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All Quotes by author - D'Brickashaw Ferguson
" Acting is a talent, but I like to see the whole picture. "
" As a college student, you're depending on your scholarship money, money your parents send you. So I guess when people start talking about big figures, it doesn't hit me. "
" As an offensive lineman, having spatial awareness is key: understanding where the quarterback is going to be and understanding what the defensive end might do depending on the play we're running. "
" At the Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J., we have strength and conditioning staff but also a nutritionist, Glen Tobias, who helps to whip everyone into shape. There is a heavy emphasis on grass-fed meat and on foods that aren't genetically modified. "
" Being an offensive lineman, you always have the mindset of being an unsung hero - a lot of the people who look at the game follow the ball. "
" Everyone's struggle is different. Just because I wasn't struggling on the streets, it doesn't mean I don't know what it's like to struggle. "
" I don't see myself as the perfect person at all. "
" I feel like sleep is the most important thing. I notice in my body, when I don't get enough sleep on a consistent basis, how I am dreary, or my mood changes, or I'm not as focused. "
" If I don't explain or tell some of my experiences, I feel like I'm doing guys a disservice because I know as a younger player, there's things I could benefit from the experience of an older guy. "
" I just try to keep it simple, not let too many outside things influence me. "
" In football, you are going to have highs and lows, and you have to recognize when you have new opportunities and walk in those. "
" I received a call from Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Eric Mangini. They asked me if I was ready to become a New York Jet. I quickly answered 'yes' and began to hug everyone at the table. "
" I sat in the green room at Radio City Music Hall for the 2006 NFL Draft. At my table, I was encircled by my parents, brother, agent, former coaches and close friends. "
" I think, growing up, I was seen as the perfect power forward. For a long time, I thought maybe I was supposed to be a basketball player. "
" I try to work on all aspects of my game, whether it be run, pass. I think you can never stop growing, and I definitely take that mindset. You've just got to keep on grinding. "
" It's just a blessing from above. I can't stress that enough, because I don't feel like it's anything that I've done. For me to say, 'Well, it's because of this, this and that is why I've been able to play,' it's just a lie. I couldn't tell you why. "
" It takes a little bit more mentally to figure out what I need to do to be most effective. The game is ever evolving. So you have to constantly pay attention to the change because you don't want to be left behind. "
" I've been cutting my hair ever since college. I try to do that whenever it gets rough. I'm not too cheap to go the barber shop, but I mostly try to do that by myself. I try to keep my skills sharp. "
" I've had to work by myself at combines before and forced myself to work out alone all the way back to high school. You have to be self-motivated. "
" I wouldn't mind being like X-Men and having the claws. I mean, I don't think they'd let me play football, but it would look cool. "
" Just because you used one set on one guy and had success doesn't mean you can use that exact set, that exact timing, the next time. "
" Obviously it's more fun having my teammates there and having all that camaraderie, but individual workouts are not a loss. "
" Players have an in-season playing weight, and we have to be careful not to stray too far from it when we're not under the watchful eye of the nutritionist. This can be a problem when the food isn't being prepared and regulated by our cooking staff. "
" Prior to my arrival at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis, my agent and I decided that it would be best not to participate in any drills at the combine. We wanted to wait until my pro day at Virginia, where I could limit the distractions and just focus on being my best. "
" Rex Ryan is definitely a very confident individual and, when you have someone who believes firmly in what he's speaking, you naturally absorb it. "
" Sometimes you have success and not so much success versus certain people. "
" The actual game is only part of the Senior Bowl experience - the practices are equally important. "
" There's a number of years that went by going from a white belt to a black belt. And I think, in a similar respect, years go by with your maturation process, and it's just as important to be disciplined with that as it was in karate. "
" There will be some things I do well and things I do wrong. But I keep coming. Playing with heart. That's going to help me continue to grow. "
" Understanding the intentions of a play is so key because you can block a guy into the running back if you don't know how the play is supposed to work or where the back is going to come out. "
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