Transcript of Ted Hendricks Press Conference/Suggs, McDonald Announcements

Jan. 2, 2003

Terrell Suggs - Ted Hendricks Award (Jan. 2, 2003)

What it means to be the first recipient of this award?

'It's amazing to be presented with this prestigious award and have the guy that made it give it to you, Terrell Suggs said.'

Did you ever think your career would have blown up like it has?

'My parents always tell me to aim for the moon, so if you miss at least you'll be among the stars, Suggs said. 'I never thought it would blow up like it did, I always strive for greatness, but it's definitely done a great thing for me.'

Where does your nickname T-Sizzles come from?

'My cousin played basketball for Idaho State and with both of our last names being Suggs and both of us playing collegiate sports I guess you kind of need a nickname and he told me that when I went to see him play last year and it kind of stuck with me, Suggs said.'

I understand you're a big movie buff so what are a couple of your favorite movies from the past year?

'I got a new personal favorite, it's definitely the best movie I've ever seen in my life and that's the Antwaan Fischer Story, Suggs said.' It's just amazing, I really loved the movie and I'm definitely going to go see it a few more times.'

You think they make a movie about you someday?

'Hopefully, Suggs said.'

The difference between last year and this year, with the new weight room I understand you've really gained some strength and added a couple moves

'My strength and conditioning coaches they didn't really care what the world was saying about me, they knew we had to build something so they put 15 pounds on me,15 great pounds of good weight, they got me stronger and I didn't lose any speed, Suggs said.'

'I came to announce today that I am not going to return for my senior season at Arizona State and I'm going to enter myself in the NFL draft, Suggs said.'

How hard was this decision Terrell?

'It was very hard, I mean it came down to last night with my parents and everybody it was kind of like the final say last night.''It was a very hard decision especially to leave some things undone I mean especially where are team is, so it was a very hard decision, Suggs said.'

I think we all know that you can only play football for so long you know when your body takes a beating, I've got to go right now, there's really nothing left for me to do in college football, Suggs said.'

What kind of feedback did you get for the NFL people about the prospects of the draft?

That would have been a biased perspective if I would have started talking to them, that would have been like a selfish kind, I wanted to only include in my decision the people that affect me most, my family, my teammates. I didn't really care about the NFL's perspective, Suggs said.'

What was your most memorable moment in your ASU career?

'Six a.m. runs and lifts, Suggs said.' 'I mean that's where you get to see the result of hard workthat's the hardest thing I ever did in my life physically.' 'The team workouts were the hardest thing I ever did, but it was something we did together and I'm going to take that on with me for the rest of my life.'

What was one game that stands out?

'Oregon, definitely coming from behind against the number six team in the nation, Suggs said.' 'You know when you're down 21 and you turn and look to the sideline and you still see that no fear attitude and you go out there and go down swinging, I mean that was definitely the most memorable game at ASU, Suggs said.'

'It's been a dream of mine ever since I picked up a football to play professional football so I mean it's something that I have the opportunity to do right now and I can't let it pass, Suggs said.'

Talk about the journey and how this is the ultimate of all the hard work.

'It's perseverance that everything isn't always going to be roses, that everything you want to achieve in life is going to be hard to get, Suggs said.' 'I've experienced the highs and lows of being on a collegiate football team and it's definitely a hard earned journey, but it just goes to show that hard work doesn't go unnoticed.'

What were some of the pros to coming back to ASU?

'The possibility of a Rose Bowl, Suggs said.'

What would you think about starting your professional career here in Arizona?

'I don't know, but it would be something, play high school here, play college here, then play professional here, Suggs said.' 'I'd have to say that one of that advantages of that would be that I'd never miss an ASU game.'

Coach Dirk Koetter on Terrell's decision

Coach what advice did you offer Terrell with his decision?

'The main advice we offered him was just that everybody involved with the Arizona State program would stand behind Terrell and to make the best decision for him and his family and we'd be there to support him 100 percent, Dirk Koetter said.'

'It's a sad day in the aspect that we are losing a tremendous player and a great team guy, but yet it's also a proud day because like Terrell said this has been a goal of his to play in the NFL and he is certainly ready to go and he's going to be a great professional player and a great representative of Arizona State, Koetter said.'

'You can't replace a guy like that, because from a player standpoint it's going to be a great challenge for some of our younger guys to step up and get a chance to show what they can do, Koetter said.'

'He (Terrell) has evolved into a tremendous leader. 'He has a very unique style, he speaks from the heart and he means what he says and that part will probably be very difficult to replace, Koetter said.'

Shawn McDonald (Decision to enter the NFL draft)

'I'm going to enter the NFL draft and surpass my senior season, it was a tough decision, it's the hardest decision I've ever made. It took me awhile to talk to my family, talk to my coaches and talk to my teammates and I think this is the best thing for me, Shawn McDonald said.'

What part of the season were you thinking about entering the draft?

'My parents had talked to me about it throughout the season, but not until the Arizona game did I sit down and look at the pros and cons which is what I made my decision on, McDonald said.'

What were the pros and cons?

'Some of the pros were this is a dream, it's every guys dream when you're little to play in the NFL so being that I had the opportunity to get drafted it's something that I had to think about and I feel it's the right time to do, McDonald said.'

'I'm trying to accomplish another goal of mine and that was a main factor, McDonald said.'

Did you talk to Mike Bibby your cousin?

'He told me he supports my 100 percent and that made the decision a little easier, McDonald.'

Coach Dirk Koetter on Shawn's decision

Coach what have you and your staff done to help Shawn and his family out with this decision?

'We just tried to provide Shawn and his family with all the information and numbers based on what kind money he could expect from different rounds, tried to get the best feedback we could from the NFL people and then again we said that you have to do what makes you and your family happy, Koetter said.'

Shawn McDonald cont.

What do you think about the number of good wide receivers that are entering the draft this year?

'Yeah definitely, but really I'm trying think about what I have to do to get ready, McDonald said.'

'I'm trying not to think about it too much, but I know there are a lot of great receivers out there, it going happen every year so you can't make your decision off of that, McDonald said.'

Shawn, are you going to graduate?

That was another factor, I'm scheduled to graduate in May, so that was another reason why I came to my decision, McDonald said.'

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