Cecil Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneer outside linebacker, on why he doesn't play middle linebacker: "Playing middle linebacker is like walking through a lion's cage in a three-piece pork-chop suit."
Elaine Johnson, a Canadian amateur golfer, after her shot struck a tree and landed in her bra: "I'll take the two-stroke penalty, but I'll be damned if I'll play it where it lays."
Joe Sexson, Butler basketball coach, on the Kentucky team that beat his squad by 37 points: " Kentucky's players put their pants on the same way that our players do. It just takes them a little longer to pull them up."
George Sheehan, the physician-author who almost mystically extols the supposed pleasures of long-distance running, after withdrawing from the New York Marathon at 13 miles with a pulled muscle: "There is no bad experience in running. But it will take time to figure out why this is a good one."
Gil Perreault, Buffalo Sabres center, naming the three most important aspects of pro hockey: "Forecheck, backcheck, paycheck."
Sugar Ray Leonard, in an address at Harvard: "I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed, we've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beatin' people up."
Joe Mowad Jr., 9-year-old son of the Cambridge (Ohio) High football coach, asked if he thought he'd get to play for his father someday: "No, he only has a two-year contract."
Neil Bonnett, stock-car driver, explaining why he has a 300-hp motor on his lightweight 19-foot fishing boat: "You hook a bass at 100 miles an hour and it takes the fight right out of him."
Pat McInally, Cincinnati Bengal punter and wide receiver, asked how the art history courses he took at Harvard have helped him in the NFL: "Well, we do have a draw play."
David Frischmann, 11-year-old third baseman on the Dannemora (N.Y.) Red Sox Pee wee team, explaining why a ground ball went through his legs: "My hands got tongue-tied."