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Memorable Quotes by Adam Thielen

I didn't need to be motivated by other people overlooking me. My motivation was internal, to be better every day.
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I want to be respected based on how I play.
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That's probably the biggest difference from a hamstring to different injuries. You can play through pain with other injuries. But as I found out quickly with a hamstring, if you're feeling any pain, eventually, it's not going to work.
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I had no idea the Vikings were interested. I was actually expecting other teams because the Green Bay Packers and three or four other teams asked for film after the combine in Dallas, and the Vikings weren't one of them.
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I'm going to try to go out and do my best, and I'm going to try and compete every play.
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It's really nice to be able to go into the offseason and attack the training as soon as possible.
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When there are things I see on tape that I think I can get better at, it frustrates me.
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I do get recognized every once in a while.
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I think there were a lot of people at Mankato reaching out to the Vikings saying to just bring me in for a tryout.
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I love when people think it's going to be easy to guard me.
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Defenses usually are trying to take away the guys who are getting a lot of catches earlier in the season.
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I really am genuinely happy for guys that get paid and have success when they actually work their tails off.
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When you're coming into training camp, there's not a whole lot that is familiar. When you can grab something from it, it keeps you calm and helps you just play football.
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You make yourself tougher in the offseason.
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I think when you're not in the NFL or when you're early in your career, you don't understand how hard guys work, especially the guys that play a long time and are successful.
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In the NFL, there's never really that moment where you're like, Hey, I made the team. Or: Hey, you made the practice squad. You just kind of show up the next day and go to work. Nobody really says anything. You just kind of go to work.
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I'm always going to feel like the underdog. I feel like that's the kind of mind-set I want to have and if I do lose that mind-set, I want somebody to slap me in the face and say, 'Hey, pick it up and get back to the roots.'
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Being able to put the film out there that I did and prove that I can be a starter in this league, it's put me in a good situation.
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Joe Mauer, as a local guy, I've looked up to him.
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I feel like I've proven that I can be a starter in this league, and I want to be respected in that way.
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It's frustrating when you don't feel like you help the team like you should, but at the end of the day there's going to be ups and downs and it's how you react.
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I always played 'FIFA' and stuff like that growing up, and seeing those guys celebrate, I kind of got inspiration from that.
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You have to be able to make plays.
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I just want to make sure that I'm competing every day and giving my best effort, because everything else just falls into place.
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For me, Thursday night football is a great time for me to enjoy the game with my family, as I'm not able to watch as much on Sundays.
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You have to be different on the field than you are at home.
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I would not be in the NFL, 100 percent, if it wasn't for basketball. I probably wouldn't be where I am without golf and baseball. Golf, for the mental side of the game, being able to focus on the now and take one shot at a time.
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Whatever play is called, I go run the route.
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For me, after every game you look yourself in the mirror and ask 'what can i do better, what can i do to help this team?' Then you go back to the drawing board and you go back and you work hard.
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In this league, it's all about being close to 100 percent on game day.
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I played college football for free. I had to pay to play, really.
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I love when people doubt me. I love when people don't think that I'm good enough to play at a certain level, not good enough to be a starter, things like that. That's the stuff that drives me.
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You have to have a great offensive line, great quarterback and guys around you that believe in you and help you.
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I have tried to have a really good, positive attitude.
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You know, the media always tries to twist things and make things into what they're not.
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For me, it's simple: easy recipes equal more family time.
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The whole goal was to get an opportunity to go somewhere for OTAs because OTAs in this league are extremely important, especially for undrafted guys and guys who are on the bubble. You don't get a lot of opportunities in preseason games and training camp, so OTAs are huge.
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I think that everybody should have the same opportunities.
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It doesn't really matter who's getting the credit. We just love to be on the field and winning games.
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The players have got to make the plays.
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We know how hard it is to get to the playoffs in general, and then to get to the NFC Championship Game. You just never know if you'll have the opportunity again, so you really want to make the most of it.
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In high school I just loved to compete and play sports. I didn't have a sport that I was going to say, 'Hey, I'm going to play this at the next level.' Whatever my best opportunity was was what I was going to do.
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If I get a target, I want the ball in my hands.
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I don't think it's much different at this level. It just feels like playing high school football, college football. It's the same games, the same routes.
