Twenty four hours.
For the Chargers 2013 draft class, that’s all that remains until they live out a life-long dream of becoming an NFL player. To a man, each one of them said from the moment they began playing organized football, they imagined the moment they got to run out of the tunnel for that first professional game.
“I’m going to be excited to be out there,” said right tackle
Fluker’s sentiments were echoed by his fellow draftees. Just take
“I’m excited, anxious and ready,” he said. “I’m going to try to stay calm but my nerves are going to be high for sure. But I think that is a good thing. It’s hit me that I’m a Charger, but it’s going to be a completely different atmosphere and feeling on Thursday.”
On the flipside from Te’o, third-round selection
“I like to be pretty (even-keeled),” the wide receiver said. “I know that as much as I try to downplay it though in the end I’ll probably be a little extra excited. When I wake up that morning I’ll be nervous and excited. I know I am. But it’s still football at the end of the day. Football is football and I don’t have to prove nothing to anybody but myself.”
Allen’s teammate at Cal was the Bolts fifth-round pick
“I’m looking forward to showing the fans what I can do,” said Steve Williams. “There are a lot of things I can do and this is my chance to show that. I’m excited to play Seattle and get to work.”
One final draft choice who expressed his emotions about his first game was sixth-round pick
“It’s crazy, man,” he said. “Just to be at this point and getting this opportunity, I’m looking to make the most of it and take advantage of whatever time I get. I’m going to focus on making plays for my team. But it really is a dream come true. I watched the NFL all these years and wondered if I was good enough to be at that level and play with them, and the answer is yeah I am. So I’m ready to go out there and prove that I can do it. It’s a dream come true.”
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