Colts president Bill Polian called him "the perfect replacement for Brandon Stokely." And head coach…
Anthony Gonzalez: Press Conference Highlights
(general comments) "First and foremost, it's an honor to be here. It's an honor to be a part of a great organization like the Colts. It's a dream come true. Everything I've ever wanted in a football career for better or worse has happened. I had a great experience in high school. I had an unbelievable experience at Ohio State and now today, to come here to the defending Super Bowl champions, is really something that I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams. It's something I will treasure and an opportunity that I will work tirelessly to make sure that I take full advantage of." (on being selected by the Colts) "It came as a surprise in the sense I hadn't spoken with anyone from the Colts except for one of the Colts. At the same time, Coach Tressel had mentioned to me that he ran into Coach Dungy at a function. He (Coach Tressel) had mentioned that they were interested. At the same time his whole process is so strange you don't take anything too seriously. You kind of take it with a grain of salt. Obviously I was hoping and praying it would happen. At the same time, with process, you don't want to get your hopes up too much." (on the immediate comparison to Brandon Stokley) "The funny thing really about college, at least the way I approached it, I didn't have a whole lot of time to study the NFL. Obviously, I saw the Colts a lot because they were on national TV a lot. I really didn't have a lot of time to study them in depth. While I know a little bit, obviously, what the teams all about, what the offense is all about, to be honest, I'm not completely familiar with Brandon Stokley's game, but I've seen it enough to know that we do similar things." (on playing with Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne) "In all honesty, like I said, you don't want to get your hopes up in a situation because you have very little control over the whole thing. But this morning I woke up and I said to my brother Nick ‘Where am I going to go, give me one choice, where am I going?' He said, ‘I don't know but Indy would be perfect.' ‘You know what? You're absolutely right. Indy would be without a doubt the best place I could possibly go.' So when the phone rang I looked at my other brother Joe and I said, ‘Hey, 317 (area code), who's that?' And he said Chicago, and I answered it and looked at him and said, ‘you idiot it's not Chicago.' I answered and starting talking. It was a surreal moment. It really is." (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (on how special it is to be playing in the Midwest and playing for the Colts) "That's part of why this is such a perfect fit for me, because my family is all close. It's an unbelievable offensive situation, unbelievable team, defending Super Bowl champs, great coaches, great players and have been told that I'm going to be exposed to great people, which is very important. It really is the total package and that's what is so exciting for myself and my family." (On sleeping in an altitude tent) "Originally, what it did and what it is has continued to do is allow me to recover quicker from games and practices. The idea was given to be by the current strength coach at Ohio State, Eric Lichter. Prior to being a strength coach at Ohio State, he had his own gym that I worked at and a lot of the guys worked at. I was back one spring break and I asked him about it. He pitched the idea to me and I asked my father about it and then we went from there." (on bringing the altitude bed to Indy) "I don't know that I'm going to do with that thing yet. I'm going to sleep in an altitude environment. The company offered to do a room for me for free. That's nice. I'll be in one at some point, whether it's the one I'm currently using or one that they build, I'm really not sure." (on his skills at playing inside receiver) "I think the key at being an inside receiver are skills you would have at playing outside receiver. The difference is you're playing in traffic a lot more. On the outside you're primarily going at one corner, or if it's Cover 2 you're going at a corner and a deep safety. From a mental standpoint, I don't think it's as taxing. On the inside you might have a linebacker, a deep safety and a low safety. You might have a nickel corner and a deep safety and a corner on the outside. You've got to deal with a lot more people. The ability to catch the ball in traffic and separate in tight spaces I think is the big difference between playing on the inside as opposed to playing on the outside." (on playing in a market with a growing Hispanic population) "I didn't know that about Indianapolis. That's something that is very obviously exciting to me if what you say is true, and I trust that it is. My Hispanic background and my Cuban roots are something that is very important to me and my family. Everything in our house, if you walked into our house and just smelled the food, you couldn't possibly mistake it for any other nationality but Cuban. So it's something that is very important to me forever and always will be. If there is a growing Hispanic population, I didn't know about that, that's very exciting for me." (on entering the NFL now and finishing school) "I'm very close, I'll be done in June." (On knowing now he's with an NFL team) "The last 24 hours has been so crazy. It's been a mix of emotions. You're down one minute, you're at the highest of the high the next minute, all the way to being here today. Just standing here, looking over and seeing the horseshoe. It's pretty surreal. I'm not sure it's totally set in yet. These things tend to take time and once I get emerged into the football experience, and the city of Indianapolis, then it will probably totally set in." (On his family coming with him today) "It's an experience to share with as many of your loved ones as possible." (On his excitement) "The reason I'm excited is I'm here to embrace the entire Colts organization and everything that it embodies, encompasses and what it means to this city. I'm just excited to be a part of that." (On his professional goals and being reliable) "The things that are most important to me are whether my teammates, coaches and now an organization appreciate my contribution to winning football games. That's what I'm here to do. I'm here to run down a kickoff if you want me to, run down a punt if you want me to or whatever it is that I'm asked to do. That's that I'm here for. As a receiver, the work that I do is centered on being as reliable a person both on and off the field as humanly possible. On the field as a receiver, what that means to me is having Peyton (Manning) know that when he drops back in a three-step or five-step, that he knows I'll be where I need to be and I'll catch it if he throws it. That to me is what being a reliable receiver is all about."
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