Here are five lessons we learned about Jason Verrett from his introductory press conference. 1. Driven to Succeed –
Verrett took an unlikely path to becoming a first round pick. Not only did he take the Juco route out of high school, he’s faced endless questions about his 5-9 stature. The Bolts’ first round pick has long said all the right things when it comes to his height, but the passion in which he speaks is nothing but sincere. Everyone in the room knew Verrett was talking from the heart when stating he strives to improve across the board:
“I feel like I can improve in all areas of my game. That’s just me as a person. I try to get better day by day and week by week.”
2. Confident Not Cocky – While he is determined to get better, Verrett is confident in his abilities. He has expectations of being a starter, believing that is the reason the Bolts spent a first round pick on him. Verrett isn’t afraid to take on top-flight AFC West receivers such as Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe and so on. He rattled off all the attributes fans can expect to see out of him including his strength and versatility. While some players come across as cocky when talking about themselves, Verrett had a humble confidence about him. It’s exactly the type of demeanor defensive backs need in order to succeed in this league today.
3. Resiliency is in His Blood – The first time General Manager Tom Telesco saw Verrett live in action may have been the roughest experience of the corner’s career. It was his very first game at TCU and he went against a Baylor team loaded with future NFL stars Robert Griffin III, Terrance Williams and Kendell Wright. Telesco called it “as rough an introduction to big time division one football that you can have.” Verrett didn’t let the experience discouraged him. In fact, he became a future All-American and Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. That resiliency is part of the reason he is now a San Diego Charger as Telesco explained how Verrett’s football character and temperament define what he’s searching for in players.
4. Family Man – Head Coach Mike McCoy constantly preaches the importance of family. Verrett fits that same mold evidenced by the cornerback breaking down in tears as he explained the sacrifices his parents and older brother have made. They are his heroes , each of whom were sitting in the front row of his first press conference as a Charger.
5. A Fierce Corner with a Light Heart – Verrett showed apt timing with some well-placed zingers during his press conference. All in attendance laughed when he explained how his parents were “hard-nosed” and gave him some “whoopings”. The highlight was when he said his parents were Raiders fans before San Diego called, then became Chargers fans immediately after.
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