A FITTING FAREWELL
"Probably saw more middle fingers today than I have in my whole life. They have a good time man, it was fun to ruin that for them."
"It's a piece of football history. Something special to be a part of. It'll be like an Aflac trivia question in like 20 years, so it's definitely gonna be cool to be a part of that"
-- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew had some all-time trash talk after scoring 17 unanswered points and beating the Oakland Raiders 20-16. What a perfect send-off for the Oakland Coliseum. (Ben Murphy, First Coast News via Twitter -- first quote, second quote)
LAMAR JACKSON OR WILLIE BEAMON, WHO YA GOT?
"I watch this guy Lamar Jackson. There are occasionally these players that are inspiring because you can see the game that they play is a game, and you can actually sense the joy they have in what they do. That's inspiring. Watching Lamar Jackson is an inspiration to actors. Finding that pocket, finding, where is that joy that gets under you and brings you out? The freedom to let go of the conscious, and get it to the unconscious and fly like he does?"
-- During an oral history for Any Given Sunday, actor Al Pacino took an aside and had this incredible quote describing what it's like to watch Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson play his game. (The Ringer)
TAKING IT TO THE BANK … AND INVESTING IT
"It's getting invested in something that will get me a decent return. My kids will end up getting it."
-- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman cashed a $1 million bonus for being named a Pro Bowl starter. When asked what he's going to do with it, Sherman gave the most fiscally responsible answer I've heard for that question. (ESPN via Instagram)
"Bruh ... I still can't believe I shook [Tom Brady's] hand today and had a lil conversation with him. I ain't gone lie I wanted to ask for his jersey but was too scared to ask."
-- Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon seemed a little more than just excited when interacting with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Sunday's game. To give you some frame of reference, Joe Mixon was 3 years old when Tom Brady was drafted. (Joe Mixon via Twitter)
PRETTY GOOD JOKE, EH?
"I've been talking to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Toronto Argonauts, you know, a couple Canadian league teams that I'm also trying to get traded to, so it's been great conversations. It's just, it's done, it's old. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be here and we'll figure this thing out. It's just too special to leave."
-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cracks a few jokes about making moves to the CFL before clarifying he's going to work things out with the Browns. (NFL.com)
THE NEXT TIME WE SEE 11 IN ARIZONA WILL BE IN THE RAFTERS
"Everybody's replaceable. They'll be another number 11 in here a couple months [after] I leave. He might not be as handsome as I am though."
-- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn't seem too fazed about potentially playing his last Cardinals home game. He knows he has left a handsome legacy that won't be filled any time soon. (Kent Somers, Arizona Republic via Twitter)
TO BE FAIR, MOST REDSKINS FOOTBALL MAKES ME SICK
"I throw up watching that film. I don't like watching that tape. That's a totally different guy."
-- Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins has come a long way in his rookie season, and he was given a chance to look back at his first start in preparation for the New York Giants this weekend. He did not enjoy it. (NBC Sports Washington)
"Playing against my brothers. I mean what more can you ask for? What more can we ask for as a family?"
-- Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds reflected on what it was like to play against his two brothers, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds and running back Trey Edmunds, this past Sunday. The three brothers are the first trio to play in the same modern NFL game, with the last record of three brothers playing together in a single game coming from the 1927 Duluth Eskimos. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
"I think half will be happy to see me and still love me, and half that hates me, despises me. It is what it is. I'm going to show love, regardless. Anybody who's wearing my jersey, I'll go sign it. It's going to be fun."
-- New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell will show nothing but love upon returning to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. (NFL.com)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THE CLOSEST THING TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE NFL
Hundreds of Bills fans showed up in 25 degree weather at 2am. Imagine how loud Buffalo gets in the playoffs. 😳
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 16, 2019
-- Buffalo Bills fans continue to be the most fascinating group of people in all of professional sports.
SCENES FROM AN OAKLAND BLACK HOLE
From the last game in Oakland where fans are rushing the field: pic.twitter.com/pjHVHJ3caB
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 16, 2019
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 16, 2019
-- The Black Hole at the Oakland Coliseum can be a terrifying place, and it seemed to live up to the hype in its final home game.