Hawks Talk: Gallery Talks Outland Trophy

"When they first announced it and they had the camera on me, she (Robert's mother) about jumped through the ceiling. Her initial shock was more. They had the camera right in her face, so she was trying to control her emotions, she told me. She was more excited at the beginning. She about knocked me over when they said an Iowa farm boy because she jumped up. It was great to have them there. To have great parents like that is unbelievable." --Robert Gallery on winning the Outland.

ROBERT GALLERY

On a lot of good teams, the quarterback, running back and wideouts get all of the recognition. On this team, it's the left tackle, the safety and the kicker. What does that mean?

It's just the people that we are and the type of people that they recruit here. That's just the makeup of our team.

What are you getting a degree in?

Elementary education.

Probably won't be using that for a while, huh?

I hope not. But you never know. You can never count on that (NFL career). It's something that I'll have to fall back on if something doesn't go the way I plan on it.

Can you talk about Pete McMahon?

He's come in and done a great job. They didn't really want him here at first. He sent in his own tapes and came in as a walk-on. He's had a good year for us. He's still a young guy. He's going to make a lot of improvement. I think they're looking at him to be a core guy on the next year.

What did you do with the trophy?

I don't have it yet. I have another banquet on the 8th of January with the Outland people (in Omaha). I'm pretty sure I'll get it then.

What was that whole experience like?

It was great. It's been a dream to be able to do that. To be able to go down there and have my family there, it's an honor. It's a great feeling. It's something that I worked for all year. It's great for this university and this team. I thank all of my coaches and all of my teammates because I couldn't have done it without them.

Is your dad more emotional than your mom? He seemed to well up more than she did when your name was announced.

I think they missed my mom. When they first announced it and they had the camera on me, she about jumped through the ceiling. Her initial shock was more. They had the camera right in her face, so she was trying to control her emotions, she told me. She was more excited at the beginning. She about knocked me over when they said an Iowa farm boy because she jumped up. It was great to have them there. To have great parents like that is unbelievable.


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