Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett didn't play in the NFL this season, but Arizona Cardinals fans remember how great a player he was. He is also a great quote -- a guy who never holds back when he says something.
He was featured on Vice Sports' Ride Along series. Dockett drives around and talks about a number of things.
First of all, he doesn't know if his NFL career is done. But he doesn't "need it."
"I don't wake up every day and say, 'Oh my god, I need to be playing football,'" he explains. "I'm at peace with what I am and resting my body and healing up, and if I decide I can play, I'll go back and play at the highest level I possibly can."
He says his not playing is up to him. That perhaps is true, but it doesn't look like it, as he was released by the Cardinals and the 49ers. But it could be that he has turned down teams.
He says the best part of his sports career was undoubtedly his time at Florida State and winning a national championship.
And he recalls losing in the Super Bowl.
"Losing in the Super Bowl with 1:30 left was the worst s**t ever," he says. He laments losing that game because it is what you ultimately want.
And the truth is for most of us, as great as it was to see the Cardinals to get to the Super Bowl, the way they lost it was one of the worst things ever.