Adam Gotsis did not win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos this past season, but the 2016 second-round pick can already tell his teammates are a confident bunch.
“I think we got a good bunch of guys who come to work every day and I think they know what it takes to win and what it takes to get back there,” the defensive end prospect said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “They do have a confidence about themselves. I’m just so glad to be part of an organization like that. I just can’t wait to get out there on the field with them and just start going to work with those boys.”
Gotsis, a Georgia Tech product, was born in Melbourne, Australia. He grew up playing Aussie rules football and is now an NFL player.
It’s been quite the journey.
“It’s been kind of surreal,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself and realize you’re going to an NFL facility every day to go to work now. It’s no longer your college or back home. It’s just been intense. A lot of learning, a lot of meeting new faces – new people, a lot of players. I’m just trying to soak it all in.”
Gotsis, who tore his ACL in a 27-21 loss at Virginia on Halloween, is still recovering. He hopes to return for training camp.
“I’m just going in there every day and working and listening to the guys around me,” he said. “It’s just a day-to-day thing.”
Gotsis, of course, gets asked about his Aussie life all the time. Most of the questions are, well, a little dumb.
“I had a couple (dumb questions) in college,” Gotsis said, laughing. “I think it’s more they see Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Hunter and they think that’s the Australian life. Don’t get me wrong: That’s pretty close, but there’s a few things (that are different). It’s all good jokes and good fun, so I don’t take it too seriously.”
If you’re curious, Gotsis doesn’t go to The Outback too often. In fact, he’s never even been there.
“In college we did get it catered one time,” he said. “It was all right. You can’t go wrong with a steak. It wasn’t very Australian.”
Neither is the Bloomin’ Onion.
“I’ve never heard of that before I came here,” Gotsis said. “It could be somewhere in a small little city or town (in Australia). Someone just deep fried an onion one day. Who knows? It might just be an Outback Steakhouse thing. I’ve heard it’s good, though.”