Adam Thielen Quotes

  • 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.

  • You make yourself tougher in the offseason.

  • The guys who play at a high level probably think they are better than they are, and that's all right.

  • 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.

  • I have a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to get better at, which is good.

  • I just want to make sure that I'm competing every day and giving my best effort, because everything else just falls into place.

  • It's really nice to be able to go into the offseason and attack the training as soon as possible.

  • Being a part of the practice squad was a tough year for me.

  • You have to be able to hit the deep balls.

  • I think there were a lot of people at Mankato reaching out to the Vikings saying to just bring me in for a tryout.

  • You have to have a great offensive line, great quarterback and guys around you that believe in you and help you.

  • You have to be different on the field than you are at home.

  • Cris Carter and Randy Moss - they're the guys who made me want to play football and be a receiver.

  • My wife and I are breakfast people.

  • Whatever play is called, I go run the route.

  • When you're a competitor, you just want to go against the best.

  • 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.

  • Money is good and everything, but championships are what it's about.

  • 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.

  • I want to be respected based on how I play.

  • Defenses usually are trying to take away the guys who are getting a lot of catches earlier in the season.

  • I played college football for free. I had to pay to play, really.

  • If I get a target, I want the ball in my hands.

  • For me, it's simple: easy recipes equal more family time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Just trust that good things will happen if you're working hard and making plays.

  • I don't really care what people think about me or the color of my skin. I'm just playing football.

  • As a competitor, when you have a bad play, all you want is to get the ball again and get going.

  • I have tried to have a really good, positive attitude.

  • I really am genuinely happy for guys that get paid and have success when they actually work their tails off.

  • Something I remind myself every day, just do your job to the best of your ability and that's the most important thing.

  • That's something you work on Day 1. You never stop your route.

  • You have a little more time to make moves when you're in the slot.

  • The players have got to make the plays.

  • In this league, it's all about being close to 100 percent on game day.

  • I have a lot of confidence. I'm a competitor.

  • 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.

  • There is no better feeling than coming into a tough environment and winning.

  • I've never been a numbers guy. Numbers don't excite me. Winning games excites me.

  • I really try to avoid looking at or thinking about my stats because I'm just trying to do my part in winning games.

  • It doesn't really matter who's getting the credit. We just love to be on the field and winning games.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I'm going to try to go out and do my best, and I'm going to try and compete every play.

  • 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.

  • When there are things I see on tape that I think I can get better at, it frustrates me.

  • 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.

  • I think that everybody should have the same opportunities.

  • I'm the kind of person who always has a Plan B. I don't want to go into anything without another option.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We put everything we have into the offseason.

  • For us, we're homebodies. My wife and I like to be at home with family.

  • It's football. There's emotions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I didn't need to be motivated by other people overlooking me. My motivation was internal, to be better every day.

  • I honestly don't care about individual awards or statistics.

  • 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.

  • You have to be able to make plays.

  • 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.

  • 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.'

  • I was pretty realistic about my chances of being drafted.

  • 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.

  • I wouldn't take back having a kid for the world.

  • I love when people think I'm not a good receiver.

  • I love when people think it's going to be easy to guard me.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As a competitor, as an athlete, you want the ball to come to you.

  • I think everybody individually does things a little differently. As a quarterback, every quarterback has their strengths and their weaknesses.

  • Joe Mauer, as a local guy, I've looked up to him.

  • 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.

  • You constantly have to grind, work harder than anyone else.

  • I feel like I've proven that I can be a starter in this league, and I want to be respected in that way.

  • I do get recognized every once in a while.

  • I don't care what people think about me.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We actually had a toilet on the sideline in college. We had like a little mini-toilet; we'd go and flush it.

  • 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.

  • I always played 'FIFA' and stuff like that growing up, and seeing those guys celebrate, I kind of got inspiration from that.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • You know, the media always tries to twist things and make things into what they're not.

  • 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.

  • I love to compete and I hate failing.

  • For me, I'm just trying to keep getting better.

  • 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.