John Skelton's First NFL Start

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Skelton talks about his first pro start

Fordham didn’t just make waves in college basketball last weekend; Fordham alum John Skelton took the field for the Arizona Cardinals, netting a win in his first career start. Skelton avoided many of the problems that often force rookie quarterbacks back to the bench after their first start. He didn’t turn the ball over, didn’t get sacked, and even completed 40% of his passes.

Skelton will start this Sunday for the Cardinals versus the Carolina Panthers, after Arizona Coach Ken Wisenhunt said he gives the team the best chance to win. John talked with Joe Tordy and I about his first start, how Fordham prepared him for the NFL game, and what it’s like to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Some of the highlights: 

“It was fun…a lot better than sitting on the bench like I had the first 13 weeks of the season. It’s nice to get out there and we ended up getting a W, which always feels good.”

“I thought I’d be a little more nervous but for whatever reason I was pretty calm in there once we got the first series out of the way.”

“At Fordham we had a lot of success but at the same time we had a lot of struggles, going through those times when we were 5-6, and no one was in the crowd, that’s the time when you stick together as a team….We’ve had our fair share of struggles in Arizona, and the guys still root for each other and we’re still trying to get wins every week.”

“I have all the respect for [Fordham wide receiver] Jason Caldwell, but he’s no Larry Fitzgerald, that’s for sure.”

“I don’t think I’m used to [getting called a starter] yet. People say quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals, or quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, which they’ve been saying for a while, but only recently have they been saying starting quarterback, which sounds pretty good.”

To hear more, including type of preparation Skelton does as a starting quarterback, and what it felt like for him to be a part of Fordham’s big sports weekend, listen to One on One this Saturday at 1 PM on 90.7 WFUV and wfuv.org.