Newly-acquired Redskins offensive lineman Jammal Brown has been saying all the right things since he arrived in town, but perhaps never quite so many of them at one time as he did while on The LaVar Arrington Show With Chad Dukes yesterday. It’s a long, terrific interview, and you can listen to it here, but I’ve gone ahead and transcribed a few excerpts as well. Because if you’re a Redskins fan, this will get you pretty fired up — Dukes and Arrington are both pretty excitable guys by nature, but over the course of this interview, they both sounded ready to run through a brick wall.
Brown started by discussing where he wanted to play, where he could play, and where he expected to play.
“I still consider myself a left tackle,” he said. “For the last four years I played with the Saints, I made the Pro Bowl at left tackle, but I’m coming in to do what the Redskins want me to do, and that’s play right tackle. But I can play both sides. And that’s where, if you wanna win the game, it starts up front. It starts up there with the O-line, the Hogs, being physical and being nasty. And that’s what I’m gonna bring to the table, and that’s how you win games.”
Arrington caught the key word there and asked, “So you gonna be a Hog, Jammal?”
“I’ve always been a Hog, man,” Brown said. “It’s time to get in there, get physical, that’s just my style of play.”
Which is, let’s be honest, an awesome thing to hear.
Dukes, meanwhile, took the opportunity to flip on the sarcast-o-tron and act appropriately shocked that Brown might be willing to go against his inclination for the good of the team. I have no idea what on Earth he could’ve been alluding to, but Brown handled the question (again) exactly as you’d hope.
“This game is bigger than one person, than what one person wanna do,” he said. “You know, physically and mentally I look at myself as a left tackle. But if it’s gonna help us get to a Super Bowl — not the playoffs, ’cause, you know, playoffs ain’t nothin’ — but if it’s gonna help us get to the Super Bowl, I’ll play right tackle, guard, or whatever it takes, even though mentally I consider myself as a left tackle. This is a team game and if I need to play right tackle to make the Redskins better, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
I like a guy who aims high. In fact, I think I’ll put that in bold, because I like it so much: playoffs ain’t nothin’. Brown is already talking Super Bowl. Which makes sense, because he came from a team that just won the Super Bowl … while he sat on the bench on Injured Reserve. And he talked about how that felt as well. (Short version: it didn’t feel good.)
“It was real tough for me, you know, ’cause I was with the Saints through the hard times,” he said, “the first couple of years: Hurricane Katrina, didn’t win many games, and I was there a part of the building process. And then, by the time we got to the top of the pyramid, I had to sit out because I had those two surgeries and what-not. So that was real frustrating, just to see everything I worked for … to see my teammates go out there, I was happy for them, happy for New Orleans, but of course, I helped build that so I wanted to be a part of that.
“And that’s what hurts so bad,” he continued. “Like, what really hurt is just, every game, bein’ in the locker room sitting down before the game. Because that’s an unfamiliar feeling. When you’re in the locker room before a game, you usually get prepared to play. Gettin’ taped, gettin’ mentally ready, this and that. For the first time in my life, I was in the locker room before a game just waiting, looking at my guys getting ready to play. And that was so hurtin’, so frustrating. And the biggest was being at the Super Bowl. Finally getting there, seeing everybody excited … you know, I think I cried throughout the whole first half. ’cause I was just so devastated and wanted to be a part of it so bad. But I was still excited just to be a part of that, be a part of a champion. So I know what it’s like to practice, I know what it’s like to be around guys who are winning in a championship program. And that’s what I have installed in me mentally. Coming from OU, being with Bob Stoops, and then being on that team last year … just being around that helps. It makes you more hungry for the nest season.”
And that, in turn, makes me even hungrier for next season as well.
There’s plenty more in the interview. It’s really worth listening to.
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