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White: "I'm going to give it my best shot"
Posted Apr 29, 2005
See inside for a transcript of former Sooner quarterback Jason White's first interview with the Kansas City media following Friday's workout with the Chiefs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Below is a transcript of
interview with the media following his first NFL workout on Friday in Kansas City. Quotes are courtesy of the the Chiefs PR department.
Q: How did it go out there today?
WHITE: “It went alright. We ran a bunch of new plays, new system, new coaches, but I think it went well as far as picking everything up and kind of starting over in a new system. It just takes awhile to learn and hopefully I’ll give it a shot throughout the rest of camp.”
Q: Were you surprised that the Chiefs invited you to camp?
WHITE: “I was surprised. I had kind of already marked off the whole football thing already back in Norman. So I was surprised that they called, but I thought, “What the heck? What’s it going to hurt to come up for a weekend?’”
Q: How do you not put so much pressure on yourself to earn a roster spot?
WHITE: “All I can do is the best that I can do. If it isn’t good enough to play here, then I don’t deserve to play here. I’m going to give it my best shot this weekend and see where it goes from here.”
Q: What was the last week like for you with the draft and after the draft?
WHITE: “It was frustrating. Not being drafted didn’t frustrate me that much. But not getting a free agent deal kind of frustrated me. But I was just looking for an opportunity and the coaches here and the organization here decided to give me a shot. I’m grateful for that shot.”
Q: What do you feel like you need to show to demonstrate that you can play in this league?
WHITE: “That I can just play. That I can play at this level and make the throws that NFL quarterbacks throw. That’s all I need to show is that I can play at this level. If I can do that then maybe I’ll find a spot. If I can’t then I don’t deserve to find a spot.”
Q: Is there any one criticism that strikes you the most?
WHITE: “I think more than anything it’s the knees. I played for two years without them being hurt and pretty much every team that I talked to said, ‘Hey look, you may not even pass our physical.’ So that was disheartening.”
Q: Did any other NFL teams contact you?
WHITE: “I had a few people contact me, but that wasn’t until late. I didn’t have anybody contact me until Tuesday night. So I had pretty much written off the NFL thing.”
Q: Do you like what you see when you look at this offense?
WHITE: “Yeah, it’s a very balanced offense; much like what we ran at Oklahoma. I enjoyed learning the playbook last night and this morning. Trying to learn it anyway. But I enjoyed it and it looks like it is a quarterback friendly offense.”
Q: Do you feel like if given a shot, this is where you belong?
WHITE: “That’s not my decision to make. That’s the coaches decision, and it probably goes up even higher than that. But I know that I’ll feel better than if I look back in five years and say, ‘Hey I had a shot to try and didn’t.’ But I got a shot and tried and we’ll see what happens with it.”
Q: Do you think you can play in the NFL?
WHITE: “Yeah, I think, not just walk in and play next year, no. But just like in college it took me three years to adapt to the college game so it will probably take me awhile to adapt to the pro game.”
Q: Did you know QB James Kilian before this weekend?
WHITE: “We had met a bunch of times at different banquets. He was a great player at Tulsa. He’s a hard worker and he’s the kind of kid you want on your team.”
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