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  1. Quarterback play is important for every level of football.
  2. I put my old player helmet on sometimes.
  3. Bust your butt, play hard, have a chance to get great game tape and you’ll get a shot in the NFL. We are a league of opportunity.
  4. I tend to think that the rising tide lifts all boats, and the folks that are passionate football fans in the D.C. area, whether it’s pro or college, I think will have an interest in the XFL.
  5. Our players are our human capital and we want to make sure that, while football remains a pretty rough, tough game, that we’re doing all that we can to make sure that they’re as safe as possible in terms of equipment and penalties.
  6. A reporter asked me recently if the driving force behind me coming to Indianapolis was to hang out with my kid. I said to him, ‘Nah, it’s just sort of lagniappe.’ He said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘You don’t know what lagniappe means? It’s sort of like the extra scoop of ice cream on top of your sundae. It’s like a bonus.’ Lagniappe. Great word.
  7. I can’t imagine raising a child with a goal of that child being a baseball player or a lawyer or whatever. Odds are, they’ll be something else. In this world, there are a lot of opportunities.
  8. He loves the game. He gave it everything he had. What I really admire, though, is he said to me, ‘Dad, I just couldn’t keep doing it.’ That cycle of injury, rehab, injury, rehab just got too much. He didn’t want to stick around and begin to resent the game. He wanted to leave the game and still love the game. That’s pretty impressive.
  9. We’ve conflated football games with patriotic zeal. I don’t think attending a football game is any more patriotic than walking down the street to my local library. It’s just another activity we all enjoy.
  10. That’s what we do as a nation, we’re all Monday morning quarterbacks.
  11. I’m a football guy, but to me, nothing is sacred.
  12. There is nothing worse than sitting in a ballpark and somebody is vomiting behind you.
  13. How often do you get to build a pro football league from scratch?
  14. If there’s anything my kids have taught me, it’s that my general belief in the good qualities of college athletics is alive and well.
  15. There’s risk in virtually everything you do. I tend to focus more on the reward channel.
  16. If bad quarterback play is damaging to the XFL, I think it’s damaging to any league at any level.
  17. Given where medicine is today, there may not be any traditional injuries that aren’t repairable.
  18. There will be relatively little in common with XFL 2001. I’ll be the first to admit that the quality of the play in 2001 was not where it needed to be.
  19. In the game of football today — whether it’s pro, college or even high school arguably — your quarterback play is determinative.
  20. Football is a product, and you can package it anyway you want to.

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