Ten Things I Think I Think
1. I think among the 31 NFL quarterbacks who don’t throw me passes, Russell Wilson is the best. He’s got all the tools; he has the ability to keep the play alive, and he’s very accurate with a strong arm. He exemplifies what it takes to be a winning QB in the NFL. If you asked me to choose based on record and experience, I’d take Tom Brady or Peyton Manning—but in terms of right now, my pick is Wilson.
2. I think the only thing we can do for Aldon Smith is support him and have his back and be there for him when he needs to talk. We don’t live with him, and we don’t see him on a daily basis. He has to take control and focus on doing everything the right way. He has to want it. He has to take charge.
3. I think in 10 years my goal is to host my own show, start acting, and continue to build a business empire. I look at Michael Strahan’s career as a model. I think you get there by doing what you want to do. If you know the formula to be successful as a football player, you know the formula to be successful after football. You have to be relentless.
4. I think fans pay more attention to the contracts of coaches and players than we do. I have my own contract. Frank Gore has his own contract. You don’t have time to worry about other guys’ deals because you have a lot to worry about on your own.
5. I think I’m grateful to have been drafted in San Francisco. There’s nothing better than these fans, the atmosphere and the weather. You enjoy life in San Francisco when you see what you’re surrounded by. I couldn’t have been drafted in a better place.
6. I think Adrian Peterson is the best athlete in the NFL.
7. I think Frank Gore is the most consistent athlete in the NFL.
8. I think Michael Sam is paving the way for other guys. They’re going to look at that and say, “If he did it, we can do it.” It takes a lot of guts and heart to come out. You probably will see a lot of other NFL players come out soon.
9. I think I would be upset if I were a U.S. soccer athlete and heard from my head coach that we had little chance to win the World Cup. That wouldn’t be good in sports, or life in general. Whenever you’re competing in any kind of organization, you want to be optimistic and competitive to the point that you’re challenging yourself and you’re keeping that faith. There is that famous saying, “If you think you can’t, you’re right. If you think you can, you’re right.” Whatever you believe about yourself, it’s going to happen. We must remain positive to go out and excel. Competition is more about mindset than skill.
10. I think I was blessed to spend Father’s Day with my children. Fatherhood is a huge responsibility. My life is about making sure my son and daughter can survive and thrive when I’m gone.