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John Beck Uses ‘Saintly’ Guidance

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 1:09 pm

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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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6 Responses to “John Beck Uses ‘Saintly’ Guidance”

  1. By MRH on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome opening to this article. Too awesome for me to not make my first ever comment. Also, congrats on winning me over, I was really disappointed when Matt Terl left. I never disliked you, but I didn’t think you were as high quality as he was. Over time, you have definitely proved that while different, your blogging definitely deserves to be put on the same level as Terl’s.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    @MRH-
    Thanks a lot, I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment :-) Feel free to let me know how I do one way or the other.

  3. By Diego on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hey there Brian…I would like to concur with MRH. You have done a great job. A lot of stories from very different angles. There was one item that I loved that Matt did and it was the HAIL comic strip. Any chance that you can get that started again? Heck we will even get to see a cartoon character of you!

  4. By John Beck Fan on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    Great Article here and I loved that you guys posted this video of Beck talking about the time he spent with Drew Brees and how he has kept his mind focused on being a starter for the Redskins. I love the fire that Beck has in him and I know he will help the Redskins succeed this season.

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