"I'm loving every part of this. This is all I could ever dream of."
--Mark Sanchez, New York Jets rookie quarterback, after a 24-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans that brings the Jets' early season record to 3-0.
Sanchez, from USC, is the quarterback of only the fourth 3-0 Jets team in franchise history. He's the first NFL rookie QB in 40 years to win his first three starts. The victories included an upset of the New England Patriots.
Sanchez, the fifth player taken in the NFL draft in April, received a five-year, $50 million contract ($28 million guaranteed).
"I'm not winning these games," Sanchez said. "We are winning these games."
Sanchez did not have a great game. He went 17-of-30 for 171 yards, with two passing touchdowns, one rushing score (14 yards), one interception and two fumbles (one lost). He made some rookie mistakes.
"I like the way he bounces back; he doesn't let one play get him down, and he learns from his mistakes,"
--Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets wide-receiver, who caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and set up another with a 46-yard reception.
Excerpts from ESPN.com and the New York Post, September 28, 2009.
For more on Peak Performance, click on The Handbook of Peak Performance.