LB Spencer Larson teleconference
Spencer Larsen (AP)
Spencer Larsen (AP)

Posted Apr 28, 2008


The Denver Broncos' sixth round pick LB Spencer Larsen talks to the media.

ARIZONA LB SPENCER LARSEN CONFERENCE CALL (Rd. 6 - 183rd overall)

On his feelings after being drafted
"I'm so excited. It's been a long day. I couldn't have been chosen by a better team, and I'm probably the happiest kid today to ever get drafted. I'm really excited to come play with the Broncos. I feel like I bring a little maturity and just a passion for the game. I just love to play."

On whether his older age (24) due to a two-year Mormon mission negatively affected his draft status

"I don't know. It's hard to tell. Throughout the whole draft process, I felt like it was more of a positive than a negative. To see how it went today, [teams] might have held it more as a negative. I feel very young, and most of the guys I met at the combine were 23, 22. I'm a very young 24 years old, and I think that doesn't hurt me at all in my eyes. Some teams might have felt that I was too old to start out with, but I'm glad Denver didn't and I'm very excited to get going."

On which position he will play
"Just talking with coach [Mike Shanahan], middle linebacker I've heard. He also mentioned fullback, which I played in high school. I just want to contribute and help improve the team wherever they need me. I think 'Mike' linebacker is probably where we will start off."

On whether he was shocked to hear he might play fullback "I didn't play [fullback] at all in college, but I know the NFL is a different game. It did surprise me to hear that [but] it's not a negative to me at all."

On his ACL injury in 2005 "That was a fully torn ACL in '05. I had just returned back from my mission in South America, and it was the second spring practice. It was a very clean tear, no cartilage damage, nothing like that. They repaired it and I was back in four-and-a-half months. I played in a game four-and-a-half months later. It hasn't been an issue; it feels fine and [there are] zero problems there."


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