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Lions passed on Broncos cornerback Jammer in 2002

NEWARK, N.J. -- Quentin Jammer has never made a Pro Bowl and has never been considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game, but 12 years after the Lions passed on him to take quarterback Joey Harrington with the third pick of the 2002 draft, Jammer is still alive and well in the NFL.

A backup cornerback with the Denver Broncos, Jammer said Tuesday he hasn't given much thought to what would have happened had the Lions drafted him instead of Harrington.

"I don't know. Who's to say?" Jammer said at Super Bowl XLVIII media day at the Prudential Center. "You can't really speak on it because it didn't happen and I'm not a guy who will sit here and talk about speculation, what would have or should have happened. Anything could have happened. We could or could not have went to a Super Bowl in Detroit, who knows? I'm just happy to be where I am right now with an opportunity to win one."

While Harrington's career petered out after seven NFL seasons, the first four of which he spent in Detroit, Jammer, the fifth pick in the draft, played 11 years with the San Diego Chargers before signing with the Broncos as a free agent last spring.

He has just 21 career interceptions, but has had a commendable career by any measure even if he thought it was going to start in Detroit.

"I thought that's where I was going to end up and it's a blessing to be just to even be thought of to be picked in the top three," he said. "That was an awesome time in my life."

So is this.

On Sunday, Jammer will play in his first Super Bowl, "the cherry on the sundae" of his NFL career.

"It's been awesome. It's really been awesome," he said. "This is what you come to the league for, actually what guys really play football for other than money. This is what you play for, to be here, to enjoy this experience and to get yourself a ring. It's the pinnacle of every football player's career."

He said he doesn't enjoy the attention and cut short his interview after less than seven minutes.

"I'm just about action," Lynch said. "You say 'hut' and there's action. All the unnecessary talk, it don't do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?"

Lynch was fined $50,000 for failing to meet his media obligations earlier this postseason. The NFL put that fine on hold for the duration of the playoffs, but could dock him again for his antics Tuesday.

"I won't be satisfied with this until it's all over," Lynch said. "When we win, that's when I'll be satisfied. Until then, I've got work, but I appreciate all this. Y'all have a good day."

Sapp repeated a familiar criticism Tuesday and said Suh is "still a bull rusher" who doesn't have any variety to his game.

"I don't think the kid wants to learn," Sapp said. "I mean, because I haven't seen him go anywhere or develop anything. I watched him early in preseason, he threw out a couple moves but then the regular season he went right back to bull rushing."

Of the three premier defensive tackles that came out in the 2010 draft, Suh, Gerald McCoy and Geno Atkins, Sapp said Suh, the second overall pick, ranks third on that list.

"I'll take Gerald right now 'cause he's the healthiest, 'cause Geno just got hurt," Sapp said. "But Geno was the heir apparent to the throne until he went down (with a knee injury). But Suh's just a bull rusher."

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