Any time you have defensive ends going above you in the draft, when you know you put up numbers that were equal to better, you just have to use that as motivation. Whenever you're the underdog, you have to have the right attitude and just go out there and be yourself; just play.
For me, I'm lucky to have a lot of close friends - through football or through my family.
God has a plan for everybody's life, so there was obviously a reason why He wanted me to go to Notre Dame. Everything happens for a reason.
I know what I need to work on; I know my weaknesses, but I have that work ethic to improve every day. I have that want to be the best player at my position, and I have the belief in myself that one day that will come true.
I was pretty much seen as a basketball player coming out of high school. Football was my second love, but luckily, I turned out to be pretty good. Something just drew me to football; besides, I ended up being too short for my position in basketball.
You have to be equal at both - great at football and great at dedicating yourself to the academics at Notre Dame. It's hard. There are no rooty-toot classes for athletes in South Bend.
There's a difference between playing hurt and playing injured.
Everything to me is about team football, and if we keep winning Super Bowl trophies, I'll be fine.
I love rings, but I can't wear them. I mean, look at my knuckles. My fingers and joints are so swollen from years of playing. That means no wedding band, either. Luckily, I have a very understanding wife.
I used to like cufflinks, but I got too lazy for them. I realized I don't need them for a polished tailoring look, so more times than not, I skip them.
I'd rather have 10 Super Bowl trophies and no MVPs.
As long as I feel the love of the game and my health is good, I'm going to play. I don't want to be one of these guys who stays too long or regrets leaving early. Football has been great to me.
I just want to continue to play great football - that's all that matters. I don't really care about the accolades or any of that.
I love black diamonds. They say your watch or jewelry wasn't cheap, but they aren't too flashy and in your face.
New York is a great place to be if you want to make an impact and be involved in charities or philanthropic organizations like my wife and I are.
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