During a recent Players Roundtable on NFL Network, Jamie Dukes picked Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders picked Ed Reed, Marshall Faulk picked Peyton Manning and Warren Sapp picked Chris Johnson as the most exciting player in the National Football League.
"There's no money time except playoff time. And I watched Baltimore come in there with that defense, and this kid just looked like he was on another level...I mean we were talking about Tennessee needing a home-run hitter outside a skill position, they put him seven yards behind the quarterback, and he gave them everything they could possibly want and more, except, the second half of that game." -Warren Sapp
It's so hard to think about that game. I don't know how many times I've thought about it. If Chris Johnson stayed in the game... If Alge Crumpler didn't fumble... If Lendale didn't fumble... Who knows where we would be now. On the other hand, who knows where we would be if CJ was never drafted by the Titans. I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that we would not have had the best record in the NFL in '08.
"I hope that Chris Johnson understands the reputation that goes along with him, because now, it's you hit him, he's done. And for a running back, for a running back, you don't want people taking shots at you. You remember the whole Eddie George-Ray Lewis thing. When people start taking shots at you, cause they're gonna get you, you don't want them taking free shots at you." -Marshall Faulk
When Faulk started talking, I thought he was going to be talking about CJ's reputation as a person, and how he should be a role model. He really does, if he is going to be the face of our team. With all the instances of Titans not being role models (cough cough...Pacman....Vince...cough), we need a player that is a role model of our team, like Peyton Manning, Ladainian Tomlinson, etc. Right now, Cortland Finnegan probably fits that role well, as does Kyle Vanden Bosch. Not to say that CJ's not on the right track, with his camp for kids he's doing which starts tomorrow. (Side note: Isn't it kind of ironic that the first thing that shows up if you search "nfl role model" into Google is Vince Young)