"I didn’t pay too much attention on the first day of the draft in 2007. I was interested in the first couple of picks, but that was it. That Sunday though I thought there might be an outside chance that someone would pick me up.
It’s so funny, because when it started out I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I didn’t want to have people over in case I didn’t get drafted. So it was just my family hanging out at my parent’s house in Valencia, California, at the beginning, but then all my buddies started to come over and it became a big barbeque, which is what I didn’t want to happen. But it ended up being a really good time and I was happy that everyone was there.
As the day went on, I got calls from a couple teams who said they might take me in the later rounds. The Jets called, Detroit called late. It was kind of a long day. Your emotions ride high when you get a call from a team saying they might pick you and telling you what they’re thinking.
I didn’t get drafted and immediately after the draft there were a lot of teams on the line. Carolina was one of them, Dallas, Detroit, and Kansas City. There were a lot of highs and lows, a lot of emotions. It ended up being a blessing that everyone came over. We played bocce ball and took my mind off the draft for a while because at the end I was paying a lot more attention.
There was really no time to be disappointed afterward, though. Probably no more than five minutes after my agents were on the phone and everything went into motion. I was happy that a bunch of teams wanted me but I found it hard to turn down the possibility of being a Dallas Cowboy. They gave me $15,000 and I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.
I learned a lot in Dallas. Tony Romo was the starter and Brad Johnson the No. 2. I was there with Richard Bartel and he and I were battling for the No. 3 spot. They ended up carrying only two quarterbacks. They wanted to put me on the practice squad but I was claimed by Carolina during the 24-hour period and I was happy about that."