Check out this video clip that Yahoo! Sports put together of Chicago Bears first round draft pick Kyle Long, discussing the journey that led him to become Phil Emery’s 2013 first round choice. (Clip the refresh button on your browser if you don’t see the video box below):
After getting picked, Long called into a conference call with the Chicago media. Here are some choice takes, courtesy of the Chicago Bears website:
“I’m very excited and grateful to be a Chicago Bear. I didn’t expect to go this high in the draft. I’m just very excited to join an organization with such a great history and such a great fan base. Not enough can be said about the Chicago Bears organization.”
On his pre-draft visit with the Bears:
“I wasn’t surprised I ended up being picked by the Bears. I had a great visit with Coach Kromer and I really enjoyed my time in Chicago. I had a great opportunity to sit down and get to know the people within the building. I got to O’Hare, I was getting ready to fly back home and I had a great feeling about Chicago. Obviously, Coach Kromer is a great coach and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try to earn the respect of my teammates and hopefully be able to help the Chicago Bears.”
On addressing the questions about his off-the-field troubles in the past:
“I was a young kid and I was just dealing with some stuff off the field that I had to work through. I’m past it now. I am four-and-a-half years removed from the spoken issues, so I feel like my best ball and all of that is ahead of me. I’m real excited just to be a part of the Bears organization. I’m grateful for them; the fact that they’ve given me an opportunity.”
Check out the full transcript here.
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