The Month in Quotes: July 2020
THIS MONTH IN PATRICK MAHOMES CONTRACTS
BOOZE TRIPS SINK SHIPS
"A front office employee for the Chiefs came in and bought 6 bottles of Dom Perignon. Said theres a big signing today [eye emojis] He said it's not Chris Jones, so my guess is a Mahomes deal"
-- Kansas City liquor store employee Katie Camlin broke the news of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' new deal hours before ESPN's Adam Schefter initially reported the 10-year extension in excess of $500 million, all because of some impromptu champagne purchases by a team employee. While the tweet was deleted, Camlin eventually received her flowers in the hours following the announcement, including a congratulations from Schefter himself. (Katie Camlin via Twitter)
TOMMY BAHAMA'S FORMALWEAR LINE
"I'm one happy guy. I put on my best Tommy Bahama for all you guys to celebrate this."
-- Chiefs head coach and floral pattern aficionado Andy Reid dressed to his comfort level to celebrate the occasion. (Field Yates, ESPN via Twitter)
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
"Is this better than a 1 year deal with 10 teams?"
-- Journeyman quarterback Josh McCown knows how to turn a $20 bill into two $10 bills, four $5 bills, 20 $1 bills … how is this any different? (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
OK, MAYBE ONE DAY OFF
"No wonder Pat wasn't at workouts this AM, he had to visit the bank right when it opened lol"
-- Baltimore Ravens safety DeShon Elliott slipped in a joke about Mahomes missing workouts amidst his extension signing. Mahomes posted workout videos to his social media the day after his extension was signed. (DeShon Elliott via Twitter)
THIS MONTH IN THE REST OF THE LEAGUE
BIGGER THAN THE GAME
"Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on the pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients."
-- An excerpt from the statement made by Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif upon choosing to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Duvernay-Tardif, a doctor in his hometown of Montreal, will forego the season to instead work on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients. He also stated he firmly believed that the Chiefs' medical staff would put together a strong plan to minimize risk of spread. (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif via Twitter)
DR. NEWTON & MR. CAM
"You know what make this sh*t different is they ain't never seen this Cam. They ain't ever see him. You wanna know how I know? Sh*t I ain't ever seen him! The Forgotten Cam, the Sh*tted On Cam. The Tired of Sick of Being Tired Cam. Felt like I was just left to die. … I love it, I adore it, I admire it. I want to taste it, I want everything about it."
-- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton doesn't seem to recognize himself in a video released to his social media. (Cam Newton via Instagram)
BACK IN BLONDE
"This is how I feel. I'm tired of playing your game. Like me and Cam talk about, that humble sh*t, when you are inside, like, we are humble men. ... But they've taken that humbleness as a weakness and they sh*t on us. It's crazy to me, because when you're up and you're talking, they hate it. And for me this year, I'm trying to kill. Like, that's it. That's why the blond is back. There's nothing you can tell me."
-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. released an hour-long roundtable discussion between himself, Cam Newton, Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley, and retired wide receiver Victor Cruz. While the video spanned across a number of important topics like racial injustice and using platform as a way to both spread awareness and express yourself, one moment in the discussion highlighted Odell taking off his hat and revealing his signature blonde hairstyle. (Odell Beckham Jr. via YouTube)
HIS ROOKIE CONTRACT WOULD PAY FOR OVER 59,000 YEARS OF XBOX LIVE
"My mom found out I put my Xbox live account on her credit card. She been paying since I was in sixth grade"
-- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin, despite cashing NFL checks for a full year, still has his mother pay for his Xbox Live subscription, a cost that works out to $60 per year. Boykins followed up with "Before y'all get mad I tried to start paying today and she said she been paying this long she might as well continue." (Miles Boykin via Twitter)
COMFORT FOOD IS THE BEST CONSOLATION PRIZE
"I have lost games before. That's how I have learned to live my life -- you lose on Sunday, you're pissed about it, I go to P.F. Chang's on Monday, I have lunch and then I am on to the next week."
-- Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, who was discussing the NFL's decision to move the Rams and Chargers instead of his team to Los Angeles, revealed how he chooses to cope with grief: P.F. Chang's. Davis later stated that losing the L.A. vote was "probably the best thing that ever happened for us." (The Athletic)
FOR WHOM THE BELL TWEETS
"[People] do all the hootin & hollerin to get you brought in, just to leave ... lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you sh*t they don't believe themselves"
-- New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell took to Twitter to air some things out following the Jets trading safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks in a massive package that included two first-round picks. Adams was a big recruiter of Bell to New York at the time of his free agency
"Noted. See u Week 14!"
