The 'other' Receiver: Steve Breaston Steps into the Spotlight

Anthony MartinezContributor IMay 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Steve Breaston #15 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after a return against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

  While at the University of Michigan, Steve Breaston was the man. He racked up numerous records and awards and firmly established his legacy.

  Then the NFL Draft happened and the wide receiver/kick returner didn’t hear his named called until the fifth round. His rookie year he began as Arizona’s kick returner and was fourth on the wide receiver depth chart.

  That’s what happens when you’ve been drafted by a team loaded with talent at wide receiver.

  But Breaston didn’t have to wait long for his chance to breakout. With the departure of Bryant Johnson and an injury to Anquan Boldin, Breaston found himself starting alongside Larry Fitzgerald.

  He made sure the nation knew his name with his seven receptions and 124 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 10.

  Below are the question I’d ask Breaston for a feature leading up to training camp and the preseason.


  1. What has life after the Super Bowl been like for you and what have you been up to in the off season?
  2. One major event you did attend in the off season was the world premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine at Tempe Marketplace. What was that like?
  3. Which of Wolverine’s abilities do you feel would be most beneficial to you as a football player? The claws to catch the ball or his healing power?
  4. Coincidentally, you were a Wolverine in college. Almost three years removed from your last game in Michigan blue, how do you look back on your collegiate career?
  5. When you were drafted by the Cardinals, what was going through your mind knowing you’d be on the same receiving corps as Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin?
  6. At the time, you were fourth on the depth chart behind Fitzgerald, Boldin and Bryant Johnson. Did you think you were going to get your shot this quickly?
  7. You had three 100-plus yards games last season. One of them was on Monday Night Football in front of a national audience. What did you feel like playing that game and when did it hit you that you had a huge game on Monday Night Football?
  8. Those big games helped you, Fitz and Q become only the fifth receiving trio in NFL history to each have 1,000-plus receiving yards. Do you ever get tired of breaking records?
  9. How scary do you think it is for other NFL teams to think of you three having a full, healthy season together?
  10. Now that the world knows about the Arizona passing game, you guys will need the running game to step it up to open the field up for you guys. How do you feel about having to depend on a former Buckeye (rookie running back Beanie Wells) to help you out?
  11. At three years, you’re a seasoned veteran and can probably get a word in on rookie initiation. Plan on making Beanie put on a Michigan jersey and sing the Wolverine fight song?
  12. It’s only three years into your career, but do you all ready feel you can step the rookies aside and begin to teach them about the NFL? How much of that did Larry and Anquan do with you?
  13. You play with two of the best receivers in the league, you made history as a trio and you played in the Super Bowl all in only two years as a pro. Are you afraid of a let down this year?