Ok, it isn’t exactly Rex Grossman predicting a division title in early August of 2011, but Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg got off a pretty confident quote in early August of 2012.
This came during an in-depth conversation with ESPN 980’s Chris Russell about how grown men find the motivation to play such a bruising sport year after year.
“I enjoy competing to be the best in the world at what I do,” the 25-year old Sundberg said. “I don’t think there’s a better long snapper in the world. I’ll be honest. I’ll say it. You can Tweet that. Darn right. If you don’t believe you’re the best, what are you doing? You should believe you’re the best sports-radio show host in the world.”
“But I’m not,” Russell said, a small hint of regret in his voice. “At one point I used to be. At one point I had a lot of confidence. Now, being that I run around here and I drive all over the place, I’m old and tired.”
“As a specialist, that’s key,” Sundberg said, forgoing a chance to offer self-help on the air. “I mean, I’ll line up against anybody. Snap, block, whatever you want me to do, I’ll beat em out in a heartbeat.”
Plus, Sundberg has the NFL’s best back tattoo, can bench press 445 pounds and makes 20 pounds of barbecued marinated chicken every Wednesday.
Speaking of chicken, Russell asked Sundberg about fellow special teamer Graham Gano standing with Chick-fil-A last week.
“The advice I gave him was have an opinion, that’s great,” Sundberg said. “Keep it to yourself. Why even put yourself in a situation to be bashed? Yeah, you’re gonna have people that tell you good things, but you’re also gonna have people that hate you because you posted a picture of your food at Chick-fil-A. Really? What’s the point. Why not just eat your food and leave? At the end of the day, why even put yourself in a situation where something like that could happen?....Why even take the risk?”
And in one final bit of quotable magic, Sundberg — who has also spent time with the Panthers and Ravens organizations — raved about Washington’s locker room.
“The chemistry is great, to be honest,” he said. “I’ve been on three NFL teams now, and this is my third year here. This is the greatest chemistry I’ve ever seen. This team in general has had great chemistry for the past few years, but this year above the past two, for sure. We’ve got a lot of great character guys on this team, top to bottom. Everybody gets along, nobody argues, there aren’t any squabbles.”
No squawking might have gone more with the chicken-themed interview, but whatever.