"Do you get tired of reporters always coming up and bugging you with questions?"

 

The Oakland Raiders hosted me at Training Camp 2011. I had the opportunity to watch the last practice of camp, interview RB Darren McFadden and Head Coach Hue Jackson, and learn the ins and outs of being a sports reporter.


I spent my first few hours at the Napa Valley Training Complex watching the Raiders final practice of training camp. It was really cool to see how the NFL trains their players.


Following practice, I met my favorite player, RB Darren McFadden, and practiced my reporting skills, asking McFadden a series of questions. I then moved on to Coach Jackson's press conference and had the rare opportunity to ask the head coach a question. I asked, "Do you get tired of reporters always coming up and bugging you with questions?"

 

Coach Jackson appreciated my question and answered candidly. “Honestly, I don’t, I think they are great at their job and I respect that because I think they respect my job as well. So it is a mutual agreement, they are trying to be good at their job and I am trying to be good at what I do. Sometimes they can get a little overbearing and at times they probably think I can get a little overbearing, but they are good people and I appreciate all their hard work.”

 

I left Napa, Calif., with a smile and was ready to tell my friends and everyone at NFLRUSH.com about my experience with the Oakland Raiders.