“New York was crazy. The whole scene in Time Square – that was pretty amazing. They shut down one side of the street. They had the stage. The fans were deep – thousands of fans around there, they were making a lot of noise. It was a lot of fun. Once they made the pick I had to go change into my uniform, come back down to the stage that had turf on it and I did the actual cover photo shoot right there.
“I don’t know if they’re going to actually use one of those pictures – I hope not because I had my visor off. We get to go through and pick which one we want, so I’ll make sure that I have my visor on. I have to have it on – it just doesn’t look right if I don’t.
“Once I did that, from that point on: busy, busy, busy. I had to do an appearance and then I only went out for about an hour because I started Wednesday at nine o clock – interview, interview, autograph signing, interview, interview, another autograph signing. Letterman, draft and then went out one more time.
“Letterman was very cool. It was a lot of fun – a lot more fun than I thought. My Top 10 was advice for young athletes. Some things they had to take out last minute, so they revised the list right before, so I was nervous because I didn’t get to read over all of them before reading it live. I knew about half of them – like the first five I was good. The Kardashian one was funny.
“The other funny thing is: they told me to bring three suits – I had the suit on for Letterman and then I had to go to the draft. I was going to wear the same suit. But Letterman didn’t air until the next day, so they didn’t want me to have on the same suit for the draft on Thursday and then Letterman on Friday, so I had to change before going to the draft.
“Being at the draft was awesome. One, getting to go back to watch all the kids experience what I went through because I knew what I was. That was cool to see them go through that with their families. A lot of joyous moments there. I got to meet a bunch of the former players like Terrell Davis, chatted with Barry a couple times. I never really did that – sit down and talk to Barry. Chatted with him a couple times – it was great.”
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