The Week in Quotes

Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week In Quotes: February 8, 2019

by Cale Clinton

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

"I realize what this game means. I cherish the crap out of it. I don't give a crap if you have a Hall of Fame bust, if you've been a Pro Bowler or win 20 Super Bowls. At the end of the day, we're all gonna die."

-- Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth is looking at the big picture after his 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. (Yahoo! Sports)

AT THIS POINT, I WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST HIM

"But Tom Brady isn't gonna save your eternal soul!"

-- A street preacher delivers his sermon outside Mercedes Benz Stadium on the night of the Super Bowl

"The hell he ain't!"

-- A woman in a Brady jersey calls out the heretic. (Greg Beacham, Associated Press via Twitter)

BOZO THE COMMISSIONER

"Roger Goodell is the clown on Coach Payton's shirt."

-- New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara didn't agree with his interviewer who described the NFL commissioner as a "good guy who tries his hardest." The shirt Kamara is referring to is a shirt sold by Barstool Sports depicting Goodell with a big red nose. Saints head coach Sean Payton wore the blue clown shirt underneath his collared shirt while giving his final press conference of the season. (Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports via Twitter)

…HUH?

"He's an elite player, plays hard, found some holes in our defense in the first half and pretty much the third quarter. In my opinion, just thinking back, we eliminated [Edelman], even though he got yardages. We just have to not allow points to get on the board and give our offense more opportunities to score."

-- Los Angeles Rams defensive end Ndamukong Suh believes that his team "eliminated" New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman from Super Bowl LIII. Edelman caught 10 balls for 141 yards (54 percent of New England's total yards) and won Super Bowl MVP. (NBCSports Boston)

TECHNICALLY ACCURATE

"Detroit Lions remain undefeated in Super Bowl's 53-year history."

-- The Detroit Free Press ran this headline in the aftermath of Super Bowl Sunday. The Lions have never made a Super Bowl, but do have four championships from before the merger. (Philip DeFranco via Twitter)

THIS IS A GREAT PLOT FOR THE SEQUEL TO 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE'

"I've seen all the Super Bowls. I've watched everybody. All of us are in here tonight because of one person: Tom Brady. If Tom Brady wasn't living, y'all could be in the Super Bowl … that tighten y'all up a little bit?"

-- TV personality Steve Harvey delivered his monologue at the NFL Awards the night before the Super Bowl and poked fun at everyone for not being New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. During the segment, the camera panned to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Laces Out Show via Instagram)

JASON REALLY ENJOYED HIS FIRST SUPER BOWL

"They said it wasn't fun here. They said it wasn't fun here. This seems pretty fun to me."

-- New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty responds to the stereotype that the Patriots are all business and no fun. This past offseason McCourty joined his twin brother, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, and in one season went from 0-16 on the Cleveland Browns to Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots. (Ty Anderson, 98.5 The Sports Hub via Twitter)

"Over the course of this week leading up to the Super Bowl, we had the headlines in our building of 'The Patriots dynasty is done,' 'This defense isn't any good,' 'Tom's too old.' All of you said that and you were wrong."

-- McCourty, still in full pads after the game, gives a mic drop quote to end his press conference after being asked what motivated him in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. (Casey Baker, Binge Sports via Twitter)

HE GETS ONE CHEAT DAY

"It was a great party. It was right at the hotel. I got back, changed, went down, had a lot of friends there. Everyone got to celebrate together. Then we went and watched at the concert a bunch of the performances. We certainly had more drinks than I've probably had in a whole year combined in one night."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally hopped off his strict TB12 diet and had a few drinks to celebrate the Super Bowl victory. (WEEI Radio)

ARGUABLY BRADY'S MOST IMPRESSIVE STAT

"I don't remember [Super Bowl 36]. I was being a kid at that time, probably running around the house or in the yard. I didn't even know about football at that time. I didn't have a clue what sports was like when I was 5."

-- New England Patriots rookie cornerback Keion Crossen, now a Super Bowl champion, was 5 years old when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl. (Mark Daniels, Providence Journal via Twitter)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

[NSFW]ROBERT KRAFT IS YOUR RAPPER'S FAVORITE NFL OWNER

-- In a pre-Super Bowl concert event in Atlanta, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hopped onstage to dance with Cardi B to her song "Bartier Cardi."

-- At the Patriots Super Bowl afterparty, Kraft introduced rapper Snoop Dogg to the audience, who had a unique description of the New England owner.

-- At the Championship Parade on Tuesday, Kraft sported an enormous, diamond-studded chain that read "Championships." The chain belongs to Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill, who made the chain to memorialize his most recent album of the same name and lent it to Kraft after the Super Bowl after party.

WINNING A SUPER BOWL: CONFIRMED FUN

-- New England Patriots safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon taunt Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson from atop their Super Bowl float. Johnson famously said last year he'd "much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls."

WE'RE JUST PUTTING THIS HERE TO SHOW BELICHICK'S JACKET

-- Multi-time NFL champion coach Bill Belichick greets multi-time NBA champion player LeBron James.

Comments

3 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2019, 11:11pm

1 Re: The Week In Quotes: February 8, 2019

by herewegobrowniesherewego // Feb 08, 2019 - 7:52pm

TJ Watt trade "confirmed"...perhaps to his brother's team.... /

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/08/j-j-watt-compares-the-s...

“It does seem very dramatic. It’s like somebody that’s watching the Kardashians, and I can call one of the Kardashians. I’ll call my brother, I see everything on TV, and I’ll be like, ‘OK, give me the real story.’ And it’s pretty wild. It’s pretty wild,”

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2 Re: The Week In Quotes: February 8, 2019

by dbostedo // Feb 10, 2019 - 2:40am

Huh? That link doesn't mention a trade at all, even as a jest or rumor or pure speculation.

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by herewegobrowniesherewego // Feb 11, 2019 - 11:11pm

It didn't, but I said it in jest. I know, I know, 2/10.
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:"____ confirmed!!!!" over a non-confirming but somehow related event has become a meme of our times.

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