An Interview With Bears' FB Stanley Pritchett

Gamecock Insider was on hand to interview Stanley Pritchett during his recent visit. We asked him about his feelings toward South Carolina and why his younger brother did not sign with the Gamecocks. Here is what he had to say for our Premium Subscribers ...

Stanley Pritchett

Four-year letterman and two-year starter at South Carolina (1992-95), rushing 252 times for 1,096 yards and 16 TDs plus 111 receptions for 1,041 yards and six TDs in his career… As a senior, teamed with Eagles RB Duce Staley to earn second-team all-SEC honors, rushing for 333 yards and eight TDs on 86 carries plus 62 receptions for 664 yards and four TDs… Started first three games at RB before moving to FB… In first game at RB, had nine catches for 131 yards, including a 92-yard TD, while also posting a one-yard TD run vs. Kentucky… Named SEC Player-of-the-Week, rushing for three TDs and had 12 receptions for 113 yards and one TD vs. Mississippi State… Earned bachelor's degree in history in less than four years. Entering his ninth year in the NFL. Has played with Miami, Philadelphia and now Chicago.

On how he is doing with Chicago.

"It's a storied football city and NFL team. It's great. Last year we had a losing record but the fans are a lot like Gamecock fans, they still keep coming out and packing the new stadium. They show great support for us even though we had a down year."

On the trip back to Columbia and the visit with the Gamecocks.

"It definitely brings back a lot of great memories. I had a great time at South Carolina during my years there."

Does he keep up with the Gamecocks.

"Oh yes. I sure do. I always check on Saturday nights to see how they did. I have been following them closely every since I left."

On why he is considered such a pass catching threat as a fullback.

"Well, out of high school I was recruited as a tight end. I have always had good hands. And when I got to USC Brad Scott opened up the offense and let me and Tanneyhill air it out some. Once we had a lot of success doing it they let it keep going. It has carried over into my pro career too but as a pro I have had to learn to be a good blocker and ball carrier too. It has worked out well for me but it all started at USC."

On why his brother did not sign with USC.

"Well, it was just that he didn't want to have to follow in my footsteps that's all. It had nothing to do with my feelings toward USC because if it would have he would have signed and been a Gamecock. But my younger brother is independent and he wanted to take his own path and I respect him for that."

On what it is like playing in the NFL.

"Well, definitely it is work. It's a grown man's game. Everybody is bringing it but after awhile you get used to the speed and the size. I'll tell you something else, the paycheck makes it worth it. I can't complain at all. I am comfortable playing at this level, last year was my eighth year so having been in the league for awhile it is home to me now."

On his plans after leaving the NFL.

"I have a lot of plans. Right now I am doing an internship in Construction Management ... but I really don't know where that will lead me. I know it is going to be in the construction field somewhere along that nature."

Will he make it a regular trip each year back to South Carolina to help promote the program.

"I'll do whatever they ask me. If they ask me to come back I'll be here. This is my alma mater and I take a lot of pride in being a Gamecock. I'll always be here for them all they have to do is say the word."

On what he would like to see out of the Gamecock fullbacks this year.

"I'd say off the top of my head after watching last season as much as I could that they need to use the fullback more. We can be weapons when used properly. I watched a little practice and I think they are going that way and they have a couple of good ones to put to use. They have a good group of running backs so if they can incorporate the tailbacks with a couple of good fullbacks that are threats to run the ball as well as catch and block then they could be a very dangerous offense."

Is he planning on keeping up with them this year.

"Oh most definitely. I would have to say that especially after being invited back and having the old memories brought back and seeing all the other guys that I will watch them even closer this year. I have roots here and this will always be a special place to me."

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