Tillery nervous dur­ing first day at Charg­ers com­plex

The Tribune (SLO) - - Weather - BY JOE REEDY


Meet­ing your new boss is al­ways a nervous and stress­ful sit­u­a­tion. It’s not any dif­fer­ent for NFL first-round draft picks.

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers de­fen­sive tackle Jerry Tillery had one of those moments dur­ing his news conference on Fri­day. Tillery, who was the 28th over­all se­lec­tion on Thurs­day, mis­tak­enly re­ferred to coach An­thony Lynn as Lynn Swann.

“I told him, he has to make it up to me,” Lynn said. “First of all I’m coach Lynn. You beat Lynn Swann last year.”

Swann is the ath­letic di­rec­tor at USC, which lost to Tillery and Notre Dame the past two sea­sons. Tillery said the past day has been a lit­tle hec­tic and crazy, but that he was try­ing to take things in stride.

While most potential draft picks choose to cel­e­brate at home, Tillery had his draft party in Maui. It may also be one of the rare times where a draft pick travelling west to east has been from Hawaii to Cal­i­for­nia.

“I was for­tu­nate enough to have great con­nec­tions with the place there to help us do that,” Tillery said. “It was a beau­ti­ful place to cel­e­brate the big­gest day of my life. It’s just a place that I love. I as­so­ciate it with hap­pi­ness.”

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