Cal football: Follett speaks

Here’s a thorough recap of Zack Follett’s conference call with the local media yesterday, excluding what has already been written:

Disappointed in slipping in the draft? “I’m just happy I got picked. I’m not disappointed at all. I’m really blessed to be playing in the NFL. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get out there and play. I’m just glad to be drafted. I would have been a little more disappointed if I had to go free agent. I got to see my name up on that board on TV.”

On his immediate role in Detroit: “I’m sure I’ll go in there right away on special teams and contribute. I think that’s my way of making the 53-man roster. That’s my goal.”

On the neck problems that may have caused his stock to fall: “I was thinking about retiring if I didn’t get drafted. If it’s really that big of a deal that nobody wants to draft me, then screw it. It’s something I’ve dealt with. I have a high pain tolerance. I”m used to playing with it. I don’t think it will slow me down at all. I’m going to play until I can’t play anymore.”

On joining a team that went 0-16 last year: “There will be a lot of media coverage on it. Detroit is a team that I grew up watching, with Barry Sanders and guys like that. I really feel like i can bring something special to them. I can be that spark that maybe they didn’t have. That’s kind of how I pride myself playing the game, to provide that spark for the team.”

On his reaction as he kept slipping later into the draft: “It got to the point where i was just kind of laughing at it. I didn’t really let it stress me out too much. It was all in God’s hands. He was going to put me where he wanted to. I learned from this experience. I’m excited. It’s like a dream come true for me.”

Whether he learned anything from the experience?: “I look at it as, what is God trying to teach me in situations like this? I knew that I was a talented enough person. This just humbled the crap out of me. I’m not going to be going in with a big head thinking I’m this or that. It’s going to make me a stronger person.” 

On the significance of going in the seventh round: “I’m going to have to run a little harder in practice. It’s a lot easier to get cut now as a seventh-round pick. I’m going to be on thin ice. I’m not worried about making the team. I see myself as a second-round pick, talent-wise. I have no doubt I can play with these guys. I got knocked down because of injury issues. That’s out of my hands. I’m just going to go out there and do what i have to do.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • milo

    I think Pain Train takes out his perceived low draft pick out on opposing teams.

  • 66Bear

    I hope that Zack will be able to give the Detroit fans as many game-changing performances as he gave Bear fans during his time at Cal. Godspeed, Zack. 🙂

  • ECJ

    I think Zach has the perfect attitude, and I believe he’ll do well in the NFL if he can stay healthy. I’m disappointed the 49ers didn’t take a chance on him, they could have used his tenacity in getting to the QB.. Kind of bummed they didn’t address that in this draft.