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DT Fletcher Cox & Head Coach Andy Reid

Andy Reid's Opening Remarks: "We are extremely happy to have (DT) Fletcher Cox here to introduce to the city of Philadelphia and the media, and in particular to our fans."

On how chaotic the past 12 hours have been: Fletcher Cox: "It's been crazy. I just tried to not worry myself with it and to try and just let it happen. I was just blessed enough to come where I wanted to come."

On how Philadelphia compares to his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi: "Where I'm from, Yazoo City in Mississippi, is maybe 30,000 people. It's a really small town. With me coming to Philadelphia, to a bigger city, will be kind of different for me."

On his hometown's celebration at his high school: "Yeah, my coach called me and told me right before I was getting changed that they were doing a party at the high school."

On whether a big move to Philadelphia will be a big challenge for him: "Yeah, it'll be a challenge for me. I think I'll be able to handle moving away from a really small town to a big city. It will help a lot because I already know someone here, and (LB) Jamar Chaney can show me around."

On his pre-draft visit with defensive line coach Jim Washburn: "I'm looking forward to (playing for) a great coach. He came in and we sat around and talked not just about football, about life. He told me that he's seen players like me dominate at the next level. We also went in and worked out for like 20 minutes and then he said, 'I already saw that you can rush the passer.' I was ready for more, but he kind of eased off me. Then, we just stayed there and talked a little bit more."

On whether he's ever been to a hockey game since Chaney is a big Flyers fan: "I've been to a hockey game in Nashville, so if he takes me it'll be my second time at a hockey game."

On his first impressions since he arrived at the NovaCare Complex: "Actually, I was a little sick earlier. I had a stomach virus and I was vomiting a little bit. I laid down and got some rest all day and I'm feeling great now."

On whether he feels frustrated that he won't start right away: "Nowadays, it's all about competition. The game of football is really competitive. I'm looking forward to competing against everyone on the defense."

On where he gets his great lean from: "I've had it since my freshman year. I worked at it a lot with (former defensive line) Coach (David) Turner, and then my sophomore year (defensive coordinator/d-line) Coach (Chris) Wilson. He stretched it out a lot. You have to lean coming off the ball to get leverage and power, and you just keep your feet going and it will all stay down."

On Cox's biggest challenge transitioning from college to NFL: "I feel my biggest challenge will be getting used to the speed of the game and just learning the playbook and going out and playing as fast as I can."

On what Reid told Cox about playing here: Andy Reid: "I love the city of Philadelphia and I think our players do. We love playing in front of our fans, and I've said this to you many times, that our fans are right on. If we're stinking the place up, they're going to let us know, and if we're doing great they're going to let us know. Most of all, they show up, support, and want us to be good. This is just another piece of that puzzle that is going to allow us to be a great football team."

On whether they talked about things other than football: "We did. He's not joking that his whole family went up to the draft and all the little kids got sick. He survived it through yesterday and woke up this morning feeling like a mess. We got him down here this morning and tried to get him a little rest and get some fluids into him so he can come face the toughness of this group here. I'm proud of him that he's feeling better. I'm glad he's feeling better. We talked to him for a while but mostly he got some rest so we could do this right here."

On what Reid sees in Cox as a person: "I think when you talk to anyone that knows him, and we have an inside source who is as close with him as anybody in Jamar, I think character is the number one thing that comes up along with hard work. Even though he's young, he's mature and he's a smart, smart guy academically. So, that was the formula that we like here and we encourage to have here. I think if you expand that and talk to people around the league who are preparing for the draft, I think you'll hear those same words coming out about him with the toughness and the intangibles. It starts with that part of being a good person and a hard worker."

On which football players Cox looked up to as he grew up: Fletcher Cox: "Actually, growing up I didn't want to be a football player. I wanted to be a baseball player. I started playing football my eighth grade year. My mom finally let me play after the coaches begged her. She finally let me play and I told her from my eighth grade year, 'Mom, I think I could be pretty good at this one day.' I didn't really have a favorite player."

On whether he thought he could be a first round draft choice: "Actually, I thought I could be in my senior year of high school. My coaches told me that one day I could be playing in the NFL. I kept the edge and a big chip on my shoulder that I could keep working hard."

On whether he thought that because he was playing well: "I think it was because I was playing so well and because I was catching on to what a lot of high school teams were doing. They were talking with me about it and they told I could play in the NFL, at the next level."

On whether other colleges recruited him besides Mississippi State and why he chose to go there: "Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Tennessee recruited me hard. Mostly teams in the SEC. I wanted to stay at Mississippi State and be one of the in-state players that make it to the next level, like I did. I had a comfort zone with them and with my family that it could be my home away from home.  It was not only with just the football players, but with the fans and the students. The people in the community just love it."

On why football appealed to him even before his mom allowed him to play: "I just wanted to go out and hit people, and she didn't want me to get hurt. I told her I wouldn't get hurt, I promised her. I told her that I'd go out and do it if she let me, and she finally let me do it."

On whether he remembers the first time he hit somebody: "Playing pick-up ball back at home. We played a lot back then."

On whether he has always had size: "No, I was a small guy. I didn't start getting taller and bigger until ninth grade going into my tenth grade year."

On what position he played in baseball: "First base."

On whether he could have been a professional player: "If I would have stayed at it."    

On someone who inspired him: "I would say my oldest brother because growing up, I didn't have a father figure in my life. With my oldest brother (Cedric) being 10 years older than me, he could show me a lot of things like the do's and don'ts."

On facing the NFC East with some of the top QBs in the NFL: "That's the defensive line's job is to get after the quarterback. Coach Washburn told me that you can go look at facts that the Eagles defensive front led the league in sacks. We'll get after them pretty good."

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