VIDEO: Rios on the Miraculous Pick

OCT. 20 -- The cornerback Marcus Rios said a year ago he was in the UCLA Medical Center watching practice from his room...

Marcus Rios answered questions from the media Monday.


On seeing his interception on tape:
Like I said earlier, I knew I caught it, and I knew I had possession of it. I'm blessed and thankful.

On how many times he's played it back:
I only watched it once, but saw it a bunch on the internet.

On it being No. 5 on SportsCenter:
I hadn't seen that yet, but I heard about it. My sister called me and told me about it, she was excited about it

On how many messages he got after the game:
I got a lot of support from my family and friends about it. It's good to know that I have a lot of people supporting me and behind me.

On the interception:
They thought I was pressing and at the last minute, I decided to bail and stay on top because I figured they would deep ball on me. So that's what I did. It was man coverage so I had the option so I decided to bail. It was something I felt, common sense in the fourth quarter. I thought they would try to screen or try to go deep like they had been trying. That's what I figured.

On if it felt like his moment:
When I saw the ball in the air, I knew I had to get it to make the play.

On Jim Mora giving him a game ball, the first time he's done that at UCLA:
That meant a lot to me and for me. Me being the first one when he's never given a game ball, I just thank all my teammates and all the staff and all the coaches who have been on the journey with me.

On if it feels like a turning point in his journey:
Yes, I never felt this healthy since I've been here. Im getting a lot more experience. I made a couple mistakes, a lot of mistakes, but I'll get better.

On if he envisioned that moment when he was in the UCLA Medical Center:
I was just envisioning getting back out there with my teammates. Being up there in the hospital, I could see them practicing every day. I told them to give me that room up there so I can watch my brothers every day. Even though I didn't feel good, I know they were out here at 6 am, and I would wake up with them and get right out the window. I was just eager to get back out here with him. I'm just glad to be back out

On if he specifically asked for a room with a window of Spaulding Field:
Oh yeah. Yep.

On waking up at 6 am every morning when practice started:
Me and my dad woke up every morning the same time as they did.

On if it was hard to watch:

It was more motivational. I understood my situation, I knew I was going to get better. I was happy to watch my teammates out here working. We have goals and in order to achieve those goals, we had to work hard. I'm just happy as I am right now. Nothing has really changed as much.

On how much family was at the Cal game:

About 12 people, a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while. That was a great feeling.

On his family's reaction:

They were just so happy, for all that I've been through. For some of my family members, that was the first game they'd been to. That was a special moment.

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