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Harbaugh brothers reunite two days before Super Bowl XLVII

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Statements:

John: “Welcome, thanks for coming. I just want to start by saying what an honor it is for both of us to be here with each other, no question about it. What a very exciting moment it is, but even more than that, for our families to be here. For our mom and dad, sitting right over there, Jack and Jackie and for Grandpa Joe – 97-years-old and going strong –

grandpa Joe Sepidi and Bob Sepidi, our uncle, and Chad, our cousin. Any other family members out there? Thanks for being here and just as far as our team goes, we will be doing a normal Friday practice. We’re going to head over to the Saints facility, which Jim has been great about and the Niners organization, giving us an opportunity to get over there and take advantage of that facility, which has been good for us. We’ll be early, a little earlier than normal, and we’ll be long gone before they get over there. It will be a normal Friday practice with things we do on Friday, and we’ll be moving on from there.”

Jim: “I concur.”

 

(on which brother took more risks growing up)

Jim: “My memories of this season right now and what got us here, and how hard it was to get here, tremendously excited to be here. Looking very much forward to the game, the competition, but as I look back on the season, the greatest share is how our players played. Going back to our very first game in Green Bay, Randy Moss catches a big touchdown, Alex Smith has a great game, David Akers kicks a 63-yard field goal. We were down here just a couple of months ago playing in New Orleans and Ahmad Brooks, huge interception in that game that really turned it. Donte Whitner had an interception for a touchdown. Colin (Kaepernick), the way he was prepared and ready to step in in the big Monday night game against Chicago, and has done such a terrific job. Really happy for his success. The way our players have played, that is why we’re here, not because of any coaching decisions or any way that we were when we were kids. Really a credit to those men, and looking forward to the game.”

John: “I concur.”

 

(on whether they could work together as coaches)

Jim: “Definitely, I would work for him.”

John: “I concur. No question about it and we’ve had that conversation in the past. It just never really worked out timing-wise. I’d love to work for Jim, I’d love it. It would be the greatest thing in the world. We almost made it happen at Stanford at one time. It would be an honor to have him on the staff, he’s a great coach. You always try to get great coaches, and there are none better than Jim Harbaugh, and I mean that seriously. There’s no better coach in the National Football League than this guy right here.”

Jim: “Well, Jack Harbaugh.”

John: “True.”

Jim: “I got a chance to work for my dad at Western Kentucky. My dad worked with us at the University of San Diego as our running backs coach and also was our running back coach at Stanford when Willie Taggart took the head coaching job at Western Kentucky. He left before the bowl game, and my dad coached for us for three weeks at Stanford as well, so I definitely know we could do it.”

 

(on what it’s like sharing the Saints facility this week with the 49ers)

John: “It was just a plus going over there. Tulane had done a good job. They’re in the process of rebuilding their football stadium. They’re building a brand-new facility there for their football program. It’s under construction right now. They’re doing a great job preparing their facility as it stands, but we needed to be on the grass. We needed to have 100 yards, and we really wanted a field. It was a big plus for us over there. It’s good for player safety, it’s good for their health and to get in the game feeling like they need to feel.”

 

(on whether they’ve had a moment to think about the disappointment that would come on Sunday if they lost)

John: “Yes. You do think about that. Obviously, in any game that’s something you think about. It’s not really about, Jim was pointing this out before, but it’s not really about how we’re going to feel. Every coach, every player, everybody in the organization, when you win, it’s jubilation. And when you lose, it’s just bitter disappointment. So much goes into it, and it will be no different in this game, probably even on a greater scale because of the opportunity to win the championship. A lot of hard work has gone into this. A lot of plays have been made. A lot of sacrifices have been made. Great competitions have been won and adversity has been battled through by both teams. For the side that comes up short, it’s going to be a bitter disappointment. That’s how football works. That’s how life is, and we understand that.”

 

(on whether John wants to protect Jim as the older brother)

John: “No, not at all. I suspect he feels the same way. It’s about the teams. We are fiercely loyal, there’s no doubt. We all say that. Not just of one another and we always have been. That’s definitely not ever going to change, we will continue to be fiercely loyal and protective of one another, but also of our teams. Jim had mentioned earlier in the week, he talked about the band of brotherhood, the brothers that will take the field. St. Crispian’s Day speech, he’s got it memorized, it’s unbelievable. It’s brilliant. That’s true; the band of brothers will be the brothers on the sideline. It will be the Ravens sideline; it will be the 49ers sideline. That will be the band of brothers in this competition.”

 

(on being from Toledo)

Jim: “Were you born in Toledo, too? I was born in Toledo. We know the Maumee River. We know the Ohio Valley. That’s where we’re from. The week has not been any different from my standpoint or our standpoint than a normal week of football during the season. The players may have a different opinion on that but coaching-wise it’s been very much the same. You’re in a dark room; you’re watching tape, watching the Baltimore Ravens, studying them. Then get with the players, getting out on the practice field. That’s been wonderful. We’ve had great practices. Meetings have been really crisp. We’re getting a good understanding of what our plan is going into this game and all the while just thinking about the most exciting thing, when that ball is kicked off on Sunday for the game. We understand it’ll be a great challenge, it’ll be a great task. If we were to win this game it would be well earned. That’s really all we’re thinking about and focused about and can’t wait for. I’m really excited to be here.”

 

(on how the players will rise to the moment to win the game)

John: “Because they have to if you’re going to win the game. You made the point. If you look at the Niners games their whole season, look at the Ravens playoff games and the whole season it is about the players. It’s about the players playing well, playing their best, not just making big plays. Big plays are going to be a determinant of every single game, but who makes those plays those will be the memorable moments. But it will be all the little plays in between that make the difference. Guys that are in the right gap. Guys in the right place in coverage, spacing, assessing the route correctly, blocking, tackling, handoffs, quarterbacks center exchange, throwing. Every little thing kicking, covering kicks, every little thing that goes into football is going to determine the one true champion and who wins this game. It’s going to be 60 minutes of great football, because you’ve got two fundamentally very sound football teams playing whose total focus is on this one moment, this one game. Within that plays will come. Plays will come to guys and guys will make plays. The guys that make those plays will end up winning the game.”

 

(on their commonalities and differences in philosophies)

Jim: “Philosophical commonalities? I would be hard-pressed to spell philosophical right now.”

John: “I know he can’t spell commonalities. I would hope that you see it in the way our teams play. To me that would be the biggest compliment and the biggest return. Just watch the two teams play. Watch the way the players conduct themselves, the things they say. Watch the way they practice. Jim talked about their practices, ours have been the same. Meetings have been phenomenal. They’ve been that way all year, nothing has changed. We’ve come out here and had the same week we had every single week, hopefully just a little bit better.”

 

(on whether there will be a post-Super Bowl bear hug)

John: “I’ve given absolutely no consideration to the postgame hand shake or bear hug or anything else. I haven’t thought about that for one second. Have you, Jim?”

Jim: “I have not.”

