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Trent Dilfer had an incredibly prophetic conversation with Jameis Winston in 2011 (Video)

Trent Dilfer Jameis WinstonIf you thought Tim Tebow was prophetic in his BCS National Championship Game prediction, wait til you see this video of Trent Dilfer conversation with Jameis Winston in 2011.

This conversation took place at the Elite 11 camp, which is a competition among prep quarterbacks that starts off regionally and ends with 11 quarterbacks competing on a national stage. The camp is sponsored by ESPN, which likely explains why Trent Dilfer was involved.

Dilfer raves about Winston’s smarts and was particularly impressed with Winston’s ability to learn quickly. He told Winston that he would be playing in the NFL one day if he wanted to. And then he made a prediction:

“It’s going to come down to 3rd and 7 in the fourth quarter, down by 4, and they’re going to keep you in the pocket. They’re not going to let you be fast and quick and all that. And that’s going to be a mistake because you’re going to beat em’ here. And that’s what I’m most impressed with,” Dilfer said, as he pointed to his head.

And that’s pretty much how things turned out on Monday night. Winston faced a 3rd and 8 from the 10 with his team down four. On the very next play, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

Just like Dilfer said it would happen.

H/T Extra Mustard

Trent Dilfer: Matt Hasselbeck saved my life, is the ‘best dude in the world’

Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck have battled for the Tennessee Titans starting-quarterback position throughout the offseason, and the veteran Hasselbeck has taken the competition in stride. Locker made a strong claim to the starting job with an impressive performance Thursday night against the Cardinals. According to Hasselbeck’s former teammate and current analyst Trent Dilfer, Locker couldn’t ask for a better mentor than the one he has this season.

Dilfer and Hasselbeck were teammates in Seattle in 2003, which was the most difficult time of Dilfer’s life. The former quarterback and current analyst tragically lost his 5-year-old son to heart disease. During the ESPN broadcast on Thursday, Dilfer credited Hasselbeck with literally saving his life.

“(Hasselbeck was) walking me through the most difficult time of my life. I mean I was a mess,” Dilfer said, according to Nate Davis of USA TODAY. “I’ll be very transparent. I mean I was 265 pounds and drinking myself to sleep. I’m depressed, my wife’s going, ‘What’s going on?’ And it’s that guy, Matthew Hasselbeck, that says, ‘This is over. I love you too much to let you do this to yourself. You need to come back up to Seattle.’ And I credit Matthew Hasselbeck for the type of father I am, the type of husband I am, because he really saved my life in 2003.

“Jake Locker might be the luckiest guy in the NFL right now. He’s got a good football team, he’s got a great coaching staff, and he’s got the best dude in the world — who probably should be playing — mentoring him and pushing him and teaching him those lessons.”

Obviously the relationship between Dilfer and Hasselbeck extends beyond what most of us can understand. However, the second-year quarterback out of Washington echoed some of Dilfer’s sentiments during his own sideline interview when he thanked Hasselbeck for teaching him how to carry himself both on and off the field.

Hasselbeck has always been a good NFL quarterback and is probably still capable of starting on a few teams across the NFL. The way he has handled himself throughout the offseason has surprised some, but after hearing Dilfer’s story, it sounds like it’s just more of the same from one of the league’s classiest acts.

Warren Sapp disses Trent Dilfer in new book; Dilfer takes high road

Warren Sapp has never been shy about sharing his opinion, regardless of whose feelings he may be hurting. He has a new book called “Sapp Attack” coming out, and it seems like it won’t spare anyone.

Excerts from the book were published by the Tampa Bay Times and it looks like Sapp takes shots at Lane Kiffin, the Bucs organization, and Keyshawn Johnson. The harshest criticism seemed reserved for Trent Dilfer.

“Dilfer … basically was an interception waiting to happen. There were times we practically pleaded with him, ‘We know you’re not going to score a touchdown, but please, just don’t turn it over.’”

Dilfer, who has put together arguably a better career as a broadcaster than professional quarterback, responded in a mature way.

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Trent Dilfer Hammers the Browns for Decision to Bench Derek Anderson

ESPN manages to pack their website full of every video known to man, yet they somehow let Trent Dilfer’s verbal assassination of the Cleveland Browns fall through the cracks on Monday. Speaking from the NFL Live set, the one-time Browns QB lashed out on the organization for their decision to bench Derek Anderson and start Brady Quinn at quarterback. Here’s what he offered on one of the late SportsCenters:

I understand the stats and I understand the perception that this might be Derek Anderson’s fault, but it is wrong. This on so many levels shows the dysfunction of the Cleveland Browns. The first thing is you don’t change quarterbacks when you’re a bad football team, you change quarterbacks when you’re a good football team and your quarterback is holding you back. And more importantly, this is an organization that has proven that the public opinion sways their decision-making — and you can’t do that as a National Football League organization. You can’t let the public’s opinion sway you one way or another, especially big decisions like this. I understand that Brady Quinn’s an Ohio kid, I understand that they want to fill the seats, but what’s best for the organization is to stick with Derek Anderson — the guy that went to the Pro Bowl for you last year, one of the leaders in the locker room, and just makes you a better football team in the long run.

Florio at PFT saw an early version of this verbal assault on the 6pm ET SportsCenter in which Dilfer also went off and added even more examples of why it’s a bad decision. I agree with Dilfer’s analysis that Braylon Edwards has let Anderson and the Browns down with his drops, and it hasn’t helped that Kellen Winslow hasn’t made it onto the field too much this year. At the same time, I thought it was a bad decision to give Anderson a contract extension in the first place. I felt all along that Anderson played well at the beginning of the season last year before teams had film on him and that he only padded his stats against the league’s worst defenses. As the season went on, Anderson’s yardage totals and completion percentages dropped tremendously, and his interceptions went up. Translation: he became Derek Anderson again. While I think Brady Quinn will be a good quarterback and I think the Browns should have made the change weeks ago, I’m all for any analyst calling an organization “dysfunctional.”