OH HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED
"Before we get started, I'm going to introduce to y'all the NFL rushing leader. Anybody got a problem with that, come see me. I'm about that. Big trust, woo, woo. King Henry, in the flesh. Woo, woo."
-- Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe took to the podium after stunning the Baltimore Ravens on the road and paid homage to Ravens running back Mark Ingram's MVP campaign speech for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Sharpe, on the other hand, repurposed his for Titans running back Derrick Henry, who ran for 195 yards in the win.
"It's all jokes."
-- Derrick Henry's opening remarks following Sharpe's introduction (Erik Bacharach, Tennessean via Twitter)
CELEBRATORY CHAMPIONSHIP CAPICOLA
"We've got a nice week ahead of us. I've got [my wife] Kelly and my three boys with me. We'll probably go get a ham sandwich, got to bed, and wake up tomorrow and do it again."
-- After capping a 15-0 season off with a Heisman Trophy winner and a National Championship over undefeated Clemson -- in the city of New Orleans, no less -- most coaches would have a long night of celebration ahead. For LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, he's just excited about spending time with his family. (SportsCenter via Twitter)
A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
"Things have a way of working out. I always told myself it was a blessing in disguise, the ACL. We got [Nick] Bosa out of it. That's a pretty good trade-off, I guess. But yeah, things have a way of working out I guess. This ride is crazy."
-- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has reconciled with losing last season to an ACL injury. It was all worth it when the 49ers got to draft defensive end Nick Bosa, who has firmly entrenched himself as favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. (NFL.com)
"10.5. We already got fitted for [our Championship rings]."
-- LSU quarterback Joe Burrow pointed to his ring finger as celebration during the National Championship Game in a 42-25 win over Clemson. When prompted about what size ring he wears in a postgame interview, Burrow revealed the team was already fitted for rings BEFORE the National Championship. That's one of the cockiest lines I've ever heard from a player, college or pro. (ESPN via Twitter)
SOMEBODY PROVE HIM WRONG, BECAUSE NO ONE HAS YET
"I feel like nobody in the NFL can guard any of us, and that's no disrespect to nobody. That's just the confidence that I got in myself and the wideouts I've got around me, including the tight ends and the running backs. I feel like no DB unit, no secondary unit, no linebacker, any defense can guard any of us. So man-to-man is just easy for us to beat. If you just allow us to run through zones, it's even easier."
-- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill doesn't think there's a single team in the league that can stop this offense after putting up seven straight touchdowns against the Houston Texans. (NFL.com)
THE MUSINGS OF MARSHAWN
"This is a vulnerable time for a lot of the young dudes, you feel me? They don't be taking care of their chicken right, you feel me? So if it was me, and if I had an opportunity to let these young sahabs know something, I'd say take care of y'all money, 'cause that sh-t don't last forever.
"I've been on the other side of retirement. And it's good when you can do what the f-ck you want to. So I'll tell y'all right now while y'all in it, take care of y'all bread, so when y'all done, you can go ahead and take care of yourself.
"So while y'all at it right now take care of y'all bodies, you know what I mean? Take care of y'all chicken, you feel me? Take care of y'all mentals, 'cause look, we ain't lasting that long. You know, I had a couple players who I played with that they're no longer here no more, they're no longer. You feel me? So start taking care of y'all mentals, y'all bodies, and y'all chicken for when y'all ready to walk away. You'll walk away and you'll be able to do what you want to do."
-- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is notorious for his press conferences, but took the time after being eliminated by the Green Bay Packers to send a message to his young sahabs (friends) in the NFL to take care of their chicken (money) and bread (also money). (New York Daily News)
THE MOSS CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT ENDS
"We can't lose. A Moss finally has to win something. "
-- LSU wide receiver Thaddeus Moss throws a little shade at his Hall of Fame wide receiver father Randy Moss in the lead-up to the National Championship game. Now, the Moss family can rest easy knowing their drought is over. (B/R Gridiron via Instagram)
WELL, YOU'VE GOTTA DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR FREE TIME
"[crying laughing emojis] That's what y'all get."
"Y'all talked all that [poop emoji] I don't think anyone got more than 1 catch. I had 7 with a broken hand I don't want to hear it"
"Now go choppa that"
-- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas took to Twitter while watching the Minnesota Vikings lose to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round after the Vikings had knocked out the Saints the week prior. Thomas also revealed in these tweets that he currently has a broken hand. (ESPN)
"O no [crying laughing emojis] he don't even own any flags."
-- Thomas took to Twitter again, this time to crack jokes about Bill Vinovich being named referee of Super Bowl LIV. Vinovich was the lead ref during last year's NFC Championship Game between the Saints and Rams. (Yahoo! Sports)
THE LEGACY YOU HOPE TO LEAVE BEHIND
"Not just the best player I've ever seen, but the best person I've ever met."
-- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey gave the highest praise to linebacker Luke Kuechly and his character following Kuechly's sudden retirement. (B/R Gridiron via Twitter)
WHAT A WEIRD STATEMENT TO HAVE TO MAKE ABOUT THE CLEVELAND BROWNS
"Personality is welcome. Your production is required. We will have a culture of accountability. We will have structures in place. The players will understand our rules and what we're about, and we are going to be demanding and we are going to hold each player accountable."
-- Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is coming into town and shaking things up, first targeting the big personalities that have seemingly overtaken the Browns. (The News-Herald)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
JUST TRY TO MIX IN SOME FILM
Coach Brady is a big Office guy 😂 pic.twitter.com/qfGZq9zIUc
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 16, 2020
-- Some coaches grind the tape, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady listens to Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute until he falls asleep.
SELF-AWARENESS IS SO IMPORTANT
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 15, 2020
-- This Kansas City Chiefs fan took it upon himself to leave the game as the Houston Texans went up 24-0 early in the game, and it clearly paid off.