Falcons and the showman
It's summer break, sort of, for the NFL, but former UH linebacker Brenden Daley is living up to his nickname's credo: A shark never stops. Daley will continue to work out in California until he reports to the Atlanta Falcons' training camp on July 22.
The Falcons, by the way, will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks." From a chat with our blog, here are some "Shark" bites:
On his plans: "I have a solid month to train and watch as much film as possible."
On life in the NFL: "It's a strict business. The last day I was there (for mini camp), a linebacker got cut at 11 o'clock at night. It was very eye-opening."
Another lesson: "I learned the NFL is about being a first-timer. You have to do things right the first time. It's very professional. I enjoy it a lot. It makes me very excited."
On his approach: "I focus on the process. All I think about is going out there and being the Great White Shark, and doing what I do. I can't worry about things I can't control."
On NFL food: "They have a very good cafeteria. I enjoyed it. Smoothies in the morning are very good. I like getting a nice blueberry smoothie in the morning. And I like black-bean burgers. I don't want to eat all that meat before the second practice. (Those burgers) are very good."
Confession: "I put a little bacon on there. I need a little something else. It's real bacon, not bean bacon."
On his upcoming performance: "For my rookie show (at UH), I did a little dancing gig with Aaron Brown and Corey Paredes. We didn't win. I want to win. I'm excited about my (upcoming) rookie performance (with the Falcons). I'm going to think long and hard and give the people a great show. I don't want to give away too much, but I have one word for you: Kilt."
On representing Hawaii: "I"m still kicking, throwing up the shaka sign as much as I can."