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"This is my first time being in the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl, and I never envisioned being here and not being at the helm. You can't help but wonder ... a throw here, a throw there, and I'm in Trent's shoes."
Tony Banks, Ravens backup QB 
On being benched mid-season in favor of Trent Dilfer
"I do know that most statements that have been made about criminal records in the NFL have been nonsensical and stupid. If the rest of society can do as well as we do in the NFL, America's crime problem would be well addressed."
Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner 
Addressing recent criminal problems of NFL players
"Things happen for a reason, and you have to learn from them. I am living a dream."
Ron Dixon, Giants rookie WR 
On being a promising WR out of high school and ending up scrubbing toilets at a gas station
"It will hit you when you walk out of the tunnel, where you are and what's going on."
Jim Fassel, Giants head coach 
Recalling what John Elway told him at dinner Thursday night
"At every turn we've faced a challenge, and truly facing those challenges has made us stronger"
Brian Billick, Ravens head coach 
Citing how the Ravens overcame adversity to become a Super Bowl-caliber team
"There were times of depression, but either I was going to stay depressed or pick myself up and move forward"
Emmanuel McDaniel, Giants reserve CB 
On going from being waived five times in four years to leading N.Y. in interceptions
"We are not going to concede that we can't run the ball against the Ravens' defense."
Tiki Barber, Giants RB 
On New York's game plan against the best rushing defense in the NFL.
"I welcome the challenge of anybody who is going to single cover me."
Shannon Sharpe, Ravens TE 
On whether the Giants will have to double cover him
"I've never covered a tight end in seven years, and I'm not going to start now"
Jason Sehorn, Giants CB 
On the thought of covering Shannon Sharpe
"We came out and said we are going to beat this team and that team and we did it all season. This is nothing different. It is not about us saying we are going in and blowing them out. No, but we are saying we are going to win this game. That is our mindset"
Ray Lewis, Ravens LB 
On Baltimore's sure-fire cockiness
"I like boring. When we got boring, we started to win. If boring means winning, we'll be boring. We'll let everybody else have the headlines. That doesn't matter to us."
Michael Strahan, Giants DE 
On whether New York is a boring football team to watch
"I don't think [Baltimore's defense] does anything very exotic. In a lot of their games, they just line up and kick people's butts."
Kerry Collins, Giants QB 
On the style of Baltimore's defense


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