Q & A with Rohan Davey
By Matt Deville, TigerRag.com
Davey spoke to a small gathering
at a local Baton Rouge restaurant about SIX, Inc., an operation he has founded
in conjunction with The Rohan Davey Foundation, an organization the Miami native
has formed to promote juvenile literacy.
After Davey spoke about SIX, he
spent a few minutes with Tiger Rag and discussed various topics including his
past successes at LSU, his future endeavors in the NFL including where he feels
his future lies and is that with Nick Saban in his hometown of Miami.
Now that you have been gone for three years from LSU, could you reflect back on
your time spent in Baton Rouge and what your years here mean to you now?
Reflecting back and seeing what we did, the national championship that
they won, to see the guys out there that I helped recruit doing it and playing
well, winning the national championship, that is awesome. Just knowing that we
kind of got the ball rolling in that direction. The coaches and the players took
the initiative after that and ran with it and did great. You never get a chance
to reflect on something while your doing it, or even realize what you are doing
at that time. Like playing in the Super Bowl, you never get a chance to enjoy
it until basically it is over. Like looking back at my year when we won the Sugar
Bowl and that great time we had together and the friendships that you make, that
is what means the most to me.
Deville: At LSU, you had to sort of
wait your time and pick your time to shine. I guess you are sort of doing that
now playing behind Tom Brady with the Patriots. Talk about your career in the
NFL and where you hope it goes.
Davey: Let me tell you this,
the position in which I was fortunate enough to get drafted in and have the opportunity
to go into an organization like the New England Patriots and have the opportunity
to play with one of the greatest people as well as one of the greatest quarterbacks
in Tom and having the opportunity to work with coach (Bill) Belichick, probably
one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game. This organization, the Kraft
family, what they have put together there and the team that we have is so similar
to the one we had at LSU because it is made up of guys that are so unselfish,
guys that do everything they can to win a football game. For me to be there and
learn from those guys and learn what it is to be a professional and go about my
job and learn my craft and the way I had to step it up because in the NFL, everybody
is good. In college, you can find that a couple of cornerbacks may be good on
a team, but week in and week out, you are facing the top players at every position.
Then for us to make the run that we did winning the Super Bowls. You have guys
out there that wait there entire career to even make it to a Super Bowl. We had
a guy that had been in the league for 10 years and last year was his first time
to ever even be in the playoffs. I definitely look back and cherish what we have
done and what we have accomplished with the Patriots. Whenever the opportunity
comes for myself or just anybody, when they get a chance to get out there and
perform, but you have to wait for your opportunity.
that said, being behind Tom Brady and he being young, if you are to get an opportunity,
do you feel as if you might have to do that someplace else?
The thing that is so funny about that is that you never know what is going to
happen. I am sure that when Tom was playing and (Drew) Bledsoe was in front of
him, he was probably thinking he might have to make his mark somewhere else. And
then fortunately enough for him, he got the opportunity to get his shot. Wherever
this game, wherever this opportunity takes me, wherever I have the opportunity
to get onto the field and show what I can do, in my career I do want to fulfill
certain goals, not necessarily for myself but when you get into the profession,
like yourself, you want to be the best at it and want the opportunity to show
what you can do and be the best at it. So whenever that opportunity presents itself,
I will jump on it.
Rag editor Matt Deville sat down with former LSU
and current New England Patriot
quarterback Rohan Davey. (MJBrown)
Deville: Coach (Nick) Saban is in
you division now. (Davey laughs.) Have you spoke with coach? Have you guys chatted
about possibly making the move to South Beach?
Davey: I have
spoken to coach Saban but not on any business terms like coming to Miami or anything,
just basically congratulating him on his successes and getting the job in Miami.
I have just let him know that I am down there and my family is down there and
if there is anything we could possibly do for him just to let us know. But not
anything on the business aspect YET!
Deville: Is it going
to be weird seeing him across the field next season?
Oh yeah. It is going to be different. A lot different.
what about your LSU family you have their in New England? There are quite a few
of you guys up there.
Davey: Man yeah, you mean LSU
North? That is probably one of the best things about being up there is having
those guys up there. You know you are with guys that can relate to Baton Rouge.
We have crawfish boils and get together all the time and hang out. It is like
we have our own little community up there. It is great.
What was the best winning two Super Bowls, winning an NFL Europe championship
or winning the SEC Championship and Sugar Bowl?
is really a tough one. That is tough. But college winning the SEC Championship
and the Sugar Bowl is definitely the best time of my life. A great time.
Everything instilled in me, everything I learned came from Baton Rouge; came from
LSU. So I would have to say that.
Deville: And finally, Boston
has had a great deal of success in terms of sports and winning championships.
What is bigger in Boston, you guys winning two Super Bowls or the Red Sox winning
the World Series?
Davey: Man that isnt ever close. Those
people are crazy about the Red Sox up there.
story was courtesy of TigerRag.com, home of the LSU Tigers on the Scout.com network.
Special Thanks to contributing editor Matt Deville who was able to catch up with
Davey on his jaunt back home.
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