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Q&A with New Packers LB Carl Bradford

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Q&A with New Packers LB Carl Bradford

Cheesehead TV was at the NFL Combine, were new Green Bay Packers linebacker Carl Bradford met with the media.

Here's what the fifth round draft choice had to say:

Question: When you talk to general managers, what do you want them to think I want them to think?

Bradford: "I'm a guy with great character. A great guy on and off the field with discipline and a smart player. That's the mark I'm trying to leave my name with, a guy with great character that's trying to do whatever."

Question: How excited are you?

Bradford: "I'm beyond excited. I'm blessed to be here. It's amazing to go through this whole experience and everything like that. I'm just taking it all in and enjoying it."

Question: When did you realize you wanted to come out early?

Bradford: "Probably my last season. Coming out as a junior, I wasn't really too sure, and everything started falling into place like I wanted it to be. I came out I graduated, and I decided to go into the league."

Question: What was your were your coach's reaction to you leaving?

Bradford: "He honestly thought I would stay so his reactions were kind of shocking at first. And then they supported me because it's my decision at the end of the day. He said he's behind my back 100 percent. He's happy for me."

Question: Did you think about coming out early before this year?

Bradford: "No not at all. I was focused on graduating. I was focused on earning my degree first. And that stuff fell into place perfectly. And it just so happened now that I graduated before I came out."

Question: Was there any time this season where leaving crept in your mind?

Bradford: "Honestly, it was always in the back of my head. But I really didn't focus on that. I just focused on school. God blessed me with a lot of talent, so I'm here to show his work, so what I can do."

Question: In a 3-4 scheme, are you inside or out?

Bradford: "No idea, but I had a couple (meetings with) teams with inside and outside, so I can play either or."

Question: Is that versatility a major selling point for you?

Bradford: "I believe so. Because I have experience on the outside, and I can put my hand in the dirt or standing up, so I think that helps a lot."

Question: Did wanting to get to a second NFL contract influence your decision to leave early?

Bradford: "Not so much. Honestly, I just wanted to play. I just enjoy football, man. I can worry about that later. I just want to get out there and practice and play."

Question: Did your stock trending help make this the right time to leave?

Bradford: "I had two great seasons my sophomore and junior year. Once again, I graduated. I feel like my rollercoaster just keeps going and I decided to come out. I feel like I was mentally and physically ready."

Question: In the process of deciding whether to go back to school, did you talk to Will Sutton?

Bradford: "I kind of talked to him. But at the end of the day, I chose what's best for me. Now that he did, he loved it that he came back. Basically I just kind of got everybody's buzz and what not and just sat and prayed on it."

Question: Did anything anyone said about leaving stick out?

Bradford: "Honestly, I got both from both sides and it ultimately was left to me."

Question: Is special teams important to you?

Bradford: "Big key, big key. Special teams is big in this league, and I'm willing to play everywhere. So if I got to do that for however many years to get my start in this league, I'll do it. I don't have no problems."

Question: This year did you play specials?

Bradford: "This last year, I only did two special teams on punt, and I did kick return a little bit. But early in years I was kind of on special teams."

Question: What was your draft grade?

Bradford: "I got third round."

Question: Is that what you thought you'd be graded?

Bradford: "I thought about around there."

Question: How much did your dad's memory fuel you through?

Bradford: "Honestly, it was pretty hard at the beginning of the season. It kind of did affect my play a little bit. But then I began to find Christ again and the Lord and kind of come to a peace in that in a sense and think happy thoughts about him. And that kind of rejuvenated me and started to get me back in this league. He played a key part in it. A real big part."

Question: Is there anything he told you that sticks out?

Bradford: "Just keep working hard and always be a giver. Give somebody your last five cents if you have it. Always make another person smile and have a good day. That's kind of what he left on me."

Photo: Green Bay Packers linebacker Carl Bradford by Brian Carriveau.

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