On Friday night, about ten minutes before his name appeared on the television, former Missouri tight end, Michael Egnew, received a phone call from the general manager of the Miami Dolphins to inform the talented tight end that with their third round pick they were making him the 78th player selected in the 2012 NFL Player Draft.
A few hours later, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Egnew, and he talked about being drafted by Miami.
"It was exciting to get your name called," said Egnew. "It was really exciting!"
Egnew knew that Miami liked him.
"There were some indications there, definitely," explained Egnew, referring to pre-draft interaction that he had with the Dolphins. "But, you never know, until the day."
Egnew, who has been working out in Columbia (MO), will report to the Dolphins' rookie camp later this week. He said that he's never been to South Florida.
I asked Egnew if he knows how Miami plans to use him?
"They're going to try to use my skill set, which is obviously pass-catching and blocking," replied Egnew. "That's right where my skill set lies. It's going to be interesting to see how the offense is run. I'm just ready to go out there and learn, and be as good as I can be."
Egnew is familiar with the Dolphins' new offensive coordinator, former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman.
"He's a heck of a coach, and a good person," explained Egnew, speaking of Sherman. "It's going to be interesting to play for him. I'm sure that he'll provide a new twist to their offense. It'll be interesting to see how it folds out. I won't really know until I go to some practices."
I asked Egnew to reflect on his past goals, and about his goals going forward?
"I tried to just stay in the process," explained Egnew. "You know, I really don't want to think about the results. I just think about what I'm doing, and working hard, and staying in what I'm doing. And, not really trying to think about the results. Definitely, it's an exciting experience for me. I've really enjoyed it! And, it's going to be interesting to see how everything folds out, too."
"Really for me, I just want to be as big a part of this as I can be," Egnew. "I just want to help the team win. Right now, it's not about me. It's about the Dolphins, and winning football games."
"It's time to go to work," said Egnew.