The New England Patriots selected Bulls linebacker Tyrone McKenzie with the 33rd pick of the 3rd round making him the eleventh USF Bull drafted into the NFL and the third highest ever.
McKenzie waited around all day on Saturday watching to see if his name would be called during the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft, and that turned into a long restless night.
"I couldn't sleep at all last, said Tyrone. "I expected to go yesterday, and was tossing and turning all night long."
As the day went on it and into the evening T-Mac watched as other linebacker's names were called one after another as it went late into the second round.
"It was tough seeing those guys go, because my statistics were better than all those guys," said T-Mac. "I couldn't put best foot forward at the combine because I hurt my hamstring, and that affected things, but it is what it is, and everything worked out for the best I couldn't ask for a better situation."
His wait ended early Sunday morning when the New England Patriots selected Bulls linebacker Tyrone McKenzie with the 33rd pick of the 3rd round making him the eleventh USF Bull drafted into the NFL.
"I'm excited and happy to get it all over with," said McKenzie. "There's not another team I'd rather play for than the Patriots, they're the best team in the NFL."
T-Mac said he is excited to be going to play for a team that is always in the hunt, and that plays in a great sports town with fans that love their Boston sports.
"Every year they're a Super bowl Contender, every year! The fans there in Boston are crazy for their sports, the Red Sox, the Celtics, and especially the Patriots. There's nothing like it"
T-Mac went up and had a work out for the patriots along with the Buccaneers, Eagles, Giants, and was projected to be selected by the Patriots, but during the third round Tyrone wasn't sure which team would select him, and then the phone rang.
"When the call came a few rounds before I was selected, I thought it was the Steelers calling because they were up, but it was Coach Belichick calling to give me a heads up they were going to pick me."
"My family and I already knew, but everybody was very excited when my name was called. The feeling was great."
As to where exactly McKenzie will be playing is yet to be known, at least to the public, but one thing for sure is that he is going there to work and learn under Belichick, the coaches and the veteran players.
"I'm looking forward to getting to learn from Teddy Brusci, they're not saying exactly where I'll be playing, but I'll be competing to play that's for sure. I'm going to come in there, work hard the way I do and make everybody proud for drafting me."
T-Mac said it was an honor to be their first linebacker taken and that it means a lot to him.
"Every time I step on that field, I'm going to make my presence known and make the Patriots glad they picked me."
When the New England Patriots selected Bulls linebacker Tyrone McKenzie with the 33rd pick of the 3rd round they made him the third highest Bull drafted into the NFL.
"It feels great and it's a good accomplishment, but now it's time to put that behind me and be the first Bull selected to the Pro bowl, that would be a great accomplishment,"
Now that the long process is over T-Mac will get some much need rest before he has to leave town for his first NFL rookie minicamp this Thursday.
T-Mac 'I couldn't ask for a better situation'
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