Quotable NFL GameDay Morning: ‘Forget about Rudy,’ Warner story is awesome

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(G.Newman Lowrance/NFL.com)

NFL GameDay Morning, the longest and most comprehensive NFL pregame show on television, aired at 11 a.m. ET on Super Bowl XLIII Sunday. NFL Network featured six and a half hours of NFL GameDay Morning pregame show coverage with 18 analysts, reporters and hosts. The roster included Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Rod Woodson, Steve Mariucci, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Jamie Dukes, Solomon Wilcots, Kara Henderson, Scott Hanson, Bob Papa, Randy Moss, Fran Charles and Rich Eisen. Adam Schefter reported on news from around the league.

The NFL GameDay Morning crew brought fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews on NFL Network.

John Lynch 1-on-1 with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin

NFL Network guest analyst John Lynch sat down with his friend and former coach, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, for a candid discussion about what it feels like to be at Super Bowl XLIII:

“I’m doing what I was sent here to do.” — Tomlin on being a coach.

“I think there are two reasons why you coach. From an ability standpoint, you can’t play anymore, or from an age standpoint, you’re incapable of playing anymore. I wasn’t good enough.” — Tomlin on why he got into coaching.

“Every single guy in this league is trying to win, and they’ll do anything you tell them to do if they think it’ll help. That’s what makes it pure.” — Tomlin on coaching NFL players.

“I made a conscious effort not to tell them what I thought they wanted to hear. I just told them what was important to me. How I feel I can help them do what they wanted to do, win championships and how I was going to lead the football team.” — Tomlin on what he said to get the job.

“If I don’t do my job, I’m going to be out on my ear. Those guys retained those jobs because they won.” — Tomlin on the perception that because of the Steelers’ record for keeping coaches that he has job security.

“We have a ridiculous legacy here. The ridiculous fan following, they inspire me. I want to honor those that came before us by doing what we do. If we can do something to contribute to that legacy, it’s humbling. It’s awesome.” — Tomlin on the Steelers’ legacy.

“I knew this guy could make me better.” — Lynch on Tomlin as a coach.

“It’s his attitude, his passion and his ability to lead. He walks to his own beat.” — Rod Woodson on what makes Tomlin’s coaching style successful.

“Mike Tomlin considers himself just as accountable as his players.” — Derrick Brooks on what makes Tomlin special as a coach.

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

“You think about the one you lost more than you think about the one that you won. We never rebounded as a team.” — Marshall Faulk on playing in two Super Bowls with the Rams. St. Louis went 1-1 in those games.

“Forget about Rudy. This is an awesome story.” — Steve Mariucci on Cardinals QB Kurt Warner‘s story.

“It’s like winning the Lombardi Trophy, but it’s all yours.” — Woodson on becoming a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

“A head coach I talked to called them ‘unpredictable yet disciplined.'” — Lynch on Arizona’s defense.

“I’ve always looked up to you and wanted to achieve what you’ve achieved.” — Deion Sanders to Rod Woodson.

“They have created takeaways and prevented the explosive plays.” — Derrick Brooks on the Cardinals’ defensive success in the playoffs.

“There isn’t a wide receiver on the Steelers that would start for the Arizona Cardinals.” — Faulk giving the offensive edge to the Cardinals.

Willie Parker‘s worst game in the last two years was not against the Baltimore Ravens but against the Arizona Cardinals.” — Brian Baldinger on the Cardinals’ defense holding Steelers RB Willie Parker to 37 yards on 19 carries in a 21-14 victory against Pittsburgh in 2007.

“This is a team whose personality comes from a receiver. If a receiver is the toughest guy on the team, everything else falls into place.” — Warren Sapp on Steelers WR Hines Ward.

“They started blitzing more, and that’s when their defense started to play better.” — Jamie Dukes on Arizona’s improved defense in the playoffs.

“A light bulb went on between the players and the coach in the playoffs for the Arizona Cardinals.” — Dukes.

“We know who has the ‘Edge’ on offense. It’s Arizona.” — Rich Eisen on Cardinals RB Edgerrin James.

