"I feel sick right now."
-- Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, after the Vikings blew their third straight double-digit halftime lead and lost to the Lions in overtime.
I have a feeling he wasn't alone in the Minnesota locker room.
"He didn't come here to retire quietly. He came here to win.''
--Tennessee coach Mike Munchak, on quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is 2-1 with his new team and his new offense.
"My goodness, I'm so darned proud of you. I'm so proud of you. It wasn't pretty. But we're building something here ... Let's not make it so close next time.''
-- Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur, in his postgame speech to his team following a 17-16 comeback win over the Dolphins Sunday.
"My first image of the NFL was when I first saw Zeus. I thought, 'They're sure a lot bigger here.' He had that dark visor on his helmet, wearing those throwback jerseys under his pads. He was most intimidating and dared you to back down from him. If you did, you were done. He embodied what the NFL -- what the Ravens are all about. His willingness to battle along with you, the way he stood up for his teammates, was special.
"This sounds corny, but he was literally the first on the field and the last off. He'd be out there before practice with his helmet on, working on something to make himself better. He'd find teammates to stay with him after practice to work on his pass blocking. He challenged me every day and made me a better player. I'll always be thankful for that."
-- Baltimore outside linebacker Jarrett Johnson, on the passing of Orlando "Zeus'' Brown.
The Titans will exit September with zero kickoff returns and 11 touchbacks.
My alma mater, Ohio University, has a quarterback (Tyler Tettleton) who is the son of longtime major-league catcher Mickey Tettleton (and who threw for 339 at Rutgers Saturday), and also suits up two sons of Bengals from the same '80s secondary: running back David Fulcher (son of safety David Fulcher) and wideout Bakari Bussey (son of safety Barney Bussey).
So on Thursday, I paid off a debt from a charity auction last spring: I went to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios in downtown Providence. (An autism-spectrum charity in Boston, YouthCare, had me auction myself off for an appearance, and Schilling chose a lunch with some in his video game company.)
Schilling's company occupies a six-floor building a short walk from the center of downtown, and I was amazed at the beehive of activity by scores of employees who don't seem to hang around the water cooler much. They were having too much fun at their jobs. Game designers, artists, writers, marketers, all in a relaxed environment living by Schilling's three work rules: Be on time, work your rear end off and don't dress worse than the boss. Which, on this day, was not a difficult rule to follow. Schilling wore a Super Bowl-logo sweatshirt, shorts and flip-flops.
And Schilling has a pet ferret in his office.
"Making same drive out of downtown Philly that I did when I was diagnosed. This time it's to go play the #eagles. Feel very Blessed''
-- @MarkHerzlich, the Giants' rookie linebacker, who has returned from fighting a cancerous tumor in his leg to the roster of an NFL team, on the team bus from downtown Philadelphia to Lincoln Financial Field, at 9:28 a.m. Sunday.
"Sad to see all these folks in Chicago missing every finger except the middle. I think they're trying to wave to us.''
-- @TCrabtree83, Packer tight end Tom Crabtree, tweeting from the Green Bay team bus after the Pack went to Chicago and whipped the Bears Sunday.
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