Catching Up With Former Spartan and Current San Francisco 49er Jehuu Caulcrick
Memorial Day weekend is almost here.
And you know what that means.
League-wide, camps come to a stand still. Sorry 49ers fans, but there won't be much to talk or read about for the next couple of weeks.
The players are looking forward to well-deserved rest and relaxation. And why shouldn't they?
One 49er in particular, Jehuu Caulcrick, is eager to get back to work. He's optimistic for the upcoming season, but just like his teammates, he's ready for a little vacation.
"I'm going to (Las) Vegas," Caulcrick said. "I'm going to go gamble a little bit, hang out by the pool, and just relax."
"I'm going to play blackjack. I just learned to play roulette."
When asked what he would do if he ran into Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley at a table, he responded, "I wouldn't put up the kind of money they do. I'd just sit back and watch."
OK. Now on to the interview.
Coach Mike Singletary is known for his rants. Have you experienced one yet? What do you think about his passion for the game?
JC: No, not really. He has told us what he expects from us. He wants us to be the most physical and well conditioned team in the league.
I'm sure a few of those will come during camp when we put the pads on.
JC: I think it's a good thing. It's a good thing for everyone in our position to give back to the people that support us.
At the end of the day, if it wasn't for the fans, we wouldn't have a job doing what we love to do. It's an important part of our lives right now. We want people to know that we appreciate their support, and what they do for us.
Word is that Frank Gore could be on pace for a career season. He is one of the league's premier backs. What do you think about his progression?
Joe Staley said Gore is one of the hardest workers he's ever seen. Do you agree?
JC: Frank is doing a great job. He knows the game of football well. He comes everyday to work hard. It's all paid off. It's part of what you see on Sundays. He's a very tough runner, and a smart, physical football player.
The Niners just signed WR Kyle Williams of Arizona State. He is a San Jose native. What do you think about the homegrown talent?
JC: I don't know much about him personally. It's good for anyone to come back to their hometown and play. But there is added pressure. There are all the people here that he grew up with, and it could be an added distraction.
In his 49ers.com notebook, coach Singletary said he was impressed with the progress of the young guys. How does his encouragement motivate the new guys?
JC: It does a lot. It's a big confidence booster when the head coach shows faith in his players. It's something that they have to keep adding on and moving forward.
You can't let the compliment go to your head. You have to keep building on what you've been doing.
Trent Baalke is the new VP of Player Personnel. Have you met him yet? What impact does he have on day-to-day operations?
He's aware of the history, and has a drive to return the Niners to glory.
JC: Honestly, I haven't met him yet. I can't get into that because I don't know much about it.
It's good to have a guy who really wants to win, and knows what it takes to win in the front office. You can't ask for anything better than that. It's great to have a guy like that. He wants us to get back to winning form and go to Super Bowls.
JC: Honestly, I haven't heard anything about it. We dont' really pay attention to those things. We just worry about what's going on with "you". You could be traded any day of the week, I just focus on what I have to do.
I don't pay attention to the rumors. I think that's the same for about 95-98 percent of people that play. You're just asking for a headache when you think about that. You're just psyching yourself out when you do.
Any thoughts Davis' request for a contract extension? He wants a five-year, $40 million ($25 million guaranteed) deal. Has there been talk around the locker room about it?
JC: That's something I don't concern myself with. Everybody has their own thing. They have their own contract issues they want to work out. That's between them and the management. I focus on what I'm doing. Honestly, stuff like that, people don't really talk about that. They might talk about someone that holds out, but that's about it.
JC: No, not at all. He's a good guy and a hard worker. He's been here with the team, laughing with his teammates. He's a guy that wants to win.
Do you think fans are over the hold-out issue?
JC: Yeah, for the most part, I think they're over it. He came in with the disadvantage of not being with the team in camp. He stepped in, produced, and helped the team win. When the team starts winning, the other stuff is forgotten.
You're a proud Orlando Magic fan. What do you think about the team's Game Four overtime win against Boston?
JC: I thought it was a good game. I thought they played with heart. It's going to be tough to win three straight right now. Hopefully they can pull some "magic," so to speak. It's going to be tough.
Dwight Howard played a little dirty. Do you think it was desperation and frustration?
JC: I mean, basically, my thoughts are: you're down 3-0, and you're trying to stay alive. You're trying to complete the dream. Sometimes that happens. No one is perfect. I think it was his desire to win, not really desperation. It was his passion for the game.
You're not a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, and you're not afraid to broadcast it. What do you think about Jason Richardson and the Suns' victory to even the series at two games each?
JC: I think it was huge. It was very big. Just the fact they won two at home. If they can go back to L.A. and steal one, they have chance to knock off the Lakers. I think the Lakers are getting tired.
I get a lot grief for the stuff you say about the Lakers, or any team, on Facebook and Twitter. That's just the type of person I am. I like to voice my opinion, whether it's popular or not.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is rumored (again) to be a candidate for an NBA coaching job. He is usually timely with his rebuttals, but he's yet to go on the record quash the Cleveland speculation.
Do you think he is considering the job, or just not entertaining the whispers with a response?
JC: I don't think he's entertaining the fact about going there. If he does go, if he wants to go, he should have that right to go.
He's done everything at Michigan State. He's earned the right to make his own decisions. I put him in the same category as Brett Favre. I feel both did a lot did for their respective team, and they don't have to answer to anyone. They paid their dues, and did it the right way.
What about Phil Jackson to Chicago?
JC: Honestly, I'm not a big Phil Jackson fan. He's done a lot for the game, he deserves the right to finish his career where he's had the most success.
Maybe he'll get LeBron and be successful. It would be good for the Bulls, good for Chicago, and good for basketball.
Why do you sound so serious on your voice mail?
JC: (laughed) Because (laughed), you never know who is going to call you.
I actually changed it when I went through the combine when I was getting calls from teams. You have to be professional. You have to represent yourself. I'm selling "product Jehuu". You have to responsible the way you put yourself out there.
You recently went to your first A's-Giants game. How was it?
JC: It was a good time. I was a big Barry Bonds fan since he was with the Pirates. People were out tailgating. They're serious about it. People posted on my Twitter that I should root for the Giants. I'm going to stay with the Giants. Back in Michigan, I went to Tigers games and rooted for the other team. People didn't want to go games with me.
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