Quotes From Championship Sunday Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“He’s really grown into one of the great leaders that our game has seen.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“Russell Wilson, he likes to play the underdog role and I think that’s what sets him apart. He’s always striving for greatness, he’s always trying to get better – he’s always trying to chase the greats like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and those guys.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“My focus is coming to get another [Super Bowl]. As soon as I lift up the trophy, ‘OK, what’s next?’” – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on his focus

“Playing with Aaron Rodgers, every time I went into a game you always felt like no matter what happens, he was going to bail you out somehow.” – Charles Woodson on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“Every level of this defense has impact players…When I look at this defense, they have the potential to be one of the best defenses.” – Willie McGinest on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“[That] when the day is over, he will be able to find a passion to replace this passion. When you have somebody who loves it as much as he does, that is a concern for his Mom and I.” – Tom Brady, Sr. on his worry for his son, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“I’ve felt that they’ve asked him to do so much for this football team so early in his career, and the amazing thing is that he keeps handling it and finding ways to win games.” – Kurt Warner on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“This game is really going to come down to the Colts secondary…[Last week] I thought the Colts secondary showed everybody how well they’ve been playing all year long.” – Shaun O’Hara on the AFC Championship Game

“I don’t have too many regrets in the NFL but I do regret never playing for Bill Belichick.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson with NFL Media’s Michael Silver

NFL Media’s Michael Silver sat down with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On what it would be mean to be the first quarterback since Tom Brady to win back-to-back Super Bowls:

“That’d mean a lot for this organization, I know that. We’ve worked so hard just to get to this opportunity to play at home in front of our fans and then to possibly go to the Super Bowl. Can it get any better?”

On his father:

“I had an amazing opportunity to get drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the beginning of the fourth round [on] June 8, 2010. And the next morning, June 9, 2010 my dad passed away. People always ask me, ‘Is there so much pressure playing this game playing quarterback?’ This isn’t pressure. My dad laying on his death bed and my mom caring for him and doing whatever it takes to help him when he was sick – that’s pressure.”

On whether or not his father was coherent when he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies:

“I believe so. He couldn’t speak back to me but I believe he could hear me. I left the room; my mom and I were talking for about an hour. I went back into the room and the EKG was moving perfectly fine. I said, ‘Dad I’m here.’ About three seconds later the line went flat. I think he just knew that things were going the right direction.”

On his focus:

“My focus is coming to get another [Super Bowl]. As soon as I lift up the trophy, ‘OK, what’s next?’”

On if he is already thinking about next year when he is at a victory party:

“Maybe I’m a little bit crazy but that’s kind of how I think.”

On what he’s feeling when he steps on the field:

“When I step onto the field it’s a spiritual thing, it’s an emotional thing. It’s not just, ‘Oh I’m excited to be here.’ It’s because I’ve come a mighty long way. I think about my dad. I just believe that he’s standing right there, sitting right there on the 50-yard line. So it is a lot bigger than just playing a game.”

To view the entire interview with Wilson, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459776/The-will-of-Wilson

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer with New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady’s Father

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer sat down with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s father, Tom, Sr., for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On Tom Brady’s decision to go to the University of Michigan:

“When he ultimately decided to go to Michigan, frankly it broke my heart. It killed me. I wanted him to go to Cal Berkeley, 35 miles away. I went to a psychologist for two months to get over the fact that I had separation from him. I had separation from my son who is one of my best friends in the whole world.”

On what he worries about with his son:

“[That] when the day is over, he will be able to find a passion to replace this passion. When you have somebody who loves it as much as he does, that is a concern for his Mom and I.”

On if they discuss that worry with their son:

“No, because we don’t see that as being an imminent situation.”

On if he believes that his son believes he could get released by the Patriots one day:

“There are no sacred cows in the NFL. If Bill Belichick doesn’t want him anymore, then Bill Belichick will get rid of him.”

On his son:

“He doesn’t have a doubt that they’re going to get to the Super Bowl. He doesn’t have a doubt that they’re going to win the Super Bowl. Now, whether or not that happens that remains to be seen. He’s got a never-ending will to succeed and a will to work and to do what’s necessary to get where he wants to be.”

To view the entire interview, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459909/A-father-s-pride

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Today, NFL GameDay First aired at 7:00 AM ET, with host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Brian Billick. Michael Robinson joined the show from Seattle, and Willie McGinest joined from New England.

