Alexander ready to prove his worth

Rufus Alexander talks about being drafted in the sixth round and his future in Minnesota.

Former Sooner linebacker and 2007 Big 12 Defensive of the Year Rufus Alexander was drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings. Rufus was been on the run since hearing the news, but he slowed down late Sunday afternoon long enough to talk to this reporter and OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: Congratulations on being selected in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings. What would you like to say to the OU fans not that you are officially a former Sooner?

Ruuuuuuufus: "Tell them that I am going to miss them all. I am really going to miss the OU fans. I had a great time playing at OU and they showed me how much they cared for me in every game by the way they cheered for me and with the chant. I can't believe a guy like me has a chant.  I will never forget that. They are the greatest fans in the world and I will cherish every moment that I had in the stadium. I played there for five years and I have great memories and I will remember them fondly."

JH: How anxious did you get waiting to hear your name?

Ruuuuuuufus: "It was kind of frustrating, you know, because I know how to play the game of football. The fact that I had to wait so long made it a long day-and-a-half. It is what it is and I got to Minnesota, where I can go out and make the best of it and play football the way I know how to play football."

JH: Were you disappointed that you were drafted so late in the sixth round?

Ruuuuuuufus: "Yeah, but I can't do anything about it. I am not a GM . I am not going to be one of those guys saying, 'If I am not one of their top picks I am not going to compete.' I am going to go out there and play the game and play the hand I was dealt. I am going to go out there and make it happen. I will have a chance to still play in the National Football League and still make a lot of money. I can make more money than anybody that is graduating with me that is about to make going into their first job. I will have a chance to go out there and do a lot of things for my self and help out my family. I am going to go out there and play the hand I was dealt."

JH: As long as I have known you and have covered you, you are the kind of person who loves a challenge, and being drafted in the sixth round will provide a challenge for you to prove you belong in the NFL, won't it?

Ruuuuuufus: "I will have a lot of motivation to prove a lot of people wrong. A lot of people passed on me because they said that I wasn't fast enough or something, but I really don't know. It is whatever. I have to go out there and prove to them and prove to myself that I can play in the NFL."

JH: What do you know about the Minnesota defense and their linebacker situation?

Ruuuuuufus: "I really don't know much about it. I am going to find out Thursday when I go up there."

JH: How good of a feeling is it to know that you are going up there with Adrian Peterson?

Ruuuuuuufus: "It is a great feeling that you have somebody there that you have been around for four years. It is a great feeling that I am going to continue to be around that guy."

JH: I hear that Minnesota runs a similar defense to Oklahoma. Is that true?

Ruuuuuuufus: "Yes, it is a cover-2 defense a lot like Oklahoma. It is not going to be that much of a learning curve for me. I know I will have to learn a few new things, especially NFL terminology and stuff, but that is about it."

JH: What are your reporting dates?

Ruuuuuuufus: "I have rookie camp this Thursday, and then I have mini-camp May 15th."

JH: It has to feel good to have a job and go to work. God Bless you and good luck.

Ruuuuuufus: "You are right about that. Thanks you very much."


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