Big Pat unplugged

  • Updated: July 3, 2007 - 9:21 PM

When a ferocious, butt-kickin' beast who can dominate the storm that is an NFL line of scrimmage talks, we don't interrupt.

On making the Pro Bowl for the first time last year, in his 10th season:

"It's all politics. I'm the best nose tackle in the game. I don't care what no scouts say, or what this guy says or that guy says. I know I'm the best in the game. So I don't have to worry about it."

On the first time he remembers talking trash:

"In eighth grade in Monroe [La.], I'd go watch the varsity practice. I'd tell the guys, 'When I come over here [next year], I'm going to start. They said I was crazy. I said, 'All right, you all say what you want to say.' So I've always had that anger and attitude. When I got up to varsity, they couldn't stop me."

On going from 5-8, 160 pounds as a freshman at Woosman High to 5-11, 240 as a sophomore:

"Yeah. I got big fast."

On being 33:

"Age don't mean nothing. They always want to throw something at you. When the game comes on Sunday and them guards are 25, 27, I'm whipping their ..." um, butts. "But that's how I play. That's what I do."

On spending his NFL riches wisely:

"I see a lot of guys waste their money, and then have nothing when they leave the game. I'm on a budget. I have a lawyer who handles my money. All I get is $5,000 a month to spend. If I ask for more, he won't give it to me. That's why I pay him, so he'll say no when I ask for more money. I'll ask. He'll say, 'No, you don't need it.' And I say, 'OK, bye.' "

On whether he's patched things up with Chicago Bears Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz:

"Yeah. I talked to Olin. We're cool. He was taking everything too seriously. I was just trying to make things exciting out here. Some guys take things too seriously. They're all football. I said, 'It ain't that serious.' "

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