By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
In honor of Dexter McCluster’s return to Kansas City today, here is a portion of my Q & A that I recently wrote on the former Ole Miss standout.
The entire article appears in this month’s Rebel Nation Magazine, a publication exclusively dedicated to Ole Miss athletics and personalties. For more about Rebel Nation, visit http://www.rebelnationmagazine.com
John Davis: How excited are you to be a Tennessee Titan? You’ve got to be on another level, right?
Dexter McCluster: Going from Ole Miss and that atmosphere and coming back to the same type of atmosphere, being three hours away, you get that same feeling, the hospitality. You get the same feeling that I got when I was there. It’s amazing how many fans recognize me already just from my Ole Miss days. Everything has just fallen into place for me. That’s how I know it’s going to be a good run around here.
Davis: There is a different buzz about this year’s Titans team and I think part of it is because of you and Michael Oher joining the roster. Is that kind of how you feel?
McCluster: Yeah, I think we bring a different dynamic to the team. I’ve met the guys now and they’re a great set of guys, and workers. Just the background that Michael Oher had, the relationships that he has, and the type of guy he is, just to bring me back into the equation and have us together again, it just brings back excitement. It gets everybody hyped up like you know it’s something special. We get that buzz a lot.
Davis: You were well received in Kansas City and I know that fan base is very rabid and it sells out at the NFL’s biggest stadium. Was it tough to leave Kansas City? I guess everybody might have been happy for you to get back closer to home.
McCluster: It was definitely tough. That’s all I knew, Kansas City. I was around a great group of guys. I met a bunch of guys that I will be friends with the rest of my life. It was tough and they did what they could to try and keep me there and keep things going. At the end of the day, I have a family and I have to do what is best for them, for myself, and my family. When Tennessee came around, I said ‘You know what? This is the right thing.’ I’m back close to where I played my college days and just the type of guy that I am, I can fit well here, on and off the field.