The first unofficial “smear campaign” of the 2013 NFL Draft is underway, with Dee Milliner the target. The Alabama cornerback is now being red-flagged (at least in the media) as an injury-prone prospect despite missing only one game during his college career. That’s because there are reports that he might not be ready at the start of training camp and underwent five separate surgical procedures while with the Crimson Tide.
Dee Milliner joined Petros and Money on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the talk that he’s an injury risk, the timing of what some are calling a “smear campaign,” and his belief that the sky’s the limit for Nick Saban at his alma mater.
On what he makes of the talk about his ability to stay healthy:
“It doesn’t matter to me, man. I just go out there and play hard. I really can’t say. I don’t know nobody who has played and hasn’t been hurt before, so I don’t know where they get the idea … that I’m injury prone or I won’t be back for training camp and this and that. But everybody has their opinions. … I’m here to prove them wrong, so whatever team do decide to get me, I will show them that and they will know that I was fine to go.”
On the timing of this story:
“I’d [heard] all good things from the end of the season, the Combine, Pro Day, and even the re-check when I went back to get checked by the teams in Minneapolis. It was all good things. And then to come out two, three days before the draft … I really don’t know.”
On how many national championships Alabama can win with Nick Saban:
“He has people buying into what he’s trying to do. … I had a great experience there when I was there. … They can win as many championships as they want, as long as everybody just comes in and buys into what the coach is trying to teach them and then just go out there and do it and play their best and do their best. They can keep going as long as they want to.”