(on having a big Super Bowl)
"I am not really too worried about statistics. What I am worried about is winning this game. The past two games, I have caught two balls. The good thing about catching those two balls is that we won those two games. I can happily say that no matter what I do, as far as my statistics, I want to win the game. I can leave it at that. I just want to win the game. Whatever I need to do to help my team go out there and win this game, I am willing to do. If it's blocking, if it's just running and being a decoy, then I am willing to do that. That is really not what I am expecting to do, but if that's what it takes, then I am going to do that."
*(on the Patriots playing together and united) *
"That's why it's called a team sport. There are 11 guys. The coaches were talking about last night that if one of the 11 guys let up, then we are not coming together to make it happen. So, for everybody playing together on all cylinders, the sky is the limit for this offense, and really, for the whole team. Speaking from the offensive side, hopefully we can go out and play, put four quarters together and play some heads-up football."
*(on anticipating LB Junior Seau's pregame speech) *
"I have always paid attention to (Junior) Seau. He is always very emotional. As a defensive player, you like to see that because he's always been a guy who plays with a lot of emotion and makes plays while playing with emotion. I don't know what his speech is going to be Sunday. But I know every speech leading up to Sunday has been great. The guys really feel what he's saying. Guys really believe and follow Junior. For his last speech of his last game of his career… I am waiting to hear that one."
*(on his approach to football and winning) *
"This is a game. One of the hardest things I had to deal with (early) during my career was being able to adjust to a loss and handle a loss. I am not really good with losing, no matter what it is. Being able to lose consecutive weeks and three or four weeks in a row, with nobody saying anything and nobody wanting to do anything, I am sitting there looking like, 'Is this normal?' I think a lot of people earlier just really didn't understand me and how I approach the game of football, because I do take it serious. At the end of the day you go home and kiss the kids and kiss the Mrs., but it's just a game. I think a lot of people get caught up and get away from the game of football and don't really treat it as a game; they treat it as a business. In a certain sense, with all that said, it is a business, but, I still treat it as a game because I love to have fun."
*(on QB Tom Brady saying this is the biggest game of his life) *
"It's the biggest game of my life because it's the Super Bowl. With everything we have at stake, as far as hopefully saving the undefeated season, it is right to say that. This is Tom's fourth, so he is entitled to say that. Hopefully this will be his fourth (championship). Everything that I am seeing and everything I am hearing is just opening my eyes to a lot of things I haven't experienced. The whole thing about the Super Bowl – from waking up to being on time for the media day or just driving to practice – everything is an experience to me. I am taking it as it comes."
*(on if he's excited now about the Super Bowl) *
"I think my excitement was more after the AFC Championship Game, with the confetti coming down, knowing that we were going to the Super Bowl. Coaches, players and administration were congratulating and hugging each other. So, that is where my excitement and fun was – back in Massachusetts and the locker room. Here, I don't think I'll be able to feel and see the excitement until the moment of the game and after the game."
*(on if there is a certain situation that can rattle QB Tom Brady) *
"A situation? No, I don't think so. He might be rattled, but he surely doesn't show it. To put him in a situation to get him rattled, I think if you take the five offensive linemen out of the equation, make him snap the ball to himself and let (Michael) Strahan and them rush with no protection. That would probably rattle him. Six-on-11, I think that'll rattle him. But, that's about it."
*(on QB Tom Brady) *
"We are talking about the MVP, and in my eyes, the greatest quarterback to ever play this game. Everything he has accomplished up to this point – and will in the future – the sky is the limit for him. Of course, defenders are going to say things because they want a quarterback to be rattled. They want Tom to throw picks and fumble the ball. But up to this point, he has not shown (that he's rattled). That's what you want in your quarterback and that's who you want to follow."