Highlights from Chad Ochocinco’s meeting with media Saturday morning
|07.30.11 at 11:44 am ET|
On coming to the Patriots: ‘It’s good to be in heaven. It’s good to be in heaven.’
Was the whole process that serendipitous? ‘Yes. It’s exactly what I thought it was, me being ale to come here. The first meeting, as soon as I got here, was with Mr. Kraft. Unbelievable. Unbelievable. He welcomed me with open arms. I talked with coach Belichick, and he did the same. We had our normal talk, our normal chat. Other than that, I’m ready to rock and roll.’
When did you know this was really possible? ‘I don’t know.’
On his personality — going forward, are you going to be more subdued or will you continue to be Ocho? ‘I’m going to always be me. I’ll always be me. But there’s a certain way that the Patriots do it, and I’ve always been a chameleon, so I’m going to blend in and do it the Patriots way, which is win, you know? I think Bill, we had our talk, and without him having to even say anything, [I know] there’s no need for me to do some of the stuff I did before.’
Grateful to Cincinnati? ‘I’m just thankful for the experience, for one, that the Bengals drafted me, and I always like to say that the fans made me who I am today, in Cincinnati. So I’m grateful for all they’ve done. I’m grateful for everything Mike Brown has done for me, for myself, being able to provide for my family and things of that sort. Especially Marvin. In regards to what everybody thinks from the outside in, kudos to Marvin for everything he’s done and everything he’s put up with with me. I thanks, Cincinnati, the organization, everything they’ve done for me. This is a new chapter in my life and I’m happy to be here. I’ll be a little quiet. You won’t get the same Chad that you’re used to. I probably won’t be talking to the media much ‘ not at all, probably. I just want to play ball an just ride the wave, man.’
Is this all kind of still sinking in for you? ‘Not at all. Once I walked in here, and Mr. Kraft and Belichick gave me my angel wings, I was set. I’m going to soar.’
What did you have to do to get your number? ‘Nothing. This was Mr. Hernandez’ way of greeting me here. He gave me the number. I didn’t have to say anything. I shook his hand and said, ‘Thank you.’’
Will there be some sort of reward? ‘I was probably going to get Mr. Hernandez, I drive a Toyota Prius, so i was going to let him use my Prius on the weekends. That’s about the best I can do right now. And, I have some leftover McDonald’s coupons.’
On his relationship with Brady: ‘Me and Tom are cool. Me and Tom are really cool. It’s just been a joy, man. I don’t get to talk to him much, except when we do play him. But we’ve had conversations on the field, off the field, and I respect him. He’s the best at his craft. I’ve always called him ‘surgeon.’” It’ll be fun being one of his patients, so I’ll enjoy it.
On the other wide receivers: ‘They’re good. I’m watching Welk. All of us have different styles of play. All of us bring something different to the table. They’re really good. Everybody’s proven. Everybody’s proven here, even myself. But I still have to come in and prove that I can play in this offense. And just have fun quietly, and that’s about it.’
Do you consider this a rebirth? ‘Yeah. That’s a good way to put it, if you want to.’
What has Tom told you about the key to success here in New England? ‘Just play. That’s it. They know what I can do already. Just play. My job becomes that much easier because of him, because of my surroundings. That’s all I have to do. That’s it.’
‘Before we go, I don’t know you guys. Can I get a group hug, real quick from everybody?’
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