-- Adams took the time amidst celebrating a trade he had been pushing for since the deadline last season to respond to Bell's comment, reminding him the two will face off in Week 14 of this year.
"'Noted' what?! lol that you LIED? PLEASEE TRUST that it IS 'noted' then..& if I'm supposed to take 'see you in week 14' as a threat...I don't! but it's still allll love and like I told you ON THE PHONE I want the best for you...if this is the best for you, I want it for you bro"
-- Bell's response. (Le'Veon Bell via Twitter)
'GODWIN, GOODWIN, GODSON, GOTTFRIED … DON'T MATTER, STILL BETTER'
"Ok I'm tired of [biting] my tongue...
... (and the list goes on) ARE NOT a better receiver than me! Faster than me...every day of the week but separation..CHILD PLEASE!"
-- After being placed at No. 77 overall on the NFL's annual Top 100 list, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen took to Twitter to call out some of the receivers ranked ahead of him such as Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Tampa Bay's duo of Mike Evans and … Chris Goodwin?
"You tagged the wrong Chris Godwin lol and don't be mad at us we ain't make the rankings or care about em. I like the confidence but be realistic you not on my level bro"
-- Mike Evans was the first to call out the mistake in who Keenan Allen tagged, saying the confidence level was nice but didn't match the reality. (Mike Evans via Twitter)
"Oh sh*t lol Don't sweat it G, Chris Goodwin ain't better than me either"
-- Chris Godwin piled on, saying the typo didn't make a difference. Chris Goodwin could not be reached for comment (Chris Godwin via Twitter)
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
"I was a [high school] wrestler. If we wrestled, I think I'd have a good chance."
-- NFL Network's Ian Rapaport was asked in a Q&A who would win in a fight between himself and ESPN's Adam Schefter. I admire his confidence. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
NFL EXECS: THEY'RE JUST AS DUMB AS US!
Unnamed NFL exec: "You know Bill [Belichick] is masterminding all of this somehow"
Adam Schefter: "For what reason?"
Exec: "I don't know! That's why he is who he is!"
-- ESPN's Adam Schefter shared this text exchange with an unnamed NFL executive regarding the New England Patriots' string of COVID-related opt-outs. The most prominent of these opt-outs include starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, deemed "high-risk" after battling cancer at the beginning of his NFL career, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who has an infant child at home. (Adam Schefter, ESPN via Twitter)
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
"The whole point is to help give your hands a little tackiness so you get better grip on the ball. I've actually been thinking about it a lot lately as I've started throwing again. Trying to avoid it, but it has been so habitual for so long. You don't realize how much you touch your face and lick your fingers until COVID hit."
-- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is working to phase out his signature finger-lick from his pre-snap routine amidst COVID-19. (ESPN)
THE JAWS THEME PLAYS WHEN HE LINES UP ON THE EDGE
"No NFL player has a sacked a quarterback more than Cam Jordan has sacked Matt Ryan, in league history. One of my favorite stats"
-- Twitter user @datboywolf posted this gem of a stat, citing Saints defensive end Cam Jordan's 18 sacks against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as the most between two players in NFL history.
"Mine tooo!!! Idk his @ lol nvm found it just like I've found him the last 18 times!
@M_Ryan02 let's get to 20 this yr my good sir!!! Let's do this together"
-- Jordan seemed to find this stat as easily as he finds Matt Ryan in the pocket. (Cameron Jordan via Twitter)
WELCOME TO 'LEARNING ABOUT YOUR BODY' WITH VIC FANGIO
"They're young men and they have urges. … You do not have the freedom that you normally used to have."
-- Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio discusses the unexpected obstacles of coaching a team during COVID-19. (Denver Post)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
NOT REALLY A QUOTE, NOT REALLY A PICTURE
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 30, 2020
-- Patrick Mahomes made this tweet his lone response to being ranked No. 4 overall on the NFL 100. Mahomes was the third quarterback listed behind Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson, Nos. 1 and 2 respectively.
JUST OUT OF REACH
The Vikings started a new Tik Tok challenge asking fans to duet themselves catching passes from Kirk Cousins.
The responses are fantastic 😂 pic.twitter.com/xEhnOYUGsi)
— Gridiron (@Gridiron) July 21, 2020
-- I don't think this is what the Vikings social media team had in mind when creating this TikTok challenge.
HOW THE SAUSAGE GETS MADE
-- NFL rookies get themselves ready for their first appearance in Madden 21.
NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE 12th MAN
-- Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams didn't seem too shy about celebrating his trade from the Jets to the Seahawks.