BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the spotlight
|05.22.11 at 8:19 pm ET|
The fellas over at Meat Locker Sports are having a good couple of weeks. First, they had a Q&A with Patriots safety James Sanders, and on Sunday, they checked in with an interview with Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The feature traces Green-Ellis all the way back to his college days, and includes his thoughts on making it to the NFL despite being an undrafted free agent, why he didn’t get upset about being cut initially by the Patriots and how he’s staying in shape during the lockout.
On his post-college, pre-draft thoughts: ‘Coming into the draft after the season they have a grading system, and on that grading system I was figured into the third or fourth round. It was a real funny year and with the draft, it is what it is. It just didn’t pan out the way I wanted it to. I just had to pick up the pieces and keep moving on.’
‘I’ve always been the type of person to put in the effort to work hard and to do things that would allow me to become successful. Hard work is something that kind of comes along with the area I come from. Being from New Orleans, the odds are against us’¦ We weren’t supposed to make it out of the city, we were supposed to be dealing drugs or something like that. Your back was always against the wall, you had no choice but to go out there and work hard to try and not become a statistic.’
On being cut as a rookie before being signed again by the Patriots: ‘I never thought I couldn’t compete with those guys because I was already there practicing against them. I was there for a reason. Again, it was just kind of how it panned out and ultimately I felt like I could continue to compete with those guys and beat them. Not necessarily the guys that I was competing against at running back, but going up against different defenses, I felt like it wasn’t a big drop off. I always felt like if I was confident in my abilities, everything would take care of itself.’
His workout routine during the lockout: ‘I’m currently training in Orlando, Florida with coach Tom Shaw at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. I’m working with some good guys like Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Overall, there is a real good group of guys out there. I’m Just working on my speed and conditioning. I’ve also been doing a lot of boxing training at Miami’s 5th Street Gym with Angelo Dundee.
‘When I’m down in Miami at the 5th Street Gym with the boxing training, it’s been a great way to work on my footwork and my cardio. I’m also working with some really great guys. Working with some of the top boxers in the world like world heavyweight champ David Haye, and super middleweight champion Andre Dirrell. So it’s not like I’m just going to a regular boxing gym and just kind of training. I’m working with some of the guys that are the best in the world at what they do. It’s a tremendous honor and I’m really happy to be working with these guys.’