Exclusive Q&A: Rookie Receiver Billy Pittman

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler continues reeling in exclusive interviews with members of the Chargers rookie class. His latest interviewee is Billy Pittman, a receiver from Texas who joined the Bolts as an undrafted free agent. Pittman talks about coming up big in the National Championship, overcoming injuries and learning from vets.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Pittman talks about his summer suspension, overcoming Bell's Palsy and more.

Michael Kranzler: What was it like making the transition from high school quarterback to collegiate receiver?

Billy Pittman: At first, I wouldn't call it hard, but playing quarterback, you're telling receivers to "catch the ball, do this, do that," but when you're actually playing receiver, it's a whole different story. It was hard at first, as far as running the routes, but it also helped me at the same time because being a quarterback helped me understand offenses a lot more and helped me read defenses.

MK: You were frequently injured during your time at Texas, which really prevented you from stepping up and performing like everyone knew you could. What do you need to do to get over the hump and stay healthy for an entire season?

BP: I was injured a lot my first two years, and the training staff did a good job of rehabilitation. I haven't really been injured since my first two years, haven't had a serious injury, but I hurt my knee during the National Championship, had to have surgery. But other than that, I haven't really had any recent injuries. I just make sure I work hard and work out hard, and those places that are getting injured, I make sure I work on those when I'm working out.


WR Billy Pittman
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MK: In the year of your national championship run, you had an absolutely incredible game on a national stage against Ohio State [5 catches for 130 yards and 1 touchdown]. Is that something you are capable of on a week-to-week basis or was there something special about that game?

BP: I think I'm very capable. I feel like I'm a playmaker, and I feel like I'm a deep threat, and that's what I'm making, I made a lot of deep plays and I think I can make them from week-to-week.

MK: I noticed that on some of your film you seemed to be wide open on just about every play. Were some of those busted coverage's or did you just really burn guys down the field?

BP: [Laughing] I consider myself a pretty good route-runner, so if you want to say I burned them, then you could say I burned them. A lot of guys, they might say it was blown coverage. Sometimes it was blown coverage, but a lot of times I beat them man-to-man.

MK: What do you like to do in your spare time?

BP: Video games, Madden or NBA 2K8.

MK: Have any of your teammates started to take you under their wing yet on the practice field?

BP: I'm getting a lot of help from all of the older guys. From Malcolm [Floyd], to Chris [Chambers], Vincent [Jackson], Buster [Davis], all of those guys are out there pushing me. [Eric] Parker is hurt right now, but I'm sure he'll be helping too. I'm glad I came to this team, because it reminds me a lot of Texas. It's like a family. They welcome you in, nobody is real rude to you or nothing, and they make you feel comfortable once you go in there. You don't just feel like a rookie, everybody's nice guys, from the coaches to the players, and I like it a lot.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

BP: I'm a good team player, I'm going to work hard and do my best, and that's all I can do. I'm going to do what I can to help my team win and hopefully we can get us a Super Bowl.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Pittman talks about his summer suspension, overcoming Bell's Palsy and more.


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