Q: What kind of role did you play in the Raiders’ selection of Stefen Wisniewski? Did you have to sign off on the pick?
A: “No, not at all. Not at all. I was kicking his name around for a few days, and last night I was thinking, you know that could possibly happen. I watched him at Penn State since he was a freshman playing. And I thought he was an outstanding football player. I saw him mostly playing guard. If you can play center, you can play guard, tackle or quarterback, whatever.”
Q: What about him specifically impresses you?
A: “Well, he’s strong, he’s intelligent. That’s all been said about him. What we need is strong, intelligent guys that are going to go out there and have a tenaciousness at the way they play, just being tough guys. He’s got all that. He’s big and he’s strong. It runs in the Wisniewski family.”
Q: Any qualities of his that remind you of yourself?
A: “Not really. He’s bigger than I was, but he’s a good football player. I used to like to think that I could play football myself. I wanted to be the best, and he’s that same type of person wanting to be the best out there on any given day and he will be on every day.”
Q: Is there anyone that he reminds you of?
A: “I didn’t see enough of him to really give you a decent answer that way. He plays the type of football that I like, so he’s a Raider and he’s going to be a great Raider for us.”
Q: What are the biggest obstacles he has to clear?
A: “Well, it’s a faster game in the NFL. Stronger guys, faster. He’ll play against stronger, faster guys that will be more like himself. He is a very fast, strong individual, and he’ll be playing against people of the same likeness. So, it is an adjustment but if you’ve got the dogged determination, which I think he has, he’s not going to let that bother him. Thanks a lot. Good to see you guys.”