Wide receiver David Anderson celebrates his touchdown catch versus the Broncos in the preseason opener.
Texans wide receiver David Anderson has impressed his coaches during the preseason. While he likes to keep it light off the field with his funnyman antics, Anderson hopes to continually get better this season and become a more integral part of the offense.
1. How has training camp been for you?
"It's been just like every year. It's a long, long process. You've got to work hard. You've got to make sure you're on top of your stuff every day, and you've got to go out there and prove you can be an NFL football player."
2. What has been the key to your success in preseason so far?
"Just knowing what you have to do and being comfortable with what you do best and going out there and do it. If you try to be someone you're not in the NFL, you'll get embarrassed. If you don't know exactly what you're doing on every play, you'll get embarrassed as well. So you've got to be on top of everything that you have to do, and you have to go out there and do your best."
3. What are your individual goals for the season?
"I just want to get better every year and catch more balls and be a more integral part of the offense."
4. What was the best advice that was given to you when you entered into the league?
"Be you. In college, you can think you can be someone else. I thought I could be Terrell Owens, Wes Welker, Jerry Rice, all of them combined into one great receiver. Then I get to the NFL, I figure out that there are guys that I've never heard of that are the fastest humans on earth and they're already taking that spot. Terrell Owens is Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice is Jerry Rice. They're not other people. You want to always be compared to someone else, but you just have to be you."
5. What's it like having people on the team that also went to Colorado State?
"It makes it easier. The transition to the NFL is a little easier. You get to ask them how they did it. It's also kind of built-in friendships. Sometimes, you get on a team where you don't know anyone and you don't know exactly who is going to be your friend come midseason. Those guys are my roommates, and they were my friends in college and they're my friends now."
6. What do you do in your spare time?
"That's a trick question. If I have spare time, I play a little Rock Band. I'm the Dave Grohl of Rock Band. I can play the drums, sing and play the guitar. I also invented standing in line. People used to just stand around, and I made them get in order, one after the other."
7. Are you going to keep the mullet for the entire season?
"I'm going to leave that up to the fans and the players. Originally, I thought I was going to cut it and become a little more professional after preseason, but I've gotten a lot of requests to keep it. So, I might have to keep it."
8. What do you teammates think about the mullet?
"We're our only amusement during camp, each other. We don't really get to watch too much TV or video games or anything of that sort. It's kind of like we're our own comedians. Not that I'm an extremely funny guy, but just the hair, it keeps people laughing and keeps it light every now and then."
9. Do you have any touchdown celebrations in the works?
"I have about 100 of them; I just have to get in the end zone 100 times. So, if Matt (Schaub) and Sage (Rosenfels) read this, the more they can throw me the ball, the better, and the more celebrations they will see. I can't really give away any details. I can just say that they are extremely amazing and awesome, so you'd better be ready."
10. You majored in speech communication at Colorado State, any chance we'll see you in the broadcast booth one day?
"I think all players are trying to get in the broadcast booth, so I'm not quite sure where I want to go with my degree. Originally, I was thinking maybe more movies than television, but as you get into television, you figure out that there are a lot of opportunities with smaller and bigger markets. So, I'm not quite sure exactly where I want to get, but if it's anything it will be like the old-school, lighter side of sports – not in the broadcast booth."