McCune: Skins Add a Hammer to Toolbox

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Posted Apr 24, 2005

Usually when we refer to a character guy, we’re talking about a guy who is generous with his time when it comes to charities and generally keeps his nose clean. We’re usually not talking about someone who has put his life on the line for his country and entered college not on a football scholarship but one provided by the National Guard.

The Redskins 5th round draft selection Robert McCune is not your typical college senior. The fact that “The Hammer” is 26 is only the beginning of the story. From the St. Louis Rams’ Website:
The Hammer has spent time in Kuwait, waking up at the sound of gunshots overhead. He has been to Korea, where he has sat on top of a 12-foot tall shack in his sleeping clothes as torrential downpours have mounted as high as 7 feet with lightning illuminating the sky around him.

Over the course of the past eight years, The Hammer’s adventures have taken him to Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, California and Texas.
He almost added Iraq to his tours of duty, but his Guard unit was not called to serve there before his obligation ended.’s George Von Benko talked with McCune recently:

GVB-- How have your off season workouts gone?

RM-- It's been a good off season and I've continued to stay in shape and I've maintained.

GVB- I understand you were pleased with your showing at the combine in Indianapolis.

RM-- I did pretty good in the Senior Bowl and the combine. Electronically they clocked me at 4.50, but my agent told me that on some clocks they had me at 4.37 and a 4.44. I did 34 reps on the bench press and there was one other guy that did more than me - he did 36. I was pretty pleased because when I was training over in Duluth, GA I was getting around 34 or 35 so I gave it my all and I don't have any regrets.

GVB-- You opened some eyes with your speed at the combine - that is a big part of your game isn't it?

RM-- Oh yes, it is a big part of my game. Running to the football and being around the football are strengths. I was talking to the Saints and the scout was wondering if I could run the time that they had marked down for me. After I ran he came up to me and shook my hand and congratulated me.

GVB-- Who has shown a lot of interest in you?

RM-- A lot of teams have called. They liked the route that I took and like the way I play football and they tell me to keep my head up everything is going to be okay. I heard from New Orleans and Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco and Houston, but a lot of teams have called.

GVB-- Your background and makeup are viewed as big factors in teams interest.

RM-- I'm just going to keep doing the right things and keep giving my all and whatever happens in the draft I'm going to be satisfied. I've given all I've got.

GVB-- Have you gotten any indication where you might fall in the draft?

RM-- I heard a lot of things anywhere from the late second round on. Whatever happens I'll be happy.

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