I do feel like a loner but I think it's because I look at things differently than other people.
I don't care what people think about me because I know I am more than all the pain and strife they hold inside.
I don't think people change. I think they definitely mature. But I think the essence of what I am today is the same as when I was five years old. It's just maturity. I've become a healthier, fuller expression of that essence.
I feel no need and have no desire to give any attention to other people's opinion of me.
I like to live in places that are kind of off in the cuts so people can't really find me even if they wanted to.
I think if I were a college professor, no one would say I was uncomfortable about being shy because that might be expected. But I think because of people's stereotypes, they think of a football player as someone who is very outgoing and I'm not.
I think it's very easy for people to stereotype athletes, good and bad.
I think sometimes when it comes to sports, and especially relationships between players and coaches, that people lose track, lose a sense of reality.
I would drive home and see people wearing my No. 34 jersey and wonder why, because I didn't feel worthy of that. And all the time I just knew people were staring at me, talking about me everywhere I went.
One of my biggest problems is that I'm always so influenced by what other people are thinking about me.
People are hungry because they're eating empty foods. Mine are full, and so am I.
The people that I see on the street, they treat me more as a human being and not just an icon or a football player.
As an athlete, you figure you work your whole life to have what you have, and to be able to show the world what you have and how proud you are of it, that's always fun.
I have no room in my life for any form of negativity or nonacceptance.
It's something that I had been pushing down my whole life. The search for meaning, I guess, the whispering of the soul.
One thing I've learned about life is that if you really let go, it's just a joy ride.
The more I pay attention to what's going on inside, the more I realize that how I feel, and how I react to what I feel, really creates my reality. And the more in touch I can be, the better chance I have to control what's happening in my life.
The NFL has been an amazing page in this chapter of my life. I pray that all successive adventures offer me the same potential for growth, success and most importantly fun.
There's more to life than success, and if you can try to be more well-rounded, you'll be able to enjoy your success more. It won't own you or control you.
When you make that crossover from life to real life, when you're not treated as a child anymore but as a man, and you are no longer given the benefit of the doubt, it takes some courage to face that.
If I was doing something for the money, I'd be quite miserable.
The money is what made me miserable. I want to be free of that stress.
If you replace the word God in the Bible with the word Truth, it reads exactly right.
I don't feel like my speed or my power or my desire to play this game has diminished at all.
I don't think I'll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It's not in my nature.