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Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter
SI: Take us into the huddle with 11 seconds left, down three to the Giants, game on your shoulders in the Monday-nighter on Sept. 15 at the Meadowlands. What did you say?
Carter: First thing I told them was, "Make sure you get out of bounds after the catch—or if you can't get out of bounds, get down on the ground so you can call time out." No one else spoke. They all knew what to do.
SI: Greatest Cowboys quarterback: Staubach or Aikman?
Carter: They were both great, but I have to go with Troy. He won more Super Bowls.
SI: Give us a good Bill Parcells moment.
Carter: In camp I was struggling with a seven-on-seven drill. He said, "If you can't complete passes in a seven-on-seven, when there are no linemen, you're going to have a hard time playing quarterback in this league." That got my attention. He creates an atmosphere where you know you have to have your A game every day.
SI: Do you fear Parcells?
Carter: I fear God. I respect Coach Parcells.
SI: If you're not playing on a Monday night, what would you rather do: watch the game, play Madden 2004, or have a few beers and forget you're a football player?