Josh Rosen: I love football with all my heart and soul

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Josh Rosen is excited to meet with teams. It gives the UCLA quarterback a chance to defend himself against rumors he was disliked by teammates, answer questions about whether he loves football and prove that he has matured over the years.

“I’m not going to present a fake image of myself,” said Rosen, who grew up in wealth with his father, Charles, a spine surgeon who was close to becoming President Obama’s surgeon general. “Some advice to someone who has maybe had issues in the past or have these pre-rehearsed [answers] on, ‘I’m sorry. I won’t ever do that again.’ I think you have to be yourself. You have to be authentic. You have to show that you’ve learned and grown over the years. You have to own your mistakes. I think that’s what I’m trying to show. I’m trying to show who I really am, not who I’m trying to be, because I don’t want them to draft someone they think they’re getting and then not to get that guy. I think that’s also what your teammates want. Your teammates don’t want a fake shell of yourself. Teammates want you to be you every single day, so that you’re that reliable rock they can count on.”

His opinions, especially on presidential politics, have set off social media firestorms and rubbed some the wrong way. Rosen once apologized to the school for a provocative Instagram post he later deleted, raising questions about his maturity.

Rosen admits he has “made mistakes in the past,” without elaborating, but added that he has “grown from it.”

On Thursday, UCLA center Scott Quessenberry defended Rosen as a teammate, but Rosen also is trying to put to rest the idea his heart might not be into the game.

“We all work our butt off,” Rosen said. “If we didn’t like football, no matter how talented we are, we wouldn’t be in the position that we all are here this week. I mean, I love football with all of my heart and soul. If I didn’t, I just don’t think I’d have made it through the grind of college. I mean, football is an unbelievable team sport. That’s what’s so cool about it is I’m not playing for my own passions or exclusively for my own passions. I’m playing for all of my teammates. It’s cool when you can throw a touchdown at the Rose Bowl and turn to the sideline and see 120 of your best friends jumping for joy.”

Rosen was asked if the criticism and the questions bother him.

“I think that’s why I’m excited to be here,” he said. “I think if teams still questioned my love for the game after this week and after they actually really got to know me, then it might bother me a little bit more. But I think coaches can really see what I care about.”

13 responses to “Josh Rosen: I love football with all my heart and soul

  1. He may have come from a different background than most of his teammates, but you don’t reach his elite level without loving football. A lot of kids don’t love football. They’re almost forced into playing so they can help support their family. From watching him play, you can see he’s put in the time to master the playbook. This is the part of the process that they call paralysis by analysis. It happened to Dan Marino and it happened to Aaron Rodgers. Just watch the darn tape. The tape will tell you the kid loves football. It also shows elite skills.

  2. He’s only saying this now because he realizes his actions could cost him money. Maybe he should have thought about that before the draft. Chances are he’s only going to keep his tongue in check until after he’s drafted. Then he’ll turn into an outspoken Johnny Manziel who is often injured. Given his injury history and how much his life revolves around social media, I wouldn’t want this guy on any team I liked.

  3. Everything against this kid was all about trying to muzzle him for speaking out about the NCAA’s hypocritical system that makes everyone billions of dollars except the players. As I keep saying, why do we need billion dollar contracts to televise college football? The only reason is so that these universities and the people in coaching and administration around college football can get paid. All I know is that when I watched him play, even with that disaster of a roster that Mora had provided the last 2 years, he can play better than any of the other QBs in this draft. Of course, this is where the Browns get it wrong again and pass on him.

  4. With Chris Long and Michael Bennett getting up there in age, and Kaepernick out of the league, it looks like there’s a spot opening up for a virtue signaling phony. Congrats, Josh. Take your seat at the table.

  5. If this guy wasn’t the same ethnicity as Max kellerman and 99% of the people who run the media, this guy would not be on anybody’s radar. He was garbage in every game I watched him play

  6. The only legitimate question about him as a prospect is his injury history. Everything else is noise from people who have no clue what they’re talking about. Health aside (and health is a huge component, don’t get me wrong), he’s as good a prospect as any in the past decade.

  7. NFLexpert says:
    March 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    If he doesn’t need the money, stay away from him, not hungry and has daddy to fall back on. See Johnny Manziel…

    I’ll see your Johnny Manziel and raise you the Manning brothers who also grew up in wealth.

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