Q & A with: Gibran Hamdan

The Redskins newest quarterback spoke with the media via conference call. Hamdan wasn't projected to be drafted, but the Redskins liked what they saw of him in an April 4 workout. He was the only quarterback among the 30 players there that day.

Q: Is this a dream come true, playing for your hometown team?
A: Obviously anytime you're picked by the team you grew up watching, it's a great honor. Not only the fact that it's the Redskins, but it's also the state of the organization. I'm very fortunate.

Q: Did you get a sense this might happen?
A: To be honest, during the whole process I was hoping I'd be a free agent. I was coming out of nowhere. But the way I performed [at the April 4 workout], I felt I displayed all the things I could do. In the back of my mind I hoped this would come.

Q: What did you show during your workout that you didn't show during the season?
A: I think some of the things I showed came through on tape. But one of the things I pride myself on is being coachable. One of my negatives is my lack of experience, but that's also one of my strengths. I take coaching well and I try to learn as much as I can. That's one of the things that came out during that workout.

Q: When did you realize you had a shot at the NFL?
A: Not until after the college season sometime. I was behind Antwaan Randle-El for four years so I never thought about it.

Q: Why didn't you pursue pro baseball?
A: That's done. Unfortunately I couldn't hit a curveball and by the end of last season I knew my time was up. I was expected to hit for power and I never came around. It's the best thing to ahppen to me. I'm intrigued by being an NFL quarterback. It's one of the best jobs in the country, if you can call it a job.

Q: Do you still have ties to Kuwait?
A: I grew up there, but I have no family there. I do have relatives in the Middle East. The past month has been tough on my dad. He's from Palestine. Saddam is the one who ran us out of our homeland [in 1990]. I'm a U.S. citizen. I love America. Anything they do they think is right, I support.

Q: Did you used to go to Redskins games?
A: It's hard to get tickets. The first game I went to was lat year with one of my buddies against the Cowboys.

Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: Roman Gabriel. Someone mentioned that I looked and played like him so I went back and looked at tape of him. He's one of my favorite players of all-time.

Q: What were your thoughts of getting two hours alone with Spurrier to work out?
A: He helped me so much. The past couple of weeks when I was working out, I'd take the things he worked on with me that day. Regardless of what team I would be going to, it was something I could do to improve my footwork and accuracy. I came away feeling like I was one of the luckiest guys in the D.C. area that day, much like I'm feeling today. It's almost like being a painter and working with Van Gogh for a day.



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