Q: Did you spend much time with the Chiefs before the draft?
RODNEY HUDSON: “I did some at the Combine.”
Q: You didn’t come to Kansas City at all?
HUDSON: “No sir.”
Q: Does this surprise you at all that you wound up here?
HUDSON: “I don’t know if it surprised me, I am just excited for the opportunity.”
Q: What do you know about the offensive line situation here?
HUDSON: “I don’t know anything particularly, I am just trying to come in there and work hard.”
Q: What position do you feel is best for you in the NFL, guard or center?
HUDSON: “I don’t know. Whatever the coaches ask me to do I am just going to put all of my effort into it and be the best that I can.”
Q: Which position do you play best?
HUDSON: “I played left guard at Florida State the most, I have been a four-year starter. I feel like I could play center also. Like I said, I am just going to come in and whatever they ask me to play, do it to the best of my ability.”
Q: I read that you worked at a KFC to support your family. Can you tell me a little bit about that?
HUDSON: “Well, my mom was a single parent and my brother went off to college so it was just me and my mom. I got a job and helped out a little bit with some smaller bills.”
Q: How long did you work there?
HUDSON: “From 11th till I went to college, so probably a year and a half to two years."
Q: So what did you do?
HUDSON: “I cooked.”
Q: So do you cook pretty good chicken?
HUDSON: “Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah.”
Q: How do you feel about having done that? Do you look back on that proudly?
HUDSON: “Yeah, it made me a better man. It made me grow up. I took on a lot of responsibility at a young age and it helped me out. It helped me become what I am today.”
Q: What is your playing weigh right now?
HUDSON: “I played at Florida State at 285.”
Q: Do you want to stay at that weight or bring that up or down? What are they telling you?
HUDSON: “I haven’t heard anything specifically yet but whatever they ask me to be, that is what I am going to be.”
Q: Where do you feel the most comfortable?
HUDSON: “I feel comfortable now, I feel comfortable when I play. I feel like the weight I have put on, I didn’t just eat, I was working out.”
Q: Do you feel like your personality is to just take things on your own? Like with working at KFC to help support your family?
HUDSON: “I just felt that it was needed. I see my mom who was doing all of this for me. I was 16 years old and we were in the off-season for football so I figured why not? During that time of the season we were lifting weights and going home after school. I had the time so I figured why not?”
Q: How’d you like that job?
HUDSON: “It was good. I liked it a lot. I met a lot of good people.”
Q: How exciting is it knowing that you’re going to be getting into a higher income bracket and can really help out your mom now?
HUDSON: “I really don’t think about that too much right now. At this point I’m just excited to play, excited to be given the opportunity.
Q: Would you consider yourself more of a vocal leader or more of a leader by example?
HUDSON: “I did a bit of both in college. Early in my career I was a younger guy and tried to lead by example just trying to work hard so guys would catch on and follow. Later in my career, especially this last year, we had a younger team and that caused me to be more of a vocal leader and that’s what I had to do.”
Q: Did you ever follow the Chiefs very much?
HUDSON: “I watched a lot about the Chiefs. I know they have great tradition, I really can’t wait to play at Arrowhead Stadium to be honest with you. I’d just like to thank the Hunt family and Coach (Todd) Haley for the opportunity.”
Q: Did you every follow the Chiefs offensive linemen back in the 1990s and the 2000s?
HUDSON: “Oh yeah, I know, I can’t believe I forgot his name that fast…played guard. Wil Shields. Will Shields. I actually met Will Shields. He’s a great guy. I watched the Chiefs when he played then.”
Q: Did you say you knew him or you met him?
HUDSON: “Yes sir, I met him. Yes sir, I met Will Shields.”
Q: When did you meet him?
HUDSON: “Back in January at the Walter Camp Foundation Weekend.”
Q: What did you guys talk about?
HUDSON: “He just congratulated me on what I’ve done this far and just gave me some advice to keep going forward.”
Q: You’re in pretty good company, playing on an offensive line with a lot of tradition. What do you think about that?
HUDSON: “I’m excited, very excited. I’m happy for the opportunity. Very happy.”
Q: How big was Rick Trickett in your development at Florida State?
HUDSON: “He was very big. He taught me a lot coming from high school to college and stepping in and playing immediately I had to rely on coaching and my teammates a whole lot to be successful.”
Q: You were flagged one time in 832 snaps this year?
HUDSON: “Something like that, I don’t know exactly.”
Q: What was it and who was it against?
HUDSON: “I don’t remember [what it was]. It was against Wake Forest. It was a bad call but that’s alright.”
Q: They’re all bad calls right?
HUDSON: “Not all of them. Some of them you were holding and you knew it but I feel like that one was.”
Q: Where did you go to high school?
HUDSON: “I went to B.C. Rain High School and my coach was Anthony Shamburger.”
Q: How exciting was it for you to play in a Senior Bowl in your hometown?
HUDSON: “It was very exciting. Growing up as a kid, I’ve been to a lot of games going all the way back. It’s actually kind of funny, one of my coaches this year was Coach Damian Craig and I actually remember going to the Senior Bowl to watch him play. So it was a very good experience to watch it all my life and then be able to go to it.”