McGahee speaks

Willis McGahee, 21-year-old Miami running back, has never questioned his decision to come out for the draft despite his terrible knee injury last January. Here's what he said about being drafted and fulfilling his NFL dreams.

Willis McGahee: "Aww man, (being picked) was great. They caught me by surprise and come to think of it, they were the first team I spoke with at the combine and their coach told me, ‘Everything is going to be OK.' And I just love them for that.

"I was (clearly emotional) because they got me good. They were like, ‘We're thinking about taking you.' I was like, ‘What?' I was nervous, but I was happy and I was scared. I didn't know what to do. So they were like, ‘We're thinking about (taking) you.' A minute later it was like, ‘OK, hold on, let me patch you in to the general manager.' And then he was asking me questions like, ‘Do you want to be a Bill? Do you like playing in the cold?' It was like I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what they wanted to hear. I was like, ‘Yes, yes and yes.' I gave them short answers. I didn't know how to react because I didn't know that this was the team that was going to pick me. They threw me off with everybody: ‘We're talking about it right now in the room.' And then a minute later, it was like, ‘OK, we're going to send the card up, just stay on the phone, stay on the phone.' Then they announced it on TV.

"(Agent) Drew (Rosenhaus) didn't really talk about the Bills. I didn't really think they were in the picture. And Drew was always talking about the … worst case scenario he was saying Raiders.

"It's really satisfying. It's a dream come true. I'm just happy to be in this situation right now from everything I've (been through).

"I know (the Bills) had a good chance to go to compete for the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, things didn't go their way, but I know they'll be back on top. I just want to be a contributor to the team.

"I'm about 85 percent where I need to be. The first thing I need to do is keeping working on my knee and get it stronger. And hopefully everything will fall into place. I'm on track. I'm not going too fast. I'm not going too slow. I'm just right.

"I don't have any problem playing in the cold. I've played in the cold in different college towns. It's nothing new. Once you get warm, you get warm.

"No I didn't really talk (to any other running backs who've gone through the same injury) and what they went through because it's not the same thing. Everybody has a different work ethic (in trying to come back from an injury).

"That's me, I don't like to be down. I always like to be in top. That's me. That's how I was taught. That's how I'll always be.

"I think the odds will be real good. It's not up to me. It's really up to the coaches an the trainers and the doctors and what they want to do.

"It's what they want me to do (if they want me to sit out 2003).

"No matter what I was going to come out. I felt I did everything I was supposed to do.

"Ain't no risk. I don't think it's no risk. They said they don't think it's a risk that they take me. They got a premier back and a great one at that.

"I don't really compare myself to anybody.

"I think (Travis Henry) and I will have a good relationship. As far as work, I don't know how everything is going to go so we'll just have to wait and see.

"The first thing I got to do is learn. Hopefully, he'll help me out. Other than that, we're teammates and we're going to be working together on that.

"I think I'll be better than what I was before.

"I didn't want anybody to see me cry. It was so emotional. It was emotional because of everything I've done – coming back from the bottom to the top. I really didn't want anyone to see me cry.

"I haven't watched that at all. I really don't watch SportsCenter or ESPN. There's really no point.

"No I never (second-guessed my decision to come out). None whatsoever.


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