Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was introduced to the Bay Area media contingent Sunday, one day after he was taken No. 10 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL draft. Crabtree spoke about a number of topics, including the stress fracture in his left foot, training with NFL veterans in the offseason, and his reputation as a shy guy.
Crabtree said he is close to being able to run on his injured foot, and will likely play with a surgically inserted screw for now.
“Probably later on down the road I might do something different,” Crabtree said. “But, right now, (the screw) is in my foot, and I’m ready to go.”
More from Crabtree…
On meeting Jerry Rice:
“It was like a motivational meeting –- just really telling me to keep my head, keep a level head, keep up what I’ve been doing. I learned a lot from him.”
On playing injured against Texas last season:
“That’s part of being a football player, because you’re always going to have nicks and that. It’s just how strong you are, how determined you are, to go out there and play the game of football. I was very determined.”
On what he attributes his good hands to:
“When I was younger, my brother used to throw the ball as hard as he can. He’s six years older than me. And I got tired of catching it with my chest -– it was kind of hurting my chest. So I started using my hands more. It turned around some.”
On when he realized he was ready to make the leap to the NFL:
“Last year when it felt like I was playing above my level in the college level. I felt like I had kind of mastered it. Once I start seeing two and three people covering me, I felt like I needed a bigger challenge.
On his reputation for being shy and reserved:
“As soon as I got to college, I didn’t really want to do interviews or nothing like that because I didn’t ever want to be labeled as a talker. I always wanted my field play to speak for itself. I had to get used to it. It’s something that every NFL player has to do. I’m just really having fun with it.”