 

(on Jim’s son, Jay Harbaugh, working for the Baltimore Ravens this season)

Jim: “I’m really really thankful and proud at the same time that Jay is doing what he loves to do. That is a real blessing and he’s doing it with the Baltimore Ravens with a tremendous organization, great coaches around to mentor him and to teach him, especially John being there and hiring him and I hear he’s doing a phenomenal job which again I’m really proud of. This week I haven’t been talking to him or calling him or anything. I’ve sent him a few texts just letting him know how I feel about him and I don’t want to give reason for people to think I’m talking to him. I’m really proud of what he’s doing, I’ve heard he’s done a great job and that means the world.”

John: “I’m appreciative that Jim allowed Jay to come out. I’ve obviously known Jay his whole life. He did a great job at Oregon State. He was trained by Mike Riley there as a student coach for all those years. He’s far better than we’ve anticipated and I knew he would be great at what he does. The way we looked at it, we talked about the philosophical difference or whatever; I think that may well tip the scale that might be our edge, Jay. He’s really good. He’s a hard working guy. I guarantee he’s excited about the game and competing and all those things just like he should be.”

 

(on whether the teams are gaining energy from New Orleans)

John: “I think our guys really understand the whole dynamic here, just like everybody does. Everybody in America understands (Hurricane) Katrina and New Orleans and the renaissance as you put it and all those things. We drive the buses to all those different places and we get a chance to look at some of the neighborhoods and things like that. You can tell guys are looking at it. It is important and I have a great respect for the people of New Orleans. More than that though is the people that we deal with in the hotel and things like that. The people who are working with us, the security and the people who work at our hotel, they’re just great people. They have smiles on their faces, they’re excited to be doing and really building relationships with these people because we’re with them all week. To me, that’s when we get a chance to talk to the people of New Orleans.”

Jim: “I would say the same thing. Just meeting people here with the hospitality has been tremendous. I like the way they talk. There have been a lot of great Super Bowls here – you look back at the highlights of the 10 Super Bowls that have been played here. Big, big games. We’re understanding it – players, coaches, and me personally. Just the enormity of it. The world’s biggest sporting event each year and what it has become – a vision of the fathers of this game and the vision they have for this spectacle. They have mastered that. We’re just proud for the awesomeness of every effect that everybody does such an amazing job. It’s great to be a part of. Now, we want to win.”

 

(on how often they communicate during a season and any insight that they provided one another that they wished they had not)

John: “I know Jim hasn’t provided me with anything that I can remember (laughs). I don’t think it really applies. Whatever we talked about, he’s been very helpful. We’ve run into some things, whether it might be schematic or just being a head coach and being in position. Even beyond that, just the normal personal stuff that any two brothers would talk about in terms of life and family. Just all those kinds of things. That’s probably, by far, 95+ percent of our conversation. I think too much has been made of that – really nothing that would apply to the game. It just goes back to the players, Jim is exactly right. It’s going to be the guys out there on the field, whose faces are marred with blood, sweat, and dust. Those will be the guys who will determine the outcome of this game and nothing we talked about over the last couple of weeks will change anything.”

Jim: “I can’t think of anything that would give us an advantage that we had talked about over the past couple of years.”

 

(on what they have learned from their mother that they apply to their coaching career)

Jim: “There is no one in the family who has more competitive fire than my mother. She competes like a maniac. She has just always believed in us, and I think that is the most important thing to me. She believed in me, John, and Joanie, and took us to games and played catch with us, shot baskets with us, and just believed in us.”

John: “She was not happy with us when we made a goal out of chicken wire when we were about 13 years old, and we shot all of the windows out of the garage door. Remember that? They were glass. She called dad in on that one. All the things that Jim said are absolutely true. No one would fight harder for us than our mom, no matter what the situation was, or teach us how to have each other’s back and be there for one another, whether it was a little scrape in the neighborhood or something like that. She basically made it very clear that we were to have each other’s back no matter what, and that was our mom. She was with us every day. Dad worked a lot. When he was around we would hang out with dad, but mom took us to practices and all that. Mom was with us all the time. The other thing is that she is a highly intelligent, very thoughtful lady. We grew up with those kinds of conversations. We may have been talking football with dad in the basement, but mom was talking about other things. There were a lot of things going on in our world during the ‘70s, and mom was always tuned in on those kinds of things and brought up conversation that helped make us well-rounded people as we grew up.”

 

(on how Jim Harbaugh’s stint under Mike Ditka helped mold him into what he is today)

Jim: “Those were formidable years for me and signature years to be in Chicago. To be drafted in the NFL, and play for the legendary Mike Ditka, doesn’t get any better than that. I spent seven years – a lot of great years and a lot of great games. A lot of high highs and a lot of low lows. Doesn’t get any better than this kind of feeling. In some places, big disappointments. There were a couple that were top five in my life, but that’s football and that’s life. I look back on that, and what do they mean to me with shaping the rest of my life with the Chicago Bear organization and the people I met there and what the organization and Coach Ditka did for me? I don’t think there is a percentage to put on it. Those were signature years for me.”

John: “Just as far as my prospective on it, when you’re watching your brother compete at that level. I have a video that Morgan Cox has that one of his brother’s buddies took of his brother when he was snapping the ball for the winning field goal against Denver in ‘86 there in Mile High. He was a nervous wreck, contorting himself in every direction you can imagine until the ball went through the uprights and celebrating like crazy. It brought back memories for me, and I can just remember living and dying, along with our parents and Jonnie, with every single snap that Jim ever took as an NFL football player, whether it was Chicago or Indianapolis, or all the other places he was at. That is how it is when you’re family. To watch a family member play, I think you are far more nervous than they are by far. That’s how I always felt. I was just always completely and enormously proud of what he was doing as a player and how he was competing. Even in the moments you just mentioned. I think the greatest moment for me through that whole thing was, maybe a couple years later, gaining so much respect for Coach Ditka. Now, I don’t know him that well and I just know what Jim says about him. Now, we’re all a fan and when he came out and said it was the wrong thing and he said didn’t handle it the right way, it probably cost him his team a little bit there. As a coach, we all learn so much hearing another coach talk about something like that. And the way Jim handled that moment and he was just rock solid. He just came back and kept competing with the respect for all that, even in a situation that isn’t all that fair. I learned a lot at the time, and I think would think a lot of players would, too, if they understand handling that situation.”

Jim: “It was more than fair. I shouldn’t have thrown the interception. Still kicking myself for that.”

 

(on whether building relationships with their players is what got them this far)

John: “That’s part of it. What brought us here is guys playing really well and playing good football games. Just like they do, we have a rough, tough, hard-playing football team that made plays when they had to. That’s really what got us here. Good coaches coaching really well. We learned growing up that if you’re going to be a teacher, all great teachers make it about their students, right? Our dad told us that coaches are teachers first, which I know that they are. I know Jim has a great relationship with his players. You would always like to think, as a coach, that you’d strive for that and that’s really important. Any time a player knows that a coach is in his corner, has his back, and wants what is best for him and wants him to do well, you’re going to be more effective and players are appreciative of that.”

