Ed Thompson: In 12 games you've made 34 tackles, a sack, a pass deflection
and made two fumble recoveries - including one for a touchdown. Are you
satisfied with what you've accomplished so far as a rookie?
Victor Adeyanju: Getting hurt late in the season and not being able to pick up
more sacks for my team, I always think there's room for improvement.
ET: Was the 89-yard fumble recovery the highlight of your season so far? Or
does something else stand out as more memorable?
VA: (laughs) It has to be. It would have been even better if our team had won
the game, but it put our team in a great position to win. And 89 yards after me
being out there on that long drive ... it's definitely a big highlight of mine.
ET: How has becoming an NFL player matched up to what you expected it to be
-- and how is it different?
VA: People around the Rams organization are very classy and seeing guys like
Orlando Pace, Tory Holt, and Isaac Bruce, you read about them growing up. And
then actually playing with them was an unreal experience. You knew the playbook
was going to be big, a lot of responsibilities, and they hold you very
accountable. So I think it was everything I expected it to be. And I don't think
there was anything I thought it was going to be that it didn't turn out to be.
ET: I know you have a very close family. How has your success in the NFL
impacted them so far?
| Victor Adeyanju recovers a fumble against the Packers (Harry How/Getty Images)|
VA: They're always proud of seeing me on TV…a lot of their friends they
talk to are really excited about it, so everybody's really excited and happy for
me right now.
ET: As a rookie, you not only have to learn the plays and the routine of
preparing for NFL games, but you also have to find the guys on the team that you
can really bond with. Who are your closest friends on the team?
VA: I'm very close with the D-line, I talk to a couple of the offensive guys,
the guy I room with every time: Claude Wroten, La'Roi Glover, Jimmy Kennedy,
[Brandon] Green, I mean everybody's pretty close.
ET: You told me in a previous interview that your last coach at Indiana
really liked your bull rush and power moves. How much have you had to change
your technique or tactics at the pro level?
VA: On the pro level the coach pretty much taught me the things I've added to my
repertoire, but it's all a matter of using the right moves at the right times.
It's allowed me to do a lot more combinations and other moves. There's still
room for me to grow and there's still a couple other things I want to improve
on, but it's definitely added more to my repertoire.