Cheesehead TV was at the NFL Combine in February, where former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla met with the media.
Lyerla is attending the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp this weekend, where he is taking part on a tryout basis.
Here's what he had to say to the media, where he addressed some of his off-field issues and direction he is going:
Question: What do you need to do to prove you've changed?
Lyerla: "I think the biggest thing for me is just to be honest and to show remorse, where remorse is due, and just do my best to prove that I've changed and I'm changing and I've matured since I made those mistakes."
Question: How have you reacted to what's happened since leaving Oregon?
Lyerla: "As much as I hate to say it, I think some of the mishaps that happened and me getting in trouble probably is the best thing that's happened to me because it really put me at a point in place and gave me time to self reflect and just really helped me realize exactly what I want out of life and what I need to do to get it."
Question: What steps have you taken to turn things around?
Lyerla: "I think the biggest thing was just making the choice to move away from home and get myself in a place to where I'm only doing positive things and just continuing to stay on the right track."
Question: Was there a time when the game became less important?
Lyerla: "No, I wouldn't say that, the game's always been super important to me, and it's something I want to do as a career and something I want to do for as long as I can, so no, that wasn't it."
Question: Who have you talked to for guidance?
Lyerla: "I mean, there was a number of people that I talked to, but mainly it was just about having a big sit-down with my family and just coming to an agreement with myself as far as the negative things I was doing and what I need to do to change."
Question: What did people say to you?
Lyerla: "I'd rather not discuss that right now, but just everything from the time that those things that happened until now has been a complete change and I'm happy about it. I'm happy that I was able to get out of that situation."
Question: What was the low point?
Lyerla: "Definitely the lowest point for me was getting in trouble and having it be completely public. That was just a real life-changer for me, and it really humbled me, and showed me what I need to do from here on out."
Question: How do you ensure things like that don't happen again?
Lyerla: "The biggest thing is just not hanging out with the people that I was hanging out with before, concentrating and focusing only on football and just staying positive with it."
Question: Had much contact have you had with the Oregon coaching staff since he left?
Lyerla: "I've had not as much contact as I would like, but it's grown more and more by each day, and I think if I do the right things, then I'll come out of this and be able to go back to Oregon in good faith."
Question: How do you get across that you've changed in 15 minutes when you interview with a team?
Lyerla: "I'd say that I've put myself in a position where my back's against the wall, to a point that if I don't do everything perfect and the right way, that I won't be able to play football, let alone be successful in any shape and form."
Question: What about Chip Kelly?
Lyerla: "No, me and Chip have not been in contact."
Question: How do you think your versatility helps you as a football player?
Lyerla: "I think that's one of the advantages I bring in this tight end group, is versatility, and of course, I'd love to be able to do that for any team at the next level, but whatever the team needs me to do, I'll do it, whether that's special teams or just regular blocking tight end. Whatever it is, I'm going to do it."
Question: Is running back something you enjoy?
Lyerla: "Yeah, definitely, that was a lot of fun, so sure."
Question: Are your legal issues resolved?
Lyerla: "Yes, they have. Everything is out on the table and it's all up to me now to make sure I do the right things and stay on the right path."
Question: What do you have to do in order to be redeemed?
Lyerla: "I have to successfully complete everything that was mandated to me by the courts, and hopefully get signed to a team and doall the right things to stay on the team."
Question: When did it sink in that you may not play football or your career may be over?
Lyerla: "Probably the night I spent in jail. That was huge for me, and like I said, it gave me time to self-reflect and realize that's a place I never want to be again."
Question: How long were you in jail for?
Lyerla: "I only spent one day in jail, and the rest I served a road crew."
Question: How long on road crew?
Lyerla: "It was 10 days, including the day in jail."
Question: "How did it affect your training?
Lyerla: "Since I got in trouble, I didn't get to get out of Eugene as fast as I would have liked, so I only had a couple weeks to train, but I'd say that I'm light and athletic right now, and hopefully that will show in some of the speed drills. As it gets closer to minicamp, I plan to put on more weight and get back to where I was when I was at Oregon."
Question: How much weight did you lose?
Lyerla: "I lost about 12 pounds."
Question: So you were around 238?
Lyerla: "No I was more around 255."
Question: Have you taken part in any speed performance camps?
Lyerla: "Yes, I've been training at API down in Arizona."
Question: Do you have a mentor?
Lyerla: "I mean, I mainly just lean on my big brothers. They've done a good job helping me through this difficult time in my life."
Question: What went into him leaving the team?
Lyerla: "I can't really say too much about that, but all I can really say is it's something I deeply regret and it's a mistake I'll have to live with for the rest of my life."
Photo: Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla at the NFL Combine by Brian Carriveau.
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