Bill Belichick opened his press conference with reporters reflecting on how the combine has grown. This was part of his opening statement before taking questions:
ďItís kind of interesting to be here at this stadium, as the combine has kind of moved along, itís come a long way. I remember being at Arizona State, as it was getting dark, standing out there watching the Fridge [William Perry] do his vertical jump. It was quite a sight to see. Coming to the dome, and now coming in here [to Lucas Oil Stadium], itís amazing how the combine has grown at every turn really Ė the media, the agents, the players, and the preparation for it, and all these guys who spend months getting ready for it. Itís become quite an event.
ďItís fun to be a part of it. Itís good to see the college players. Unfortunately, Iíve seen a little bit more of them this year than I have in a couple of the previous years. But that being said, itís always an enjoyable part of the process to start to get to know them.
ďThe interviews, I think thatís always one of the most interesting parts of the combine. Iíve never thought, and I donít think, that you can ever analyze a player in a 10-minute interview. I think thatís really stretching it, but I really find it interesting to see where some of these kids have come from, what their background is, who is important to them in their life Ė what coaches, what teammates, what situations theyíve been through that have kind of shaped the way they are, the way they approach the game, the way they prepare and things like that. I find that very interesting and weíve certainly had a lot of interesting ones this week.Ē
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