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Q and A with Travis Beckum, current Giant and former Badger

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS Ė I caught up with Milwaukee native and former Badger Travis Beckum on Thursday morning. The Giants tight end took a few minutes to talk about his career, Wisconsin memories and his future in the league. What are your thoughts on your first three years in the league? Obviously, I battled through a whole bunch of hamstring injuries. As far as this year, a rocky season, but Iíve been able to contribute to this team in the postseason and help this team move the chains and got us here where we are today. Exciting being healthy and starting to make more plays? Exactly. And thatís what this league is about. A lot of guys have talent. Itís the injuries that kind of hinder you. But Iím excited. Iím healthy and Iím ready to play Sunday. What were the two Green Bay games like for you this year, against the team you grew up watching? Obviously, theyíre memorable games. I had a lot of friends there when we played at New York and when we played in Wiscionsin. It was fun for everybody to watch me play. It was just crazy to know that I was playing against the team I grew up watching for so long. A team thatís very good at what they do. A very historic stadium. But it was all about business. Was it a little extra special to knock them off to advance to the NFC championship, considering they were the defending champs? Yea. I mean, a little bit of both. You have to look at every game like itís a regular game. Maybe the Green Bay game meant a little more, but theyíre a good football team. They won the Super Bowl last year. Theyíve been in this position before. We knew we needed to go down there and handle our business, especially in a tough place to play. When you think of your time in Madison, what stands out? It was good to have all of my friends so close. All of my family so close to always come to the games. Iím a very homegrown person. I had a lot of fun at Wisconsin. I wouldnít have picked to go anywhere else in college. They have a great tradition there and Iím excited about my few years there. Did you watch them this year? I did. Obviously, they should have never lost the game to Michigan State, that Hail Mary. Theyíre a very good team and the way Coach B is doing things there is great. We just have to continue to make it to the Rose Bowl and somehow come out with victories. The league has evolved somewhat in the way tight ends are being used. How do you look at that trend and your future role in it? The tight ends are evolving. A lot of people say itís the year of the tight end. But, if your offense doesnít necessarily revolve around the tight end or do certain things that other tight ends do, itís not going to be the same. You can look at the crazy things the Patriots tight ends do, we donít have those plays in our offense. But the more offensive coordinators and coaches see the tight ends doing this, this has got to put a spot in their mind, hey maybe we have guys that can do that. You have to enjoy where youíre at Ė the Super Bowl and all Ė but that would be fun for you? It would be fun, but itís a part of the game. I canít complain about where we are and the success that we had. Hopefully we can continue to have success on Sunday. Do you watch other tight ends to pick up things? I do. I do. Just to see what theyíre doing. Just to see how theyíre doing things. How their offense is being ran. For the most part I just watch film of myself and see what I can improve on. What are those parts youíre looking to improve on? I just think the more reps I get, the better Iím going to become. And being in big games like Sunday is going to be so great for my progress as a player. Itís going to be clutch and Iím going to be able to say Iíve been in big games before. So, when I go to the regular season next year, I can just be like, OK, Iíve been in big games. Did you have to learn to be patient, considering you put up gaudy numbers in school? Patience is key. Iíve been patient and I guess Iíve been patient enough to get us to a Super Bowl.

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