He had not been in San Diego more than a few hours, but for the first time, he was meeting his new coaches, members of the front office and the San Diego media.
Wearing a tan suit and the Chargers hat he received last night at the NFL Draft, Fluker stood next to Head Coach Mike McCoy, General Manager Tom Telesco and Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Spanos for a photo opportunity with his jersey.
Following the pictures, Telesco introduced Fluker to the room, and the newest Charger took the podium to field questions.“I’m actually ready to play right now,” Fluker said. “I’ve been enjoying it so far, enjoying the process, had a fun week, being here now to be a Charger, I’m very proud.”
Still smiling ear-to-ear, Fluker got down to business on how he plans to contribute to the Chargers organization, while still reveling in the moment of fulfilling a life-long dream.
“There’s no days off,” Fluker said. “Every day is a work day. My main thing is to have the dream to actually put on a uniform. It’s the most amazing feeling ever. Being a part of a group of guys that want to work hard and actually want to win, I want to bring that mentality here…It all starts with communication – getting to know the group of guys you’re going to (be with) every single day. Going to talk to them, building that bond and that’s the main thing I want to accomplish when I’m here. I want to be the Ray Lewis of my team, of my offensive line. That’s the type of guy I am.”
With new teammates and a new city, Fluker knows the Chargers are his new family. Still, he isn’t forgetting his real family, who support him all the way from his native Alabama.
“They’re very excited,” he said. “It’s kind of far away, but I told them ‘We’ll be in the Super Bowl again,’ looking forward to it. They are (a) proud family.”
The press conference ended with McCoy saying, “Thank you and welcome D.J. to San Diego.”
The room broke out in applause, which was the first of many times the city of San Diego will cheer on Fluker.