On attending training camp as a member of the media less than a week before his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, “I’m at work right now, that’s how I feel. I feel great. It’s like getting ready for a big game. I’m anxious, a little nervous, because you really don’t know what to expect. But, it’s here. It’s less than a week away. After I leave here today, I go back home and have a chance to relax on Monday. We travel on Tuesday and then it’s pretty much bang-bang-bang and you’re right in the middle of it.”
On previously saying he did not feel he would make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “You say that so you don’t disappoint yourself. So you say, if it never happens then my life would never change, it’s going to be the same. No, that’s not true because that’s really your default answer. I can’t sit there and be like, yeah, I really want it to happen and then be disappointed every year. For me, I realized that I wanted it more than I thought I wanted it. This is really only the tip of the ice berg in terms of realizing how special this moment is. I noticed it when the gold jacket arrived. It was the moment when the bust was being shaped and formed and just watching it on TV and having people talk about it everywhere you go—it’s ‘Hey, Hall of Famer’ now. It just feels good.”
On the moment he first saw his gold jacket, “When I saw the package, I was like, what is this? Then I saw Haggar on there and I was like, uh-oh. I gave the dude my phone and I was like, hey you have to record this. The guy at UPS, when he did that, I opened it up and I saw it. I was like, man, this is special. That was a good moment.”
On what he’s going to do with the jacket at home, “I’m going to wear it every day. I’m going to keep it on—that nice mustard gold color. I’m going to do like they do with the Masters, they don’t take it off, so that’s what you’ll see. I’m going to have it on.”
On the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony, “My heart might start pounding—they say that’s what happens. We try to be cool and you try to stay calm. I think when I get up there, this is what they say—once you get there, you think you know what it feels like. Until you see it, and it hits you at once, that’s when you say, ‘Man’. You become aware that you’re standing in front of not only hundreds and thousands of people who are here, but millions of people who are watching this and they’re here to honor you and your six classmates into the Hall of Fame. I hope I can keep it together, that’s it. I’m just trying to be cool, so I hope I can be cool. That’s the goal there, we’ll see if it works out.”
Finally, he said don’t bet on him crying. I’ll take that bet, I’ve seen him cry before.
Enjoy some clips from today.
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