On not being able to see Sean Taylor anymore:
"That's probably been the toughest part. You're used to seeing somebody. Not even if you realize it everyday, I think we look at life as it's supposed to come. Tomorrow is supposed to come."
On how he will put this past him:
"The only way you can put it past you is just recognize it, believe it and just wish for the best for his family and just know that Sean is in a better place whether we like it or not. You have to just cherish every moment that you spent with him and that you had with him on this team. The only way you can probably move forward is just think back on some of the memories and just appreciate him as if he was here today with you and just keep praying."
On is it healing to be back on the playing field:
"I think anything you can do to not have your mind on it is good for you. The worst times are just seeing something said about it or being asked about it. It's going to be like that. You kind of get yourself prepared for it. Anything you can do other than sit around and think about it is the best thing to get your mind off of it."
On does it help to have two games close together so that the team stays busy:
"It will help the team I think. All of us need it. Sean would have wanted us to play. Sean was one of those kind of guys. Regardless of what was going on bad or good he would always tell you that it's going ot be alright. You can just hear him the way he said it, 'It's going to be all right buddy. Hang in there. I know you can do it'."
On if he has special memories of Sean Taylor:
"My last memories of him are probably the most special memories because we have seen Sean play football. We have been around Sean enough. Sean always kept to himself. You just knew he was around because he used to go and do the same thing every day- handle his business and not say much. The last week was just a special week because there was a different kind of glow about him. Just before the team meeting on Thanksgiving Day I remember Sean sitting right next to me. We give our same little pound to each other every morning and I remember Brandon Lloyd (WR, #85), he wasn't there on Thanksgiving but I remember he used to always ask me, 'Is that a UM thing?' I would just be like, 'No it's just a thing Sean does with everything. He likes to give you five just to say hello to you. I remember that morning he just went out of his way and told everybody Happy Thanksgiving. I sat back and listened to him talk to every coach and then he started talking about his daughter. For now, for me to look back at that day, there was something being told then and you never really know at that moment, but it was just like he went out so happy. My last couple of days with him he was just so happy and he was talking to everybody like no other day."
On what he feels is the best way the team can honor Sean Taylor:
"Just continue to play this season and just go out there and fight every game. The best way I know how to handle the situation is the way Sean would have handled it. Sean would have gone out there and he would have mourned for the moment we had to mourn, but he would have gone out there and laced them up and played like no other. He went out there and gave it his all every game, so that is probably the best way for us to honor him."
On does he feel the team will be ready to play Sunday:
"People deal with these types of things on a daily basis. It has hit home now so we have to deal with it, but you don't know how the other people deal with it. You don't know if they have to continue, but we have to. It's just something that we do. There is no other way but to continue because you know that the guy that we are losing right now he would have done it the same way that we have to do it this weekend- go out there and just play our hearts out."
On the special glow Sean Taylor had last week:
"A lot of the players saw that the last couple of days it was unusual for Sean to be--he was in high spirits. It was almost like when it happened I thought back on those couple of days and like I said it was a message right then and there that we didn't see at the time, but you never know."
On what it is like going into the locker room now:
"It's kind of emotional at times. Like I said, all you can do is think about some of the good moments and just move on. Everyday just say a prayer to yourself and just know that he is with you still."
On if he got the sense that Sean Taylor was a happy person:
"Sean was always happy. It kind of bothers me when people don't know Sean or don't know about Sean's past and then you hear it on TV. It kind of bothers me a lot because any guy that is gone and for them to bring up some of his past and bring up things that everybody goes through in life- as past. Everyone has a past, each and every one of you has a past that you're probably not happy with, but beyond his past if you think about him of the days that we have just spent with him, you can't tell that he went through those things because he was always happy even knowing he was dealing with an injury. Sean was out there trying to get himself better. Sometimes people deal with injuries differently. Sometimes people mope. Sometimes people feel like they are useless or you're not helping the team. Sean didn't show us that. He showed us that it would be weeks before he would be out there again and you can just see it in his spirit and you can see it in the way he carried on every day."
On why Sean Taylor did not let the media get to know him:
"I'm not sure, but when I hear how some of the people talk about him on TV I kind of understand why."
On how good does he think Sean Taylor could have been:
"I had a made a comment that I don't know if I can compare this guy with this guy, but he was my modern day Ronnie Lott. That was a safety that I loved to watch growing up and I think Ronnie Lott could probably look at him and say some of the things Sean was doing that he probably wouldn't be able to do. Sean was one of those kinds of special safeties. I remember my first year here Sean gave me a couple of comments on how I run routes and he got up there and lined up against me. I laughed about it at first because I was just like, 'It's a safety,' and I was looking at myself like, 'Don't do it,' but as I went out there and carried on my route and saw how close he stayed with me the whole time. The only way I separated was when I made my cut and he came back and told me, 'That was the best route I've seen someone run on me,' and I'm sitting there saying to myself, 'That was the best I've ever seen a safety cover.' For him to be a safety it's just amazing. The guy was unreal and that's why I say he's going to be well missed. He was a good guy all around."
On how hard is it going to be to continue playing:
"You think about it, but you have to do it. It all boils down to it, like I said before, knowing Sean, the kind of guy he was, he probably would have wanted us to say, ?Man, suck it up and go out there and do what you have to do.' That's the type of guy Sean was. You never saw if something was bothering him. I can recall last year coming home on a plane on Christmas Eve, I believe, and I was upset about a game that we played that I didn't have enough opportunities in. Sean tapped me on my shoulder on the plane and was like, 'You get it out.' I had my headphones on so I really didn't know what he was talking about then he tapped me again and he said, 'Get it out.' I said, ?What are you talking about.' He said, 'Man, get it out. Do you have something to say?' I said,'?No man, I'm okay." He said, "No, talk to me." I expressed my feelings and he expressed his feelings and we were just talking about the game. He was like, ?Man, you know what you can do. These coaches know what you can do. Don't be upset. Just let them know what you want to do.' Hearing him talk like that let me know that this guy was way ahead of his times when it comes to a lot of things because a lot of guys don't reach out to guys like that, whether you're close to that guy or not. He just reached out and saw something. He saw the anger in me. He saw me not comfortable coming home. He saw me frustrated and a lot of guys probably saw me like that, but they wouldn't have said anything to me and he did."