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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
May 09, 2011
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May 09, 2011

Just My Type

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DS: Usually when I'm horsing around, greeting a team owner. When Red Auerbach would come in, I used to put on a Celtics jersey.

Lion Is Loose

Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh seems particularly eager to get back to playing football. Suh told me he was walking in New York City when he saw a man wearing a Peyton Manning jersey and thought, "What if I just tackle that dude because I saw number 18?" Maybe public safety concerns will trump the NFL's labor impasse.

Leaf's Lesson

The four quarterbacks drafted in the first round last Thursday don't have to look far for cautionary tales: Several recent high picks at that position flamed out. But Ryan Leaf remains the most notorious QB bust in recent NFL history. Looking back, Leaf wishes he hadn't gone No. 2 in 1998. "I was a very entitled and very spoiled athlete at that time," Leaf told me. "You don't want to say the money changes you, but it definitely does. I think getting drafted later would have been a benefit."

Line of the week

New Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on whether his last name implies that he can't make quick decisions on the field: "As crazy as it sounds, my mom's maiden name is actually Superbowlwinner. All one word."

Now Hear This

Listen to the podcasts at danpatrick.com/interviews

1. Warren Sapp questions critics of No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton.

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