New Browns NT Danny Shelton transcript on joining team - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

New Browns NT Danny Shelton transcript on joining team

Danny Shelton transcript (Source: Cleveland Browns) Danny Shelton transcript (Source: Cleveland Browns)
 On if he planned to bear hug and lift up NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or if it happened in the moment:

“It was a little bit planned (laughter), but it was just an exciting time so I had to do it.”

On what this day means to him after everything he's been through in his life:

“It means everything. The fact that I was able to bring out my family, too, it's just crazy to think that it's finally over. It's crazy to think that I'll be leaving to Cleveland tomorrow morning.”

On playing 39 consecutive games at Washington and his durability playing a demanding position:

“It's all just mental discipline. I've prepared myself mentally and physically to go out and play over 70 snaps. I'm the type of guy who's not going to go down if he gets a little bump. I played my whole senior season with a sprained shoulder. That just explains my type of attitude. I have that warrior mentality.”

On if he thought he was coming to the Browns and how he can help the Browns run defense:

“I didn't know if I was coming here or not. As soon as I got that phone call, I was smiling. I'm still smiling. It's exciting because of the fan support, the Dawg Pound and the social media has given me nothing but love. That was throughout this whole process. It's crazy to think that now I get to go out and be a part of the Dawg Pound. As far as the defense, I'm expecting the same thing as far as producing a run stopper. I'm also going to add to the pass rushing game. Those are the two main things I want to focus on this offseason.”

On representing his Polynesian culture:

“Polynesian culture, we're a humble people. Any chance we get to be in the limelight and to be able to represent our people, our family, we take that chance. That's what I wanted to do throughout the draft. I knew I was going to get picked up some time, and I just wanted make sure that I was representing my family, my culture and my university the right way. I'm representing my culture with this wardrobe.”

On what made him decide to stick with football after considering not playing following the loss of his brother, as well as how football helped him overcome and become the person he is now:

“Honestly, I owe it all to the coaching staff, I owe it all to the team and I owe it all to the [Huskies] fans. It's amazing how much they supported me throughout my four years, and I didn't have any doubt in myself. I knew that I was at home, I was in a better place and I was just ready to play. That's what shaped me throughout the four years. Facing adversity, it prepared me for the next level. I feel confident to go into the league and play the right way and play the way that I play.”
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