Chat /w Jermon Bushrod: Youth Marshon Lattimore Jersey , Returning To The Saints & Being The Veteran Jermon Bushrod was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2007 in the 4th round. He went on to become starter at left tackle during the 2009 Super Bowl run and earned two Pro Bowl nods in 2011 and 2012. Since, he has played with the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins (as the Dolphins’ RG). Now he’s back to not only defend Drew Brees, but to teach some of the younger players the tricks of the trade.While the city might be familiar, the situation is much different than the first time Jermon came to the Big Easy. This time, he is the wily veteran playing the player-coach role instead of being the young rook. Had the opportunity to talk about this with him, and to talk about the great things he’s doing with his Visualize & Rize foundation.Deuce: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Jermon. First things, coming back to Louisiana what’s worse/better. What hit you the most: How hot it is in May already with the humidity or did you miss the food the most? (laugh) Was it better to get back to the food or worse to get to the weather.JB: It’s good to be back in the city, but um yea look I don’t miss the heat. That’s something you got to get used to and you got to deal with it. Definitely miss the food, but I’ve been living in south Florida for the last couple of years so it seems like I can’t beat the heat. The food is something I definitely missed.Deuce: Well the weather should be better in a couple of weeks up in Virginia where you have two events planned. This will be the 9th annual football camp that you’ve had and 8th annual golf tournament. Tell me a little about that.JB: Yea! After the Super Bowl year we kicked off some charity work. We have a free football camp going for kids in my community back home in King George, Virginia. That following year we decided to start a golf tournament. The cool thing about that is it helps fund a lot of the programs we have with the foundation. Our big program is the Visualize & Rize scholarship fund. Over the last seven or eight years we’ve given out about $500,000.00 in and around the community, not just in Virginia but in Chicago and Miami as well. We’ve done some pretty special things around the holiday times as well. We’re just trying to help out under-privileged youth and families in times of need. It makes not just myself, but my family and friends feel good that we can come together for such a good cause.Deuce: You’re coming back to where it all started. Before, you were the rookie helping build a team and now you’re the veteran. What’s it like walking into the building now in this almost Freaky Friday moment for you?JB: I kinda went through, when I was here like you were saying, the young rookie phase. I was the young puppy phase not really knowing much. Just trying to cling onto anyone that would help. Over the years I got to start and play, and play some more and then I went off and kind did my own thing. Now I’m back. Just gives me an opportunity to talk about my experiences, both good and bad,to harp on that and talk on that. (I want) To bring those qualities that kept me around.You have to be 100% committed. You have to go in there and put the work in, even on the days you don’t feel like doing it physically, mentally or emotionally. There’s always somebody behind you or beside you who is willing to step in and do your job for you. I’m excited about this team and I’m excited about our potential. We look good on paper, but we have to go out and get it done.Deuce: Let me ask you this, feel free to be honest with me it’s ok (laugh), you’re in your twelfth year, but not a lot of guys are just a-ok with taking a back seat. Are you going to be fighting for a starting spot?JB: I’ll keep it real with you. It’s not easy going into a year where you’re not projected, but at the end of the day all I can do is fight. I knew the situation coming in here, and I know we have five good guys up front that play their behinds off. Whatever I can do to help. It is going to be a new situation for me. Ever since the Super Bowl year (2009) I’ve gone into the season as a starter.All you can do as a football player is sometimes put your pride to the side and figure out what your role is. When your number is called you have to be ready like you are one of the starters. I don’t know how things are going to shake up, but I know last year they had six or seven good players who would rotate in and out when guys got hurt. Knock on wood I don’t want any of that to happen, but I knew the situation coming into this.Deuce: Let me ask you quickly about the mentality of this team, and I know you’ve only been back a couple of months Womens Austin Carr Jersey , does this situation remind you any of when you were a young and you were part of a team building to a Super Bowl, do you get the same vibe?JB: I can see how guys work. I watch the guys, I guess you get a little bit more observant (as a veteran), but the thing is you have to understand who this coach is (Sean Payton). He expects a lot out of his players. Obviously, they have players here to get the job done and Sean is going to fight to get success out of them every single day. The culture