Steve Smith, Professor of Physics

Explaining why he slowed down as he crossed the goal line, drawing the ire of Saints safety Roman Harper who pushed him to the ground and drew a $15,000 fine from the NFL:

“He felt that I was slowing down and trying to disrespect somebody and that wasn’t my intention,” Smith said. “With physics, when you accelerate at some point you have to slow down. So I wasn’t slowing down to hot dog in front of someone, because at the end of the pylons, you have to stop or there’s a large blue pad… that you will run into. So I was slowing down, not to disrespect anybody, but to decelerate.”

Smith’s been giving lessons on acceleration to NFL secondaries all year.