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Gigantic purple march to honor Ray Lewis set for 2:52 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans

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Gigantic purple march to honor Ray Lewis set for 2:52 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

To honor Ray Lewis and to celebrate the biggest and final game of his 17-year career, we’re hoping you’ll join us at Toulouse and The River in downtown New Orleans and march 17 blocks as a walking tailgate to Super Bowl 47.

Our FREE tailgate party will begin at 10 a.m. There’s plenty of cold beer, drinks, great food and awesome music from legendary Baltimore DJ Bobby Nyk at the edge of Woldenberg Park at the foot of the Mississippi River.

At 2:52 p.m. in Sunday we’ll gather and begin our march to the Superdome by making a left onto Decatur, which becomes N. Peters which becomes Tchoupitoulas and then a right onto Poydras for the long boulevard walk to the Dome and the Super Bowl. We expect to arrive at the Dome about two hours before game time.

Bring your cameras, shoot video and show everyone back in Baltimore the power of the purple flash mob in New Orleans as we support the Ravens and honor Ray Lewis with a block for every one of his 17 seasons in the Charm City and making football great.

Our parade route: we’ll make a left out of Woldenberg Park onto Decatur which becomes N. Peters which becomes Tchoupitoulas and then a right into Poydras, which is a wide-open boulevard that leads to the Superdome.

 

And if you want to know what it looks like when several thousand Baltimore Ravens fans get together in the streets, check out this 2010 video from our Indianapolis purple flash mob and march to their dome:

 

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49ers LB A. Smith still limited in Thursday’s practice

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

By John Clayton
Pro Football Writers of America

NEW ORLEANS—First, it’s the Harbaugh Super Bowl. On Friday, it will be the Harbaugh dual press conference. Thursday offered the Harbaugh dual practice.

Preferring to move from the field built on the baseball field at Tulane University, John Harbaugh moved the Baltimore Ravens practice to the New Orleans Saints facility in Metairie, La., putting both John and Jim Harbaugh in the same facility at roughly the same time as they prepared their teams for Super Bowl XLVII.

With the help of the Saints and local merchants, the NFL was able to acquire approximately 100 feet of piping drapes to block the views of both teams. The league covered up all the windows in the weight room. The brothers worked together on the arrangements while the NFL football operations staff did their best to create two separate, secure practice venues in the same site.

“Just cooperating spirits,’’ Jim Harbaugh said.

This isn’t the first time two teams practiced on the same field for a Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers both used the Houston Texans facility, which is located at Reliant Field.

Rain forced the Patriots to spend three days at the Texans facility because of soaked field at Rice University. The Panthers moved a Friday practice from the University of Houston to Reliant Stadium, meaning the two teams shared the facility for one day of practice and a Saturday walk-through.

The 49ers had a 100-minute practice that overlapped with the Ravens by about 10 minutes. The Ravens were scheduled to go on the field around 4 p.m. central.

Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that he would have no problems if the Ravens ended up practicing at the same facility.

“We’re focused on what we’re doing,’’ Harbaugh said. “I’m sure they are the same.’’

For the second consecutive day, the 49ers practiced at a crisp pace. After working indoors Wednesday because of the winds, the 49ers went outside for the first time in New Orleans.

The 49ers worked on their core offense, defense and special teams and devoted some time to situations.

“I thought yesterday was outstanding, but today was a photo copy of that,’’ Harbaugh said. “In some ways, it was maybe a little better. I’m real pleased, real pleased.’’

Harbaugh described his team as loose and focused at the same time.

“You don’t want burnt meat, stale bread or overripe fruit,’’ he said of the two quality practices. “It’s coming along nicely.’’

Linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were limited in practice for the second consecutive day but did some work.

After 70 minutes, the 49ers moved into the Saints indoor facility. During that time, they tried some field goal kicking. Spontaneously, players started to yell to create crowd noise for David Akers. At one point, Aldon Smith grabbed some kind of an amplifier to further help with the noise as Akers kicked.

“That’s the first time they ever have done that in two years,’’ Harbaugh said of the manufactured crowd noise. “David made all of them (field goals), which was even better. His mechanics are real good. That bodes well. Good things will happen for us in that area.’’

The 49ers did turn on a simulated noise machine to give the team a crowd noise sound, something they could expect in Sunday’s game.

A shorter practice is scheduled for Friday.

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Ravens practice at full strength for second straight day in New Orleans

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

By Peter King
Pro Football Writers of America

NEW ORLEANS—Already on a road trip for Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens took another one Thursday, splitting their second day of full-scale workouts for their game against San Francisco between their NFL-assigned Tulane University FieldTurf practice field and the grass fields at the New Orleans Saints facility in nearby Metairie.

After several players told Ravens officials Wednesday night they’d prefer to practice on grass, the Ravens early Thursday morning asked the league if it could be worked out that they practice at the Saints’ facility. This was potentially awkward, because the 49ers practiced at the same facility, and obviously neither team wanted the other to be able to see their practice sessions. So the Ravens agreed to dress at Tulane’s baseball facility–site of their full Wednesday practice, with a makeshift 80-yard field stretching across the artificial-turf outfield–and hold their 30-minute walk-through practice there. Then the players and coaches boarded five buses for the eight-mile trip from Tulane to the Saints’ facility not far from New Orleans International Airport. There, under heightened security, the Ravens completed their on-field work for the day with a one-hour, 25-minute practice coach John Harbaugh called “a very normal, late-season Thursday practice.”

“Just like in high school,” one player said of the commute, “only the buses are nicer.”

All 53 players on the Ravens’ active roster practiced under sunny skies, and none of the players was limited.

“I think our players dealt with it great,” said Harbaugh, who walked off the field afterward with linebacker Ray Lewis. “As Ray just said to me, ‘We work.’ That’s what we do. Our guys don’t flinch at things like this.”

Lewis, in fact, helped carry one of the Gatorade coolers from the bus to the practice field as the team disembarked. And the players seemed happier working on the grass, particularly this late in the season when six months of practice and game wear-and-tear makes the players crave a grass field.

After a special-teams period to start practice, the specialists–kicker Justin Tucker, punter Sam Koch and snapper Morgan Cox–adjourned to the Saints’ indoor practice field for their work. On the field, the Ravens regular units and scout teams went through another 60 minutes of work before finishing, sereneded by an eclectic mix of music, from the hard rock of AC/DC to the rap of Soulja Boy and Chief Keef to the metal of Metallica.

After Harbaugh spoke to the team, veteran Terrell Suggs addressed the players for about two minutes.

John Harbaugh and his brother Jim, the 49ers coach, will hold a joint press conference Friday morning at the media center here, their last press obligation of the week. The Ravens will hold their final full practice of the week Friday afternoon, again at the Saints’ facility, before having a normal light Saturday workout prior to Sunday’s game.

