5 questions with Anthony Adams
Q: What was your reaction to be drafted in the second round by the 49ers? Adams: It was cool. I was sitting here with my family, watching everybody's name go across [the screen]. Then I saw my name go across, and I said 'Whoa - that's my name right there!' I'm definitely excited to come to a team with such great tradition, and I'm ready to get started. Q: Did you realize the 49ers were interested in you? Adams: Their defensive line coach came up [to State College, PA] to work me out. They said a lot of encouraging things to me, but a lot of other teams did as well, so I really didn't know which direction I was headed. I'm very glad to be a 49er, thank God! Q: Did you feel you were overshadowed on Penn State's defensive line by playing alongside two players that were drafted in the first round last Saturday? Adams: Perhaps, but that's what happens to nose guards. We're the unsung heroes, the guys who get the double- and triple-teams all the time. Usually the defensive tackles and ends get all the credit. Q: What kind of things did you learn from coach Joe Paterno at Penn State? Adams: I don't know where to start. He demands so much from you. It is like the Yankees. You always have to be clean-cut and you always have to be on time. If he daid you have to be somewhere at 3:00, that meand 2:45 or 2:30. He's really set in his ways. I think that prepares you for the real world. Not only football, but for everyday life. I thank him for being the way he was. He's a great guy and I think he'll stick around for a long time. Q: What are your feelings about coming in here and starting as a rookie? Adams: I love competition and I've been playing football for as long as I can remember. I'm excited and I'm going in there trying to get in wherever I can fit in. I just want to play football, no matter what the situation is. That is what I came here to do and have fun and to run all over the field like I do.
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