Jackson has been the front-runner most of the season, but he and the Cardinals stumbled down the stretch, losing their last two games. This season he accounted for 51 touchdowns and averaged 410 yards of total offense a game. Watson finished strong, leading Clemson to an ACC championship.
“It’s always been about winning, and I’ve been very fortunate to be on a lot of great teams,” Brady said of reaching the milestone. “I’m just really grateful.”
“It reminded me of many a ninth inning when I used to pace around,” the one-time owner of the Milwaukee Brewers said on a conference call.
“It’s the biggest nightmare possible,” said Bortles, whose 37.9 quarterback rating was the worst of his career. “But what are you going to do about it? You can’t sit there in a corner and pout. You can’t blame people. You can’t feel sorry for yourself because I think all that’s going to do is affect the way I play. … All you can do is put your head down and continue to play as hard as you can and prepare each week.”
“They were exceptional,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said.
“It’s a good win for us,” Harden said. “Last night, double-overtime game, getting in at 5 a.m. and not really sleeping. … We got off to a really good start, guys knocked down shots and just rode that wave the entire game.”
“It could have been something really good,” Woods said. “I got off to a nice, solid start and made a few mistakes there. I didn’t play the par 5s very well in the middle part of the round and consequently, got it going the wrong way. … But all in all, I feel pretty good. I’m looking forward to another three more days.”
“I’m very surprised,” said Svindal, who has had only three weeks of top-level training since rupturing his right ACL in a downhill at Kitzbuehel, Austria. “I was fairly nervous but what can you do? Just try your best, right.”
“A statement win to show the whole NBA that we can compete with anybody in the league,” Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said. “We’re a very confident team. That’s the one thing Coach instilled in the team.”
“I knew coming into this game it was going to be a tough match and I had to be on my ‘A’ game,” Bryant said. “Because if I wasn’t, he can get the best of you. We had a good battle. We shared our thoughts throughout the game. It was good thoughts. It’s nice playing games like that.”