I’ve heard about guys who couldn’t sleep the night they got drafted because of the excitement and emotion of the night and trying to answer all the text messages. Me? I got a little bit of sleep on draft night; maybe couple hours.
I did some celebrating but not too much. It was a moment to enjoy, so I tried to soak it all in. That was important to me. But I did get some sleep; enough to make it to Foxborough the next day for a press conference.
Foxborough and the Patriots-- I can honestly say that they are exactly as advertised. It’s a wonderful place to be.
I wasn’t just excited to be there for the first time. When the plane landed that morning, I was just all smiles. I had the biggest smile on my face just knowing that I’m coming to a great place, a great organization that cares about football.
I have no doubt that this is going to be anything other than a wonderful experience.
I’m looking forward to being around the vets in the running backs room. These are guys that have been there before. They’ve been in the league and have done it. These are guys that are willing to work, great players, great playmakers, great guys I can learn from.
I’m willing and eager to learn from them and can’t wait for the chance.
I’m just as eager to see what I can learn from guys like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. I want to see how those guys carry themselves around the building, how they take care of their bodies, how they go about things, their leadership—I want to try to get a grasp on those things before I visualize playing with those guys.
I’m a big believer that God doesn’t make mistakes. I’m a big believer in family, competition, and being around great people. Going to a school like Georgia is going to help me make the transition to New England Patriots. I didn’t finish the way I wanted to finish there and that’s tough.
You don’t want to make it to the national championship just to say you made it to the national championship. I’m glad to be here; now I can close that chapter and start a new one.