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There is no better feeling than coming into a tough environment and winning.
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I honestly don't care about individual awards or statistics.
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Something I remind myself every day, just do your job to the best of your ability and that's the most important thing.
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We put everything we have into the offseason.
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For us, we're homebodies. My wife and I like to be at home with family.
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I think everybody individually does things a little differently. As a quarterback, every quarterback has their strengths and their weaknesses.
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For me, I'm just trying to keep getting better.
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I was pretty realistic about my chances of being drafted.
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Just because you're drafted, No. 1, doesn't mean you're going to make a team and, No. 2, it doesn't mean you're going to be around a long time. Especially at receiver, where there are only five and the last two have to play a lot of special teams or they're gone.
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At some point, you're not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL. That's when you have to be able to throw the ball.
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My wife and I are breakfast people.
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As a competitor, when you have a bad play, all you want is to get the ball again and get going.
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A lot of people can talk about their faith. When you live it every day and act on the word of God, it's pretty cool to see.
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It doesn't matter what play is called, you have to run that play and you have to be successful on it. It just comes down to execution, all 11 players doing the right thing.
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I have a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to get better at, which is good.
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There's a lot of guys out there that can play at this level, and sometimes they might be discouraged because they come from a small school or a tough situation.
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I think there's a lot of people that still don't believe in me, and obviously, I love proving people wrong and helping the football team win games any possible way I can.
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That's something you work on Day 1. You never stop your route.
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I don't care what people think about me.
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It doesn't matter who you are in this league: You're always trying to have a bigger role. Anybody who said they weren't trying to do that would be lying.
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I thought I was better at basketball, but obviously people didn't think so. But I loved them equally, whether it be baseball season, basketball, football, golf, I liked them equally.
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Being a part of the practice squad was a tough year for me.
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I wouldn't take back having a kid for the world.
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By the time the season's over, I'm ready to get back in the weight room and start training as far as getting stronger.
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As a competitor, as an athlete, you want the ball to come to you.
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I've never been a numbers guy. Numbers don't excite me. Winning games excites me.
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It's football. There's emotions.
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Just trust that good things will happen if you're working hard and making plays.
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I don't care if people think I'm one of the best receivers or one of the worst receivers. I don't really care.
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I love to compete and I hate failing.
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The guys who play at a high level probably think they are better than they are, and that's all right.
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When we go out, we have our favorite places, and the great thing about Minnesota is that most Minnesotans are pretty respectful of your time when you're with your family.
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I've always been a very observant person, a visual person. That's my way of learning. Things on paper, notes and things like that, don't help me the same way as watching things live.
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I really try to avoid looking at or thinking about my stats because I'm just trying to do my part in winning games.
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When I was early in my career, I really followed Twitter, seeing what people were saying about me. I definitely saw them talking about Mr. Mankato and all that. It was fun for me to have a little bit of extra support from outside people. I definitely helped me build confidence, that's for sure.
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When you're a competitor, you just want to go against the best.
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Cris Carter and Randy Moss - they're the guys who made me want to play football and be a receiver.
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I'm the kind of person who always has a Plan B. I don't want to go into anything without another option.
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It doesn't matter what happened in the season or what happened the last play, there's always an opportunity to make the next play.
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Money is good and everything, but championships are what it's about.
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I love when people think I'm not a good receiver.
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We actually had a toilet on the sideline in college. We had like a little mini-toilet; we'd go and flush it.
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I don't really care what people think about me or the color of my skin. I'm just playing football.
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You have a little more time to make moves when you're in the slot.
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It's the same thing as a competitor with anything whether it be a play, an injury, a distraction. You just put it behind you, you take the situation for what it is and you control what you control and the people that do that the best are usually the more successful team, person, individual, what have you.
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You have to be able to hit the deep balls.
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A lot of times you don't see that, doesn't matter when they're drafted, first round or not. You usually don't see guys come in and wow you.
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I have a lot of confidence. I'm a competitor.
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For me there is so many factors in football, that's why it's the greatest team game. There are so many things that lead into having success, just like when you have a ton of success and when you have no success, it's not just you.
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You constantly have to grind, work harder than anyone else.
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I had a coach when I was getting recruited say maybe you should play basketball at a Division III level, because you're not good enough to play football in college.
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