The Month In Quotes: April 2020
EXPECT A WELCOMING HUG IN THE BACKFIELD SOON
"Hey, [Joe Burrow], congrats on being the No. 1 overall pick! Can't wait for us to be properly acquainted"
-- Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell gives new Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and division rival Joe Burrow a warm greeting on Draft Night. (Calais Campbell via Twitter)
THIS IS WHY CALLER ID IS SO IMPORTANT
"I declined a call from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I tried to call back and my call didn't go through and I had no idea what I just did."
-- Newest Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. almost couldn't call himself that after rejecting the team's first call to announce his selection. (The Checkdown via Instagram)
PUTTING 'EM ON THE TABLE
"As soon as this virus calms down, I'm gonna go in there and compete my nuts off."
-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason wants to show just how ready he is to toss balls and avoid sacks. (Zak Keefer, The Athletic via Twitter)
COULDN'T HAVE FOUND A BETTER OPPORTUNITY
"I wanna play in the snow so bad."
-- Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss sent this wish out into the Twittersphere back in 2015…
"We have the perfect place in mind."
… and in classic Draft Day fashion, the Bills decided to dig up some old tweets. (Buffalo Bills via Twitter)
"If your brother is drafted to the Lions, will you charge him rent to stay at your place?"
-- During a fan Q&A with The Athletic, Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara was asked whether he would charge his brother Julian rent if the Lions drafted him.
"I'll charge him his signing bonus lol"
-- After being taken with the 67th overall pick, I hope that Julian doesn't get too attached to that signing bonus. (The Athletic)
KIDS REVEAL THE DARNDEST DRAFT PLANS
"So I'm calling my buddy who was director of player personnel with the Ravens who I worked with back in the day, and he's got his son with him going to Little League practice. So he's calling me, it's like the week of the draft, I'm like, 'What's going on, you doing well?' 'Yeah, I'm doing well, what's going on? We're just taking our son to practice.' So I start asking him about players, he' s being vague and everything. So I ask his son in the backseat. I go, 'Hey, what's going on?' 'Hi, Mr. Jeremiah, how's it going?' And I go 'Who's your favorite player in the draft?' And he goes, 'Oh, Lamar Jackson.' I'm like, frick, I should've known, man. He already let his son known that he's gonna be a Raven, I should've seen the signs."
-- NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah recalls a story from the 2018 Draft, where he unknowingly got the son of the Baltimore Ravens' director of player personnel to reveal their eventual selection of quarterback Lamar Jackson (Pardon My Take)
THE BEST QUOTE FROM DRAFT WEEK?
"I was always trying to be the best, because I hold myself to the standard that I am the best. So if I feel like I'm the best, and I'm not playing like I'm the best, then you're not the best. As soon as the doctors pulled me [out of the womb] and they had me, and they handed me like 'Here, you've got a baby boy,' I was the best.' I had 'The Best' written across my forehead."
-- Atlanta Falcons defensive end Marlon Davidson may have slid to Day 2 of the draft, but don't tell him he's anything but the best. (Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network via Twitter)
THE GOAT OF SALES PITCHES
"It was almost like a recruitment on his part telling us why it would make sense for him to come to Tampa Bay."
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht gives a little insight into the signing of quarterback Tom Brady, revealing that it was actually more like Brady selling the Bucs on him. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
JUST CUT YOUR LOSSES
"Hey [Rob Gronkowski} I'll give you No. 87 for $1 million"
-- Tampa Bay tight end Jordan Leggett, who held No. 87 at the time the Bucs traded for New England Patriots tight end (and current holder of the WWE's 24/7 Championship Belt) Rob Gronkowski, reached out to Gronk via Twitter to negotiate a seven-figure buyout for his number.
"Mane they will cut you first…better give it up for free."
-- San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle D.J. Jones quote-tweeted the ransom request with some common sense. Considering Leggett is on a 1-year, $825,000 contract with the Bucs, it's no wonder the Tampa Bay roster already has Leggett listed as No. 81 (D.J. Jones via Twitter)
"The NFL has announced an all-decade team, highlighted by Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, and Aaron Donald -- among other unanimous selections."
