TE Tony Scheffler Press Conference - 4/30

The Broncos newest tight end Tony Scheffler visited Dove Valley this afternoon and spoke to the local media. Check out the full transcript.

On if he feels comfortable wearing a baseball hat (after putting on a Broncos hat at the lectern)
"I am used to it. I gave that (baseball) up, but it feels good."

On how playing baseball has helped him in his football career
"It's been really good to me in college. It helped me progress through college and really maintain my time. Overall athletically, I do things in baseball that I don't get to do in football, and I think it really rounds me as an athlete. Like I said, that's in the past and I'm ready to become an ultimate football player and do everything I can to help this organization."

On if there is a carryover between football and baseball
"No sir. That's in the past, and my number one focus right now is to help this team any way I can, and I just appreciate them drafting me. I'm ready to go and get started."

On his blocking
"I think my blocking is all right, and it's suitable for the next level. I need to work on it, yes, but there are a lot of people that need to work on a lot of things. It's something that I like to do, I love to do. I love to get my nose in there, and it's not going to be an issue here. Like you said, a lot of the people (said) that was a knock on me, and that's something I will come in and hope to put to rest and be a consistent blocker on the next level."

On if he was selected in the NFL Draft earlier than he anticipated
"Not really. I think with my performance at the combine, I think with my upside as a player, I think I warranted a second-round pick. When it comes down to it, any pick I would have been happy with. I'm just happy for the opportunity to be here and get into camp and prove that I belong here."

On how many years of spring football he played and how much football he missed due to competing on Western Michigan's baseball team
"I actually played spring football every year. I would miss a couple of practices here and there for baseball. If we had a game going on at the same time, our practice football field was right next to the baseball field. I would change in the locker room, go right to the game and sometimes pinch-hit in the eighth or ninth inning right from football practice. So to answer that, no, I really didn't miss much football along the way. What I did miss was summer workouts, getting stronger. Since the up-north season for baseball starts a little later, we go a little later into the summer. You could say that hurt me sometimes. Some people say it hurts me, but at the same time, I was doing something else – Becoming a better athlete."

On what the previous 18 hours have been like for him
"It's pretty crazy. A lot of phone calls from people I don't even remember, that sort of thing. To be a part of such a class organization from the top all the way down, it's just a great honor to be here. I was here last week, so I'm here again. I'm here to stay, and I'm happy."

On what Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan has told him his role will be on the 2006 Broncos
"To be honest with you, I haven't really discussed my role with Coach Shanahan or any of the coaches for that matter. I think that once I get into camp and get stronger, I think I'll be a good all-around tight end that's able to contribute wherever they need me or even on special teams long snapping as well. Anything to help the team out, I'm willing to do."

On if he has experience as a long-snapper
"Yes, sir. I was actually named the starter my senior year, but I had a slight hand injury in the first game against Virginia, so I wore a cast for three or four games and wasn't able to snap. But I have snapped all through high school and all through college, so it's something I look forward to doing at the next level."

On how far west he has visited
"The furthest out west I've been is probably Iowa. Somewhere in Iowa. I haven't been out west much, but I'll tell you it's a beautiful view of the Rockies and that sort of thing, so I'm excited."

On when he realized he would make his living in the NFL
"To be honest with you, I didn't really know until probably my first or second year of college. With the baseball thing, I had some pro interest out of high school, so it was something I couldn't give up. It's not every day that pro teams come in and watch you as a high schooler. It was really something that I couldn't give up, but at the same time, I was dedicated to football. I was on a football scholarship. Baseball was always on the back burner. It's something that I love to do. I love the game of football, and like I said, I can't be any more excited to be here."

On if he had baseball scholarship offers
"I did. I had quite a few from bigger schools. I signed my football scholarship before my senior year of baseball even started. I was dedicated to football the whole way, and baseball was there but it was never a priority."

On if he was selected in the MLB draft
"No sir. I had a few offers out of high school, but never accepted any due to football."

On what he knows about Denver's tight end situation
"I'm aware of Jeb Putzier leaving (to Houston). I'm aware that Stephen Alexander is a great person and a great player. If I can pick up anything from him and learn from him on a day-to-day basis, I don't think there's many guys in the league that can provide that example for me. I'm real excited to be with him, and (Tight Ends) Coach (Tim) Brewster—He is an intense guy, and I think we're really going to get along."

On the Broncos' tight ends contributing to the team
"As long as we go out there and do what we're supposed to do, it makes for a great story line. But at the end of the day, myself or Wesley Duke or whoever it may be, as long as we help the Denver Broncos, that's what is important."

On if his speed is his biggest asset
"I think so. Just my overall athletic ability. My speed, my hands. Those are probably my biggest assets. I think my measurables as far as height and weight and that sort of thing are pretty good for a tight end."

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