"The mistake that they made is that the thought was, 'If we give him the money, it will help to straighten him out.' But when they gave him the money, he only spiraled further out of control because he had the money" – ESPN's Tom Jackson, on the Patriots' handling of former TE Aaron Hernandez ("Sunday NFL Countdown," ESPN, 9/8).
"Welcome aboard, Time magazine. So glad you decided to join our little bandwagon!" – N.Y. Times' Joe Nocera, on Time joining the call for NCAA athletes to be paid (N.Y. TIMES, 9/7).
"I’ve been increasingly bothered by using the word, and I don’t want to be a part of using a name that a cross-section of our society feels is insulting" – The MMQB's Peter King, on why he no longer will use the Redskins' name in print (SI.MMQB.com, 9/6).
"See what NFL players can do when they're not in handcuffs? They can do good work" – NBC's Jay Leno, on Broncos QB Peyton Manning's performance during the team's win on Thursday against the Ravens ("The Tonight Show," NBC, 9/6).
"I was always annoyed by every time we tried to pass something in the competition committee, all we could hear from the back was, 'Abstain, abstain'" – CBS' Bill Cowher, on giving good-natured ribbing in greeting new CBS NFL studio analyst and former Raiders Chief Exec and CBS analyst Amy Trask, who once was a member of the NFL Competition Committee (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBS Sports Network, 9/8).