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NFL Pro Day Quotes




March 21, 2012

  BAYLOR PRO DAY QUOTES
  Robert Griffin III

On his performance out on the field for Pro Day…

“I thought it went great. I had a few misses, but other than that, I think the stat was 78 out of 84. That’s pretty good. The guys came out and worked really hard, so that’s all you can ask for.”

On what Pro Day felt like for him…

“We had a lot of fun. That’s what it is supposed to be like. It’s not supposed to be stressful. They got all of their testing out of the way, and then it was time to go out there and be a football player. That’s what we try to do, lighten the mood and have guys smile. That was if you drop a pass here and there, you can move on to the next one. We never missed two in a row, so that was good.”

On the development of his footwork…

You just have to match your feet to the kind of throw that you are going to make, so if you are throwing a bench route to the right, you’re going to take a seven-step drop. So those types of things, but you can never stop working on your feet because no one can have perfect feet. You can have really good feet, but never perfect, so that is what we worked on the whole time. “

 On his dinner last night with the Redskins…

“Dinner was great. I had a delicious filet. From them, they just want to get to know who you are. If they have a shot to pick you in the draft they want to know that you’re a good person. I also got to meet everyone along with my parents and fiancé.”

On what is was like to take part in his own Pro Day…

“They said it was the biggest Pro Day at Baylor of all time, so it was pretty exciting. It seems like a few weeks ago I was just a freshman at 198 lbs, and now I’m at my Pro Day getting ready to enter the NFL. So this whole moment has been surreal. Other than that, I’ve tried to not be nervous. I used the bathroom before I threw, so I got that out of me and was ready to go.”

On the media creating a rivalry against Andrew Luck…

“No matter how much the media tries to paint us against each other, I’ll always cheer for him and be there for him. I met him at the Heisman and the College Football Awards in Florida, so he’s a good guy. I know he’ll go out there tomorrow and dazzle you guys just like we hope we did today.”

 On his excitement for Kendall Wright’s performance today…

I knew Kendall (Wright) could run a 4.4/4.3 if he had to. I think that he just had a bad day at the combine. He caught the ball well today and had a one-hand snag that got everyone excited. I know how Kendall is, and I personally want him to get drafted as high as possible. But if people say they don’t want him in the first or second rounds, I’m sure the team I’ll be on would love take him in the third.”

On his dreams of one day playing in the NFL coming true…

“I think I will start getting those realizations in the next couple of weeks because there is no Combine or Pro Day to prepare for. There’s really no more workouts that I have to do. So I think everything will start to sink in then. I still don’t think that it has sunk in that I won the Heisman. So I’ll be able to look back on the season and appreciate those types of things. Even though growing up I wanted to be like Mike (Michael Jordan), I get to go out and be in the NFL. If you’re a professional athlete in any sport it’s an honor. I’m pretty sure there will be tears having to leave Baylor and join another organization, but it’s been a lot of fun and I wouldn’t take it back.”

On using his experience of turning around Baylor’s football program and applying it to the team that drafts him…

“They talk a lot about the pressure to succeed, and it’s always that way. When I got here the fans expected us to win.  We had two seasons that weren’t conducive to doing that, but we turned it around, and I was proud of that. So when I move on to the next level, we’ll obviously have to do it a lot faster, but as they say “pressure busts pipes.” Not for me. I feel like I play better when the pressure is on. I’ll take it with open arms, I won’t push it away. I like that pressure because I believe in myself.”

  Terrance Ganaway

On what it means to be here at Pro Day at Baylor…

“It’s just another great day to be with the Bears, and these younger guys get to see us compete and hopefully set the foundation for good NFL prospects to come out here.”

On what he wants the younger guys to take away from today…

“To just keep working hard and it all pays off. Don’t worry about today. Be the best you can today and it’s just all going to pay off in the end, because we’ve got a great team ahead of us and a lot of great and talented athletes. They’re going to have their time to shine, and I think this will make it seem more real to them.”

On today being more overwhelming compared to other Pro Days…

“I’ve been to the Senior Bowl, I’ve been to the NFL Combine, so it’s just a lot of crazy stuff going on. Running around, meeting a million people. So it was a really relaxed atmosphere I thought, as far as the scouts and stuff. I just felt like we were coming out here and doing Fast Friday with Coach Kaz Kazadi. So it’s just another day at the office for all of us once again.”

On the number of people at Pro Day because of Robert Griffin III…

“Robert definitely brought a lot of attention here to Baylor, so it helps a lot of us guys out. There will be middle-round guys, and then some guys who didn’t get the opportunity to go to the Combine or to the Senior Bowl, so it got them exposed a little, which is always great. Robert’s going to be the star of the show anyways, but we don’t mind being the ‘Robettes.’ “

   Kendall Wright

On his main focus for the day…

“I thought it went pretty good. I wasn’t really worried about my routes or catching because Robert and I have always worked on that. All I was worried about was running a good 40 time. Obviously everyone thought that I ran a 4.6, but I’m pretty sure that I haven’t run that since fifth grade.”

On the goal he had coming into Baylor with Robert…

“All we thought about was coming into this program and trying to change it. That’s all we’ve wanted to do the whole time. I feel like we did a good job at that.”

On Baylor’s overall athletic success…

“It’s crazy. All the sports here are doing great things. It’s amazing that you have Robert (Griffin III) winning the Heisman, Brittney Griner dunking on people and Perry Jones III playing well. You also have both teams in the Sweet 16. It’s a great time to be at Baylor University.”

On assessing his skills as a blocker…

“I can block. We didn’t do much on our run plays because we had pass routes. I feel good about blocking though. I can block, cut block, stop block and any type of block. We just didn’t do much of it, but I can do it.”

On his one-handed catch on Pro Day…

“The ball initially looked like it was overthrown. We had already missed on one deep ball, so I wasn’t about to allow another one to get away. I just stuck out my hand and caught the ball. I don’t have really big hands, but if I get my hands on it I will always try to catch it.”

On Baylor preparing him for the NFL…

“They’ve prepared me for everything. That’s the main reason why I didn’t go anywhere else to continue training. I felt that if Baylor has gotten me this far, why stop now? I didn’t want to go anywhere else to train. Baylor has helped me with everything as far as my receiving skills and strength with Coach Kaz (Kazadi).”

Senior Bowl, so it got them exposed a little, which is always great. Robert’s going to be the star of the show anyways, but we don’t mind being the ‘Robettes.’ “

   Nicholas Jean-Baptiste

On being back here at Baylor for Pro Day…

“It was a great feeling, just being back in the indoor, seeing Coach Kaz, all the other coaches. It was a good day. I had a pretty solid day performance wise. “

On being nervous…

“Once you get into the swing of things it’s not too bad. At first, I was waiting in the locker room, waiting to come out here, and I was a little nervous, just thinking about all these people being here. But once you get in here it wasn’t bad. To me it was just another game.”

On the team camaraderie…

“It was great as always, you always want support when you’re working out. You don’t want it to be quiet because then it gets awkward, and you start listening to your mind and get nervous. But out there the team, the rest of younger guys out there cheering us on, you get into a rhythm and you feel pretty good out there.”

On his future with the NFL…

“I’ve heard from several teams. I’ve had some meetings with them, I’ve talked about x’s and o’s. I’ve got to do some visits and what-not, but I’ve got some interest.”


 

 

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