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Exclusive Interview with Max Starks
Moments after signing his contract with the San Diego Chargers, Max Starks chatted with Chargers.com for a wide ranging interview.
Check out what the Chargers new left tackle had to say.
Chargers.com: How does it feel to be a San Diego Charger?
Starks: It feels pretty awesome! I think it’s a great opportunity. I love the city of San Diego, so hopefully it will be a welcomed change and I look forward to helping the Chargers build toward a Championship.
Chargers.com: You were in high demand. Why did you choose to sign here?
Starks: There was a great opportunity in San Diego to come in and compete for a starting job. When you look at the tools that they have on offense, I have experience with Philip Rivers from the Senior Bowl. I blocked for him when we were coming out of college. And I have friendships on the team prior to that. So at least I’m not going into a situation not knowing anybody. And I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and what their plan was
Chargers.com: What is it about Rivers that has you excited to block for him?
Starks: Philip is a part of the 2004 draft class. He’s a veteran quarterback. He’s smart and savvy. He likes to sling the ball. He’s very comparable to (Ben) Roethlisberger in that respect. I have a lot of respect for Philip. He’s always been a great person and a great individual. I think I’m going to love blocking for him.
Chargers.com: Did you get a chance to talk with Philip when you visited here?
Starks: Philip and I spoke in person. We just said hello and spoke very friendly. I told him I’d look forward to blocking his blindside, and he said he’d welcome it (laughs). But it was just a quick conversation.
Chargers.com: Personally, what do you think the biggest challenge will be for you coming to a new team for the first time in your career?
Starks: Anytime something’s new it’s always a challenge. You have your comforts and familiarity with the city and the people, so that’s going to be an adjustment for me going to California where I’ve visited, but never really resided. I think also just getting used to my new teammates will be an adjustment. Getting to know them and them getting to know me. No matter who you are that’s always a bit of an awkward thing. You always look for an ice breaker. Other than that, the concept of learning the offense and making sure that I’m at my best and able to communicate cleanly with my other linemates. As an offensive line you have to all be on the same page. So I’ll be working on that chemistry right away.
Chargers.com: If you had to give someone a scouting report on Max Starks, what would you tell them?
Starks: Never count him out. Never doubt him. He’s very intelligent and a very savvy veteran.
Chargers.com: You’re going from the AFC North to the AFC West. What’s that going to be like?
Starks: When you look at how the west has been building the past couple years, it’s building itself to be a very, very competitive division. In years before, you had one or two teams that kind of fought, but now you look at this offseason, a lot of teams have built themselves up. This is going to be a division to watch. There’s going to be some good challenges.
Chargers.com: How has the offseason been going for you?
Starks: This has probably been the best offseason I’ve had in three years. This is the healthiest I’ve felt and the strongest I’ve felt in a very long time. I wasn’t injured. I wasn’t rehabbing this offseason so I was able to focus on training instead of nursing an injury. That’s the biggest thing. Being healthy allows you to train a lot harder and longer.
Chargers.com: Have you paid any attention to all the chatter that’s been going on out there about the Chargers need for a left tackle?
Starks: Well I’ve seen some of it because people were attaching my name to the position. I’m happy that people thought that highly of me to mention me, and hopefully I don’t let those people down. I will bring the same work ethic that I had in Pittsburgh and the same demeanor. Hopefully that will be a good combination with an already good offensive line. Nick Hardwick and I came out of college the same year. I know Jeromey Clary, and I look forward to working with Chad Rinehart, D.J. Fluker and all the rest of the guys.
Chargers.com: The fans were really hoping that you’d sign here. What would you like to tell them?
Starks: I want to tell them that I appreciate them being excited to have me there. I look forward to giving my all and doing my best to make them proud of the Chargers name. Hopefully I can continue the tradition they have out there, and I look forward to helping this team build toward a championship.