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Helmets Off: Kevin Alexander

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Kevin Alexander sits down with DenverBroncos.com to discuss his rookie season in a Thanksgiving edition of 'Helmets Off.'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Kevin Alexander made a good first impression around Dove Valley and hasn't stopped showing coaches he belongs with the Broncos in the months since.

Signed as a rookie free agent out of Clemson, the linebacker started strong, earning first-team reps during the team's June minicamp. After beginning the regular season on the practice squad, the linebacker joined the active roster in time for the Oct. 17 game against the New York Jets.

Alexander has appeared in four of the Broncos' five games since then, mostly contributing on special teams. The 23-year-old saw his first action on defense in Monday night's loss to the Chargers, recording his first career tackle and batting down a Philip Rivers pass at the line of scrimmage.

With a post-Thanksgiving matchup against the St. Louis Rams coming on Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Alexander sat down with DenverBroncos.com to discuss his rookie season and Thanksgiving traditions.

What did it mean to you to get a chance and then make a play like that on Monday Night Football?
"It means a lot to have the opportunity to go out and play with the team I've been playing with all season. It was a great opportunity. Jason (Hunter) went down for a couple of plays, and it gave me an opportunity to go out and show what I can do."

What's the best lesson you've taken from your few months in the NFL?
"Just stay humble, watch your peers. I've got a great bunch of linebackers to look up to, so that's my focus."

You made your NFL debut on special teams against the Jets in Week 6. What was that day like for you?
"It was exciting. Really words can't describe it -- first NFL game. I took it for what it was and went out and played."

Does that time on the practice squad help you better appreciate being able to suit up on Sundays?
"Yeah, it does. It makes me appreciate it a lot."

How important was it to show you could contribute on special teams?
"I played a lot of special teams in college. It was just a matter of getting in and playing here. I know that people really don't look at special teams, but it carries a lot of weight to coaches. Special teams is really big."

How does the good performance on Monday night help you going forward?
"It gives me a lot of confidence and makes me stable. I've just got to keep working."

What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
"I really just like to sit around with the family, hear the stories, eat fried turkey and all that good stuff."

What's your favorite food at Thanksgiving dinner?
"It's got to be the macaroni and cheese."

How will you spend Thanksgiving this year?
"My mom and dad came in on Wednesday, and my sister is flying in, too. I'll be able to be with my family for a few days. It will be great."

What does it mean to be able to get your family here from Florida for the holiday?
"It means a lot. My family hasn't been able to come to many games, so it will mean a lot to see them and have them come watch me play."

Will you handle any cooking duties?
"I leave it all up to my mom and dad."

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
"I kind of stay away from it. I'll probably go take a look at some of the sales and see what's out there."