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Seinfeld, Danny Almonte and love connections? Just another day at the combine

Posted by: under Packers Updated: February 24, 2012 - 4:59 PM

The interview room at Lucas Oil Stadium has been a beehive of activity the past two days as NFL general managers, coaches and draft hopeful prospects have come to the combine with great purpose. Looking for some of the best quotes of the event? Here are five of Friday’s best.

Twenty-eight-year-old Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, still answering questions about his age: “It used to kind of get under my skin, but there can be a lot worse things I can be answering questions about. That's really the only knock on me is my age. I have fun with it. And here's the fact, I can't change it. I can change a lot of Things: my footwork, throwing motion, release. This and this and this. I can't change my birth certificate. I wish I could pull a Danny Almonte, but I can't do it.”

New St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher on the Rams’ 2012 trip to London to play New England: “When it was released and announced, we were very excited. I think it’s a great opportunity. And I think if you’re going to play the Patriots it’s best not to play them in North America.”

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III on trying to strike up a match with an NFL team: “I hope somebody falls in love with me other than my fiancé. That’s what you want. As a player you want a team that really wants you – head coach, GM, owner, everybody that really wants you in that place and where the players believe in you. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to making somebody fall in love with me.”

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh on quarterback Andrew Luck, whom he coached at Stanford: “You ever played spades? Trump games? He’s holding a lot of aces in a lot of suits. He’s got all the qualities really, mentally, physically. He’s as prepared as anybody that you’re going to find.”

Packers general manager Ted Thompson, on why his answers are often so vanilla: “In settings like this, I try to be informative but I’m honest when I say I’m not going to tell any trade secrets up here while I’m here. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to lie. I guess you could go the route and be like ‘Opposite George’ on ‘Seinfield.’ You know, say whatever’s the opposite. I like to try to be honest with you, but at the same time, I’m not going to give away any information that I think could be used against us. I don’t think that makes a lot of sense. This is a very small fraternity in the National Football League, and once you get to Indianapolis with everybody here, it’s even smaller. I tell our scouts to listen and don’t talk.”
 

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