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Cal football: Follett speaks

By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am in off-season stuff.

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.”

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  • 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.