Channing Crowder Retires: The Top 10 Quotes from His Career

Chris CiprianoCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2011

Channing Crowder Retires: The Top 10 Quotes from His Career

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    Outspoken linebacker Channing Crowder announced his sudden retirement on Tuesday, just over a week after the Miami Dolphins released him after only six seasons.

    Crowder was never shy about speaking his mind, and sometimes it came back to bite him. Perhaps the Dolphins released him so early in his career because they were tired of his troublesome mouth.

    Here are the top 10 quotes from his career.

10. Speaking About Himself

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    "People always expect me to be some sort of monster. I might be a little crazy, but I wouldn’t say I’m a monster.”


9. Hinting That He Sold Game Jerseys When He Played at Florida

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    “I’ll say hypothetically I don’t have any more of my Florida jerseys. There were some Jacksonville businessmen that really hypothetically liked my play.”


8. On Florida’s Struggles After Replacing Tim Tebow with John Brantley

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    “They don’t have an identity. They don’t know what—John Brantley don’t know what he wants to do. He can’t outrun anybody. I saw him get run down by a white linebacker last week, which was a disgrace to all Florida football history.”


7. Speaking About His Father Randy Crowder, Who Played in the NFL in the '70s

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    “The only thing I learned from him was about messing up, so I’ll try to be a better father than he was."


6. Speaking About Former New York Jets and Florida State RB Leon Washington

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    “We do not like each other. With Florida State, I hated him. I hate him now. If I see him out, I’m not going to talk to him. I’m not going to slap him, but I’m not going to be pleasant. Every time he sees me, he starts cussing. I see him and I start cussing. It’s going to be like that the whole game.”


5. Speaking About the Undefeated New Orleans Saints in 2009

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    “They’re undefeated, they’re probably smelling themselves, rubbing each other’s balls.”


4. Speaking About the NFL's Crackdown on Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

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    “If they’re going to keep making us go more and more and more like a feminine sport, we’re going to wear pink every game, not just on the breast cancer months. If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I’m going to knock them out and take what they give me. They give me a helmet, I’m going to use it.”


3. Part of a Back-and-Forth with Rex Ryan

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    “Oh, Lord have mercy. What’s wrong with him? Now he’s talking about preparation? We play them twice this year. If he wants to be prepared, shouldn’t he know the starting middle linebackers of his division rival?

    “He says he’d take care of me if he was younger? I’d have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him.

    “Let’s see if he can top this one. I’ve walked over tougher guys going to a fight. He can send himself and his father after me.”


2. Venting After a Loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2010

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    “Le’Ron McClain spit in my face. That’s some real ho’ s—, so if you talk to him tell him he’s a ho’. If he ever comes to Miami, he’s got to see me.”

    “They (the officials) said they didn’t see it. Then they said something about they let Karlos Dansby get away with a facemask before. Who the f— cares? I just got spit in my face. I don’t give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody’s facemask.”

    “Like they didn’t see Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. No, no, they say, 'Aaah.' Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank. Who’s the blind girl? Helen Keller, then. I don’t know who Anne Frank is. I’m mad right now. I’m not as swift as I usually am.”


1. Speaking About the NFL Hosting a Game in London in 2007

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    “I couldn’t find London on a map if they didn’t have the names of the countries. I swear to God. I don’t know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I learned that."

    "I know London Fletcher. We did a football camp together. So I know him. That’s the closest thing I know to London. He’s black, so I’m sure he’s not from London. I’m sure that’s a coincidental name.”