" I think anyone who is a Wisconsin fan and pays attention to the NFL knows what I’m talking about ... Heisman Trophy winners have come out of backfields in Madison and not produced [in the NFL]. It’s unfair to Ball, but I think Matt Barkley is going to receive a taste for that this year based on the way [University of Southern California] quarterbacks have performed in recent years, and it’s unfortunate, but that’s the way things go. "
" Definitely not. This is beyond an honor for me. Going in with the group of guys that are here tonight and joining the group of guys that are already in, joining such great company truly is a dream come true. I was up for the Heisman Trophy twice, won the Maxwell Award and a bunch of other awards but this, by far, is the biggest honor I’ve ever received in my life. "