEND AN EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS TO YOUR OFFICE
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones owes New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman a big thank-you after trading wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. out of the division. (NFL.com)
EAT THE PAIN AWAY
"Aw man, we just both need a cheeseburger." -- Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talked to each other after their heartbreaking playoff losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, respectively. After fifteen minutes of talking, Reid dropped this gem. (Kevin Fishbain, The Athletic Chicago via Twitter)
THIS MONTH IN SOCIAL MEDIA
HOLDING A GRUDGE NEVER LOOKED THIS FUN
"NOLA No Call" has been a huge part of #MardiGras19
But @Le_Krewe_dEtat may have taken the satire to new heights!
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) March 4, 2019
-- The Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had an entire section dedicated to the “NOLA No Call,” complete with blind referees and Goodell clown faces.
TIME IS A FLAT CIRCLE
LOL.... What are the odds????? pic.twitter.com/Mf5xXdQhlX
— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) March 11, 2019
-- Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle digs up an old childhood photo of him in Rams gear after signing with the team in free agency.
CLEVELAND’S NOT READY FOR A COMPETENT BROWNS TEAM
-- The Odell-to-Cleveland trade led to an interesting 9-1-1 call, where a woman mistook a celebrating Browns fan for a deranged individual.
SHOW ME THE GOLD
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 15, 2019
-- New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate re-creates the “Show me the money!” scene from Jerry Maguire after signing with the team.
THIS IS THE GUY THAT SAID ‘I DON’T NEED FOOTBALL’?
Antonio Brown has joined the website Cameo and is asking for $500 per video he films for you.
Below is an example they're using. #Steelers
"I hear it's your second anniversary.......wedding..." has me dying. pic.twitter.com/sAwb3syDPx
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) March 4, 2019
-- Before being traded to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Antonio Brown spent the beginning of the offseason making Cameo videos, where people could pay $500 for AB to give them a special message.
DIDN’T KNOW HIS OWN STRENGTH
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 20, 2019
-- Indianapolis Colts defensive end Jihad Ward does some damage in the Colts weight room – literally – by putting a medicine ball through the drywall.
THEY DO ANYTHING FOR (INSTAGRAM) CLOUT
-- Tennessee Titans lineman Taylor Lewan and Indianapolis Colts lineman Quenton Nelson happened to be at the same hotel as rapper couple Cardi B and Offset, so of course they made a shot-for-shot remake of their viral “Clout” music video