Yesterday, I took my son to Training Camp. It was a first for both of us. And, while trying to get the players to hang around just a little longer on their way out, I decided to try to get the players talking a little so that a few more kids could get a few more autographs. Here are there answers to my hard-hitting questions ...
JacinB: So, have you had Eric carry your pads yet?
Jon McGraw: Nah, that's not my thing. He is going to take us all out to a nice dinner soon, though.
JacinB: You're going to be in the Pro Bowl this year, right?
Branden Albert: [No verbal response, but he did give us a wink and the biggest smile I've ever seen.]
JacinB: Did you get your Camaro yet?
Eric Berry: Not yet, no. It gets here in three weeks. Three weeks.
There were a number of guys who couldn't be bothered with signing anything. For anyone. I won't call them out by name and I know it was hot out there and they were tired after their second practice of the day, but that's still the sort of thing that leaves an impression.
Ryan O'Callaghan is a funny guy. He came over to our line while all the kids were shouting and trying to get Matt Cassel's attention on his way out. Matt never broke his stride (at least, not until he was well past where we were) and Ryan said, "I know you're disappointed that I'm not Matt, but I'll still sign your stuff."
You probably remember the Eric Berry story from the Draft where he talked about Deion Sanders not signing an autograph for him when he was a kid and promising to sign one for every last kid who wanted one? Well, Eric Berry is a man of his word. He made sure every kid who offered him something to sign got an autograph and was the last player off the signing line.
The other signing suprise? Todd Haley. He stood at the end of the practice field and was, literally, the last man off the field because, not only did he sign every autograph asked of him, he had a conversation with each person who asked him for one. Including my 7-year-old. He asked him if this was his first time coming to camp, and if he'd had a good time and what he'd liked best. For all the F-bombs he drops on Sundays, Todd Haley was one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys I saw out there on the field that day.