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Best Quotes from the 2020 NFL Season

The 2020 NFL season has concluded, at least the regular season, and we’re only two games away from knowing this year’s Super Bowl matchup. One of my favorite parts about the NFL season is the quotes that are said by the players and coaches over the course of 17 weeks. 

Great football quotes aren’t limited to the trash talk that takes place between the lines. Some of the best quotes come in the locker room, during press conferences, or on the sidelines.

Here are the best quotes from the 2020 NFL regular season.


Training Camp

“You wear it for special occasions, or if you want a free cheeseburger, you just point right there and show ’em that ring and you might get one.”

– Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on what he’s going to do with his Super Bowl ring

“When Subway reached out, shared the Footlong Season campaign objectives and the ideas for the commercial, I decided the timing was right to have some fun and enjoy some sandwiches.”

– New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on his Subway deal

“A little Taco Tuesday mixed with a margarita.”

– Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen after being asked about his $80 million contract extension

Week 1

“It felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game.”

– New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan’s response after being asked what it was like playing inside an empty Super Dome

QUESTION: “What was the atmosphere like in the stadium without fans there? Can you compare it to anything else that you’ve experienced in your football life?”


– New England Patriots Bill Belichick 

“I think it’s a cool name for our stadium. I don’t give a damn about Star Wars. That’s what we’re calling our stadium and I don’t care what anybody else thinks. It’s a cool stadium, it’s a great name, and we just have to play good when we’re in there.”

– Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden after he was asked what he thought about Allegiant Stadium being nicknamed the Death Star

QUESTION: “At what point in your football career did you decide no one can guard you?”

“When my mom had me.” 

– Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf

Week 2

“I just spent it building some LEGO sets and just talking to my girlfriend. That was about all I could do to take my mind off of it and not think about it too much, and not let it be something that affects me too much.” 

– Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship on how he took his mind off the Colts’ final roster cuts.

Week 3

“My life just flashed before my eyes. Dude, I blacked out. Totally blacked out. Jesus took the wheel on that one.”

 – Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher when he got a chance to score his first NFL touchdown

“I’m a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby. Four targets is four more than I thought I was going to get.” 

– Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski on his limited receiving numbers

Week 4

“It speaks to the value and the need of proper medical for our country. Going through the things I’m going through and seeing what these things cost, you just hope everybody is protected and covered. You really do.” 

– Washington head coach Ron Rivera opening up about his cancer treatments

Week 5

“Oh yeah. Mama didn’t raise no wuss.” 

– Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on playing through a rib injury

“I’m going to have a fake Heisman made so all four of us can have them.” 

– Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on playing in a division where the other three quarterbacks are former Heisman Trophy winners

Week 6

“I think it was a very special moment for me because my parents weren’t here. I couldn’t remember where we ended our drive at, so I FaceTimed my parents from where we ended our drive at.” 

– Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after getting his first NFL action

“My mom called me before the game … the first thing she told me was, ‘I’m your mom and everything, but are you going to hit some holes today?’ I was like, ‘You know what? I got you, mom.’ It just really hit home when your own mom is not liking what she sees out there.”

 – Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake on what his mom told him before rushing for 164 yards on 20 carries on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys

“95.5% of [ESPN Fantasy] didn’t play me. Shout out to the 4.5% who ride or die with me.”

 – Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus after his 24-point fantasy football scoring effort

Week 7

“How’d he catch my ass? What the f*ck?” 

– Arizona Cardinals defensive back Budda Baker after being run down by DK Metcalf on an interception

“Clearly out-coached, out-played, out-everything. … Really there’s not much else to say about it.” 

– New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after his team’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers

“Losing is not acceptable in this locker room. In this county. In this state. In this area. In this region. So Cameron Newton, you need to pick your [expletive] up. That’s what I’ve learned.” 

– New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton after his team’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers

Week 8

“This NFL thing, it’s hard.” 

– Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci after his first NFL start

“Right now we’re still in kindergarten but we’re trying to get to a master’s program here quick.” 

– Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on his young defensive secondary

“She said that I’m not leading the league in sacks.” 

– Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young on his mom’s mid-year performance review


Week 9

“Teddy why are you wearing that (wearing referee stripes)?”
“I’m here to throw a flag on any question I don’t want to answer. Nah, I’m just playing. I just came from work, my other job. Foot Locker.” 
“Is there a reason that you are working at Foot Locker?” 
“Well, when you’ve got a punter who’s 100% on the season completing passes, man, he makes it tough on you. So I’m trying to find another way to generate some income.”

– Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the passing success of punter, Joseph Charlton

Week 10

“I’m beginning to think he either has like a Staples easy button or a Buffalo Wild Wings button or just a straight direct line to the football gods because he’s like a football whisperer when it comes to anticipating what the game’s going to be like.” 

– New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on his head coach, Bill Belichick 

“We are not a Big 10 team playing a MAC opponent this week. (The Jaguars are) a group trying to kick our butt.” 

– Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on facing the Jaguars

Week 11

“I’ve been wearing glasses since like seventh, eighth grade and started wearing specs to play basketball in high school and carried them over into soccer and football ever since then. They’ve just become part of me and part of my identity. I think it just speaks to anybody that looks up to me or can take after me in being comfortable in their own skin. It’s just something that I’ve always liked, and I’ve always thought it’s made me unique.” 

– Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship on his glasses

“Social media gives cowards the right to say whatever they want with no consequences.” 

– Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the death threats he received after his overtime fumble against the Colts

Week 12

“Guess ima have to get my Lamar Jackson on.”

– Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy after finding out his team would have no eligible quarterbacks for the team’s game against New Orleans

QUESTION: “What do you attribute red zone failures and drops?”

“Us sucking.” 

– Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on his team’s inability to catch the football

Week 13

“In their beginning years, they’re like a fart in a skillet. They’re just bouncing around everywhere. Like popcorn. You don’t know where they’re gonna be.”

– Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on his young receivers

“Sometimes. I mean, hey, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work. If he had missed the field goal, then boom, I would have been a genius, but he made it, so I’m a doofus.” 

– Houston Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel after his attempt to ice Colts’ kicker Rodrigo Blankenship

Week 14

“Not really, because I get tired.” 

– Detroit Lions quarterback Chase Daniel on if he would like to use his legs at quarterback


– Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay’s response to his wife when she asked him if he wanted to do anything else besides watch RedZone on Sunday after the team’s Thursday night victory

Week 15

“I don’t blame them. When you play like poo, you deserve to be talked about like that. … that’s on me, I need to be better.” 

– Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on his play

“We have the Ravens this weekend. It’s going to take everything we have to beat them and they’re the only thing that matters to us right now. Look, with all due respect to Christmas, let’s forget about Christmas for a little while and focus on the Ravens.” 

– New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on what he thinks about a Friday Christmas with an upcoming game on Sunday

Week 16

“It did cross my mind. If things don’t go the way you want this weekend, it could be … I guess it’s healthy to have that thought because we’re not guaranteed anything going forward.” 

– Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers on the possibility that Week 17 could be his final football game

“We felt like we needed a spark, trying to win the game. If we’ve got to go to our relief pitcher in the ninth, that’s what we’ll do. Fitz, he’s always ready to go. He went in and moved the ball for us, but we had contributions from a lot of guys.”

– Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores after Ryan Fitzpatrick came in off the bench to lead the team to a win over the Raiders

Week 17

“I think they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year. I think they’re nameless gray faces. They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.” 

– Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on his team’s upcoming playoff matchup with the Browns

“How cool he was. I really thought it was like, ‘Oh my goodness, he’s going to be that principal you never want to see in the hallways.’ … But he’s a guy you just want to have a drink with. I bet he’d be so dope at a bar. He has stories out the wazoo.” 

– New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on his head coach, Bill Belichick

“I’m definitely trying to erase that narrative. That’s No. 1 on my mind, for sure.” 

– Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on trying to win his first playoff game

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