Here are some excerpts from New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey’s first press conference of training camp from Millsaps College on Thursday:
Q: Can you talk about joining the Saints?
A: I’m really happy to be a New Orleans Saint. Obviously a lot of people didn’t see this coming. There were a lot of rumors. I want to thank Mickey (Loomis) and Sean (Payton) for believing in me, bringing me here and giving me the opportunity.
Q: What happened with the situation in New York?
A: I just think that Mickey and Sean wanted me more than New York. I think New York got a fair package. Hopefully New Orleans will have a really good package. It’s a very good situation.
Q: Did you not think that this would happen after a deal was not consummated after the draft?
A: Leading up to the draft, you hear a lot of rumor and speculation. My mother lives down in Texas, so she reads all the papers. I didn’t give up hope. Really at that time, I was just trying to get healthy. I had never had a really serious injury before in my life. I never gave up hope. I want to thank my agent Drew (Rosenhaus); he obviously helped make this thing happen as well. I wouldn’t say that I ever gave up. It was always in the back of my head, even after the draft.
Q: Were you surprised when it finally happened?
A: I was relieved. I wasn’t surprised. There were a bunch of rumors. If I had gone back to the Giants no matter what it would have been a circus. I’d have went up there if they kept me, there would have been all of the rumors if they were better off without me, this, that. The last thing I wanted to do was be a distraction. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to go to the Super Bowl. I wasn’t healthy. They did a great job. I didn’t want to be a distraction to that team. If I went, I’m a distraction. If I didn’t go, I was a distraction. It’s the same thing if I had gone up to play for the Giants. I’m just very happy to have the opportunity I have in this city and with this team.
Q: Can you discuss what you feel is misunderstood about you?
A: The people that know me as a person like Jon (Vilma) and several other guys on this team that I know, they’ll tell you that I’m not as wild and rebellious as some people say, but that’s the media. They build you up to knock you down and if you know me, you know me. If not, the rumors fly. You’ve probably heard it all. I’ve heard it all. What you see is what you get. I wear my emotion on my sleeves and I’m a true person. I ‘m not fake or fabricated to anybody.
Q: Are you happy to be in a little more media friendly and less media intense environment than New York City?
A: I knew that question was coming out sooner or later. Actually I think my family is. They’re the ones, my mother especially that read the newspaper. I always hear about it from my brother and it doesn’t really bother me. Obviously I’d like to just concentrate on football besides looking to be a distraction, being in the paper, being out here, going over here, this city, whatever. It gets out of control a little bit. Obviously I’m happy. I’m happy in the situation more than anything else.
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