Do you think Tebow will be the starting qb for the Jets this year?
If Mark Sanchez doesn't play well, the definitely.
Are you a big Madden player? If so, who is your team of choice?
I used to play, maybe my rookie and sophomore year in the NFL. I used to always use Dallas, I think, back then.
What did getting inducted into the Hall of Fame mean to you?
It was more than I thought it was going to be. Through my interaction with the previous inductees and the whole experience, I felt like that weekend was the first time I felt like a football fan. I felt like I became a football fan in Canton.
What is your favorite NFL moment?
Probably rejoining Bill Parcells in New York.
What is your Super Bowl pick?
I always have to go with the Jets!
Curtis, class act and true professional. Appreciated watching you play. We were wondering how much say certain players have in certain personnel decisions. We were thinking of the Arizona QB situation. Will Whiz talk with Larry Fitzgerald about who he prefers/ thinks gives the Cards the best chance to win? Or are those decisions strictly coach-based only? Thanks-
Yeah, I think they would. Not that he would necessarily make the decision, but he could have some influence on it. It depends on how the organization is run. A lot of times coaches want to know what other players think about it. A lot of times we have a ground-up view of the players and football moreso than ownership.
Who do you feel is the greatest all around running back of all-time? In my book it's Walter Payton hands down.
I would probably go with Payton, also. For the all-around back. The greatest runner is Barry Sanders. The greatest RB of all-time is Jim Brown, as far as what a RB is. But the greatest runner is Barry Sanders.
How muhc input will you have into your Madden character?
I don't know how much input I will have, but I hope they do a good job of ranking me.
I don't think that would be a good idea, because I don't think it will be realisitc. I'd probably have the power of Jim Brown, the elusiveness of Barry Sanders and the speed of Chris Johnson.
Which runningbacks most impress you playing today?
Adrian Peterson. Ray Rice. Arian Foster. I'm still impressed with Chris Johnson. I think these guys have incredible ability.
Curtis, first off, you are my favorite football player of all time. You have played with a bunch of solid quarterbacks over your carrer. Who was the best one you played with?
Vinny Testaverde was my guy. There was something about Vinny.
It's hard to classify any of them as the best, because they all brought so much to the table as far as talent.
Is it weird hearing yourself called a HOFer?
Yeah. I'm getting used to it. But I still forget to sign it HOF with my signature. I'm growing into being a Hall of Famer.
how weird is it to think that you'll be going to the ceremonies for the next 50 years?
I look forward to it. That was one of the commitments that our class made, the Class of 2012, that unless there was some drastic or tragic circumstances that we would be there every year.
Curtis - congratulations on your induction this year. As a Pats fan, you remain a favorite always (and I think I can speak for the majority of Pats fans)....I was curious what one of your favorite Patriots memory is/are?
Definitely the Fog Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was probably one of my favorite games ever. My first game of my professional career against Cleveland and we won. I scored the winning TD.
How have you stayed involved with football since you retired?
I've been more involved on the ownership level, from the business perspective more than a player perspective.
Curtis, are the Jets in real trouble this season on offense? What do you think of the Sanchez/Tebow situation?
I think that the QB situation is simple. Either Mark will have his best year or Tebow will probably be playing. But I don't think there is anything to worry. AFter the first four games if the offense isn't productive then I think there will be reason to worry. But the preseason isn't a time to worry.
Do you think the Patriots will make another deep post season run this year?
The Patriots are likely to go to the playoffs every year. They're like the Boston Celtics, they're always going to be in the hunt for a championship and more than likely something going on in the playoffs.
congrats on the induction and the great career man! with jones drew's hold out this year who do you think is gonna be this years rushing leader?
As long as he's in shape and in game shape, I don't think it will effect him a whole lot. I always wonder how a hold out effects a player mentally. But I think he will be fine.
I know it is only preseason, but what is wrong with your Jets?
You shouldn't put a whole lot into the preseason. If the preseason was a stock, I wouldn't buy it.
Over the years, the fans have meant so much to me. Coach Parcells always said you can tell how you played the game by what the game and the fans say to you. I really appreciate what the game has told me and what the fans have said to me. I want the fans to know they have never been taken for granted, they're appreciated.