At the draft, I had a chance to talk with Danny Watkins after he finished his press conference and I asked what it felt like to all of a sudden be loved by everyone in Philadelphia while being despised in Dallas and New York. He said he wasn't too worried about it and gave some analogy about not being able to save every house on fire... While it kind of was a jokey question, I'm not sure he really grasped the reality behind it. He's a Philadelphia Eagle now and that's means everyone in Philly knows you.
He got a little taste in his first trip here.
"I can't walk down the road without someone walking up to me and asking for a picture and start talking to me," said Watkins, 26, prior to working out Thursday at Pinnale Elite Athlete at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna. "It's not bad, I don't mind it. But after a while it gets a little much. We went out for lunch and I went out to wash my minds, and the security guy had to come and get me because I couldn't make it back.
"I know they really appreciate that I was a blue-collar guy and you don't want to be rude. I'll just have to get used to it."
That's life in the NFL, but especially as a member of the Eagles. Watkins has since headed back to Canada to continue working out and training with the trainers he's worked with for the past five years. He'll soon be headed back here to find a place to live and get ready for his rookie year.
"I think the onus is on me," Watkins said. "I think a lot of guys are sitting around at home playing X-Box and I don't think that's the right thing to be doing.
"I was pretty impressed that he was there," Watkins said of Vick. "It speaks to his character that he was there waiting that he was excited to meet me and expressed his excitement, you know shoring up the offensive line a bit and he explained to me that we, the O-line, is his No. 1 insurance policy, so he likes to care of us. I'm pretty excited to work with him."