“He’s really grown into one of the great leaders that our game has seen.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“Even though they won a Super Bowl last year – and they played beautifully – we still don’t respect their wide receivers. Even though Russell Wilson is the defending Super Bowl [champion] quarterback, we still don’t know how good he is throwing the football…For this football team to get to Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle is going to need Russell Wilson to play like he has in the three previous playoff games.” – Sterling Sharpe on the Seattle Seahawks

“Every level of this defense has impact players…When I look at this defense, they have the potential to be one of the best defenses.” – Willie McGinest on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“I need to see him in the passing game as well. Forty-two catches – four of those have gone for 20 yards or more. I think [they’re] going to have to have two of those for the Green Bay Packers on offense to be successful.” – Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy

“This game is really going to come down to the Colts secondary. I thought they took over the game last week; what they did with Peyton Manning, what they did to Demaryius Thomas, being so physical with the receivers at the line. I thought the Colts secondary showed everybody how well they’ve been playing all year long.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots matchup

“For the Colts to be able to win this football game, two things have to happen: they have to limit the explosive plays from [Tom] Brady and that offense, and they must tackle the catch.” – Sterling Sharpe on the Indianapolis Colts

“I’ve felt that they’ve asked him to do so much for this football team so early in his career, and the amazing thing is that he keeps handling it and finding ways to win games.” – Kurt Warner on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

Today, NFL GameDay Morning aired at 9:00 AM ET, taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joined analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Super Bowl champions Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and Reggie Bush also joined in-studio. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided the latest inside information from around the league.

“Russell Wilson, he likes to play the underdog role and I think that’s what sets him apart. He’s always striving for greatness, he’s always trying to get better – he’s always trying to chase the greats like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and those guys. That’s what sets him apart from other quarterbacks around this league. He’s not concerned with numbers and statistics, he’s not concerned with fantasy points – he’s just concerned with winning championships and putting his team in the best situation he possibly can to win.” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“Russell Wilson knows who he is. He’s not a running quarterback, he’s not a throwing quarterback – he’s an athlete back there playing the quarterback position. He knows that, he understands it and his team allows him to be who he is.” – Charles Woodson on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“I think they’re probably maybe fourth [all-time]. I see the 2000 Ravens defense, I see [the] Chicago ’85 Bears, then I see Tampa [in 2002]…And then I probably give Seattle their props around four.” – Dwight Freeney on where the Seattle Seahawks defense ranks all-time

“They are smart enough not to let their egos get in the way. We made a decision – we can take that back. A lot of teams won’t do that, but Seattle, ‘We were wrong.’” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks being open to bringing running back Marshawn Lynch back next season

“Playing with Aaron Rodgers, every time I went into a game you always felt like no matter what happens, he was going to bail you out somehow. He was that kind of guy. He was one of the three or four guys you have in the league right now that no matter where you are or what’s going on in the game, you have a chance with him.” – Charles Woodson on playing with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“That performance last week by Aaron Rodgers, as mad as I am about the Dallas Cowboys letting him sit in that pocket, I thought that was incredible.” – Michael Irvin on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ performance in the NFC Divisional Round Game

“I think that’s a mistake if [Aaron Rodgers] does not throw at [Richard Sherman]. Now, he doesn’t have to make it personal vendetta against him because I’m sure all year, all he’s heard is how he did not throw on Richard Sherman.” – Reggie Bush on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers facing Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

“If you limit yourself, in my opinion you’re just saying, ‘We’re not supposed to win this game.’ You’re playing into their hands. You are scared of what of this team does. You can’t go into the game scared, that’s for sure. Richard Sherman, a great player but you have to play football.” – Charles Woodson on teams not wanting to throw at Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

“Andrew Luck, if he gets to his first Super Bowl and he wins that Super Bowl, that means he won on the road every game except for that first playoff game. He went and beat Peyton Manning…Then that means he went and beat Tom Brady…Then he would either have to beat Aaron Rodgers or the Seattle Seahawks. That’s a pretty tough hill to climb. If he does that, he’s just solidified himself in that conversation as an elite quarterback.” – Charles Woodson on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“I don’t have too many regrets in the NFL but I do regret never playing for Bill Belichick.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“All four teams that are now playing in the Conference Championships are better offensively. If you look at what they’ve done and the players that they’ve added, each team has added a component to where their offense is so much better.” – Marshall Faulk on the four teams remaining

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos:

“Gary Kubiak is the clear favorite to become the Broncos head coach; of course, the Ravens offensive coordinator now and the former Broncos offensive coordinator and close friend of John Elway. The plan today is for Elway and Kubiak to get together, watch some football and have a job interview. This is an option they knew was available when they decided to part ways with John Fox just last week. This is something that they certainly anticipated. It so clear and evident that Kubiak is the favorite to take this job that some of the candidates – Doug Marrone and Teryl Austin – pulled out after hearing John Elway’s words. They think Kubiak is getting it too.”

On Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning:

“Peyton Manning I’m told is still undecided about whether or not he wants to come back and play football. He’s still a month away from having to pass that physical and a guaranteed $19 million of salary. But I am told that Peyton Manning was not surprised at the major changes that happened after the Broncos season. They knew that if they didn’t make the Super Bowl this was possible. Actually, it was after the Rams game where John Elway wondered is this team tough enough? Is this actually as good as it gets? Talking to other general managers around the league, they wonder is John Elway engineering it so that Peyton Manning doesn’t come back. They took away his head coach [and] offensive coordinator. He’s going to bring in a head coach whose system he doesn’t really fit.”

On Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract situation:

“The Seattle Seahawks are set to make [Russell] Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL; at this point, Aaron Rodgers is that with $22 million per year. Everything that general manager John Schneider has done this year is to set up to handle it this offseason; they locked up Cliff Avril, they locked up K.J. Wright, they traded Percy Harvin and all of his money which may have been the move that kick started this entire thing. All to get Wilson done sooner rather than later. The only negative is the Seahawks brass knows they might have to see some talented players walk out the door because they have to pay their quarterback.”

On Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn:

“The likelihood is that Dan Quinn is coaching his final game for Seattle today [in Seattle]. This is something the team is very well aware of. In fact, I am told they do expect him to be the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He is the clear favorite, and privately members of the Falcons brass have told people, ‘We plan to hire Dan Quinn over Teryl Austin.’ So he is likely out in Seattle. They do have someone on their staff, Kris Richard, set to replace him. Either way, win or lose Seattle is planning to meet with Quinn on Monday.”

On Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s future:

“I’m told that Seattle is more than open to the possibility of bringing Marshawn Lynch back at $5 million a year, mainly because he actually has outperformed this contract and clearly established himself as the identity of this team. Basically, they don’t have a choice based on the way he plays to bring him back. The other thing is, they could win the Super Bowl and Lynch has told people privately if they do, there is a good possibility he simply walks into the sunset.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

– Championship Sunday Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts provide their Bold Predictions for Championship Sunday:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459927/Bold-Predictions-Championship-Sunday

– Who’s Winning the AFC Championship Game? NFL GameDay Morning provides predictions for who will represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLIX:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459995/Who-s-winning-the-AFC-Championship-game

– NFC Championship Game Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew take to fish throwing to give their NFC Championship Game predictions:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459999/NFC-Championship-fish-toss-predictions

– Who is Andrew Luck? Melissa Stark examines who Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459904/Who-is-Andrew-Luck

– Playing With and Against Aaron Rodgers – Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson discusses what it’s like to play with Aaron Rodgers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459894/Playing-with-and-against-Aaron-Rodgers

– Seahawks’ Defense the Best of All-Time? – Is the Seattle Seahawks’ defense the best of all-time? NFL GameDay First answers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459881/Seahawks-defense-the-best-of-all-time

– Can Russell Wilson Beat the Green Bay Packers With his Arm? – Can Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson beat the Green Bay Packers with his arm? NFL GameDay Morning debates:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459913/Can-Russell-Wilson-beat-Green-Bay-with-his-arm

– Best Quarterback Left in the Playoffs? – Who is the best quarterback left in the playoffs? Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and Reggie Bush give their answers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459903/Best-QB-left-in-the-playoffs

– Kurt Warner: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck Have Their Hands Full Kurt Warner joins Sterling Sharpe to discuss quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459883/Warner-Rodgers-Luck-will-have-their-hands-full

– Should Aaron Rodgers Challenge Richard Sherman? Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and Reggie Bush discuss if Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should challenge Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459926/Should-Rodgers-challenge-Sherman?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl

– Will the Rain Benefit the Seattle Seahawks? Amber Theoharis and Michael Robinson join NFL GameDay Morning to discuss the impact the rain will have on the NFC Championship Game:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459952/Will-rain-benefit-the-Sehawks

– Seattle Seahawks Open to Bringing Marshawn Lynch Back – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding running back Marshawn Lynch’s future with the Seattle Seahawks:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459965/Seahawks-open-to-bringing-Lynch-back

– How Will Aaron Rodgers’ Calf Injury Affect the Green Bay Packers? Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Charles Woodson examine the impact quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury will have on the Green Bay Packers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459919/How-will-Rodgers-calf-injury-affect-the-Packers

– Blueprint for New England Patriots Victory Over the Indianapolis Colts NFL GameDay First provides the blueprint for the New England Patriots to defeat the Indianapolis Colts:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459880/Blueprint-for-Patriots-victory-over-the-Colts

– Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots X-Factors NFL GameDay Morning breaks down the X-factors in the AFC Championship Game:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459916/Colts-vs-Patriots-X-Factors

– Tale of the Tape: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots – The NFL GameDay Morning crew puts the AFC Championship Game to the Tale of the Tape:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459949/Tale-of-the-Tape-Colts-vs-Patriots

Players Only: Playing Through Injuries NFL GameDay Morning’s former players discuss playing through injuries:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459923/Players-Only-Playing-through-injuries

– Dan Quinn Likely to be Atlanta Falcons Head Coach – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is likely to be the next Atlanta Falcons head coach:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459973/Quinn-likely-to-be-Falcons-head-coach

– Gary Kubiak Leading Candidate for Denver Broncos – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest regarding Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos’ head coaching search:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459892/Kubiak-leading-candidate-for-Broncos

– Was Peyton Manning Surprised by the Denver Broncos Coaching Change? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s reaction to the coaching change:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459902/Was-Manning-surprised-by-Broncos-coaching-change

– Top 10 Championship Moments NFL GameDay Morning counts down the top 10 moments in Championship history:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000459939/Top-10-Championship-moments-in-NFL-history

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