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On Friday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses Adrian Martinez receiving offseason hype and gives him advice on how to ignore the outside noise.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to another Fast Friday edition of the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every Friday we keep it quick and easy, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Ladies and gentlemen, something has happened that nobody could have seen or predicted coming. Adrian Martinez is starting to receive some preseason high-bar treatment. Who could have seen that coming? Shocker, right? Pretty much well deserved based on what he did last year and the future that he has ahead of him, with his potential.
Now, I have some advice for Adrian. My advice is this: if it's coming from anybody outside that football facility, don't pay any attention to it. All right, show the fans respect, show them love. Show the media respect, show them love. But don't pay attention to anybody, including guys like myself. I'll be honest with you, I don't fancy myself a part of the media. I'll say it again. I'm a former player who went to the dark side. But pay attention only and mostly to the people inside that football facility, the people that you're working with day in and day out. The people you see in the meeting rooms, the people you see at practice. Those are the people you need to pay attention to. Because what's going to happen is there is probably going to be negativity at some point in your career. There's obvious reasons why you don't want to get caught up in that. Especially the over-the-top positivity. You don't want to pay any attention to that because it skews things, okay? It can put a lot of undue pressure on an individual.
Also, it can make you start feeling yourself a little bit more than maybe you should. I'm not saying that's the case at this point. I'm saying that's why you don't pay attention to people outside the facility. You focus on those you see day in and day out in the sacred hallways of that football facility. That's who you pay attention to, because they're going to give you that constructive criticism. It's not going to be volatile, it's going to be legit, and it's going to be constructive day in and day out. Now, I played with the guy in DC. Top draft pick, won the Heisman Trophy, came into the NFL in 2012 and my locker was right next to him. Great guy. Keep in contact with him to this day. Took the NFL by storm. Unstoppable read-option offense, people had no idea how to stop it, and we ended up winning the division title, home-field throughout the playoffs. Going into year two; outside noises, outside voices, even his dad who is a highly respected, decorated veteran started saying we don't want to run the read option, we don't want to do certain things. Always show respect your parents, you get what I'm saying. He started listening to outside voices from outside the locker room and having conflict with people within that building from coaches and other individuals as well. He's a great guy, but he got caught up in the wrong things. Things were not the same after that.
I'm not saying that's what's going to happen here, that's what I watched first-hand day in and day out. I see an individual with similar potential but I would like to see an adult who just keeps growing and getting better and taking advantage of that potential. Now full disclosure, Scott Frost, when talking about Adrian Martinez at a luncheon in front of about 1,100 people earlier this week in Lincoln said, and I quote: "My hope is that when he leaves Nebraska he's thought of as one of the all time greats at the position. In fact I hope he's thought of as the greatest to at Nebraska at that position." I'll be honest with you, there's nobody more involved inside that football facility than Scott Frost. I was surprised when I read this. I read it again and I was just as surprised the second time when I read it. Would I personally have said it? No, I would not have publicly. But I'm sure he has a reason, all right. Nobody's more involved and closer to Adrian Martinez than Scott Frost, so I'm sure there's a reason. I thought I would give full disclosure for everybody, full honesty.
Until Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week, got some fun shows. Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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