UCLA Football: Josh Rosen opens up in ESPN interview

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Former UCLA football player Josh Rosen opens up to ESPN as he talks about the NCAA, saving the world, the NFL Draft, religion, Jim Mora, being happy and that “Jerk Josh Rosen”.

It is easy to label people when one simply hears about them through a third party. It is completely different to label them when you meet them face-to-face. In ESPN’s recent interview with former UCLA football player Josh Rosen, people will get a better understanding of the jerk/leader/loud mouth/teammate/smart guy.

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Forget about what you heard about Josh Rosen. Seriously, erase it from your memory. There has been a lot of bad press about Rosen, most of it coming from critics that probably have never met the former Bruin.

If you want to know who the real Rosen is, Sam Alipour does an excellent job of doing just that as he delves into the mind of one of the top quarterbacks entering the 2018 NFL Draft in his interview for ESPN Magazine, Josh Rosen takes on the NFL… and his critics.

If anything, Rosen sets the records straight on a great many topics. A good portion of the interview goes into his perception of how he handled of certain situations, which he even admits, he was wrong in his approach.

"Starting off, I was pretty arrogant. They handed an 18-year-old the keys to a D1 FBS-contending university. I blew up a little bit, said some things I didn’t mean, and that follows you. You get one chance to make a first impression. I made the wrong one."

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Rosen is quite aware of what is being said about him and wants to be clear about who he is, where he comes from and what he wants to do with his life, especially when he gets to the NFL. “I want to be the winningest QB in NFL history. I want to win the most games and most championships. I’d say six titles, but if Tom Brady gets six, I’ll say seven.”

What NFL prospect doesn’t want to be successful in the pros? The difference between other prospects and Rosen is that Rosen is not afraid to say what he feels, though going forward, he knows he has to curtail how he responds.

Though he has lofty goals, it is sometimes perceived as being cocky, which he admits he has to be (to an extent), but he also wants to change the narrative, “If you get ID’d as a jerk, you try really hard not to be one. Maybe a little bit of me was a jerk in the past. I’m trying to wipe it away.”

Whatever your perspective is on Rosen, there is definitely more to learn. For those that have not followed Rosen (and UCLA football) the last three years, you should get a fresh perspective on one of the best QBs to play the game last season.

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He might be a bit arrogant, but it to come from a good place. He is simply a guy that looks to make the world, with and beyond football, an overall better place.