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Chargers’ Jeremiah Attaochu: “I’m going to be an amazing player”


When the Chargers took Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the second round of the NFL draft, they got a future star. Just ask him.

I’m going to be an amazing player,” Attaochu told U-T San Diego. “I’ve been blessed throughout my career and I hope to continue that here. I’m going to be a fixture on this defense for years to come. I was a three-star recruit out of high school playing with all these 4-and-5-star guys. I had the drive to succeed. I was one of the best pass rushers to go through Georgia Tech. But I’m not a big hype guy.”

Imagine what Attaochu would say about himself if he were a big hype guy.

“I’m mean,” he added. “Ask any of my teammates. That’s who I am. When I started playing the game, I was that crazy kid on the field. I had intensity people couldn’t match. Off the field, I’m a completely different person. My teammates thought I was crazy, but I have to be in that state of mind when I play. I’m always in a state of paranoia. I’ve got to take your head off.”

Whether Attaochu becomes an amazing player or not remains to be seen. But he sounds like a pretty good self-promoter.

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40 Responses to “Chargers’ Jeremiah Attaochu: “I’m going to be an amazing player””
  1. Cameronm says: May 16, 2014 2:34 PM

    If you don’t think you are going to be a great player you won’t be and probably won’t last long in the NFL.

  2. azarkhan says: May 16, 2014 2:34 PM

    Of course you are….

  3. computojon says: May 16, 2014 2:37 PM

    Still waiting to read about a player who says, “I’m going to be downright awful.”

  4. paulnoga says: May 16, 2014 2:38 PM

    Excellent draft.

  5. skoobyfl says: May 16, 2014 2:38 PM

    First rule in psychology, don’t believe yourself.

  6. racerx1225 says: May 16, 2014 2:39 PM

    Until you get crushed by Gabe Jackson. Hope you have a lot of Advil..

  7. outerspace24 says: May 16, 2014 2:45 PM

    He sounds like that guy the NFL will be sending FedEx packages too quite frequently. (fines)

  8. dbones641 says: May 16, 2014 2:48 PM

    Well at least he’s humble.

  9. mcmccii says: May 16, 2014 2:48 PM


  10. 4thquartermagic says: May 16, 2014 2:50 PM

    Hate the Chargers but I don’t hate this guys attitude.

    Gotta be confident to go to war every snap.

    Look forward to seeing how his game translates to the NFL.

  11. theclink12 says: May 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    I would have way more respect for a player who said, “I am shocked I got drafted…I have no talent and am going to be a crappy player.”

  12. vicnocal says: May 16, 2014 2:52 PM

    “Jeremiah Attaochu.”

    “Bless you.”

  13. b3nz0z says: May 16, 2014 2:53 PM

    i definitely wanted my team to draft him. i believe he’ll post double digit sacks by 2015

  14. rc33 says: May 16, 2014 2:53 PM

    Just guessing, part of the high self-esteem, everyone-gets-a-trophy generation?

  15. focushawk72 says: May 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    Was really hoping Seattle would draft this guy to replace the loss of Chris Clemmons to FA.

  16. peytonmanningsforehead says: May 16, 2014 2:59 PM

    Another choker who’s clearly off his medication.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: May 16, 2014 2:59 PM

    No need to ask his teammates, Jerry speaks for all of them. And more.

  18. sd619tripleog says: May 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    Pairing this guy with Melvin Ingram could be deadly when these guy fully develop with some advice from Freeney. If the chargers can revamp their pass rush this year, watch out. Giving Rivers a couple extra possessions would pay huge dividends. Bronco fans are high and mighty now but their time is coming to an end much sooner than later. Bolt up

  19. kipbright says: May 16, 2014 3:04 PM

    I remember when Orlando Smith (Original Wizinator) proclaimed himself the Steal of the Draft.

  20. t500000t says: May 16, 2014 3:04 PM

    Chargers had an awesome draft. From one decent pass-rusher with Freeney to none when he went down to another single decent pass rusher when Ingram came back at the end of the season to three at the start of this season with Freeney, Ingram and Attoachu on the roster. I can see the Chargers D going from almost dead last in sacks and INTS to middle of the pack.

    Also, Marion Grice will end up being a top 5 all purpose RB within the next two years.

  21. butch815 says: May 16, 2014 3:07 PM

    I would not be surprised if Attaochu does in fact become the best pass rusher in this draft class. His production over the last 3 years certainly supports his braggadocio. Much more so than Clowney. Attaochu has more college sacks than Julius Peppers and Mario Williams.

  22. kev86 says: May 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    talk is cheap

  23. somatg3 says: May 16, 2014 3:42 PM

    Jeremiah Attaochu: It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.

  24. denverwally says: May 16, 2014 4:26 PM

    How about this: I was a good college player, but I haven’t earned the right to talk about myself as a great player at the NFL level. Talk to me next year at this time if I am able to get double digit sacks. Otherwise, I am going to keep my mouth shut, study the playbook, work my butt off, and try to learn as much as possible about being a professional football player both on and off the field.

    Just a thought….

  25. heyguru1969 says: May 16, 2014 4:31 PM

    The one saving grace about this guy is that he didn’t say, “Jeremiah Attaochu is going to be an amazing player.” Apparently he’s never seen LaBron James do an interview….that’s a good thing.

  26. kash5000 says: May 16, 2014 4:38 PM

    Me too!

  27. v2787 says: May 16, 2014 5:00 PM

    Talk is cheap. Shut up, rookie, and prove yourself first.

  28. FinFan68 says: May 16, 2014 5:06 PM

    A person must think that way in order to have a chance at being successful in the NFL. When you actually say it out loud, you have no chance.

  29. doubleogator says: May 16, 2014 5:37 PM

    Also has an amazing ego…

  30. National Fanatic says: May 16, 2014 6:08 PM

    I’m liking his confidence!
    …the next Shaun Phillips (or more)?

  31. bassplucker says: May 16, 2014 6:48 PM

    I guess that DT the Bears took isn’t the only big Ego to come out of this draft.

  32. titansbro says: May 16, 2014 6:51 PM

    I love his attitude actually. Got get em young man. Not even a chargers fan either.

  33. doe22us says: May 16, 2014 7:05 PM

    Lets revisit this topic at the end of this season, if he makes an impact. A lot of rooks proclaim this, and you never hear anything from them again.

  34. pftfan says: May 16, 2014 7:20 PM

    Everyone laughed when Sheldon Richardson said the same exact thing during rookie camp last year.

    Dude won Rookie of the Year and that’s exactly the attitude you need to get there.

  35. raiderapologist says: May 16, 2014 7:42 PM

    That’s the way he should feel. It’s just not the way he should talk.

  36. vtown77 says: May 16, 2014 9:30 PM

    This guy is the real deal

  37. braxton29 says: May 16, 2014 9:38 PM

    He’s motivated. I’ll give him that. I think the Chargers needed a guy with this type of mindset. Attaochu was one of the best pass-rushers in the country. Finished his career at Georgia Tech with 31.5 sacks?! Imagine what he could accomplish under the tutelage of Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney? He and Ingram are a promising tandem.

  38. natelan69 says: May 16, 2014 11:56 PM

    My Chargers never have ego-driven players like this. I’m excited by his confidence and what this attitude can bring to our pass rush.

  39. joetoronto says: May 17, 2014 4:58 AM

    He’s perfect for the Chargers, he hasn’t done a thing, but he’s yapping anyway.

    Just like that empty trophy case, choo choo!

  40. footballchic777 says: May 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    Might be kind of hard playing with those casts on your arms….. BC you have to be breaking them patting yourself on the back that much! Geez…… do you know what the word humble means?

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