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TG: You have to understand, we have really good players on this team. So when he chooses to go the other way, I don't get upset. You can look back in hindsight and say, [I was] open. The quarterback position is hard. I talked to Matt extensively about that play. Some things broke down. That's stuff we've got to work on. Hopefully, next time if we're in that position, we'll make that play.
DP: You played basketball at Cal. What did you think of the Rutgers videotape?
TG: It's ridiculous. I'm glad [coach Mike Rice] got fired. That holds no place in any sport. To demean someone like that and throw the basketball like that and hurl slurs. I feel bad for those kids because obviously they felt helpless. If that happened to me, I'd pick that ball up and throw it right back at that coach or worse. There's no way this man should ever coach again.
DP: Does that kind of bullying happen in football?
TG: Those days are over. You can still yell—I don't care about that. But when you get physical and put hands on people or start demeaning people.... There's a line and [Rice] stepped over that line clearly.
DP: Were there any draft scouting reports of you that weren't accurate back in 1997?
TG: Mel Kiper Jr. said I fumbled the ball too often after I caught the ball. I had two fumbles in three years at Cal. Everything gets thrown around this time of year. Can the guy play? Turn on the film.
DP: Tape doesn't lie.
TG: Tape doesn't lie. People make a big deal out of analyzing the draft. I don't care how much you bench-press—you still can't guard me.