BALTIMORE
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Tandon Doss (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/back), CB Asa Jackson (thigh), FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Abert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), RB Bernard Pierce (knee/thigh), TE Dennis Pitta (thigh), WR David Reed (thigh), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (achilles/biceps)

SAN FRANCISCO
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (foot), S Dashon Goldson (foot), RB Frank Gore (shoulder/ankle), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), RB LaMichael James (finger), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), DT Justin Smith (elbow/triceps), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder)

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LB Bowman says he’s Ray Lewis fan

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on whether he was a Washington Redskins fan growing up) “No, I was a Cowboys fan. I think that’s because I wanted to go against the grain. Being the youngest in the house, being the baby, my mom, my brother, my aunts, everyone liked the Redskins; so I decided to go to the rivals with the Cowboys. It’s always been a great time whenever those two play each other.”

 

(on whether he remembers a game when there was so many great linebackers playing on the same field) “No. The first game we played against them last year, they were able to get us. That’s the only game I can recall. It’s going to be a great matchup. It’s been talked about for a long time. People have been hoping that the Ravens and 49ers got into the Super Bowl, now it’s here. Both teams have to go out here and put on a show and play lights out.”

 

(on whether the 49ers or Ravens have the best linebackers) “We’ll see on Sunday.”

 

(on the best Ravens linebacker) “I’ll go with Ray (Lewis). Ray’s been doing it a long time. We’ve definitely modeled some of our game after him. He was able to put the linebacker position at such a high standard. It’s helped everyone at the linebacker position. I’m a fan of Ray’s and excited about him and hope that he felt like he gave the game everything he had.”

 

(on his relationship with Patrick Willis) “We’re always by each other, always talking. On the field we do what we do. Off the field we’re brothers. Any time I need to go to him or talk to him about anything, he’s always willing to listen or give me an answer; and vice versa. That’s the type of person you want in a teammate. I admire him off of how humble he is and how down to Earth he is. I tell him all the time that that is going to carry him a long way. If he can just stay the same, stay down to Earth and treat people the way they need to be treated; and he definitely does that.”

 

(on what makes the 49ers linebacker core so dangerous) “What makes us dangerous is our confidence is through the roof. Our work ethic is through the roof. Anything that we have to do in regards to the 49ers, we’re willing to do it. Some teams and coaches may not be on the same page. We’re all on the same page with our coach. We understand what he wants and what he’s trying to get accomplished every single week, and it’s just been working out for us.”

 

(on why he chose Penn State) “I went to Penn State when I saw a video of LaVar Arrington. He mentioned that ‘If you play linebacker you’d be crazy not to go to Penn State.’ I always thought of myself as a really good linebacker, at different levels, but I always thought I was pretty good. I didn’t want to let this opportunity slip up. It always stuck in my head throughout the whole process. I chose Penn State and when I got there it was linebackers, linebackers, linebackers; doing everything right. That motivated me to play my game or pick up little things from guys who had already been there. They put linebackers in the league and that is where I’m trying to go. I hold a standard in my game to represent Penn State and where I come from, and how hard and how much coaching I received in playing linebacker. It’s just been working out for me.”

 

(on the 49ers linebackers) ‘I believe we have to win this game. I think a lot of doors will open for us, all for of us, at the linebacker position. Right now is the game that will solidify any type of talk or hype. It’s kind of like a sense of security. If you want it, if you want to be held at the top, then we have to win this game. That’s what it comes down to.”

 

(on how they will approach the Ravens) “Getting them (the Ravens) off their rhythm. Teams come out and they try to start a rhythm and if they have success then it will be pretty tough for you to stop them. Just breaking their patterns, getting them off their rhythm, making them do something they really don’t want to do and putting them in long-distance situations and I’m sure we’ll be fine. Last year, the game was so amped up, due to the brothers playing in it. It was just a distraction. This year, we’re down here, we’ve been down here earlier this season. We’re familiar with everything and we’re just focusing on the game.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on how the team has handled the postseason ) “The postseason is win or go home. None of us wants to go home yet. I think that’s how we’ve prevailed through the Falcons. The work that we’ve put in and how far we got last year, we just don’t want to let it happen again. We don’t want to feel that feeling again. We’ve definitely zeroed in just a little bit more than the regular season.”

 

(on what Joe Flacco is able to do at the quarterback position) “He’s able to run an offense, an offense with a lot of weapons that he has. Joe does a great job being very patient and realizing the look that a defense is trying to give him, and he finds the guy he wants to give the ball to. We are going to have to be patient also, on defense, disguise as long as we can and see if we can get a big play on them.”

 

(on whether he is concerned with his teammates injuries affecting their play on Sunday) “I’m not concerned. It’s the Super Bowl. At the end of the day, when you wake up that morning, all pain goes away, every pain. You don’t feel anything but your adrenaline rushing and you just want to go out there and give it your all. I’m not worried about it. Half of the guys in this league have been playing hurt since Week 10. It’s part of the game. Pain and all of that will be out of their system by the time Sunday comes.”

 

(on Jim Harbaugh improving his press conference performances) “You guys (the media), probably about eight or nine weeks, have been commenting on his podium technique. I think he’s starting to get the hang of it and being patient with the questions and giving you a good answer. It’s good, now that he’s facing his brother, so you don’t know what the two are going to say on each side.”

 

(on how bad Jim Harbaugh wants to beat his brother) “He wants to beat him. I know he does. If it was me, I would want to beat my brother, especially on such a big stage with such media attention. You know you’re going to have bragging rights for awhile. He’s been coaching very well, not too much talking about his brother, but making sure that we practice well and that we’re focused and that we’re the best prepared the way we need to be prepared.”

 

(on having to see his coach have to congratulate his brother if the 49ers lose) “That’s pretty bad. There is only going to be one person happy in this game, and that’s the Harbaugh family. Jack and his wife will be happy, but someone is going to go home with a sad face.”

 

(on two brothers competing against each other) “Brothers compete the most when their parents are watching. Parents are going to be like, ‘Y’all calm down now,’ and try to break it up to keep everyone happy. At the end of the day, it’s your team versus his team, and you have to win. Brothers always have been competing since day one. He can deny the questions all he wants, but if you have a brother, you know that he wants to win and beat his brother very bad.”

 

(on what impresses him most about the Ravens defense) “They’re a physical football team, just like us. A lot of the Ravens are similar: character, the people that they have on their team is really similar. What’s going to separate us is the commitment we’ve made to this year and their commitment, and who’s going to go out there and play the best.”

 

(on Ray Lewis) “He is respected by me tremendously. Coming from the D.C./Maryland area, I’ve been hearing about Ray since I came out of the womb. I’m a fan of his. He’s coming to his last game. I know he is going to go out there and play his heart out. The guy has really set the linebacker position very high, set it at a high standard. I’m blessed to be in this era and be able to play this game with the things that Ray has done in previous years.”

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Crabtree thinks only 49ers can beat 49ers

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

(on a good practice on Wednesday) “We had a good practice. I think I had a bad practice. I just cannot wait for the big day.”

