Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader! ‘ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you. — Ben.
When there are doubters, it always fuels the fire a little bit. When people say you can’t do something, if you are a competitor, that drives you! — Ben.
“You work on your diet. You work on your exercise. You work on yourself to get ready to play this game at this age and for this many years. You find ways to do it.” — Ben, speaking to the media after practice.
“My arm feels a lot fresher. This time last year I threw thousands of footballs trying to get ready. Today was the first time I threw a football since minicamp besides my son in the backyard. It feels more normal of an offseason. My arm feels really good.”
“He was a father, a grandfather figure to everybody. He treated everybody the same. It didn’t matter who you were, where you came from, what you did, everybody was important to him. Always had time to shake your hand, look at you, talk to you. And obviously, he drafted me, took a chance on me. I know he went into that draft room and said, ‘We’re not passing him up,’ and so I wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for him. Just a lotta love for him and the family.” — Ben, from Sept 18, 2017.