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"What I've Learned So Far"
Amanda Cherrin
November 15, 2004
They got the dream job--now what? Checking in with the NFL class of 2004
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November 15, 2004

"what I've Learned So Far"

They got the dream job--now what? Checking in with the NFL class of 2004

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MICHAEL CLAYTON BUCS WR

CLAYTON LEADS rookies with 42 catches, even as he adjusts to experiences away from Baton Rouge, where he grew up and went to LSU. "I have a daughter [ Madison] who's three. I'd been with her her whole life," says Clayton. "Now I'm away from my family, paying my own bills. It makes you grow up so fast." Clayton eases the transition by staying busy--he bowls and swims--and by flying as many as nine family members to games. "You have to keep your head in real-life situations," he says. "The NFL is very, very serious. Decisions I made in college, I could go back and fix. You make a bad decision now with money, with a female--it could cost you your career."

DREW HENSON COWBOYS QB

AN ELDER STATESMAN in this year's class--he'll turn 25 in February-- Henson has spent the last four years playing third base in the Yankees' organization. "A lot of the things I was away from just came back naturally," says the former Michigan star who is serving as the backup to Vinny Testaverde. "I feel pretty good. If there was any rust, it's all gone. I am excited to see where this takes me."

ROY WILLIAMS LIONS WR

"WHEN I got my check, I looked at it. I put it back down. O.K. Let's make sure this is correct. I looked again. All I did was call my mom, Chris, and say, 'I got my first check,'" says the ex-- Texas star, who got a five-year, $27 million deal after going seventh in the draft. Williams, who made both his NFL and movie debut this year--the latter as an assistant coach in Friday Night Lights--says his lifestyle hasn't changed. "I like to sit home," he says. "The season is different here. In college, you lose a game, it's over. You're playing for a national title. Here you lose a game and it's, O.K., we'll bounce back next week."

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