Ben Tate speaks
He refused to tell me which teams were working him out privately, which I found a little odd. So it goes. If secrecy yields him an extra $1 million, I support it fully.
I'm no hater ... except when I'm hating.
The full Q & A will run in tomorrow's editions of the Advertiser. Here now is a sneak peek for you HOTTIES.
Q: Have you noticed a change in how many people are around you or want to hang out with you now that you'll be an NFL guy?
A: ``Not really. I'm not someone who hangs out with a lot of people. It's just the same group I've had all my life. I'm not the kind of guy who gets to know everybody. I stick with the people I know."
Q: You obviously had a great Combine, running a 4.4 and showing plenty of strength. Were you surprised by how well that went?
A: ``I was hoping to run a little bit faster, actually. I've had better times. I told my agent that I planned to run again at Pro Day, but that didn't go over too well with him. He told me I didn't need to run it again, that the 4.4 was good enough. I'll just go with the numbers I have, I guess."
Q: You've been really hitting the social networks lately, offering autographs and exclusive interviews with fans. Where did that come from?
A: ``I had the idea for a while, but my marketing guy and I came up with the stuff we're doing. It's definitely something I want to keep doing -- especially at the next level. I want people to know about me if they care enough to look. I'm not going to be like (Chad) Ochocinco and tweeting every 30 minutes. He does a pretty good job, but that's not me. Do people really care that much?"
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