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Behind the Facemask: Darren Sproles

Posted Jul 31, 2012

Fans were able to submit questions for RB Darren Sproles to the Saints Twitter account

NewOrleansSaints.com is giving fans an opportunity to submit their questions for their favorite players as part of our Behind the Facemask series. Throughout training camp, the Saints will announce a selected player via the team’s Twitter account (@Saints) and fans will be able to reply with questions.

On Tuesday, fans were able to submit questions for RB Darren Sproles.

Sproles, a 5-6, 190 pound all-purpose threat joined the Saints prior to the 2011 season after spending five seasons with the San Diego Chargers and started off his Saints career with a bang. The dynamic running back went on to set an NFL single-season record with 2,696 all-purpose yards. Sproles appeared in all 16 regular season games with four starts and served as a rusher, receiver, and return man for the black-and-gold. He carried 87 times for a career-high 603 yards (6.9 avg.) with two touchdowns and caught 86 passes for 710 yards (8.3 avg.) and scored six touchdowns. Since 2007, no NFL player has more all-purpose yards than Sproles who has recorded 10,947 yards.

What was the biggest factor in your decision to come to New Orleans last year?

“I liked how when I used to watch the Saints play, I loved the way they used Reggie (Bush). They put him in space all the time and that was the way I wanted to play.”

How much different is it playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome?

“There is something about that dome. When you step in it, I don’t know. The dome is special. It is special. When you play in it, it gives you something. It gives you a little extra.”

What is your favorite part about being in New Orleans?

“The fans. The fans, they always keep us going. They are always behind us.”

What is it like to be a part of this talented backfield?

“It’s great because we all have our roles. We all have something that we are good at. It is always fun.”

Do you think that the offense can be as explosive as it was a year ago?

“Yeah. We have the same players. We have a lot of talent here.”

What would it mean to you to be able to play in the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome?

“That is what we work for. We want to play in a Super Bowl. If we got to play a Super Bowl at home, that would be special.”

What is your typical game day routine?

“Usually I get up and eat then we have light meetings. It depends on if we have a night game. I like to take like a two hour nap before I go to the stadium. When I get to the stadium, I like to stretch and run around a little bit. Then I come back in and get dressed and go catch punts. Then I come back in.”

What is your favorite song to get you pumped up for a game?

“I like Lil’ Wayne. I like something with him in it, or somebody like Rick Ross in it.”

Do you have a favorite touchdown that you have scored?

“Yeah, when Drew (Brees) set the record. That is always going to be in my mind.”

What is your favorite place to eat in New Orleans?

“Phil’s Grill.”

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