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God of Wine
05-18-2005, 05:58 PM
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Grambling State product Kenneth Pettway got ready for his first taste of the NFL by continuing to run his linebacker drills on the practice field where he played college ball.

He couldn't have guessed how long he'd end up spending inside the Houston Texans' facility, meeting and studying the club's scheme.

"The meetings were about 10 times longer than college," said Pettway, a seventh-round pick for the Texans last month. "I think the shortest was about two hours. You've got to stay focused. There are no wasted words. Everything they say is something you need to know. There is no room for errors."

The Texans' six draft picks as well as free agents, and others trying out participated in four rookie practices earlier this month where coaches introduced the players to the system.

He then returned to Grambling State, where he lifted and ran with friends.

"Working out, it feels the same," said Pettway. "But being back in Grambling, there was a different intensity. So many people know I have been drafted, and are pulling for me."

Pettway is back in Houston this week to participate in 14 coaching sessions that last through June 8. A three-day minicamp follows, before a long break in front of training sessions.

"They emphasized before every meeting that we take notes," said Pettway. Houston coach "Dom Capers walked around and watched for who was taking notes and paying attention. They didn't let us take the playbook home, but he said we could take the notepad home. We were expected to know the defense when we got back. I wrote down some extra things to work on."

Pettway will keep the same number he had in two all-conference seasons at Grambling, the departed Jamie Sharper's No. 55. He found a jersey with his name already embroidered on it when he arrived at camp.

"It was Grade A treatment," Pettway said. "We got off the plane and there was somebody waiting for you with Texans apparel. When we got there, our lockers were all set up. Everything was there, and it was all the right size. Everything you need, they had it."

Pettway's transition was easier than many of the other newcomers, because he was born and raised in nearby Gilmer, Texas.

"A lot of guys were from faraway places," said Pettway, a multi-sports prep star. "They had a couple of guys from Florida and California. Some of them said, 'You are lucky to play in front of your hometown.' To me, it was big joy to get the opportunity to play where I grew up."

His familiarity didn't translate, however, into recommendations on places to eat around Houston.

"They fix everything for you," said Pettway, chuckling. "They give you a target weight and then you eat in the cafeteria, and that's it. You can go out and get your own food, but they encourage you to eat what the nutritionist has for you."

JustBonee
05-19-2005, 07:57 AM
Pettway will keep the same number he had in two all-conference seasons at Grambling, the departed Jamie Sharper's No. 55. He found a jersey with his name already embroidered on it when he arrived at camp.

Man! #55 ...gonna need a program in hand to watch the games this year....

Bayern
05-19-2005, 09:37 AM
Wow that sounds exciting for the young guy. Hope he works hard!

poisonednutz10
06-01-2005, 12:43 AM
I had the oppertunity to play with Kenny in high school. He is a great guy and player and I would like to wish him lots of luck in his NFL career. Hope to see him make a quick impact for the Texans.

FILO_girl
06-01-2005, 12:19 PM
Therein lies your answer to "what to do with all the Sharper jerseys". Take them to the screener and have Sharper removed and Pettway added. :highfive:
I am looking forward to seeing him play myself! Great to see another hometown boy!

poisonednutz10
06-01-2005, 01:19 PM
Therein lies your answer to "what to do with all the Sharper jerseys". Take them to the screener and have Sharper removed and Pettway added. :highfive:
I am looking forward to seeing him play myself! Great to see another hometown boy!

I'll take one.