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Jigawatts
07-14-2008, 03:55 PM
From Lou Ellis in Newark, New Jersey: What was it like waiting to be drafted?

Rashard Mendenhall: I was in Chicago at the House of Blues. I had a lot of friends and family around. It was kind of rough. I told myself when I went there I wasnít going to be nervous waiting on my name. But as it goes on itís intense waiting for your name to be on that screen.


From Dan Abrahams in Elyria, Ohio: What was your reaction when you got the call from the Steelers telling you they drafted you?

Rashard Mendenhall: It was great. The whole process and the time you put in, to finally figure out where you are going to be headed and living is a good feeling. It was nice to get that call and have that security.


From Mark Blair in Indianapolis, Indiana: The Steelers were surprised you were available in the first round when they picked. Were you surprised as well?

Rashard Mendenhall: I was real surprised I went here. Throughout the whole process, with mock drafts and what you hear and who you talk to, I didnít think about the Steelers. I didnít have much contact with them and when they picked me I was surprised.


From SSG Michael Molinaro stationed in Camp Liberty (Baghdad), Iraq: What was your favorite moment during your college career?

Rashard Mendenhall: One of our games last year, towards the end of the year, my brother finally got a chance to play. He went out there and did real well. He had a 30-yard run, and a 20-yard run his first couple of carries. To see him get a chance and be out there too was good.


From Jake Kurnot in Dunbar, Pennsylvania: Now that you have gone through your first mini-camp and some OTAs, what are your initial impressions of the Steelers offense?

Rashard Mendenhall: Itís a real good offense. There are weapons all over the field with Ben (Roethlisberger), Willie (Parker), Santonio (Holmes), and Hines (Ward). Itís a great offense that is full of playmakers.


From Dan Cook in Powell, Ohio: What do you think will be the biggest adjustment to the NFL for you?

Rashard Mendenhall: The whole lifestyle that you live. Being an adult, being a professional and how you carry yourself. Itís the decisions you make. Things change off the field.


From Vaughn Jarvis in Antigua, West Indies: What are your expectations for your rookie season?

Rashard Mendenhall: I plan on having success. I donít know how many yards itís going to be or how much playing time there will be. But whatever role is I want to have success at it.


From Bill Davidson in Sarasota, Florida: What kind of advice has Willie Parker offered to you so far?

Rashard Mendenhall: We have talked about a lot of stuff. He has shown me the ins and outs of how to carry yourself as a professional, how to talk to people, what to do and not do. He continues to help me with things here and there.


From Len Morgan in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?

Rashard Mendenhall: You hear about the Steelers fans and itís great to be in a city where you are loved and they arenít going to get on you all that much.


From Jim Campbell in Fredericksburg, Virginia: A lot is made about players hitting the rookie wall when the season starts to wear on. How do you avoid that?

Rashard Mendenhall: I couldnít tell you. Throughout training camp, the preseason and the season itís different. In college we play 12 games, 13 if you are lucky. To have 16 games, four preseason games, and hopefully post-season it will be rough just coming off of camp and going right into that. I have to figure out how to avoid the wall.


From Randy Clinton, York, Pennsylvania: If you were not a football player, what career path would you have followed?

Rashard Mendenhall: I want to create programs for kids that are disadvantaged. When my mom lives there are a lot of kids and they donít have too much to do. I want to create programs for kids like that.


From Mike Powers in Des Moines, Iowa: Not long from now you will sign a contract and get a signing bonus. Whatís the first thing you plan on buying with that bonus?

Rashard Mendenhall: I promised a trainer from my old school I would buy him a pair of shoes so I have to go and do that.


From Len Morgan in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?

Rashard Mendenhall: You hear about the Steelers fans and itís great to be in a city where you are loved and they arenít going to get on you all that much.

The kid has a lot to learn. :lol:

Oviedo
07-14-2008, 04:07 PM
Can't wait to see him on the field.

SteelHoss
07-14-2008, 06:11 PM
Kind of dry responses to the questions. He seemed very guarded. I won't hold it against him however. :tt1

Ozey74
07-14-2008, 06:17 PM
Kind of dry responses to the questions. He seemed very guarded. I won't hold it against him however. :tt1


Seems like an introvert. Not a bad thing at all!!

Now, lets get him signed!!!

RuthlessBurgher
07-14-2008, 06:46 PM
Kind of dry responses to the questions. He seemed very guarded. I won't hold it against him however. :tt1


Seems like an introvert. Not a bad thing at all!!

Now, lets get him signed!!!

Troy is a quiet introvert off the field, and a monstrous beast on it. Let's hope Rocket Rashard follows in those footsteps (minus the flowing locks, of course!).

Ozey74
07-14-2008, 07:02 PM
Kind of dry responses to the questions. He seemed very guarded. I won't hold it against him however. :tt1


Seems like an introvert. Not a bad thing at all!!

Now, lets get him signed!!!

Troy is a quiet introvert off the field, and a monstrous beast on it. Let's hope Rocket Rashard follows in those footsteps (minus the flowing locks, of course!).

He would have an afro. I'd be for that old school look!!

birtikidis
07-14-2008, 07:22 PM
Rashard Mendenhall: You hear about the Steelers fans and itís great to be in a city where you are loved and they arenít going to get on you all that much.

does he realize that these are the same fans that booed terry bradshaw and are now calling for willie parkers head? the same fans that wanted burress gone a year after he had 1,000 yds receiving? The same fans that made korkie cry?

stlrz d
07-14-2008, 07:27 PM
He didn't thank the guy in Iraq for his service to our country...trade him now!!!!!!

























































Kidding!!! :lol:

Jigawatts
07-14-2008, 09:22 PM
Can't wait to see him on the field.