 

(on what went wrong for him at practice) “I just feel like I had a slow, sluggish practice. Everybody else was out there flying. I think I need to catch up today and do the job.”

 

(on where the team is offensively) “I think we have stepped up a little bit. We always knew that we could be up here and be in this game. It was just going to take the offense (stepping up). Last year, it was slow with offense but we always knew we could be up here. All we had to do was connect the dots. Make it happen.”

 

(on what they need to do against the Ravens’ defense) “Just win. We just have to go do our job.”

 

(on his opinion of Wednesday’s practice) “I think we had a good practice. It was one of the best practices I think we have had, but one of the worst practices for me personally. It is always challenging with practices during Super Bowl week. I just cannot wait to go back to work today.”

 

(on how the 49ers get ready for their games) “It is football. We just get excited about the opportunity we have—especially right now playing in the Super Bowl. That was the goal from day one. I think that is what motivated us.”

 

(on dealing with the media) “I usually do not even talk to the media in my town. I do probably one or two times a week, but it is what it is. It is the Super Bowl. It is the big dance. Whatever comes with it, I am ready for it.”

 

(on quarterback Colin Kaepernick always having a lot of media around him) “Yeah. It is the Kaep show.”

 

(on his feeling leading up to the game) “I am just taking it easy right now. We know how many days we have left and I am just taking it easy. I am really ready to play, but you have to do what you have to do.”

 

(on his rapport with Colin Kaepernick compared to with quarterback Alex Smith) “I do not like to compare like that. I just feel like Kaepernick came in and did what people really have not seen. I am just running along with it.”

 

(on being the benefactor of Colin Kaepernick playing) “Yeah, it is a difference. The difference is that Kaepernick is just coming in balling. Making plays with his feet, arm and I am just trying to catch everything he throws.”

 

(on his expectations of Sunday) “I expect us to all go out there and do our job. Come out with the ‘W.’ That is the goal.”

 

(on who will be the non-obvious MVP of the Super Bowl for the 49ers) “I have no idea. That is the best thing about the Super Bowl, you never know.”

 

(on who worries him most from the Ravens) “I think we are our biggest concern. Nobody can beat us, but ourselves. That is a bold statement, but I feel like that is how I feel.”

 

(on what it means to be in the Super Bowl) “We always talk about the Super Bowl. We always dreamed about the Super Bowl and it is something you always wanted to do since you were a kid. Just happy right now. I cannot wait to get to the big game.”

 

(on what makes Colin Kaepernick being a special player) “I played against him in college. We beat him, but he put up numbers. I talked to Coach (Mike) Leach about him and Coach Leach was always saying (Kaepernick) should have been in the Heisman race. He got looked over. Always knew we had the weapons and he had the tools to do what he is doing now.”

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

(on what makes Colin Kaepernick so good) “The arm, how fast he is and he is not just one of those crazy runners either. He slides and goes out of bounds, which is great.”

 

(on how hard Colin Kaepernick throws the ball and trying to catch it in practice) “He has the arm. Some guys are scared, but it is not like that. We do with him what we are supposed to do. When he used to back in the day, his first year here, I do not think he could control his arm and he was just throwing fast every play.”

 

(on having to really focus to catch such hard throws) “Right. That is what I have been telling everybody, ‘We have to focus on this ball. We have to see the ball in.’”

 

(on if Colin Kaepernick has more touch this year) “Yeah but he still throws it. He has not played that many games, but he still is growing. Just like me. The whole team, we have a young team, we are still growing, maturing and trying to be the best we can be.”

 

(on what it is like to have so much attention since college) “I would not say all eyes have been on me, but I feel like I did a lot in college. Did more than most, but still have room to get better. I really do not like the eyes on me like that. I guess that comes with if you want to be the  best, that is what is going to happen. I am still grinding.”

 

(on the pressure that comes with his role) “No pressure. I just believe in my game; rely on my game on the field to get me by. That is all it is, being a football player.”

 

(on if the accusations of last week had messed up this week for him) “No, I guess it comes with the territory. I have talked to a lot of people and it is happened to a lot of people. Just the word allegations—it is just a word.”

 

(on if things have changed in his life this year) “Really the same people and the same things are going on around me since day one. I am comfortable about what I am doing.”

 

(on how things have changed for him on the field) “Quarterback. There has been a big quarterback change, but that is about it. Everything else is smooth. The defense is still balling, guys are still running their routes and Kaepernick is delivering.”

 

(on how the coaching staff has been using him differently) “Really just putting me out there and getting me more targets. It is no secret, when I first came in it was three or four targets to now when I am getting eight. A lot of first downs and getting the ball on third down. It is a football game and I am getting older, but I am still young. That is the crazy part about it. I am just trying to get better.”

 

(on if he feels like he is getting older) “I do not even feel like I am getting older. I have been through so much, it just feels like I am getting older. I am still young. My body feel like I am 19 or 20. It is all good.”

 

(on his mind feeling like it is older now) “Yeah. A little more experienced.”

 

(on if it bugged him being called a diva receiver early in his career) “No, not at all. That is just opinion. I do not really read the media or the news and do all of that. That stuff will bother you, but I know who I am. The guys around me know who I am, so that is all that matters.”

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Willis says 49ers can’t make mistakes against Ravens

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER PATRICK WILLIS

 

(on in-game communication) “Communication is always valuable. It’s something that we talk about in our defense all the time. We talk about if we communicate well, we feel like we can play well. Sometimes on the headsets, if that thing goes out, I’m looking at my coach, Coach (Jim) Leavitt, and I’m just waving my hands like I don’t have a call because that’s how important it is to have that communication throughout the board.”

 

(on Ravens running back Ray Rice) “I think he’s a good football player because he runs the ball hard. He runs the ball hard. He runs in between tackles well, outside well, catches the ball really well. I’m excited about the challenge. I really am. I’ve heard that he’s been saying a lot of good stuff about us. I’m being sarcastic right now. It’s going to be a good football game. They didn’t get here for no reason. They’re a good football team, but we didn’t get here for no reason either. So, we’ll see on Sunday.”

 

(on injuries on the defensive line) “I’m not worried at all. I’m not concerned at all. Obviously, it’s the longest any of us have played in one season, but Coach talks about it all the time that we have no excuses. We just show up and do the job. We understand what’s at stake this Sunday. This is a game that none of us have played in, but even through the regular season, we understand that when we’re out there on the field, we do our job. We’re doing it at a high level, so we’re certainly going to do that.”

 

(on Baltimore being a very intense and physical team) “I like to say that our division has stepped up a whole lot. At one time, the NFC West was a stepping stone for other teams to play. They kind of licked they’re chops to play us because they saw us as an automatic win, but now I really think we’re changing that. As far as the physicality goes in the game, we played Baltimore last year and it was a physical game. I like to think that we play physical games all the time, so we’ll see on Sunday when it’s over with because we’re going to give it all we’ve got.”

