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It probably won't sink in for a very, very long time, i'm just so blessed to play with the best teammates through the years from our'01 team and all the way through now. I love all those guys. That's what makes this special, man. It's a brotherhood. All these relationship are so important in my life, and I can't cherish it enough. It's going to be a celebration tonight.
I just love the competition and I love trying to improve and I think thats what it comes down to, every year has its challenges. Its very different from my first year to now, things change obviously with yourself, team, personal situations, professional situations. I love competing, I love playing football. I think loving the game and trying to improve and be the best I can be for the team is great motivation for me and Ive just always spoke about winning and thats what I love to do.
For me, its about preparing mentally, physically to be the best I can be, i already watched a lot of film today and I got a lot more this afternoon. Im going to get Alex (Guerrero) and I are going to get all our treatments in see if I can be really fresh and ready to go tomorrow and have a great week of practice.
Everyone at this point is tired and worn down but at the same time, you have one of the great opportunities in your life. This is a memory you'll have forever and I really hope we can go out and take advantage of it, the Rams have worked equally as hard. They've got a great team. They do well in all phases just like all the teams we've played in this game.
I love competing, I love playing football. I think loving the game and trying to improve and be the best I can be for the team is great motivation for me and I've just always spoken about winning and that's what I love to do, that's why I'm here, that's why this team has done such a great job. I think everyone here is just committed to winning and really doing whatever it takes to win.
We support what people are going through, you play in sports long enough, everyone comes from something different. I think showing respect for everybody … in a locker room, a team full of guys trying to go in the same direction, you better have that empathy for everybody. That’s what sports are about.
I think there were a lot of healthy conversations coming out of it in our locker room. Like I said, the great part about sports are the relationships, i’ve been in it for a long time. I’ve been with guys from all different parts of the country, every color, race, belief. And, you know what, you respect why people are doing what they’re doing. And they’re doing it for different reasons. And that’s OK. You can do things for your reasons. They can do things for their reasons and you have respect for that.
Because Tom put the kid’s behavior out there. It’s really Tom’s fault. And I don’t know Tom — I’m a great admirer of his physical prowess and his football ability — but don’t put your kid up on an Internet show and then get pissed when people comment on her behavior. You’re putting it out there for people to comment on. That’s what a TV show is.
I didn't alter the ball in any way, i have a process that I go through before every game where I go in and pick the balls that I want... Our equipment guys do a great job of breaking the balls in ... When I pick those footballs out at that point, you know to me they're perfect. I don't want anyone touching the balls after that.
You have to put the time in to be a true professional. Study, prepare the way you need to, it’s easy to do in September, easy to do in October. It starts getting hard in November and December. Some days you don’t feel like going out there. But you’ve got to be able to grind, you've got to be able to put it in the bank.