-- NFL Network's Ian Rapaport shared the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2010s on Twitter.
"I guess no fullbacks played this decade…"
-- San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk brought up the most glaring omission on the team, regardless of personal opinion: there was no fullback listed. Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson also noted on Juszczyk's tweet that the four offensive tackles selected were all left tackles. (Kyle Juszczyk via Twitter)
FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
"They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight. She fired me and said, 'I'm not dealing with your stuff anymore,' so I had to do it on my own."
-- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, in the year 2020, just made an email address for himself. For the first time. Let that sink in. (Charlie Potter, 247Sports via Twitter)
BRING EXTRA SNACKS TO HOUSE 2
"I GUARANTEE our house is the right place to be stuck for a few weeks… the vibes and stories would be unmatched"
-- In participation with a meme format that went viral during quarantine, the Indianapolis Colts' social media team asked fans to pick a house full of Colts players to quarantine with. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee, who is listed alongside former running back Joseph Addai, defensive end Justin Houston, cornerback Kenny Moore, and former kicker Adam Vinatieri, touted House No. 2 as the place to be. Given the use of fire and tree emojis at the end of the caption, McAfee might be suggesting there will be more than just vibes and stories in the house.
"You know I got the stash ready!!!"
-- Addai let McAfee know he'd be coming to the house prepared. (Pat McAfee via Instagram)
CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE?
"It's all in the details."
-- The Atlanta Falcons Twitter account showed off some very zoomed-in images of the Falcons' newly unveiled uniforms, highlighting some of the stitching and extra details in the jersey itself.
-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton replied to the tweet with a pretty simple compliment.
"Get back in your bag and provide us some show reviews."
-- One Falcons fan decided to throw a quick chirp Sean Payton's way in response. Attached to the tweet was a CNN title that reads: "Sean Payton ate ice cream and watched Netflix for 3 days after Saints loss."
8 and definitely
One other that is
3rd would be HBO's
Houston we have a problem."
-- Payton responded to the eager Atlanta cinephile with a pretty diverse list of film and documentaries. What a nice guy! (@NewEraLB via Twitter)
"I guarantee you [the Jordan Love pick] got the wheels turning in Aaron's mind. It's not Aaron's job to mentor Jordan Love. All he needs is a reason [to play elsewhere]."
-- Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre gave his two cents on the impending clash between veteran starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and No. 18 overall pick Jordan Love. Rodgers famously sat behind Favre for three seasons after being selected 24th overall in the 2005 NFL draft. (The Rich Eisen Show)
THIS MONTH IN SOCIAL MEDIA
NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS AN ORIGIN STORY
If the NFL Draft graphics from last night were for superheroes, this is what they'd look like pic.twitter.com/HTvJ3cwwVN)
— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) April 24, 2020
Alright now I'm done lmao pic.twitter.com/zxbkA4VXC2)
— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) April 25, 2020
— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) April 25, 2020
-- The coverage surrounding this year's NFL Draft seemed to emphasize misfortunes of varying severity in draftees' lives throughout the weekend. The only logical step was for @FitzGSN to mock up what it would look like to have superheroes get their own draft cards, tragic backstory and all. These were some personal favorites, but you can find the full collection of them here)
'DID WE JUST BECOME TEAMMATES?'
.@gregolsen88 looks a little different here...
Special guest Will Ferrell crashed today's virtual team meeting. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/LQArLdfmbw)
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 1, 2020
-- The Seattle Seahawks welcomed Will Ferrell-lookalike Greg Olsen to the family during a virtual team meeting.
SOMEWHERE, ALLEN ROBINSON IS SILENTLY NODDING
Just got sent this by a friend who lives in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/BeVXtM7tab)
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) April 11, 2020
-- A great mental visual to help those in Chicago still struggling with social distancing