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The All-Encompassing Interview with Brandon Flowers
San Diego was overcome with Flowers fever on Tuesday when it was learned that Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers agreed to terms to join the Chargers. We caught up with the newest Bolt for an all-encompassing interview in which he explains why he chose San Diego, his excitement over his new teammates, his intense desire to win a Super Bowl and more.
Chargers.com: First off, welcome to San Diego! You were very much in demand. Why did you choose to come here?
Flowers: San Diego is a team that I definitely respected having played against them for so many years. There is a lot of talent on this team. Going through all the teams, this was one I felt really wanted to add me as a piece of the puzzle that could win a Championship.
Chargers.com: What was your visit here like?
Eddie Royal, who was my college teammate. He sold me. He sold me hard on the city, the fans and the team. Once I left I knew it was the place for me.
Chargers.com: What is it going to be like reuniting with your old Virginia Tech teammate in Eddie?
Flowers: It’s going to be fun. We get to go at it in practice like we used to. I can’t wait. We're both competitors and love trying to be the best on the field, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Chargers.com: Chargers fans have been clamoring for you to come to San Diego for the last week. Could you tell how badly they wanted you here, and did you notice the city’s reaction yesterday when the news broke?
Flowers: I did, and it means a lot to me. I wanted to come to a place where everyone wanted me, and I really feel like they all want me there. I felt the city’s energy, and all I want to do is go out there and match it. As excited as the city is for me, I want to take it to a whole other level. I want my play to take them to a level they didn’t know they could get to. So I want to go out there, have fun with my teammates and bring some special things to San Diego this year.
Chargers.com: How would you describe your game?
Flowers: I’m scrappy. I love to compete and I’m a playmaker. If the ball is anywhere in my vicinity I plan on coming down with it. I just think I have an all-around game. I love to come up and tackle, so I think I have a complete game.
Chargers.com: You’ve been a Pro Bowler and have had a lot of noteworthy moments. What has been your proudest moment in the league?
Chargers.com: How excited are you to now have Eric Weddle be your safety?
Flowers: That had a lot of influence on my decision to come to San Diego also. He’s a Pro Bowler and is a guy I’ve been watching for so many years. The way he flies around and the way he communicates on the field makes it easier for a cornerback to relax and play. I don’t have to wonder if the safety is going to help out behind me if I get into some trouble on the field. And there will never be a lack of communication with him back there. That is one great safety, a great person and a guy that I really respect. So I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him.
Chargers.com: We drafted a guy in Jason Verrett that some analysts say plays like you. What are your thoughts on having the chance to mentor the rookie?
Flowers: I just want to let him know the ins and outs about this league. There is going to be a lot expected out of him because he got drafted high. I didn’t get drafted as high as him, but I was starting in Kansas City from day one. So I know the kind of pressure that he’ll have when he takes the field. I had a great mentor in Patrick Surtain. He was a veteran in Kansas City when I first got over there, and he helped ease me in my rookie year. He helped my transition so much, so if I can help (Jason) and his situation, the more comfortable he’ll be on the field to make plays. And that will be big for our team as a whole.
Chargers.com: What did making the Pro Bowl for the first time mean to you last year?
Flowers: It meant a lot! I’ve put in a lot of hard work over my years in the NFL, and I was an alternate for a couple years but never got over the hump. So to finally get there and go showcase my talent among the best in Hawaii was definitely important. And it’s not just for me. My family had the chance to go out there and enjoy the moment and the process. I’m very big on family, so I was happier for them even more than myself to be honest with you.
Chargers.com: What does the rest of the offseason look like for you?
Flowers: I’m mainly going to stay down here training. We have a good group down here where I train at in Florida. So I’m going to be hitting it hard. I may come to San Diego a couple weeks before everybody to get more comfortable with the city and find a place to live.
Chargers.com: Finally, what would you like to say to the fans now that you’re a San Diego Charger?
Flowers: I definitely appreciate you. You’ve embraced me with open arms. You’ll be getting not only a great player but a great person. It’s important that we act as a whole. The fans and the football team are one. We make each other go, so let’s have a nice, natural and memorable season.