Q & A With Darnerien McCants

The Redskins' receiver was upset most of last season with his playing time. He's clearly taking a wait-and-see approach to his situation. But he did reveal this: he hopes to live to be 120 years old.

Warpath Insiders: Do you have hope that this season will unfold differently for you?
Darnerien McCants: I'm really just taking care of myself so whatever the outcome is, there will be no excuses for me.

WI: But now you're the big guy around here. Don't they have to have a big guy?
DM: It's definitely a different look. They're 5-10 apiece adn I'm 6-3. By the time camp comes around I'll be the biggest guy we have. But you've got to wait and see.

WI: Do you think they're serious about you being a part of this offense?
DM: I'll wait and see.

WI: What different things can you do this year to show you should play more?
DM: Probably more mental aspects, just studying so they have no excuses as far as not playing me.

WI: Are you surprised you're still around?
DM: Not really. I've been here 5 years so the Redskins don't surprise me much.

WI: How is your artwork going?
DM: I'm trying to settle down and get my business established so I can have an enterprise under my name. I'm trying to get contact information and my website and get everything up, so when someone wants or searches for Darnerien McCants' artwork, they can find everything on one website, one location. I'll have my P.O. Box and website up and running soon.

WI: Do you think anyone ever looks at you and wonders about your commitment because of your other pursuits?
DM: It might have something to do with it. I can't be concerned with that because I have to live after football. If I can play until I'm 30, then hopefully I'll have another 90 years to live. And football is not going to pay my bills after I'm done. So I have to do what I can do.

WI: Have any coaches said anything to you about this?
DM: Not directly, but indirectly. . . .That's the Catch-22 because they want you to play football and then they give you programs to say there's life after football. I know I've got to do what I've got to do. They're not concerned about me. I have to take care of myself.

WI: Got any art shows coming up?
DM: My goal each year is to come up with a different punch. This year was music and that's a slow process. I'm still working on that. Then I'd like to learn how to play the piano and then bring my artwork back out. Poetry might be another outlet, maybe write a book of poetry.

WI: Have you noticed a difference in Patrick this offseason?
DM: Nah, Patrick's a pretty confident guy. We're in a similar situation: we're in, we're out, we're in. We just need consistency playing in games.

WI: He doesn't seem more relaxed, knowing that he's the guy now?
DM: No, he's pretty steady. I can't say he's any different. He knows he still has to fight for his job and that's part of the business.

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