Gholston Motivated to Succeed................
New Bears DE Gholston: 'I'm self-motivated"
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By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter 2:22 p.m. CDT, July 30, 2011
BOURBONNAIS -- Newly signed Bears defensive end Vernon Gholston is fully aware of the label that follows him to training camp: bust.
The former sixth-overall pick of the New York Jets failed to record a sack in three seasons before being released. He often heard criticism and tried to tune it out.
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"I'm self-motivated,'' Gholston said Saturday while leaving the Bears' dining hall. "Obviously, outsiders can motivate you, too.
"It's one of those things where people tend to go by what they know and what they see. With not being on the field much, not playing much, (being a bust) is the natural assumption about me. That's why I'm here, to try and change things around.''
Gholston played both defensive end and outside linebacker with the 3-4-oriented Jets after recording 22.5 career sacks as a 4-3 defensive end at Ohio State. In New York, he was switched back to defensive end after the linebacker experience failed but didn't have much success at end, either.
"As you go through your career, you look for consistency, and that's what hasn't been there for me. One year one coach, another year, another coach,'' Gholston said. "I had about three (position) coaches.
"To become a good player, you need to find something you can hang your hat on, something you can put your foot in the ground and say, 'This is what I do well.' That's what I haven't found yet.''
Gholston believes he can find his way with the Bears under the guidance of Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
"Initially, when I talked to the Bears coaches, they were adamant about me,'' he said. "That's what I was looking for was someone to feel good about me coming in and playing. And I feel good about playing for them.''
And Gholston is fully aware of the media scrutiny he'll face here in Chicago. Playing in New York prepared him well.
"I hope it's not worse than in New York,'' Gholston said with a laugh. "You can't get much worse than that. New York's a big city, though. Chicago's a big city, too. I'm sure you guys have your same ways.''
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