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A conversation with Wayne Chrebet<p>

Q)How are you feeling?

Chrebet: It took a little while to get back in flow. Feels good to be back out here.

Q)What does your wife think about your decision to continue playing?

Chrebet:I talked to my wife and weighed the pros and cons. When I came back to work and started lifting, I told her it feels great to be back. I just look at it as second chance on life to play, and I'm going to give it another shot. She said whatever you want to do I'm behind you. So here I am.

My wife says just be careful. I say, nah, first thing I'm going to do is hit somebody in teeth just to see how I feel.

Q)At what point did you feel 100 percent and decided to give it another go?

Chrebet: In February I started to get that itch again. That's what I wanted to feel. Right about then I knew I'd be back on the field this year. I guess around February I just started feeling good. Blue skies again, air smells again.

It's weird how as much as I tried to shake it, it overcame my life. I'm glad how this turned out, me getting back out of field.

Q)Do you feel the concussion problems are behind you?

Chrebet: I won't know until I get hit. I think I'm getting a new helmet. I'm going to play the same way I have my whole career. If I couldn't play that way, I wouldn't come back. I can only play one way, and if I can't play that way, I wouldn't be out there. That is part of reason I love game, I love the contact, and how tenacious the game gets at time, and how competitive it is. That's what I got the itch to go back out there and do.

I think I'll be fine. I don't want any special attention. I'm sure my wife will be watching, but I don't need anybody else watching me. Like oh he got hit, how's he feeling? I'll be fine. No big deal.

Q)You really seem to appreciate being back with the team?

Chrebet: For me it's like a second chance, a second chance to do it the way I want to do it and leave my mark. At the beginning of the year I didn't know if I would have that chance. So I'm concentrating on going out there and making the best of it.

Q)How did you feel when you were suffering from the post-concussion syndrome?

Chrebet: Just imagine back to college, think of one of your best nights out, think how you felt the next morning. That's how I felt for a while. No aspirin, baby screaming in your ear, everything you hear is magnified.

I'm going to be fine. I don't think it's any big deal.

Q)What do you think of team signing Justin McCareins, and you going back to the #3 receiver spot?

Chrebet: McCareins gets to do all the blocking I had to do. He's a very good, up and coming receiver. With Santana, Jonathan Carter, [Jerricho Cotchery] we got a really, really good receiving corps.

As far as being a number three receiver, I think back to my second year, it's the kind of thing where it's not going to be so much quantity, but quality as far as being more productive. I just know every time I'll be on field ,I'll be fresh. If we go on 15 play drive, maybe I'm in there 8, 10 plays, I'll be fresh on every play. At this point, if that's what it takes, I'm completely fine with that.

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