At this point I can't wait to see Sean Mahan on the Field. :shock:

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2

Ozey74
07-14-2008, 09:30 PM
Can't wait to see him on the field.

At this point I can't wait to see Sean Mahan on the Field. :shock:

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2

That's what I call have your Steeler Goggles on!!

:shock:

costanza2k1
07-15-2008, 11:02 PM
Seems like he's really focused on this:


being a professional and how you carry yourself

Glad to hear that...I think that's like the 80th time he's said that or I've read that.

papillon
07-15-2008, 11:20 PM
Can't wait to see him on the field.

At this point I can't wait to see Sean Mahan on the Field. :shock:

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2

I hope to see him on the field, just on the outside of the sideline is all! :tt2

Pappy

Mel Blount's G
07-16-2008, 12:24 AM
From Lou Ellis in Newark, New Jersey: What was it like waiting to be drafted?

Rashard Mendenhall: I was in Chicago at the House of Blues. I had a lot of friends and family around. It was kind of rough. I told myself when I went there I wasnít going to be nervous waiting on my name. But as it goes on itís intense waiting for your name to be on that screen.


From Dan Abrahams in Elyria, Ohio: What was your reaction when you got the call from the Steelers telling you they drafted you?

Rashard Mendenhall: It was great. The whole process and the time you put in, to finally figure out where you are going to be headed and living is a good feeling. It was nice to get that call and have that security.


From Mark Blair in Indianapolis, Indiana: The Steelers were surprised you were available in the first round when they picked. Were you surprised as well?

Rashard Mendenhall: I was real surprised I went here. Throughout the whole process, with mock drafts and what you hear and who you talk to, I didnít think about the Steelers. I didnít have much contact with them and when they picked me I was surprised.


From SSG Michael Molinaro stationed in Camp Liberty (Baghdad), Iraq: What was your favorite moment during your college career?

Rashard Mendenhall: One of our games last year, towards the end of the year, my brother finally got a chance to play. He went out there and did real well. He had a 30-yard run, and a 20-yard run his first couple of carries. To see him get a chance and be out there too was good.


From Jake Kurnot in Dunbar, Pennsylvania: Now that you have gone through your first mini-camp and some OTAs, what are your initial impressions of the Steelers offense?

Rashard Mendenhall: Itís a real good offense. There are weapons all over the field with Ben (Roethlisberger), Willie (Parker), Santonio (Holmes), and Hines (Ward). Itís a great offense that is full of playmakers.


From Dan Cook in Powell, Ohio: What do you think will be the biggest adjustment to the NFL for you?

Rashard Mendenhall: The whole lifestyle that you live. Being an adult, being a professional and how you carry yourself. Itís the decisions you make. Things change off the field.


From Vaughn Jarvis in Antigua, West Indies: What are your expectations for your rookie season?

Rashard Mendenhall: I plan on having success. I donít know how many yards itís going to be or how much playing time there will be. But whatever role is I want to have success at it.


From Bill Davidson in Sarasota, Florida: What kind of advice has Willie Parker offered to you so far?

Rashard Mendenhall: We have talked about a lot of stuff. He has shown me the ins and outs of how to carry yourself as a professional, how to talk to people, what to do and not do. He continues to help me with things here and there.


From Len Morgan in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?

Rashard Mendenhall: You hear about the Steelers fans and itís great to be in a city where you are loved and they arenít going to get on you all that much.


From Jim Campbell in Fredericksburg, Virginia: A lot is made about players hitting the rookie wall when the season starts to wear on. How do you avoid that?

Rashard Mendenhall: I couldnít tell you. Throughout training camp, the preseason and the season itís different. In college we play 12 games, 13 if you are lucky. To have 16 games, four preseason games, and hopefully post-season it will be rough just coming off of camp and going right into that. I have to figure out how to avoid the wall.


From Randy Clinton, York, Pennsylvania: If you were not a football player, what career path would you have followed?

Rashard Mendenhall: I want to create programs for kids that are disadvantaged. When my mom lives there are a lot of kids and they donít have too much to do. I want to create programs for kids like that.


From Mike Powers in Des Moines, Iowa: Not long from now you will sign a contract and get a signing bonus. Whatís the first thing you plan on buying with that bonus?

Rashard Mendenhall: I promised a trainer from my old school I would buy him a pair of shoes so I have to go and do that.


From Len Morgan in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?

Rashard Mendenhall: You hear about the Steelers fans and itís great to be in a city where you are loved and they arenít going to get on you all that much.

The kid has a lot to learn. :lol:\
:? You found the one thing that could be construed as negative and quote that?

Sounds like a great kid imo

Jigawatts
07-16-2008, 10:39 AM
:? You found the one thing that could be construed as negative and quote that?

Sounds like a great kid imo

Yep, sounds like a great kid and I can't wait to see him on the field. And I don't
perceive that comment he made as negative, I just think it's funny that the rook
knows what a great fan base Pittsburgh has, but he thinks "they aren't going to get
on you all that much."

Let's hope he gives us no reason to get on him. :wink: :tt2