McClellin Says; "Ill Put a Chip on My Shoulder"...........
McClellin to doubters: 'It puts a chip on my shoulder'
By Brad Biggs Tribune reporter 4:10 p.m. CDT, April 27, 2012
Shea McClellin arrived at Halas Hall for the first time Friday afternoon still elated after being selected in the first round by the Chicago Bearson Thursday night.
“I still have a little adrenaline left in me from last night,” he said. “My heart was beating fast. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me.”
McClellin is on a whirlwind tour this weekend. He will attend the team-sponsored draft party Friday night at Soldier Field. He will return for football in two weekends when the team hosts its rookie minicamp.
The first defensive player the Bears have selected in the first round since Tommie Harris in 2004 has high expectations for himself. Asked to compare himself to players that the public might be more familiar with, he named an exciting trio. (The guys who feel we always spend high picks for defense but never for offense should read this and when they're feeling pissed we didn't take a LT like Reiff remember that our last two 1st round picks, CWill and Carimi, were both college LT's and neither is playing LT now)
“Mike Vrabel just because of his versatility, able to play multiple positions,” McClellin said. “Brooks Reed, just because of the way he plays. As far as ends go, I think someone like Jared Allen. He plays hard and that’s the way I like to play.”
Like Allen (Idaho State), McClellin played his college ball in Idaho even though he was at the more powerful program at Boise State. Still, that leaves him with something to prove because the Broncos were not competing in a BCS conference against elite talent every Saturday. (Maybe because I live in the West but I just get a hoot out of all the experts out there who put BSU down because they don't play in a tough conference and then have to slink away with their tail between their legs when BSU goes out and beats Oklahoma, or Alabama or Georgia, etc. If they're so weak how come none of the "big boys" want to play them in a non-conference game.....lmao!!)
“To all the doubters, I am going to have to go out there and prove myself,” he said. “I’m used to that. I came from Boise State. We had to prove ourselves every week. That’s what I will have to do every day. Definitely, it puts a chip on my shoulder. I am used to it.”
McClellin shot down a report that surfaced in the last week that he suffered three concussions while in school. He told the Idaho Statesman the correct number was two. On Friday, he said this: “That bothered me a little. I don’t know where those reports came from. I had one concussion in 2010. I didn’t miss a game. I missed one practice. They kept me out. In 2009, it wasn’t really a concussion. I had concussion-like symptoms but I was sick before that so it was more precautionary. It was basically just one. I don’t know where three came from. I changed my helmet this last year and I have not had any problems since.”
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