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All-American and Lou Groza Award winner Randy Bullock enters his second year as a member of the Houston Texans. Following a very successful career at Texas A&M, one which saw him set the school’s all-time scoring record, Randy was able to live out the dream of playing for his hometown squad when he was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. An injury at the end of fall camp last August ended his rookie season before it began, but rehabilitation and hard work has him back to 100 percent and ready to go for the 2013 campaign. Bullock will officially report to camp with the rest of the Texans veterans on Thursday, July 25.
What was the hardest transition for you after school?
“When I left school and went to play football, the hardest transition was actually coming back to school and getting back into the swing of things. Trying to regain my study skills after taking nine months off was tough. Solely because I was drafted by my hometown team, I didn’t have a hard time with transitioning out of College Station to Houston.”
What was it like growing up in Houston and then being drafted by the Texans?
“(It was) Very special. That was the team I grew up wanting to play for and wasn’t sure that was going to work out. I was very lucky and super excited when I got drafted by the Texans. It’s nice seeing all of my friends and family in the stands on weekends whether I am playing or not. It is very special and I am trying to cherish every minute of it because maybe one day I won’t get the luxury to be in my hometown.”
What was your favorite team growing up?
“I went to some Oilers games growing up, and then there for a while we didn’t have a team in the city of Houston. Then the Texans came back in 2002 I started following them very closely. I knew I wanted to be on that team but wasn’t sure that would pan out. But it’s been a fun process.”
Who was your role model growing up?
“I lost my father when I was 14-15 years old, so my role model was my brother and my mom as well. They were very strong and we stuck together during that hard time. (It was great) To have them together with me through the whole process, from recruiting to the draft. (With) Everything we have gone through, those two are without a doubt my role models.”
What’s your craziest on-field story from your time at A&M?
“The craziest memory I have is the Nebraska game. You know, you see it all in the highlight videos and stuff like that. I think that is the first time in A&M history that the fans have ever rushed the field, so it was pretty neat to be a part of all that. It would definitely be one of my favorite memories that I take away from here.”
Tell us a little bit about the Lou Groza Award…
“It’s the award given to the top place kicker in college football each year. My senior year I was fortunate to win the award. I had the opportunity to go the College Football Performance Awards and the Lou Groza presentation in West Palm Beach. Then I went to Orlando, where they announce the awards live (on ESPN), so it was a very neat experience. They narrowed it down to three and actually didn’t announce it at the Lou Groza banquet…they actually do it live. So I was pretty shocked and excited when they called my name and I had the opportunity to walk on stage and receive that award on behalf of my teammates and my coaches.”
Do you have any advice you would give a graduating senior?
“Enjoy every second of it, it goes by extremely quickly. Every opportunity you have to meet people… do it! Everyone always talks about the Aggie Network and being an athlete really helps you meet people in different industries (that can) really help you set up your life when you are done with your sport. It’s pretty special and I don’t think people really realize it until you leave College Station, you have somebody come up to you because they see your ring, and ask about your class major, et cetera. I think it’s something that is very special and that you won’t really get to fully embrace until you leave college.”