After Darrius Heyward-Bey was released by the Oakland Raiders back in March, one of the first media outlets he spoke to was SB Nation's own Silver and Black Pride. Levi Damien is the big cheese over there, and on March 13th he posted a very good interview with Heyward-Bey. Questions ranged from his career with the Raiders, their decision to release him, and what he thinks he can bring to a team interested in his skills.
Since the team that eventually signed Heyward-Bey is the Colts, I think it's worth revisiting this interview. Here's a quick taste of it:
I asked him about what he thought of that first chapter.
"Um, you know, ups and downs," he responded. "Didn't start off that great but the way I fought through adversity and the way that I worked on my game, I'm very proud of because I think a lot of people would have folded in a situation like that where I felt like I overcame a lot of bad things."
A great deal of that initial adversity came the moment he was drafted. The most infamous criticism being from former NFL wide receiver turned analyst, Cris Carter, who latched onto the fact that DHB's highest college accolade was making Honorable Mention ACC. He harped on the words "Honorable Mention" and had the rest of the ESPN draft crew cackling just after they had spoken with Heyward-Bey via satellite.
Good stuff from Levi.
If you get the chance, look down in the comments section. Very interesting opinions from Raiders fans on Heyward-Bey. Most of them very positive.