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May 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Kevin Norwood: “Words can’t describe the feeling that I have right now”

And here is some of what Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood had to say today when he was taken by the Seahawks in the fourth round.

On what he was doing when the Seahawks called: “I was down in the living room with my family. My girlfriend walked up to me and showed me. I thought, it’s finally here. My heart just dropped, and when Coach Carroll came on the phone, I was ecstatic. Words can’t describe the feeling that I have right now.”

On whether he had much contact with the Seahawks prior to the draft: “No, sir. I think I talked to them one time, and that was for them to get my information.”

On whether he is surprised to be drafted by Seattle and the defending Super Bowl champs: “The defending Super Bowl champs…wow. It’s amazing. I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play with them, and also help them win another one.”

On what it means to get drafted in the NFL: “ I remember when I was little, I wanted to be in the NFL. I grew up watching the Cowboys, watching Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice and all those guys. Just being able to watch them and telling me mom that one day I would end up on TV and that I would end up playing in the NFL.  I finally started playing football. Pee wee. I played middle school and high school.   When I got that first scholarship, I was like, wow, I can really do something with this. Hurricane Katrina came through. April 27 tornado in Tuscaloosa came through, and then, another tornado came through about a month or so ago.  It was like, all the things coming at me in different angles and different ways, and trying to figure out what I should do next – should I keep going, or is God telling me something. In the end, I persevered through it all. I came through, and now look at me; it’s a dream come true.”

On how his intelligence helps him on the field: “It’s all about preparation with me. I feel like if I prepare my best, then I should go out and play fast with no worries, and play my best. Coach Saban always says to practice how you want to play. That’s one thing I did. I prepared well. Game film, practice. I practiced how I wanted to play. It just came natural during game time, because I had prepared for everything.”

On his strengths and weaknesses: “My strengths is in my hands. I take pride in it. My route running ability is great. I think I have a lot of strengths. I think my one weakness would probably be, maybe, and it’s not really a weakness for me, is something I need to work with over time, is getting off the press, and stuff like that.”

On getting his master’s degree: “My master’s is in Sports Management.”

On what it meant to get that master’s degree at Alabama: “I thought why not?  I had one more year to go, and they were telling me that I should get my masters, and just do nothing, and I thought it would be pointless to do nothing. I wanted to take it up a notch, and take it to another level. So, I went and got my masters. I completed it, I graduated this past December with a 3.5. I was like, wow, it’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. I put my mind to it and I came out on top, in my opinion.”

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