"What people don't realize is that it sometimes hurts more for the player who delivers the hit. Really, it sounds strange, but sometimes I'll make a big hit and I'll get a flashback to a previous hit in my career. I'll make the hit and I'll get up and I'll be a little wobbly, and I'll think I'm in a high school or a college game making big-time hits. It's really weird. It just happens, and then it's gone. But I can see myself making these hits in other games. I see myself in the uniform and everything. It's crazy."
REGGIE WHITE, Retired Defensive End, 6'5", 300 pounds
"The first feeling is elation, especially when you hear the crowd. You have to get right back into your mind-set and realize, O.K., I've got to do this again. You can tell when you've put a good lick on a person when you see his eyes. And when that guy gets up and comes back, it gives you respect for him. That happened with Phil Simms. We would punish Simms, knock him out of games, but he always came back. And some of what happens during a big hit you're not even aware of. Like I never knew I made noises when I hit someone. But then you watch NFL Films and hear all the noises, and you realize those grunts are coming out of you."