I interviewed Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panther owner, Monday. Ran most of it in Tuesday's Charlotte Observer. But here's some of what I didn't use.
I offer names.
"He's one of the most favorite players we've ever had on the team," says Richardson. "A no-nonsense man. He takes contructive ideas in the right way. He wants to please. He came into the league not really having a position. And now we've found the spot for him. He's just a wonderful man. And he said this is where he wanted to be."
"I don't know him as well as I do Thomas. But he did what he said he was going to do. He and I had a handshake agreement, and he lived up to his word."
"He and I had a discussion about him staying here and he tells me he wants to. I'm told he's a very smart football player and I think he's our kind of guy."
DeANGELO WILLIAMS and JONATHAN STEWART.
"DeAngelo and Jonathan are great the way they interact among themselves. They could take the position that one takes away from the other and I've never seen that."
Who are former players with which you stay in contact?
"Mark Carrier is near the top. Tshimanga Biakabutuka. Wesley (Walls). Kevin Donnalley. Lamar Lathon. Sam Mills, of course. He gave me a hug and I said, I need a real hug. He called me to visit him right at the end of his life and he was really sick and weak and frail and he said he wanted a real hug."
"He had great recommendations from all the people I talked to personally. He has presence. He's confident but not trying to sell, he talks to me about chain of command and that he's a chain of command person. He's exceptional. We'll see.