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That’s where Quinn took it to the next level.

Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff had just finished informing a rookie of his release after Quinn’s first season, and Quinn overheard this particular player running into a now ex-teammate on his way out the door after cleaning out his locker.

He said to the [released] player, ‘Hey man, sorry about that,’ Quinn said. And Cheap China NFL Jerseys the rookie said, ‘Can I get your number?’ That felt like a dagger to the chest, because these two guys had been on the same team, and he didn’t have the guy’s phone number. At that point, I realized, ‘Man, we’re a long way away to be as close and connected as we could be.’

The most powerful one, it helped develop our mental toughness, Quinn said. For us, we had to show some resiliency, getting your ass kicked at the end of the Super Bowl isn’t a highlight. But it gives you the platform to show resiliency. This is the life we live, as competitors. So we’ve got to come back, let’s make sure we fight and compete. You’ve seen the closeness of this team take on what I hoped it could be.

They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that. They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.

Jacobs came back later with a blog post about all the good being done by NFL players, a kind of mea culpa. Reading her timeline, I wondered what changed over the years. What’s inspired football fans to seek out those who relay the bad news and reply with the good? It’s obvious, isn’t it? This is the Trump effect. In calling protesting NFL players sons of bitches last September, the president split the NFL fandom along partisan lines never seen before. People who said they were newly turned off to the pro game because of the player protests against police brutality sent social media missives accusing players of doing nothing for their communities but protesting. Players and their fans countered with facts.

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