On Set: Antrel Rolle

(Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

(Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

Antrel Rolle was able to glean some valuable information from former Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis when he visited NFL Network’s Total Access set on Tuesday. That lesson — always wear comfortable shoes. Rolle was looking dapper in his dark suit and … black Chuck Taylors. Rolle said that he left his dress shoes in his car once he saw Davis walking around in some “ragged Nikes” on the set. You can’t get that information everywhere. Rolle took some time in the green room after his visit to answer some of the hot topics.

What is life like as a member of the Arizona Cardinals?
It feels great. A lot of people never imagine this would happen in the valley, but it has. Everybody loves us right now. Everybody from the car dealerships to the cleaners wants to do something for you. My phone has been going crazy. People I haven’t talked to since I was about 10-years old have been hitting my MySpace page, wishing me well and offering congratulations. I have been eating it up. But you have to stay humble.

How much does it mean to do it for the Cardinals, who haven’t won a championship since 1947?
To be honest, I didn’t know the history of the Cardinals. When I was drafted, I was filled with a lot of emotions of just making the NFL and was wondering, “Who are the Cardinals?”

So if you were playing Madden, is it fair to say you didn’t use the Cardinals?
I could have played three million games and never would have used the Cardinals. But I didn’t really follow the NFL until I was a senior in college. I was more of a guy who loved to play football, but didn’t spend much time watching it.

A lot of people haven’t given the Cardinals much of a chance; does that motivate your team?
We don’t buy into outsiders. We as a team feed off each other. Too many years, though, guys already had cars ready to pick them up, vacations planned out. But after that first game, we got the jitters out of the way and we felt like we had a shot of doing this. We believed in each other.

There was a rough stretch at the end of the year, was the team too complacent?
I can’t tell you what the other guys thought, but I always take every game like it means the world to me because it does. I don’t think everybody took that approach at the end, but things clicked. We are peaking at the right time.

When the Eagles took the lead against you in the NFC Championship Game, did you think, ‘Oh no, here we go again?’
I wouldn’t say that we knew we were going to win, but we were confident. The offense didn’t give us much help in the third quarter, and we didn’t give the offense much help by giving up some big plays. But we had the confidence, we said, “We can do this,” and felt like we were not going to lose the game. There is nobody I have more confidence in on the team than Kurt Warner. This team has been good overcoming adversity.

What about the blowout with Anquan Boldin?
I wasn’t over there, because I was with the defense. But what happens on the offense is there business. I wouldn’t have tried to handle it a little bit differently but I would have told them how to do their business. But that doesn’t change my opinion of Anquan, who is the nicest guy. I haven’t heard him say one curse word ever, and I’ve played with him for four years. I’ve seen him punk opponents with his play, but never say a word. He was just frustrated because he’s a competitor and wants to be out there to help us win.

What is it like being one of the last teams playing when, as you said, for so many years you were already on vacation?
It’s great. I’m enjoying it. I love doing this stuff (NFL Network’s Total Access). But we still have some work to do. Going to the Super Bowl is great, but it’s nothing if you don’t win.

Check out Rolle on NFL’s Total Access
Rolle’s analysis
Rolle talks quarterbacks

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