Tim Bulman Interview Part One

Boston College has sent a lot of players to the NFL over the last decade. One of the most interesting stories has been Tim Bulman. Despite having a stellar college career, he spent most of his post-grad years on the fringe of the NFL. Now, he is an integral part of the Houston Texans roster. Tim took some time before camp to talk to Eagle Insider about just about anything that was on his mind.

The phrase "BC guy" has been thrown around a lot in recent years. Tim Bulman as a BC High and a Boston College graduate is truly a "BC guy." While discussing former BC High football players to go on to play at Boston College, Tim's passion for BC is displayed.

"Paul Zukauskas had been the last guy before me, he was a Double Eagle. I remember going to BC High and saying to myself, ‘I want to be like that. I want to do that.' My coach Steve Trapilo, he was a Double Eagle, so I wanted to be like those guys. They seemed like they were doing it right and had everything in order. I know they sent a couple other guys Division I after I left, one went to I think Virginia and they always get a lot of Atlantic 10 schools. But I don't think anyone has made the trip over to BC since I have.

"They seem to have some talent over there, they just won a city championship, so they might have to be get checked out. It means a lot to be a Double Eagle, especially in the Massachusetts area, maybe not so much down here in Houston where people don't know what I'm talking about. Up there I could tell you, it has definitely benefited me with meeting people. A lot of people go from BC High to BC and it is kind of a cool brotherhood to have."

Tim Bulman's letter of intent story had become a thing of recruiting folklore. The story was that he hand delivered his LOI at BC dressed in a suit and tie. Is it an recruiting urban legend?

"Is that the story going around?! I think that is a little blown out of proportion, I don't want to blow the bubble! The truth behind all that is I did wake up at the earliest possible moment I could do it and faxed my LOI over at 7:01 am from my house. I wanted to be the first one to fax it over because I was the first one to commit in that class, I committed as a junior. I remember right before I was going to school, I got up early and signed it, had my dad sign it, had everything on the table ready to go, and I faxed it over as soon as I possibly could. I kinda wanted that whole process to end, I knew where I wanted to go, that was the real story behind it. I wish I showed up in a suit, that is a better story!"

Tim is currently playing in the NFL for the Houston Texans but makes it back to Boston often since it is not only his college town but his home town.

"I go back to Boston pretty frequently. I'm from there so I try to get back there. In the off-season I was actually there all off-season, my girlfriend is in Boston. I was back there just training on my own and I ended up going over to BC for the first time in a bit and I ended up seeing Ryan Purvis and Chris Crane. They were working out for a NFL team. I was actually in the bubble running with Quinton Porter, my old roommate, he was in town finishing up his masters. He is up in the CFL. So we were catching up. That is the last time I have been over there.

"I try to get back there, but it is tough with the schedule while playing football still. I get one bye week, and so far it has only matched up one year when BC had a home game and I had a bye week. I've had bad luck in that department. I am trying to get back there and see a game. The last game I went to was the Wake Forest game when Matt Ryan came in and took the team back in the pouring rain. It was pouring rain and I was sitting there like an idiot with a bag over my head (chuckles)."

Does a former player like Tim Bulman sit in the stands or stand on the sideline when they return to BC for a game?

"At that time I was in the stands, maybe now Coach Gallup will give me some sideline passes. I don't know if I am big time enough though (laughs). I talked to Trueblood and Mathias and they got a warm welcome and I said, ‘what the heck! I need to call Barry and see if I can get some red carpet treatment too.' They don't give handouts at BC, maybe I need to do one more year (in the NFL) before they start banging my door down with something."

Although Tim has not been able to get back for as many games as he would like, he has been happy with the TV coverage for BC games the past few years. He watches all the games he can on TV.

"Oh yeah, oh yeah. When Matty was there it was really good. I feel like with the ACC exposure, I saw them the last few years at least 3-4 times when I was at the hotel waiting the day before my game. It was awesome, we're always making comments to each other. When we beat Florida State, I can't tell you how good that felt to have Travis Johnson (starting defensive tackle from Florida State) not say anything (laughs). Because I was telling him that the real maroon and gold is BC and it would piss him off so bad. I would tell him, ‘you guys just can't beat us, we're just too tough.' It is one of those things, that college football is watched by everyone on the team. Everyone is real proud of where they came from. I've had nothing but good things to back up what I say, the guys at BC have just been helping me talk some more trash."

Expanding on the ACC exposure, what are Tim's thoughts on BC's move to the ACC? Tim's senior year was BC's last in the Big East.

"I was actually jealous that I didn't get to take part in it. I was the only guy not doing a fifth year in my whole class. They got the new facility right when I leaving, they went to the ACC. It felt like things were getting really good over there, and I felt like I just missed it by about six months. I thought the Big East when we played was a really good league, a tough league. But I feel like when those other teams left, Miami and Virginia Tech, that was a big drop. Miami has won national championships, Virginia Tech is consistently a big program. I thought it was a great move by BC to go to the ACC. Obviously they've shown that they can compete for championships there.

"I've had nothing but good things to brag about in my locker room and back up my claims that I make, so I feel good. I think it would have made for a different kind of football, especially for a northern weather kind of team. We really only had to worry about Miami in the Big East, if we had to go down there early in the year. You were playing some pretty cold weather games and you kind of build a certain toughness. But that is not to take away from toughness with the heat. Now that I have been in Houston and Arizona, the toughness of playing in that heat. When BC is playing in Clemson and North Carolina, that is hot weather, and the humidity. That is tough to play in as well. It has just switched gears a little bit from being cold weather bruisers to adapting to a whole different league."

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