 

(on struggling against the St. Louis Rams) “I don’t know. Give credit where it’s due. They won the game. They made more plays than we did and we didn’t make enough. It’s never good to play five quarters, but if you play five quarters, then you must want to win and we didn’t. Just to sum it up, they made more plays than we did.”

 

(on how the team has been since arriving in New Orleans) “Yesterday was probably one of our best practices. It’s something Coach talks about all the time. It’s about us getting better every day. You never want to stay the same otherwise you’re not getting better. Today, we have to come out with that same focus we had yesterday, the same intensity we had yesterday and just put it back-to-back and let this week carry us into Sunday, let the momentum (carry) into Sunday.”

 

(on yesterday’s practice) “We were executing on all cylinders. Our defense was competing. Our look team guys were giving us a heck of a look. Our offensive guys were completing and catching passes, blocking well. It was just an all-around good practice special teams wise and that’s what it’s going to take. Anytime you can have all three phases having a good practice, that’s a good thing. And we have to be able to carry that over from practice into the game.”

 

(on Chris Culliver’s comments about gay teammates) “That’s something I don’t to get into, hypotheticals, questions. He said what he said yesterday and I know that’s not his heart. Culliver is a great kid, great guy. I love having him on our team. He’s really helped our team be what we are. He’s just young and it’s unfortunate that he came off the way that he came off. But like I said, I know he didn’t mean it in his heart.”

 

(on being an elite linebacker) “Ever since I’ve been a kid, I always wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing. But as I’ve always wanted to be the best, I’ve known there is always going to be opinions, opinions of who’s the best. For me, I just want to continue to play the game and continue to play it hard and know that each time I look in the mirror, if I can ask myself, ‘Did you give it everything you had today?’ And if I can truly answer that question because I’m the only one that can, then I’m OK with that. It’s just going out there and just competing, and hopefully some day when I’m done playing and people are talking about linebackers, hopefully my name will be mentioned in that. Some day when I’m done playing, hopefully I get to be enshrined in that Hall of Fame as an inductee. That’s my ultimate goal. It’s not about the fame. It’s not about the fortune. I just feel like if I go out there and play the game and play it in the right way and give it everything I have, the most gratifying thing would be to get inducted because no one can ever take that away from you. Money will go, but nobody can ever take that away from you.”

 

(on how he stays focused this week and not letting comments said to the media distract the team) “Because one, I don’t think it takes us away from our goal, where our mindset is. In this business, it’s always going to be something, and we know those guys. We know those guys hearts. We know that those things that come out of their mouths aren’t intended to hurt anyone or intended to make it about them. We understand what our goal is, and our goal is to win a football game. When there is a whole lot of media involved, it’s easy to take a word that doesn’t mean what they might mean it to mean and make it come off another way or it’s written another way. Our mindset is still what it is. Our mindset is still focusing, and we understand the task at hand.”

 

(on his close relationship with Mike Singletary) “It was a combination of things. When I first got in this league, it was a little bit different. I came from a 4-3 to a 3-4. I was just used to being a middle linebacker and just spilling and kind of getting on the edge of blocks and things like that. Like I said, I’ll never forget my first practice. Frank Gore ran the sweep, and Larry Allen was coming off the block, and I thought I could just make a move on him and go around him. That didn’t happen. I felt like Larry Allen pushed me from one side of the field to the next, but that wasn’t the bad part. The bad part was hearing Coach Sing – he didn’t call me by my name, not in the Senior Bowl or training camp. I think it was one of those things you had to earn his respect for him to call you by your name. He called me 52. He would call me 52. He’d call me Mississippi. As a man, I’m thinking to myself, ‘Man, I have a name. Call me by my name.’ But I didn’t know what I didn’t know then, and Coach Sing was one of the types of people that you had to earn his respect. He always said respect was earned. I said that to say that he was a guy that taught me no matter if I weigh 235 pounds, 240 pounds, it’s about coming down and it’s about letting the other man know that you’re not about the run around me. It’s about letting the other man know that you’re coming right down the middle, and he taught me that. He taught me that that’s possible. I worked with him every day. Now, it doesn’t matter who it is, he can weigh 240 pounds or he can weigh 185 pounds. If my objective is to get to that ball, then I guess I have to go through you, find a way to go through you somehow. That was just the physicality of it, and really just mentally having somebody on your back all the time it can be tough. But at the same time you can grow from it.”

 

(on what he learned from playing the Ravens last season) “I just learned last year that it’s going to be a 60 minute game. There is going to be very little room for error. They’re a good football team. We can’t allow them to get up on us, and we can’t allow mistakes to happen. I understand that some things will happen during the game. Make no mistake about it, it’s a football game and some things will happen, but we have to make sure we are able to bounce back from it fast and not let it get the best of us.”

 

(on what about the Super Bowl has surprised him) “Honestly, I really don’t know. People all week have been saying, ‘I bet you’ve been having a blast down there. I bet you this has happened.’ But what they don’t understand is that for me, every game I play in, whether it’s the first game of the season, the middle of the season or it’s the last game of the season, I’m the same person. I still get those same nerves the day before the game, the day before the game, but during the week, I don’t try to do anything different than I would do for a regular season game or a playoff game. I just always want to make sure I’m staying who I am. Who I am is just chilling, laid back, watching film, getting some sleep, eating, and just relaxing. This is the same thing I do during each week. We don’t have so much media, but other than that, I love you guys. You’ve all been pretty good, so I appreciate that. I’m just chilling. I don’t see a big difference other than in the media, per se.”

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Gore brings “old school” running style to Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on the emergence of Colin Kaepernick) “He is very special. (Colin) Kaepernick can run the ball, throw the ball. And what I like about him most is that under pressure, he stays calm. That’s why he is so special.”

 

(on how tough the transition was to the read option offense) “It was something different. I have been in a pro style (offense) my whole career, even in college. I am dealing with it and I am having some success. And I like it.”

 

(on if he fully understands the read option) “I am good with it. I just have to learn to be patient and know when I am getting the ball or not.”

 

(on what getting to the Super Bowl means to him) “It’s big. It’s big, especially going through so much with this organization. I was drafted in’05 and I had a lot of struggles. We had some players in the locker room, but now we have a chance to play in the big game, so it’s big.”

 

(on what impresses him about the Ravens defense) “They play well together. The D-line is very big, fast and strong. Their linebacker, (Ray Lewis) they have one of the best linebackers to ever play the game.”

 

(on playing against Ray Lewis) “It’s big, especially coming from the same school. Coming from Miami, we are a big family there. To play in the Super Bowl against a guy who is the best at his position and has played 17 years and played at a high level is big.”

 

(on Jim Harbaugh complementing his game) “I’m happy that he has a lot of respect for me. He knows that I love the game of football. I’m not one of the high-maintenance guys. I come in and do the work and do extra work and do whatever it takes to try to be the best on the field.”

 

(on if his success is to do natural ability or skills he learned) “It’s hard work to just continue to work hard in the offseason and continue to compete against the young guys that they bring in like LaMichael (James), they keep me going.”

