Exclusive interview with Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar: Senior Bowl, spaghetti controversy, and more

NY Jets, Charlie Kolar
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NY Jets, Charlie Kolar
NY Jets, Charlie Kolar / John E. Moore III/GettyImages

Working with the NY Jets at the Senior Bowl

JF: "Yeah having that backup plan is always very important. Like you said, you never know what can happen. So you had the opportunity to work with the Jets coaching staff on the National Team at the Senior Bowl this year. Tell me a little about that experience, working with Coach Middleton, Coach Calabrese, and that whole staff."

CK: "Very impressive staff. The way they ran practice, organized the script, the way they did everything was very professional. I was blown away by Coach Saleh and his whole staff. How engaged, professional, excited, and energetic [they were]. They were a great staff to work with that week and I was really just blessed to have the opportunity."

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Interest from the NY Jets or other teams?

JF: "Finally, are there any teams that you've spoken with quite a bit leading up to the draft. Maybe the Jets?"

CK: "It's so weird because obviously there are formal [meetings] at the Combine, then you have Zooms and stuff. But I've been told that sometimes meetings don't mean they're interested, it means there are red flags. And I don't think I have many red flags in my closet. I don't think I have any legal stuff or anything."

JF: "I mean the spaghetti thing, I don't know about that." [laughs]

CK: [laughs] "That could be one, but I don't know. I really don't know. There have been quite a few that I think like me so I hope one of them takes me. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to get drafted and go somewhere where I have a chance to play. It's just one of those things that I have zero control over, so I try not to think about it too much.

JF: "Makes sense, like you said, you never really know. I've heard of players never even meeting with a team and then, boom, they get drafted by them."