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Darrell Stuckey: Rookie Diary

Posted by Christopher Smith on July 28, 2010 – 4:00 PM

Stuckey prepares to catch a pass during a defensive backs drill at the start of Wednesday's practice.

Editor’s note: This is the first of several diary entries from fourth-round pick and strong safety Darrell Stuckey. Feel free to leave Darrell a comment or a question and he will review the posts.

I think one of the greatest things about the opportunity that I have to play is the environment that I’m in.

The greatest opportunity is to play in a place that wants you to be there.

And that’s exactly what I feel here.

It started with an event at Chargers Park.

When I went out to the Shoot for the Cure HD, to see the response by the fans that came out there to support that and to see how much money we raised was nice. Raising $70,000 is not easy. Doing that in one night in four hours with the amount of fans we had out there and the sponsorships we had out there, it’s great to be here. It’s a grateful feeling.

I went to UCLA after the rookie symposium to speak to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, there were more than 670 kids there. A thousand people. It was a blessing to be there and you could feel the aura of the kids and the fans that love San Diego.

I love being here and it’s a great opportunity to play here.

I think one of the most important things coming to a new team is the environment around you to fulfill your full potential. The average person never reaches their full potential because of themselves. They’re afraid to push themselves further than the limits.

But when you’re around a group of people that’s all pushing in the same direction, they’re going to force you to push yourself farther than you would normally push yourself. You don’t want to let them down or you don’t want to fall by the wayside. You don’t want to be dead weight.

It’s an opportunity to go out there and play to the best of your ability. You may make mistakes. As a rookie, the hardest part is getting past those mistakes because you feel like, ‘Oh, man, they’re going to ride me for this. I’m not getting any better,’ and stuff like that. You find yourself being harder on yourself than you normally would.

The coaches may not look at it that way. They may not give you as much feedback as you would like to have about certain things, so you’re really up in the air about whether it was a good day or a bad day. With me, if I mess up three times, those three times will stand out to me and I won’t remember any of the positive things that happened that day.

I’ve got to go out there and realize that the environment I’m in will form who I am and who I’m going to be. Being surrounded by Eric Weddle and Quentin Jammer, Brandon Hughes, Antoine Cason and even Nathan Vasher, they all are very positive guys and they all push you to be better players.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Training Camp | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Darrell Stuckey: Rookie Diary”

  1. By Terry Williams on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome aboard Darrell. As a long time season ticket holder I’m happy to have a team of really good character guys and you’ll fit right in. We often miss some of the good plays and we always see the dropped easy interception. LOL You’ll find the fans in this town only want what you want, Success and beating the Raiders. good luck

  2. By billy miller on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    soooo glad your part of the team brother! sure glad you landed here not only in americas finest city , but americas finest team.cant wait to see you in action and a very blessed year for you my brother.good luck.

  3. By Brendan Frodente on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darrell, it’s great to have you here! I look forward to seeing our defense make some big plays this season and I know you’ll be part of that. Good luck!

  4. By LJ on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, darrell we really need a safety like you, I’ve seen your highlights onn youtube and i think ur a perfect fit.

  5. By Dusty on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply


    It’s good to hear that the Chargers have a brother in Christ who is not only a leader on the field, but also off the field.

    For many of us fans, we grew up playing football. Many of us played in high school and in college. While our talent wasn’t good enough for the NFL, our love for the game has never changed. It’s very refreshing to see a guy who has a passion for the game. So many players these days get to the NFL and throw their opportunity away.

    It sounds like you’re here to prove to yourself, your family, friends, the organization and the fans that you intend on doing the extra things, working hard while nobody is looking, to get better and be the best that you can be.

    As a born and raised San Diegan who has been transplanted to Missouri, I can tell you that my family is already on the Stuckey support train. We will be in Kansas City to see you and the rest of the Chargers on Monday Night…lets go get em!

    – Dusty

  6. By Sean Cully on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    It’s exciting to see another brother in Christ on the team. I hope you do great. And in case you’re looking for a good church, you can’t go wrong with The Rock on Point Loma. Pastor Miles is amazing. Will be cheering you on from Iowa.

  7. By steve zipse on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck, it’s comforting to know you are pushing the limits of what you can do to obtain new levels of performance! Praise GOD! Somebody that actually cares and is willing to work to acheive. We’ll be watching you have an awesome, breakout, thriller seaosn. GO GET’EM!

  8. By Marcus Ollie on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Stuck! Its been a long time coming, from the Arrowhead Middle School days, to the Washington High School days, we rocked the field together, On and off the field you never changed, you are an amazing guy, even though im here in Kansas City, I have a new team to cheer for, The San Diego Chargers! And remember, my dream hasnt changed yet, I hope to see you on the field again !

  9. By Jerry R.R. on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    Bro Darrell when I read a column on you a few days ago, before I reached the half-way point I knew you had to a Christian! Keep focused, remember Matt 6:33 and Rom 1:16,17. Born and raised in San diego and now in North Idaho you have many Super Charger Fans up here to support you all! Right now my two littles ones are visiting my family in SD and I really hope they get to meet you at Training Camp! GOD BLESS!

  10. By Jim Schilling on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Having cousins in KC, I have been back there a few times so I was fortunate to get a local take on you.

    All I got to say, is just keep on being you and it will be fine. Good luck on your endeavors.

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