 

(on how he would define his running style) “Old school.”

 

(on LaDainian Tomlinson saying that ‘Frank Gore runs the way I used to run the football’) When L.T. was at San Diego and I had Norv Turner, I had my best rushing year. I had 1,600 yards, we had a similar offense. When I watched him I learned so much. I used to love when he would play a team and I would come back behind him and play the same team because it’s the same blocking schemes and we are similar runners and running style. We are good between the tackles and cutting and going, and we also run very low to the ground. When I would watch the League, I would watch him No. 1 because I felt like he was the best at that time. I also loved watching Edgerrin James. That’s probably about it.”

 

(on if he stays in touch with Edgerrin James) “Yeah, I talked to EJ (Edgerrin James) after that Atlanta game. He is happy for me and he wants me to go do it.”

 

(on his offensive line) “They are the best. Without them I wouldn’t be up here right now. They work very hard during the week and they love what they do. I’m happy they are on my team and I love how they work.”

 

(on how his week is going) “It’s great. It’s the last game and we are playing for what everybody wants to play for, and that’s the trophy. I am happy.”

 

(on if there are any weaknesses in the Ravens defense) “We are just going to have to keep chipping away and keep getting the ball to the offense. And whenever we get an opportunity to make a big play we need to capitalize and get it.”

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

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MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on if the Ravens defense is the best they have faced this season) “Well I go up against my own defense in training camp, so this is probably the second (best).”

 

(on his running backs coach Tom Rathman) “That’s why we love each other. Coach Rathman is like a dad to me. I am happy he came into my life and my career. By the time he came into my career it was a blessing that he came in there. When he first came in, he sat me down and told me that he doesn’t care what I have done in the past. He told me that I had to get tougher, that I had to block better. I love challenges and he just got me to keep going.”

 

(on the having coaches that are encouraging and make you work) “Yeah, especially a guy who was a great player and played the game tough and great coach and I just wanted to prove that I can do it.”

 

(on what has surprised him about being here) “That there is so much media. It’s good. Before we got here I used to always look at it on TV and always wanted this moment. I am enjoying it and I am happy to be here.”

 

(on Ray Rice) “He is a complete back. He plays the game right and very tough. He can run the ball, catch the ball, and he blocks. He can do it all.”

 

(on if he is concerned about his long-term health) “Not at all because I really don’t get hit like that like people think. I am very low to the ground and a defense can’t really get hits on me.”

 

(on if there are any more ways that the players can be protected from injury and long-term damage) “No they can’t. It’s football and football is a physical sport. I think they are doing the best that they can.”

 

(on Colin Kaepernick saying that Frank Gore can fit into any offense and has evolved into the pistol offense) “With the pistol, it’s really having be patient because you don’t know if you are going to get the ball or not. That’s the only concern about the pistol. I have always been a patient back. If you watch me run the ball before this, the pistol, it’s just knowing you are going to get the ball, that’s it.”

 

(on big holes to run through) “It’s big, especially having a quarterback like Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) who can take it for 60 or 70 yards where everybody has to watch out for. I love it.”

 

(on if he is surprised that a running back has not been a Super Bowl MVP since 1997 and if a running back could win it this year) “No, because the league has changed and a lot of guys love throwing the ball. Everyone wants the quarterback to be the MVP. There is a chance for me because they have to respect (Colin) Kaepernick. For Ray Rice, he can do everything in their offense. He can catch and run so he has a chance too.”

 

(on if there is pressure on him to have a big game) “I’m just going to out there and be me. I have done a great job for eight years now and if I just go out there and be Frank Gore, I can have a successful day.”

 

(on why they had a great practice yesterday) “We are just happy to get back to football. We know what we came down here to do and what we came down here for, and that’s to win a football game. We feel that if you have great practices you have a great chance to win on Sunday.”

 

(on talking to the media everyday) “It’s different, but I am enjoying it. I used to always look at it on TV and wonder how it was, and now I am enjoying it.”

 

 

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MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on how physical practice was yesterday) “You just have to be smart. I look at it like, at this point in the NFL, if you don’t know how to hit or block you shouldn’t be here. You have to keep your players fresh and our coaches do a great job with that. We had a great practice yesterday.”

 

(on switching to the pistol offense) “I didn’t like the pistol at first, but I am a team guy and it helped us get here. We are doing great things with it so I am with it now.”

 

(on if the pistol offense can work long-term) “It depends what type of quarterback you have. I think Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) fits the pistol offense well. I’m not saying that he can only run the ball, he can also throw the ball. He fit’s it well.

 

(on if it’s hard to share rushing wards with a quarterback) “As long as we win. Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) outrushed me a couple of games this year and we got the win. We are at the Super Bowl, so I am happy. Whatever it takes to win the Super Bowl, I’m with it.”

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49ers WR Moss still pursuing first career title

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER RANDY MOSS

 

(on advice to kids hoping to play in the NFL) “I think just keeping a positive attitude first and foremost, because as a kid you go through a lot, a lot of ups and downs from school, in the house, just everyday life. Keeping a positive attitude and wanting to get out there and play.”

 

(on Donald Driver’s retirement and his career) “I didn’t really pay attention to a lot Donald Driver or really his career. For him to announce his retirement, I think a lot of people saw it coming. You won’t play forever in this league. There’s high schoolers that are going to get to college and then to the professional level, so there’s always a replacement for you. He won him a Super Bowl. He got to play with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, so I don’t think he can really ask for more.”

 

(on where he would rank winning a Super Bowl in terms of priorities he would like to accomplish in his career) “Well, by (football) being a team sport, it would be sitting right at the top because you play for a championship. I think I said yesterday there’s a lot of people that have played in this league, past and present, and have never been on this stage before. So you really get to enjoy the moment and you prepare all week with media requests and practice and all the other stuff. Then you go out here and you try to relax your mind on Friday and Saturday to get ready for a hell of an event on Sunday. So to do be able to win a championship really would complete my career, but, like I said yesterday, I love the game of football. Who knows what the future holds. I’m just living in the moment right now.”

 

(on what it’s like being at the Super Bowl at this point in his career) “I’m not really overexcited. I’m really not. I’m really not that type of person. I’m blessed, very lucky, very fortunate to be in this position. Just trying to stay grounded and do my work each and every day and just prepare and get ready for Sunday. That’s about all you can do.”

 

(on if he had any memorable matchups with Donald Driver) “No. My memorable matchups are against Brett Favre. That’s about it.”

 

(on reactions to his ranking on the all-time receiving list) “Everybody has their personal opinion. My own personal opinion, you’re going to have two sides and I really don’t care what people think. I just know what I’m able to do and how I dictate and how I think I’ve revolutionized the game of football at wide receiver. A lot of people think that I’m a very cocky person, but I’m not cocky. I’m very confident. I’m blessed to be in this position. Throughout my whole life, I’ve always wanted to play football. None of that football stuff, that’s been very secondary for me. Like I say, I enjoy. I go each and every day, prepare to be the best. That might not always be the outcome, but that’s my motivation, is just to be the best each and every day. I don’t really go and stroke my own ego or anything like that. Like I said, I was blessed to be able to have the talent that I have and I just utilize it the best way I can.”

