March 15, 2011
Why are you visiting practice today?
Once you’re a Longhorn, you’re always a Longhorn. I’ve been in town, and I heard the guys were just putting the pads on, so I had to come and check it out.
What has impressed you the most?
The offense. The offense looks like it’s got everything going. It looks like it’s really going to confuse the opposing defenses. The coaches are excited. It’s looking like Texas football.
Why is it important for ex-players to come back and visit?
One of the guys just came up to me and said that he’s been following me since he was in junior high. So I was like, “Whoa! Am I that old!” But I guess it’s just to let them know that we come back to support everybody out here. Maybe make them compete a little harder. When guys came back like [Dallas Cowboy receiver] Roy [Williams] and everybody, I wanted to impress them and show them that I was an NFL caliber cornerback. So I’m pretty sure the receivers and DBs - when they see guys like myself, Tarell Brown, Michael Huff come back - they try to impress you. So I think it’s really important.
Do you feel welcomed when you return for a visit?
Oh yea. It’s like a family reunion again. The coaches embrace you – give you big, big hugs. If they can’t reach you they throw a “Horns Up”. So it’s just a big family reunion.
What are you doing while the NFL sorts out its labor issues?
Working. Making sure I’m in shape. Still training up here at Texas. Just staying in shape, basically. It’s pretty much out of our hands, so we’re just waiting on the decision to see if we’re going to be locked out – going to be jobless! [laughs]