Right, because there was a time when... like in 2006, I don’t think there was a better receiver in the NFL. You were killing.
I was telling you what I was gunna go do and then I’d go out there and do it. I was unmatched back then and I think I just lost that drive, that ambition to want to continue to be great. I think I got complacent, in a sense, and it caught up with me. And, before I could catch myself and say ‘Chad, get it the fuck together because you’re slipping a little bit and get back on your shit.’
Physically, there’s nothing wrong with me. Black don’t crack. All that washed up stuff... Black don’t crack. You don’t lose your skill like that. Your skill erodes year after year, but I was on track to catching myself while I was out in New England. Miami was going to be my bounce back year. I was focused, I was ready, I was back to being me. Talking trash (long pause) then I get in trouble. I totally messed everything up. But it’s a good thing I got in trouble because it allowed me to sit back and analyze where I needed to go from here? Where’d I mess up at? What do I want to do? We’ll see what happens. Maybe I get a chance, maybe I don’t. If not, life goes on. Either way, I’m still in shape. I’ll be ready.
There might not be a bigger showman in football of our generation. Give me your top five athletes who were showman.
That’s easy, Floyd, Deion [Sanders], Muhammad Ali. (Pauses to think) C’mon Ocho. Floyd, Deion, Muhammad Ali. Mike Tyson. Who else is showman? I’ll go with T.O.
If I was gunna pick one more, I’d say Ric Flair.
Ok, Ric Flair. (Laughs) Yup, he was a showman. (Does Ric Flair strut)
Lastly, who are you picking to win the Super Bowl?
I would love to see a great game but if I had to bet my money, I’d bet it on Peyton Manning's I.Q. Regardless of how good that defense is in Seattle, it’s a chess match. It’s a chess match between that defensive coordinator for the Seahawks putting all his players in the right position against Peyton Manning. I’m definitely going with Peyton against whoever their defensive coordinator is.