 

(on what the game of football means to him and what he wants his legacy to be) “My legacy is just more of how I treat people, it doesn’t really have to do with football. Football’s just a game, you know? I think a lot of people, especially the sports fans, really take this to heart. They die for their team. They get tattoos for their team. They’ll fight in the club over their team. I think that the game – the sport itself – I do love the game, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t love it enough to really come out of element to do anything crazy. So, I love it. I do enjoy playing the game, but at the end of the day it’s just a game. I was telling a guy yesterday, for me and him to play a game of Monopoly, it’s just a game and football is sort of similar to that. It’s just a game and people get bent up out of shape over a loss, a sports comment or something like that. Not all athletes in this world are alike, but at the same time we do the same time, we prepare to go out there and try to win. If it’s an individual sport from tennis to golf, or a team sport from basketball, baseball and football, hockey we try to go out there and win each and every day. If you’re not preparing yourself to go out there and win each and every day then you’re in the wrong profession.”

 

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Beyonce won’t let on who she’s rooting for Sunday

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

BEYONCE

 

(on what happened last week at the Inauguration and if the attention is taking away from her moment at the Super Bowl) “Well, I am a perfectionist and, one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the President and the Inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry and I’m very proud of my performance.”

 

(on there being a lot of rumors about a Destiny’s Child reunion during halftime and who to expect to perform with her) “I can’t really give you any details. I’m sorry.”

 

(on if people will hear from Destiny’s Child any time soon) “Well, we just had a new release – the love songs Destiny’s Child album. We did a new song. It was so exciting to hear us together again. I just kind of dropped on the floor and felt like a little teenager again when I heard us harmonize. There’s nothing like our connection and the sisterhood we have. So it’s always such a pleasure to be around them professionally and personally.”

 

(on if she’s excited to perform at the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I’m so anxious, yes.”

 

(on if she was nervous about putting out her new documentary) “I’m very nervous. I’m still very nervous. It was really interesting directing and editing myself, seeing all the mistakes that I made and still putting it in the film and seeing life as if it wasn’t me and I feel like it’s time. It’s time for people to really get to know me and to see a different side. I’m really curious and scared and every night I’m like, ‘Now, it’s too late. It’s coming out,’ and I’m happy with it.”

 

 

(on who she’s rooting for in the Super Bowl) “Man, I can’t say that either. I can’t say that. I can’t say that.”

 

(on if she’ll be singing live during halftime or if she’ll be singing along with the track) “I will absolutely be singing live. I’m well-rehearsed and I’ll absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do and what I was born for.”

 

(on why she decided to show a video of her baby right now before the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I feel like my daughter has changed me and changed my life, and has given me so much purpose. I feel like this movie is, like I told A.J., it’s very necessary and I think it shows a human side. We’re all human. I feel like, at some point, (with) my child, my job is to protect her and I’m happy that I could tell my story on my terms.”

 

(on how she mentally prepares to perform live on this big stage) “Like I said, I’ve had a 16-year career and all of the things that I’ve done has prepared me for this. So I’m ready.”

 

(on if she says peace to the haters) “I love haters. No shame. No hate.”

 

(on if she feels pressure for the halftime show) “It is nerve-racking and it is something that we’ve been preparing for about four or five months. So, of course I’m nervous and I think, when I was driving up, I just got chills because I saw the SuperDome and there’s so much history there. My family is from New Iberia, Louisiana. It really makes me emotional to have a halftime performance. I think of all my heroes, and it’s the one thing when I’m no longer here (that) it’s what they’re going to show. It is something that I’m so honored to be doing at 31-years old. When I got into the SuperDome, I took my shoes off and I planted my feet into the ground and I just ran. I’m trying to learn to live in every moment because these moments are not promised to us and I’m so, so happy right now in my life. I feel so full, and this is such a huge opportunity. I take it very serious, so I’m excited.”

(on if she is using social media more right now because of the attention she received after the Inauguration) “No, I have been taking pictures and tweeting, not tweeting, but using Tumblr and focusing on my website for the past six months. I feel like the fans are a part of this and I want them to be a part of every step of the way.”

 

(on the difference in the pressure that she felt singing during the presidential inauguration from singing at halftime of the Super Bowl) “I feel like this weekend I am performing at the halftime show, and I feel like before, the event was not about me. So, I am excited to have done both, but now I am on to the halftime show. Thank you.”

 

(on whether all of the criticism from her performance at the Inauguration affected how she will perform at half time of the Super Bowl) “I always sing live. This inauguration was, unfortunately, a time where I could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually, because I was practicing for the Super Bowl. It was always the plan.”

 

(on what she will be performing at the Grammy’s) “Well, who said I was performing at the Grammy’s? I don’t have that much going on (laughing). I don’t know if I am performing at the Grammy’s.”

 

(on whether she was singing along with a pre-recorded track at the inauguration or whether she was lip-sinking) “Typically, they have you sing a pre-recorded track because anything could go wrong. So, I did sing along with the pre-recorded track.”

 

(on whether pre-recorded tracks are just a part of craft that she is in) “Absolutely.”

 

(on her regular football viewing routine with Jay-Z) “Well I can’t take you through what Jay-Z does. He will have to tell you himself, but I can tell you for the past few months I am usually on the computer pulling references, looking at my rehearsals, and I have been so focused on this halftime show. But, I do fall asleep and wake up with a lot of football. I know every little detail because of fantasy football, and I have the upmost respect for the players.”

 

(on what she will do to relax after the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I can’t wait. I am going to enjoy my daughter. I am going to enjoy my daughter. I miss her. I am working so hard, and I keep saying, ‘Mommy will be done Sunday at nine o’clock.’”

 

(on her halftime set and how quickly she and her crew have to move it) “There (are) I think seven and a half minutes for the volunteers to put the stage together, and it took so many months to decide just what the stage was, because so many things that were in my head just wasn’t possible to put together in that amount of time. So I met the volunteers, and they are so incredible. We’re working together, and I can’t give too much away, but I can say that every little second matters and we’re working.”

 

(on how she decides what songs to perform at half time) “That was one of the hardest things. I have so many songs, and trying to condense a career into 12 minutes was not easy, because all of my songs are like my children.”

 

(on when she will be going back on tour) “When am I going back on tour? I would say, soon, and I may have an announcement after the performance, so the fans should stay tuned to see.”

 

(on whether this has ever been an aspiration for her, and where it ranks for her) “This has been an aspiration for me. I just thank God that I am given this opportunity. Like I said earlier, you work very hard for these moments, and I am just hoping that all of my life lessons and all of my experience I can feel and I can use in this performance.”

 

(on what color her toothbrush is and why she chose that color) “I love that question. It’s truly multi-colored. It’s blue, and white. Blue and white, I think. Blue and yellow, maybe.”

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