Saturday, 30 July 2011 10:16
New Orleans Saints: Shaun Rogers Wanted To Play With A Winner
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shaun rogersBecause he is 6-foot-34 and 350 pounds, Shaun Roger is often referred to as the giant tackle. He looks big and he is big.

 

"Big Baby" signed a one-year $4 million contract with the Saints after he was released in the offseason by the Browns.  He was offered $6 million by another team, but wanted to play for a team with playoff chances and a winning tradition.

 

Rogers, 32, had been with only losing teams since being drafted by the Lions in the second round of the 2001 draft out of Texas.
 

 

The Saints needed help at defensive tackle and Rogers, a three-time Pro Bowler, was their man to join Sedrick Ellis at the tackles.

 

After Friday's practice, Rogers was going through conditioning exercises. After that, he sat down for a question-and-answer session about his new team. He has a reputation of not caring for and missing practices because of minor injuries.

 

Can you talk about the conditioning work you had to do post-practice?

“They let us know it was coming, but some things you just can’t prepare for.  So that might be one of them.”

 

How did they let you know it was coming?

“Well, they told you.  They let you know it was coming.  They told us that we were going to have to do them, but it’s just one of those things that you knew was coming, but you never quite prepare for it. 

 

What are your thoughts of joining this organization after they won a Super Bowl a couple of years ago?

“I’m just excited to be a part of a franchise with that kind of tradition, that kind of history, and those kinds of guys. I hopefully will be able to bring something to the table and contribute to a situation like that again.”

 

What’s your impression of Gregg Williams?

“I like him.  He brings attitude to your team, and you most definitely have to have that in this game

 

How much different is this than the Browns approach?

“The Browns are the Browns, and these are the Saints.  So, I’m really not in a position to compare or would like to compare.  You know, I’m here now and that’s what it is.”

 

Playing for a winner has always been important to you, hasn’t it?

“Being in this situation is important, and that’s why I decided to come here.  I felt like we made that known and it was understood.  I’m going to do my best to maintain and contribute to the situation.”

 

How much great football do you have left?

“That’s not for me to decide.  That’s for somebody else to be the judge of.  I’m just going to try to go out here and compete and again try to contribute.  And, you know, if they like it, then they like it and we’ll move on from there.”

 

Did signing before the lockout do you any good in any way?

“Time off is still time off.  Guys have to try to prepare and get themselves together.  I don’t see any difference either way in my situation.”

by Ed Staton
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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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