Charlie Whitehurst: I'm not a real shifty runner but I think I'm a guy that can make all the throws, sit in the pocket, get first downs and win football games.
Was it your father who instilled a good work ethic in you?
Charlie Whitehurst: Oh yeah, for sure. It always seemed like at an early age I was out there throwing the football in the street with him and I learned a lot from it.
What did teams ask you about in regards to your 2003 season?
Charlie Whitehurst: I think there was definitely a real good year there (Clemson) in '03 and a pretty good season this year. The '04 season was not as good. It's just a matter of why. I think that we were just not a very good football team and my stats reflected that. I definitely didn't make good decisions along the way but it was all from trying to make plays. We had to because we had to because we were third-and-10 and you try to fit a ball in there. It didn't look good but it was what it was. I'm glad this past season was better than that one.
When did you have surgery?
Charlie Whitehurst: I had surgery after the last regular-season game. I played in the bowl game three and a half weeks later and I was able to play in that game.
You had a pretty good week at the senior bowl.
Charlie Whitehurst: They were feeling good about me, it was just frustrating because the setting there is for quarterbacks to really shine. And if I had been at 100 percent, I feel like I could have come out of there looking as good as anybody and that was frustrating.
What can you bring to San Diego?
Charlie Whitehurst: I feel like I can win football games. My physicals tools, I think, are up there at the top when I'm healthy and then I compete and love to win so I think I bring wins.
What is a trait that people don't know about you?
Charlie Whitehurst: I think I'm a better athlete than they think I am. We'll see, I guess, on Sunday how fast I am. I think I'm a better athlete then most people give me credit for.