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(On being part of a comeback victory last week)

"Honestly, it was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. You never want to be in a game where you're down 17 points at halftime and now your back is against the wall. I'm very proud of the way we all fought as a team. It felt like we were all clicking in the second half and really started to put it together. I think the goal now is to be able to put together four quarters of football because I don't know if we've done that yet this year. We've had our growing pains, but I like that we're being resilient, we're fighting and we're staying together. It's only up from here."

(On the feeling of not putting together a complete game consistently but also knowing how good this team can be when it plays up to its potential)

"It's definitely two sided. There's definitely the frustration of not having played four quarters of football yet, but there's the optimism that if this is where we are not having done that, imagine what we can be if we just put it all together. I think the most important part to remember is that the only thing that matters when you get into the playoffs is who's playing the best football at that time. You can be undefeated going into the playoffs and then just not be clicking and get bounced in your first game. I think if we just focus all of our attention on being the best that we can be today, I think we will be fine and will like where we end up."

(On the team providing entertainment and inspiration for people going through hardships this year)

"It does feel really good. Like you said, it's been a tough year for all of us and it's been a really tough year for a lot of people. To be able to be in a position where – even if it's just for four hours on a Sunday afternoon – that we can kind of take everyone's attention off the bad things that are going on or the problems they may be dealing with and they can just have some joy in watching what we do, that means a lot for us to be able to help people escape in that way."


(On what the defense needs to do in the final two regular season games to build momentum)

"I think the most [important] thing that we have to get right is starting fast on the defensive part of the ball. As a matter of fact, the whole team. Basically, we have to start fast. We've been starting slow for the past couple of weeks and then last week – as you can tell – we started slow and had everybody worrying. I feel like as long as we can start fast as a group, and we don't have to wait to push it and step on the pedal, we'll be fine. I just think being football players we get self-awareness that we're slacking a little bit. I just feel like we [need to] come out and go hard from the very first beginning to the last. Even myself."

(On his journey since last making the Pro Bowl in 2012)

"It's been a long road, but the reality is it just made it more fun for me. The challenges weren't really challenging – it's just the fact that you have to have a mental state of mind that you can do whatever you put your mind to. That's what I did. Still, now I'm catching picks, I'm in the 3-4 defense, dropping, rushing the passer like I never did before, playing the run great – I'm just doing everything I can [and] I'm just having fun with the game. That's basically what I'm doing."

(On the injuries he's experienced since last making the Pro Bowl in 2012 and how much it means for his play to be recognized)

"It's a blessing from God. The reality is, I've still got more work to do. I'm not finished yet. My main goal was to get in the playoffs and run the table to get to the Super Bowl. I feel like with the team we've got, we can do that. Thanks to the Pro Bowl, but my main goal is to get to the Super Bowl this year. Once I get there, then I'll be able to tell the whole story. Right now, isn't the time to tell the story – it's a long story to tell. For everybody that's going through something right now out there, just know that everything is possible. Just believe in yourself."

(On donating bikes and autographed jerseys to children at the Deerfield Beach Boys & Girls Club)

"Growing up for me, I barely had Christmas. We didn't really have a Christmas tree and [didn't] put a whole bunch of presents underneath the tree. There's a lot of things going on in this world, especially COVID-19 – that's the [biggest] thing we have to worry about. Just giving back to the kids at the Deerfield Beach Boys & Girls Club – that was a start. I know they're going to enjoy it because I know the feeling. Being young and playing ball in the streets and seeing the big fire trucks come in with the Christmas lights honking and giving out bikes – some kids weren't able to get bikes. I was one of those kids. I'm just paying it forward and just giving back. Hopefully those kids can recognize that one day they'll do the same. They'll probably be in the position that I'm in one day and recognize [it]. They probably don't know who I am – maybe [they] do – but one day they'll say, 'I remember this person gave me a great Christmas, so why not [do that] for somebody else?' That's what I'm doing."


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