The 5 greatest Jaromir Jagr quotes
Jaromir Jagr's on-ice exploits are almost unparalleled, but it's his quick wit and sense of humor that make him such an endearing figure.
The living legend turned 44 on Monday, so in honor of this momentous occasion, let's revisit some of his most memorable one-liners.
Here are the five best Jagr quotes in recent memory:
"I want to play until (I'm) 50"
A year-and-a-half later, considering how he's playing for the Florida Panthers, it suddenly seems possible.
If anyone can do it, it's him.
"I don't get old. I don't know why. You've gotta ask God, man"
Five months before his quinquagenarian quip, Jagr confirmed what we've always suspected - he's immortal.
"I don't know where I'm going to play, but I want to still play until I can't walk anymore," Jagr told NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "To me, age is nothing. I don't get old. I don't know why. You've gotta ask God, man."
Whether it's a secret fountain of youth or some divine intervention, Jagr is truly blessed.
"I don't really agree with people saying you should finish on top so people remember you. I think that's bulls---"
Jagr is constantly asked about retirement, and he always seems to have the perfect answer. Clearly, finishing one's career with the Stanley Cup is over-rated.
"I don't really agree with people saying you should finish on top so people remember you," he said in November 2014. "I think that's bullshit."
Jagr won back-to-back championships in his first two NHL seasons, so that would explain his thoughts.
"It's like somebody got really, really fat and then one day they lose four pounds"
This one, believe it or not, was about climbing back into the playoff race.
"We know we probably have to win 35 of 50 to make the playoffs and just go from there," Jagr said of the then-mediocre Devils.
"It's like somebody got really, really fat and then one day they lose four pounds. You're still not going to see it (at first), but if you set up the goal that he's going to lose 100 pounds in three months, he can do it. He has to work day by day. I think that's the thing to do, the easiest way to do it."
Now that's a refreshing change from the standard "Take it one game at a time" cliche.
"I'm glad I lost today"
How often do you hear an athlete say that? Sure, it was about an exhibition game, but this quote truly captures Jagr's character.
Jagr is such a quote machine that we wouldn't be surprised if he gave us five new ones before his 45th birthday.
Enjoy your 44th, Jaromir.