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NFL ALL-ACCESS: Terry explores Shockey value
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Shockey not an ordinary rookie
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Then you usually think a first-round draft pick is going to come in and be a little soft and isn¿t going to want to work ... and he¿s the opposite of everything I expected. TERRY: There¿s only one player I've ever seen like that, but they all have the same mentality, and that would be when Jack Lambert came to Pittsburgh. He just flat told them, "I¿m not here to sing a song."
He didn¿t sing. Nobody could make him sing. Two hundred and twenty pounds, six foot five, tough, mean, aggressive, started as a rookie and he was the catalyst for us going on and winning the Super Bowls and this kid (Shockey) seems to be ¿ STRAHAN: The same way. I mean tough, smart, never wants to finish in second place at anything, but also all of those things that you see on the field, he¿s jumping around. He¿s excited. That¿s genuine. He¿s just like a kid enjoying the game. Off the field, I think he¿s actually kind of shy. Easy to talk to, but I mean a really good guy; a fun guy to be around. And it¿s rare that you have people who have that combination. TERRY: I told him, I said, if you¿re so shy, you came to the wrong city and you certainly made one heck of an entrance! STRAHAN: That was kind of crazy, but he¿s handled all that well, for a guy with as much pressure that he has on himself, who can go out and be able to perform the way that he performed as a rookie, with all these other things going on. I mean, I have to take my hat off to him.
I mean, he¿s still learning, and one thing I can say is his work ethic is incredible. He¿s competitive and he¿s incredible and he¿s a good guy, genuinely. TERRY: And if you had to go one on one with him? STRAHAN: I beat the snot out of him. TERRY: Did you? STRAHAN: I took him on all the time. TERRY: Did you take him on? STRAHAN: You know what? We have our little bouts you know, before the games. We get into each other a little bit, but if it were on coverage or anything like that ¿ I tried that one day in practice. I think he was seven yards deep before I turned around, because I¿d never seen anybody, big, that was gone, before I knew where he was going. I don¿t know what he did. He was past me in two seconds, but if it came to blocking him, yeah, I think I¿d give him a run for his money. TERRY: But you haven¿t had that chance? STRAHAN: No, I haven¿t had that chance and the way he¿s going, I don¿t know if I want to have that chance. TERRY: Is he a good blocker? STRAHAN: Yeah, a phenomenal blocker. He gets more, I guess you¿d say, pats on the back for his blocking skills than he does for his receiving skills and I think that¿s what really opened my eyes to him is "Wow, this guy¿s a better blocker or just as good of a blocker as he is a receiver." TERRY: Is it important that he was a missing part of this offense? Plug in that tight end, and this offense if flourishing.
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