Two-Minute Drill with Derrick Burgess

FALKNER – After the 2009 B.A.K.E.R.S. Camp, Derrick Burgess, a former NFL sack leader with the Oakland Raiders, fielded questions about the upcoming season. What are your thoughts going into the 2009 season, the final year of your contract? My same thoughts I have every year–do whatever I can to help my team, whoever it is and however it goes. I really don’t put too much emphasis on it being the last year of my contract because that would be like putting pressure on myself. I don’t mind pressure, but I just perform like it’s the usual, like it’s my first season. How will the addition of former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis help you this season? I’m sure it will help. Anybody that can rush the passer will help us, period. With all the negativity in the media about the Oakland Raiders organization, what’s it like to be on the team? It’s been a great experience for me just because the Raiders have always been a dynasty. Everybody knows about the Raiders and some of the most exciting people that I’ve got to meet as far as Hall of Famers came from the Raiders–Art Shell, Willie Brown, Freddie B. (Fred Biletikoff). I look at it like I would have never got the chance to meet them had I not been a Raider. How much longer do you plan to play? I’m going into my ninth season and I say as long as the Lord lets me do it. As long as I don’t have a real serious injury and I can still get angry before a game, I’m going to go out and do what I do. If I can do that, I’ll keep playing. When I stop doing that–stop working out–I’ll go sit down. What do you think about the Rebels top 10 preseason ranking? I think it’s a good and a bad thing–it could give us a curse. We’re not really used to that, and we’ve never been ranked that high, but I just hope Coach Nutt does a good job of keeping the guys down to earth. I still work out in Oxford and he’s been working the guys. I think it will be all right. I think we’ll do all right because they’ve been getting a lot of good workouts in. Burgess is in entering his ninth NFL season after a stellar career with the Ole Miss Rebels. Burgess earned a trip to his first Pro Bowl in 2006 after leading the NFL in sacks with 16. He recorded 11 sacks in 2007, earning his second Pro Bowl appearance. Burgess is the first Raider to lead the league in sacks since it became an official stat in 1982.

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