Player Diary: Charles Stackhouse - Part II

I have to work hard for what I get. I have no problem with that.

It's everybody's dream to get drafted. That puts you in a great financial state. But that didn't happen so I have to take the second route out. I have to work hard for what I get. I have no problem with that.

Right after the draft, it becomes a whole new recruiting stage again. You have a couple teams feeding you stuff, but they're just trying to get you to fill up their roster. But then you have a couple teams telling you the truth. You really don't know which teams are doing what. But I talked to [RBs] Coach [Eric] Studesville a lot through the whole process. He called me and let me know what was going on back and forth. So there was already a relationship between he and I that I already had some trust in him. He told me the situation. No fullback could resist the opportunity to come here and be able to compete for a starting spot.

I've already talked to several players in the league that have helped prep me for what I'm getting into. I know some guys who have already been there. They've already told me what's going to go on and happen in camp. I feel I have a bit of an edge because of that. They warned me up front that I'm going into a business. You have to do what the coaches tell you or you'll be in trouble. But with my love of the game and the type of mindset that I have, I'm sure I'll be able to do it.

Off the field, I like to go out like anyone else does. But I really like to be around and help kids. My mom had a lot of kids so I was always around kids. Even back in school, I would go and talk to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club. You just want to talk to them about staying ahead in the game of life. Most kids love sports so if you could teach them about sports but then get into life as well, it can really make a difference. You have to make sure that kids realize how important an education is for everyone. It bothers me to see kids dropping out of school. I love to go out and give back to the community.

I'm the type of guy that's always there. Whenever something needs to be done or someone needs someone to talk to, I'm there. Being the type of person I am, I'll definitely make New York happy.

Click here for Part I of the Charles Stackhouse Diary


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