Dante Fowler Jr. - Saturday, August 25, 2018

(On if it felt good being back out there.) "Being able to play the game I love, having that passion on the field and being able to let out rage on guys on the other team. Going out there, getting better, putting stuff on film for people to see."

(On if playing the second half only was always the plan) "Yes, that was the plan. We had already talked about it throughout the week, so I was actually prepared for it and ready. Whether I am out there in the first half or second half, I am playing the game I love. Whenever I am able to get the opportunity to go out on that grass and showcase what I can show you guys, then I am going to do it." 

(On if he was able to clear his head last week) "Yeah, just being able to sort things out and look at it as a learning experience and never let it happen again." 

(On if it was awkward coming back into the locker room after the suspension) "No, not really. After the incident happened, we came in the locker room and literally hugged and made up. It was really a pride standpoint because of how much we love each other. Things got a little antsy because that was my second day back out there. Just trying to set the tone, but I set it a little too much. We have to care for our teammates and look out for them. I love JO (James O'Shaughnessy) and he loves me, too. I love Yann (Yannick Ngakoue) and Malik (Jackson) and all those boys. You know it's a team. We are brothers with egos. It will make sense, I feel, 10 years from now, but it doesn't make sense now. Those are my brothers and I love them, honestly." 

(On if he needs to work on his temper) "Not off the field, but maybe on the field. You realize you have to stay calm and cool. It's part of football. It's crazy because I saw two or three fights that next week and they were way worse than what I did (laughs). I was alright, I need to calm it down." 

(On if it's a balance in playing with an edge) "Aggressive play is good play; [that's] what our coach would say. He would rather say 'woah" than 'sic them.' We love playing with that edge. We love playing with that mentality. When you get disrespected or bullied around for so many years, but you're the bad guy and you want to show that… I try to put that on tape every week."

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