STANFORD -- Here are some thoughts and expressions from and about Stanford football players Shayne and Patrick Skov:

"I don't need anybody's sympathy. If people can draw inspiration from what I do and my brother does that's great, but I would never share that information with the intent of gaining any sympathy."

-- Senior linebacker Shayne Skov on dealing with his mother Terri's multiple sclerosis.

"There is nothing worse than that helpless feeling not being about to contribute or assist your team in need. Sitting in the dorm room watching and we're struggling to win. I felt disconnected."

-- Shayne Skov on having to miss the 2012 season opener as punishment for a DUI arrest that year.

"The dynamic of my life has taken a lot of people to step up. Surrogate parents at prep school, my aunt and uncle have been incredible when my parents were in Mexico. You don't get to express your appreciation all of the time. You can demonstrate you've learned from the life lessons they taught you. It's greatest way you can show your thanks."

-- Shayne Skov on the gratitude for those who helped him develop into a scholar-athlete.

"We had a couple good collisions at fall camp. A lot of times he will complain that I am holding him and get into a tussle then all of sudden he'll realize we brothers and laugh it off. He was guarding me in open field and I hit him in the face and he got into a little argument. It's interesting to see the person across you is a family member."

-- Junior fullback Patrick Skov, who is 15 months younger than brother Shayne.

"When they try to be parents and they don't know what they're doing it's funny to watch. It took Patrick three weeks to figure out what to put on lunches. It was kind of like fend for yourself sometimes."

-- Olivia Skov, 13, on having brothers Shayne and Patrick take care of her and her sister earlier this year.

"A lot of guys wouldn't have been able to play. He had three operations on that knee. He willed himself to play each day. It takes special talent as well as inner belief. "

-- Stanford linebackers coach David Kotulski, on Shayne Skov's ability to play in 2012 a year after a serious knee injury.

"We talked about it last year: If you're going to do something, do it the best you can. If you're playing football there is nothing else that exists. If you need to do something with your family, football and school take a back seat. They're not important anymore. As a coach I have their back if they need something from their family. When that world is OK they can come back to this world and be great. When it is time for family, 'Go back home and don't worry about us.' "

-- Stanford coach David Shaw, on allowing the Skovs time with their sick mother.

"Shayne has always had an energy and a burning desire inside him. When he was a freshman still not completely sure what the defense was, but was running around hitting everybody. I used to say, 'We should all do our jobs with as much zeal as that kid plays football.' He pours his heart into everything he does."

-- Shaw, on how Shayne Skov attacks life.

"My father said somebody from Carneros is going to Stanford. I couldn't believe it. If Shayne goes to the NFL he will be like a movie star because he also speaks Spanish."

-- Carlos Nava, ESPN Deportes writer whose family helped found the Carneros football team in Guadalajara, Mexico.

"The first time I talked to Patrick he was a very quiet boy but when it came to playing he was transformed into a wild player who was very explosive."

-- Abraham Lima, a Carneros executive when the Skov brothers played for the youth football club.

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