Insider Exclusive: Q&A with WR Billy Pittman

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler catches up with rookie receiver Billy Pittman and gets the answers to the difficult questions. What really got Pittman suspended for three games this summer? How did he cope with Bell's Palsy? Was Vince Young's knee really down in the National Championship? Find out the answers in this exclusive interview.

Michael Kranzler: You were involved in a pretty interesting incident this past summer where you were suspended for three games for legitimately borrowing your friend's car. How did a small misunderstanding like that turn into such a huge deal?

Billy Pittman: Well it was my godfather's car, but it wasn't written in paper, which made it a violation of some rule.

MK: The Chargers have recently gotten into a few shouting matches with Vince Young's Titans over some dirty hits by both sides last season, and a sort of mini-rivalry has started to develop between the two teams. How would you feel about having to see your former star quarterback as the enemy on Sundays?

BP: [Vince] is a great player, he's one of my mentors, he helped me come a long way through college. We have the same agent. I talked to him the other day. I talk to him often. He's a great friend. I see him as a big brother and also I see him as a father figure in my life, so that would be great. It would be very fun playing against him.


WR Billy Pittman
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MK: You played some punter in high school. If Mike Scifres were to go down with an injury, do you think you could step in and take some snaps back there?

BP: Oh yeah, I would definitely try to punt. I'll try. I like to punt, I like to kick. I'll try, but we've got a great punter in Scifres. He's a great punter, one of the League's best, I'm praying that he doesn't go down.

MK: What was the average distance of you punts back in high school?

BP: I don't even know. I never really looked at stats, I never checked those ratings, so I couldn't even tell you.

MK: In your freshman year at Texas, you were struck with a rare neurological condition called Bell's Palsy that paralyzed the left half of your face for about a month. Talk about that experience and what your recovery from it meant to you.

BP: The recovery meant a lot to me, I thank God for that recovery because from what I know now about Bell's Palsy, not everyone recovers from it. When I first went to the doctor, she told me I had Bell's Palsy, and that she was going to be straightforward to me, that I might not be able to move this side of my face again. It really hurt to hear that, but I prayed about and thank God, I got over it. That's a bad experience, and I wouldn't wish that upon anybody.

MK: In 2005, you played in the Rose Bowl against USC in what is considered one of the greatest games of all time. How did it feel to come away with such a huge victory when no one thought it would be even close?

BP: That was the best night of my life. I had never felt like that, never felt a vibe like that. I can't even explain it, I can't put it in words. Just being there, I remember watching from the sideline and seeing the stadium and the way it was lit up, I felt like I was in a movie. It was a lot of fun, and playing with great athletes, players who are in the NFL now from both teams, guys like Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Michael Griffin, Michael Huff, Cedric Griffin, all those guys. Playing amongst those guys, it was a great feeling, a great time.

MK: Be honest. Was Vince Young's knee down?

BP: [Laughing] No, his knee wasn't down. He wasn't down. It was a good play, he just looked like he was down. He wasn't down. I don't think so, anyway.

Click here for the rest of this interview, where Pittman talks about coming up big in the National Championship, overcoming injuries and learning from veterans.


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