that’s around here, the city wants a winner and the city deserves a winner so we need to go out and do our job. We want to win. You work your behind off with all this running, sweating and grinding that you do you want it to pay off with a W.Deuce: When you first joined with the Saints, they ran a predominately man blocking scheme. Every team changes things of course, but now they run a bit more inside zone and outside zone. As a veteran you’ve seen it all. Done it all. Are you looking forward to being that type of player-coach who can not only step in and make a play when needed but to teach these young bucks. JB: The thing is when you go to a new team, especially with new coaches and different players, this league is a copy-cat league. Teams are going to see what’s working for other teams and are going to go out and try that. Players have to be the same way. You have to look at players like, “Ok, this guy is like me. He has the same build as me. He takes this kind of footwork, he puts his hands here, that’s successful for him so why don’t I try that.”We have to lean on each other. We have to work with each other, offense and defense.Full interview below:About his upcoming events and charity:The Visualize & Rize Foundation a 501c(3) organization has donated $500,000+ over the last 9 years to local youth programs. These programs include the King George High School (KGHS) football program, of which Bushrod is an alumnus. The King George YMCA, and in the form of book scholarships to graduating student-athletes from KGHS and six other schools in the surrounding counties. The Foundation has donated game tickets to underprivileged youth in the Chicago area, along with food and clothing to those in need during the holidays.The Foundation is grateful to the many businesses and organizations that have continuously supported it’s efforts: Radley Chevrolet and Cadillac, Dr. Cottrell and Associates, Henslee LLC, Homewood Suites, and all of our other amazing partners!Visit www.VisualizeandRize.org for more information and registration The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they weren't overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston.That's because Ryan Fitzpatrick not only is an experienced backup who's one of just four players in NFL history to throw touchdown passes for seven different teams, but he has proven he can win games, too.No one, however, could have anticipated him launching his 14th season quite the way he did, throwing for a career-best 417 yards and four TDs without an interception on the road to key a 48-40 victory over the New Orleans Saints.Fitzpatrick also ran for a touchdown, improving to 3-1 as a starter since joining the Bucs before last season.With Winston suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the 35-year-old with 120 starts will also lead Tampa Bay (1-0) the next two weeks against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh."He's a down-to-earth guy. He's got a great sense of humor. He's witty Youth Marcus Williams Jersey , he's intelligent, he's well-spoken. He backs up what he says with how he plays. The players respect him. He doesn't try to come on too strong, but at the same time he's a good leader," coach Dirk Koetter said Monday."When we talked, I think earlier in the year, about the difference between Jameis' leadership style and Fitz's leadership style, there's different ways to do it, and there's two good examples of it," Koetter added. "Both (are) good leaders, and we've had other good leaders step up so far."Fitzpatrick entered the NFL in 2005 as a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. He's also played — and thrown TD passes — for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets.He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in May 2017, willingly accepting a role as backup to Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He started three games a year ago, winning two, while Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury."Fitz is comfortable being in there, he's not going to get rattled," Koetter said."After a guy (has) played a certain amount — I don't know what the cutoff is, but Fitz has played a lot. I think that experience of, 'OK, I know how fast the game is going to be. I know when I'm going to have to throw the ball away. I know when I'm going to have to eat it and take a hit. I know when it's time to scramble.'" Koetter added."I just think that best thing overall that Fitz is doing right now is when the play does break down, he's making good decisions with the football whether it be throwing it to a safe spot or becoming a runner."Against the Saints, Fitzpatrick joined Mark Rypien as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 400 yards with zero interceptions while also rushing for a touchdown in the same game. In addition to being 21 of 28 passing, including a pair of TDs of 50-plus yards, he targeted Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson 12 times, completing all of those throws."To hit them all 12 of those times is pretty unusual," Koetter said.Evans finished with seven receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown. Jackson had five catches for 146 yards and two TDs.
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