Second round draft pick. Brought in to be the franchise quarterback. Never given a proper chance to succeed and given-up on. New town, new team, new opportunity.
That’s pretty much John Beck’s story. It also belongs to Drew Brees.
This past offseason, Beck publicly embraced the opportunity to start for the Washington Redskins, and started training camp as the only quarterback on the Redskins depth chart. But before he ever arrived in Washington, he started preparing himself to have the mentality of a starter, thanks in part to Brees.
Brees and Beck are personal friends and spent time together in their offseason residence of San Diego, Calif.
“We’ve talked a lot about [being in the spotlight],” Beck said yesterday. ”The whole purpose of being around [Brees] was to soak in everything that he does. What’s made him successful? His work ethic, the way he approaches the game. Before I left San Diego to come out here, we sat down for a couple of hours going over trying to be the best quarterback that you can be.”
Beck knows that he has a tough task if he hopes to duplicate the success that Brees has had in New Orleans.
“There’s so much on the table as a quarterback of the Washington Redskins that you have to prioritize yourself of what matters most, and that’s playing the game,” he said. “Really, the only taste I had of being a starting quarterback in the NFL was with the Dolphins when we were 0-9 and I became the starter. That was a tricky situation to be a part of.”
And Hurricane Irene was just a little rain cloud.
“Drew has been able to battle through adversity and come out on top and take his team to a Super Bowl,” Beck continued. ”I felt–although our adversities were different–it was still a battle against something. He came out on top and that’s what I was trying to do.”
If Beck is going to choose to model himself after a particular quarterback in the NFL, I’m not sure that he could pick a better role model.
Check out Beck’s full video below:
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