In 2009, Jesse Holley won Michael Irvin’s reality show, 4th and Long, and was awarded an invitation to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday, Holley had three receptions for 96 yards, including a 77-yard catch in overtime to set up the game-winning 19-yard field goal for a 27-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Below are Irvin’s comments on Holley’s performance:
– “This really is an amazing story when you talk about it. This guy did not just catch that ball to go and win the game, but he caught passes that put them in position to go and win the game. What a great kid.”
– “When Jesse caught this ball [77-yard reception in overtime], I said to myself, ‘I’m sitting in my office at the NFL Network and I’m still winning games for the Dallas Cowboys.’”
– “This guy earned this spot. I told Jerry [Jones] don’t make it easy on him; make it hard on him. Jerry has called me numerous times talking about how hard this kid works and he was exactly the right kid. It really is a blessing from God.”
Quotes from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final
“He needed that victory just like that. No other way; you needed to win late, you needed to win in the fourth quarter, you needed it to be on your shoulders so they could remove all of the questions about can Tony Romo play big in big moments and win the games.”
— Michael Irvin on Cowboys QB Tony Romo erasing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit en route to a 27-24 victory in overtime
“People talk about leadership all the time. This is what makes you a leader; not yelling at people, but getting your butt back in the game, making plays to win a football game. That’s how your teammates will respect you.”
— Michael Irvin on Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns
“They got beat down by Baltimore and they said ‘enough’s enough, we’re going to flex our muscles. Weren’t we the AFC representative in the Super Bowl?’ Well they looked like it today.”
— Steve Mariucci on the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 24-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks
“He recognizes coverages but one thing he needs to recognize is know who to and not to play with. Charles Woodson is one of the best in the game. Leave him alone.”
— Deion Sanders on Panthers QB Cam Newton, who was intercepted twice by Charles Woodson
“The best kept secret in this league.”
— Steve Mariucci on Bills RB Fred Jackson, who rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo’s 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders
“If the Colts felt that Curtis Painter was the guy and he was ready to play, they wouldn’t have gone out and gotten another veteran quarterback. Evidently, they’re not having confidence that they need to play Curtis Painter.”
— Steve Mariucci on the Colts’ quarterback situation
“That’s a lot to ask of Kerry Collins. You’re going to play from behind so that means you have to take chances with this team. It’s not a good situation out there for the Colts.”
— Deion Sanders on the Indianapolis Colts following a 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns
“He is playing Reggie Bush’s role like Reggie Bush has never played it before in his life.”
— Michael Irvin on Saints RB Darren Sproles, who had 79 receiving yards, 17 rushing yards and one touchdown in a 30-13 win over the Chicago Bears
“Bill Belichick likes to take away your little blankie, and he took away Antonio Gates.”
— Michael Irvin on the New England Patriots holding Chargers TE Antonio Gates without a catch in a 35-21 win
“For this team to go deep into the playoffs, they must involve Michael Turner running successfully and Tony Gonzalez working the middle of the field.”
— Deion Sanders on the performance of Falcons RB Michael Turner (114 yards, 1 touchdown) and TE Tony Gonzalez (83 yards, 2 touchdowns) in a 35-31 win
“You have to use the run game to set up [Matt Ryan]. [Ryan] is not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in this kind of a mindset where you can use him to win football games.”
— Michael Irvin on the Atlanta Falcons, who rushed for 138 yards in a victory over Philadelphia
“Every team in the National Football League would love to have two starting quarterbacks and just name one of them as a backup. But the reality is they did the right thing. I love what every one of those guys were saying: we wanted to win for Michael Vick. That means he’s the clear leader of the team.”
— Michael Irvin on if the Eagles regret trading Kevin Kolb with Michael Vick leaving the game
“I have a feeling these two teams will meet again in the playoffs.”
— Steve Mariucci on the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers
“Now you really have to play some football. Offensive coordinators, you really have to coordinate and call the game; you don’t have the luxury of a guy like an offensive coordinator in Peyton Manning and your quarterback going out there with three plays and placing you in the right position. You really have to play this game now and it’s not that easy.”
— Deion Sanders on the 0-2 Indianapolis Colts
“This might be the fastest team in the National Football League with all of these weapons on offense.”
— Steve Mariucci on the Philadelphia Eagles, who gained 447 total yards in a loss
Marc Fein Reports from Atlanta
On Eagles quarterback Michael Vick:
“Eagles head coach Andy Reid was asked several different times about the extent of Mike Vick’s injury. He would only say that he has a concussion and will be evaluated further. Vick did shower and fly home with the team following the game. His teammates seemed hopeful that he’ll be able to return next week and they talked about trying to rally around him after the injury. The Eagles have their home opener next week against the New York Giants. If Mike Vick can’t go, there are still question marks at the quarterback position. Vince Young was inactive for the game with the Falcons with a hamstring injury. Andy Reid was asked about that injury; he said he is not sure whether he’ll be back or not. If he can’t go, then it will again be the other Mike: Mike Kafka.”
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:
Let’s Go Primetime – Deion Sanders counts down the top 10 performers from Sunday on the corner of 21st and Prime.
Defining Moment for Tony Romo – NFL GameDay Final crew discuss Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throwing for 345 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 comeback victory in overtime.
Growth of Cam Newton – Steve Mariucci analyzes Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s performance against the Green Bay Packers following a record-setting debut.
Week 2 GameDay Express – Take a ride on the GameDay Express to catch up on all of the action from Sunday.
Every Touchdown from Sunday’s Action – NFL RedZone provides a recap of all 69 touchdowns scored on Sunday.
7:30 PM ET: NFL GameDay Highlights
Host: Rich Eisen Analysts: Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders
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