The Good and the Bad
"[The day after the game] I'm beat up for the next five, six days. You usually don't start feeling better until Saturday night. Then you wake up the next morning, and you go and beat yourself up again -- you do it all again. I think everybody in the league feels the same way. It's funny, because the coach will always tell you, I'll have you straight by Saturday. You're always good on Saturday. You go do it again Sunday morning, and you hurt from Sunday night until the next Saturday."
"You know, a win or loss obviously makes a difference. If you win, you feel good, because some of the little mistakes in your head are overlooked. But if you lose, those same little points are magnified. You think, 'Darn, I missed that block,' but we won, so they didn't say anything about it. But if you miss that block, and the end result is a loss, that's something that kind of sticks in your mind. And the only way you can get rid of that is getting a win the next week."
"As a player, after each game, you always feel like you could have done more. I mean, everyone else may say you had a great game, but you can always think back to a few plays in the game where you may say, 'If I was to do this a little faster, maybe I would have made an interception, or maybe I would have made a big hit, or maybe I would have done this.' There's always something you feel like you can correct in your game."
"[My family] watches the games all the time. They're used to me doing well, so when something happens, they're just like the rest of them: 'Hey, how you doing? You all right? Are you sick? What's going on?' They've got the same high expectations."
"Some players talk too much, or get excited about playing their real meaningless plays, just for the sake of trying to steal some publicity from the media or whatever. And I think that's kind of irritating. If you make a big play or a big hit, okay, I like celebrating. If you make a basic play, and you get up and you're jumping all around the field, sometimes it's ridiculous."
"One thing you want to keep is a family-oriented atmosphere in the locker room. Just like at your job, there may be somebody there you don't like, but you've got to go to work. When you clock out, you don't necessarily have to go to happy hour with them, because that's your choice -- you're no longer at your job. You do what it takes to win, you do what it takes to be a team, and from there on, you live your own life, once you leave the stadium."