“He (Roethlisberger) whispered to me during an interview, ‘I will not turn the ball over.'” — Sanders on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

“If you say you’re not going to turn the ball over, you are going to turn it over or you’re going to hold onto the ball and mistakes will be made.” — Faulk on Roethlisberger.

“He’s fresh, Pittsburgh can rely on him.” — Faulk on Parker.

Troy Polamalu plays the game completely recklessly. He has no regard for his body at all. No one plays the game as aggressively as he does.” — Baldinger on the Steelers’ SS.

“First, you go to the prayer closet.” — Woodson on guarding Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

“A couple of years ago, we were saying Anquan Boldin was the best receiver in this league.” — Woodson.

“We’re out there to make the fireworks look good.” — Bruce Springsteen to Rich Eisen in discussing his upcoming halftime performance.

“He’s going to know what’s coming before they do. He’ll take a lick to get a completion.” — Sterling Sharpe on Warner.

“There’s nothing more that he can do. He will get into the Hall of Fame.” — Sharpe on his brother, Shannon, not being named a Hall of Fame inductee.

“At the time I am in my life and the point I am in my career, it really gets more precious to you as you get closer to what you know is the end. Each season is more precious. Each game is more precious. The young coaches out there will understand some day.” — Miami Dolphins executive Bill Parcells in his interview with Adam Schefter.

“I don’t know where I’d go. I hope they don’t throw me out.” — Parcells on his plans to stay in Miami.

“Your team has a whole lot to do, but if you have your team here, naturally you’re pretty confident.” — Joe Namath on the psyche of a QB going into Super Bowl.

Todd Haley told me that he has grown to like Kurt Warner as a quarterback as much as he likes Vinny Testaverde.” — Adam Schefter on a conversation he had with Cardinals offensive coordinator Haley prior to kickoff.

“This is the greatest day for us.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Kara Henderson on his way into the stadium.

“How important this game is for everyone and what it means to the country. You can just take a breath, get away from everything and come together.” — Goodell with Kara Henderson on what he thinks about while walking into the Super Bowl.

Who will win Super Bowl XLIII MVP?

Sapp — Steelers WR Santonio Holmes

Faulk — Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin

Sanders — Steelers CB Ike Taylor or CB Bryant McFadden

Mariucci — Steelers LB James Harrison

Eisen — Cardinals QB Kurt Warner

Wilcots — Steelers LB James Harrison or SS Troy Polamalu

Dukes — Cardinals QB Kurt Warner or Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

Hanson — Steelers WR Hines Ward

Steve Sabol’s most memorable forgotten plays in Super Bowl history

Super Bowl XIII: Franco Harris’ lone touchdown run was aided by an unintentional block by the umpire on safety Charlie Waters to propel the Steelers to their third Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl XXXVIII: The Panthers tied it up late in the game, but kicker John Kasay shanked the ensuing kickoff, giving the Patriots the ball at the 40-yard line, leading to Adam Vinateri’s game-winning field goal.

Super Bowl XLII: Eli Manning shakes off two tackles, then he throws a pass to David Tyree, who catches the ball on his helmet for a first down in the final two minutes of the game. Without that play, the Patriots win and make history with a perfect season.

Steve Sabol’s best performances in defeat in Super Bowl history

Bills RB Thurman Thomas — 135 rushing yards on 15 carries in Super Bowl XXV; moved team into position for game-winning field-goal attempt.

Dallas LB Chuck Howley — only MVP from losing team in Super Bowl history had two interceptions in Super Bowl V.

Cincinnati TE Dan Ross — Super Bowl-record 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XVI.

Carolina QB Jake Delhomme — passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns, including the longest offensive play in Super Bowl history (85-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad)

The following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing on NFL.com:

NFL GameDay Morning began the NFL Network schedule this final weekend of the NFL season. Following NFL GameDay Morning is NFL GameDay Scoreboard at 6:30 p.m. ET and NFL GameDay Final at 10 p.m. ET.

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