On his TV
I'm a sucker for
reality TV. I'll sit on the couch with the clicker in my hand and watch reality
shows. I started with The Real World, and now I watch just about anything with
people playing real roles. I like that football show about Hoover High
[Two-A-Days], and I love Laguna Beach. I am so embarrassed I told you that.
On surviving a Bill
Parcells NFL training camp
One day feels like
three. A week feels like a month. You're sore. It never goes away. You're
On the day-to-day
razzing he takes from Parcells
It's not just me.
It's all the backs. Like, if he doesn't think we're hitting it up in the hole
hard enough on a running drill, he says stuff like, "Take off the high
heels.... You got three-inch heels today or five? ... What color lipstick you
wearing?" He keeps it interesting.
On being in
Parcells's doghouse as a rookie in 2004
We're playing a
[preseason] game, and I feel a pop in my ribs. I've got a burning sensation. I
can't breathe. Literally. So I come out. He says, "What are you doing?"
I say, "Can't breathe, Coach." He says, "Get back in there." I
go back, make a block, and it's killing me. But I knew what he was doing. He
was testing me. Like the time he said to me, "I'm going to send you home. I
don't care how high we picked you." He didn't send me home, but I got the
message: Work harder.
On his year's
suspension from Notre Dame for academic reasons
That slapped me in
the face. When that happens, you can say one of two things: "Screw Notre
Dame. I hate this place" or, "It's my fault. I'm gonna fix it."
That's what I did. I went to Arizona to live with my brother [ Thomas Jones,
then a Cardinals running back, now with the Bears], and I took two courses each
semester [at Arizona State]. That year made me a man. I had to grow up.