The Bengals selected TE Orson Charles from the University of Georgia in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Charles attended Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida before attending Georgia. He was named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award and was named All-SEC First Team in 2011 after he caught 45 passes for 574 yards and 5 TDs. Charles finished his college career having started 29 games for the Bulldogs, and caught 94 passes for 1,370 yards, a UGA career yardage record for tight ends. He also snagged and 10 TDs, which tied the school record for the position. He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.
Let me start off by saying thank you for taking the time to sit down with us at stripehype.com
I appreciate it. Thank you for having me in.
Give our readers a little info on who you are, what your values are, and how you got to where you are today.
My mom always told me to never forget the people who help you to get where you are today. Always look to help and serve others. I always play for my God, and never let what other say get me down. I always wanted to do my best to be a good example for my younger brother.
One of the reasons I got to where I am is because I decided at the age of 12 that I wanted to play in the NFL. I started working hard at a young age and it really paid off. I never listed to those who said I was too small, or too slow, or not strong enough. I just always wanted to do what was pleasing to my God and family.
How would you describe your draft weekend experience?
All of my family was there. My pastor, Aubrey Shines, my mentor, Dr. Al Akair, my loved ones, and close ones. It wasn’t a party. I didn’t want it to be a draft party. I wanted it to be an opportunity to bring my family together. I wanted us al to enjoy it together.
The draft was kind of a bittersweet. I had people telling me that ‘Orson, you should have been picked here, or you should have gone higher in the draft’, but I was really just relieved and happy to be picked and was am where I am.
What was your honest feeling and reaction to receiving the call that you’d be drafted as well as hearing your name called?
I just felt like at that moment, you realize its worth all of the hours you spent on the football field, in the film room, in the weight room, all the blood, sweat, and tears. I see my mom and brother and everyone else there who are so happy for me. Its an amazing experience.