I've tried, at every step in life, to find a lesson. And accepting criticism with the same grace that you do the applause is something every young athlete needs to learn. ... I think it served me well to learn how to handle everything that came with the game's ups and downs. Some people call it growing another layer of skin. I just call it growing up.
I'm a quarterback, not a cook. I'm not a restaurant manager. Throwing is what I love to do. It brings me the most fun and the most pleasure. When someone's in tight coverage and you throw it by the guy who's covering him---like a fastball---to complete a pass. And the guy knows. He had great coverage and he still couldn't do anything about it.
I love to play football. I'm looking forward to a good year. Win a Super Bowl - that's all I want to do. I'm professional enough to give 110 percent. I want to win. For myself. the team, and the fans. I feel I've been a leader for a lot of years on this team. I'm going to do my part and play as hard as I can.
I'm a very happy man. In everyday life, just walking around, I'm a fairly pleasant person to be around most of the time. Basically, I'm pretty mellow. Really, the only time I ever get upset is when I'm playing football. When things aren't going right or something, that's when I get the most upset.
The scoreboard can't make you a loser. If you walk off the field with your head up, you don't lose. You don't hang your head for nobody. People in the stands think you're the greatest or the worst - their opinion doesn't make a difference. The only opinion that makes any difference is your own opinion of yourself.