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Local punter reflects on rookie NFL season

Hamilton High and Butte College product exploded onto the scene in his first year in the NFL

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2018 10:07 PM

Former Hamilton High and Butte College standout Rigoberto Sanchez is back in the Northstate, fresh off his first season in the NFL as a punter for the Indianapolis Colts.

Action News Now's Ross Field went one-on-one with Rigoberto to discuss how his season went.

WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO BE AN NFL PLAYER?

"It was a great experience, I mean it was an amazing year, just learning off of all the coaches, all the players around me, how to conduct myself as a professional athlete."

WHAT DID YOU LEARN?

"I think the biggest thing for me, I learned how to take care of my body. It's a long long season compared to high school and to college, you play a lot of games, preseason included so every day I took care of my body, whether it was getting into the hot tub, cold tub, going into the training room to get soft tissue or stuff like that."

THIS YEAR YOU PUNTED 84 TIMES WITH AN AVERAGE OF 44.8 YARDS PER PUNT AND YOUR 42.6 NET AVERAGE RANKED 4TH IN THE NFL. YOU WERE ON THE FRINGE OF MAKING THE PRO BOWL IN YOUR ROOKIE SEASON. THAT'S AMAZING.

"You known me for awhile Ross, there's always room for improvement for me, if you're not first you're last and I'm excited for the offseason, the offseason is where it all takes place and I think that's where I'm going to work the hardest, the hardest I've ever worked."

WHAT WAS LIKE TO BE IN SPECIAL TEAMS MEETINGS WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST KICKERS OF ALL-TIME, THIS IS ADAM VINATIERI WE'RE TALKING ABOUT?

"At first I was a little starstruck by him but he's the funniest guy to be around, he's sarcastic, you know he brings the best out of you, but when it's time to go to work, it's time to go to work. I just try to learn the most I can from him, I mean he's been in the league for 22 years he's obviously doing something right."

YOU BURST ONTO THE SCENE AS DID ANOTHER GLENN COUNTY CAT, ORLAND'S OWN AND GIANTS KICKER ALDRICK ROSAS, DID YOU COMMUNICATE WITH HIM?

"I always cheered and I feel like he cheered for me as well. Every here and there we'd get a message for each other, like hey man good luck, do your thing, represent the 530."
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WHAT'S THE LATEST WITH THE COACHING SITUATION?

"He (chuck pagano) got let go you know, it's a part of the business, it's a rough part of the business I think, it can happen to any of us, they are obviously on the hunt."

DO YOU ANY ADVICE FOR UPCOMING ATHLETES?

"I mean totally, I just want to tell all the young guys out there that have dreams, to just keep moving forward with them and to never lose faith in yourself, it's possible and just keep dreaming and focusing on the little things and you'll be alright."

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