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Transcript: Keion Crossen Conference Call 4/28

DEFENSIVE BACK KEION CROSSEN

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Q: What was it like to get the call from the Patriots and where were you when you got that call?

KC:  First of all, thank you. I mean the call that I got from the Patriots, it's an unexplainable feeling. I was definitely with family and I was definitely watching the draft.

Q: Did you have an inkling that the Patriots might draft you? Was there a lot of contact with the team throughout this process?

KC: I had no idea what would happen in the draft. Obviously it's not my job to figure out who's going to take me, who's not going to take me. I did what I had to do on pro day and all coming up to the draft. I was just praying, being patient and God bless that the Patriots did choose me.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about you as a player? What is your game like?

KC: I'm a humble player, if you will. I'm a physical player. I think my game speaks for itself. I don't do anything outside of my job. That's what I'm looking forward to doing with the Patriots, just doing my job, whatever that may be. I'm just ready to learn and get ready to work for the Patriots.

Q: I read that you were quoted saying 'I love reading Tom Brady's draft profile.' Can you tell us a little bit about that and how his story inspired you?

KC: It just builds character. You take a guy that's one of the best quarterbacks in the league of all time and to see that he can become one of the greatest players of all time. It just inspired because I'm also an underrated guy. Just being in the same position, it just builds confidence and character that you know that you can make anything happen with a little bit of hard work and humbleness.  

Q: When you went to work out at the pro day, did you have a feeling you might surprise some people?

KC: I wouldn't say I had a feeling. I just worked hard. I trained hard. Whatever happened at the pro day, I prayed about it and I just knew that I had trained well so it was just my ability to execute everything that I trained. But I was hoping to surprise a couple of people.

Q: We see you're listed as a cornerback. Is that the only position you can play or can you play safety as well?

KC: I'm not sure what they have me listed as, it could be corner. I'm not sure what it is. You said that. But I'm just willing to go work. Whatever position they want me to play that's what I'm going to do.

Q: Have you played safety in the past?

KC: I've never played safety.

Q: What do you think about the prospect of coming in here and being Tom Brady's teammate and trying to earn a place on the Patriots?

KC: I don't look too far within the whole process, man. I mean everybody has a job to do and whether I'm his teammate or - I just still have to do my job. So I'm just coming in ready to work, learn and enjoy my teammates.

Q: Are their particular cornerbacks that you watch in the league, if not model your game after, at least study a bit more than others?

KC: Definitely. I play a little bit of Malcolm Butler. That's one guy that I can say I kind of model my game after. He's a good player and it showed in the Super Bowl, but that's kind of who I model my game after. I also look at other corners as well. Things that I have - it gives me an idea of certain things that I can be successful [at] in the NFL.

Q: You were drafted and he [Malcolm Butler] was not. You're coming to a place where, like Malcolm, you're going to get an opportunity. Does that inspire the fact that there was  a guy that came in as a relative unknown to people in New England and made a big impact on this team?

KC: Yeah, I mean it's definitely a big deal, but at the end of the day everybody has to make the team. So whether you're drafted, undrafted, first round draft pick, you've still got to do your job and that's what I'm there to do.

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