Here's the transcript from today's teleconference with Koren Robinson.
(On whether he thought he'd ever be able to come back to the Seahawks…) "I did not, just because of the terms and the circumstances that I left Seattle on. I never would think that I'd be back."
(On whether he sees this as a chance to fulfill what he started here…) "Definitely. It's always good to get a second chance. I'm grateful for this chance, this opportunity. I think it can be a good story, both for me and the franchise."
(On what he told Tim Ruskell and Coach Holmgren to assure them this was a smart decision…) "I feel like I just had to come and be myself, just make them feel comfortable enough with bringing me back. There were some stipulations, but that's between me and Tim. I had to show them that I was in good enough shape and that I've been working out and that I can still play a little bit. For the most part, I just had to talk to them and make them feel comfortable with the decision of bringing me back."
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(On whether he remembers the offense…) "Yeah. You know the talk about a bike, getting back on it, [that's how I feel about] the West Coast offense, especially, being my first home, four years under the West Coast offense, under Coach Holmgren. I still remember the playbook terminology. Maybe a word's changed here or there, but for the most part, I still know the playbook."
(On how he's been staying in shape…) "I've been working out. I've got my trainer over in North Carolina. Going out on the field, doing dynamic workouts, getting on the treadmill, running…sprinting a little. All that good stuff. Just trying to stay in shape."
(On what's going on with his personal life…) "I have two little boys, six and two, and a little girl on the way. She'll be here next month. But yeah, I'm married to Joy. We've been married for two years now. [They're] my backbone, my support group or system. They keep me humble, keep me grounded. None of this would be possible without her or my kids."
(On how he's different now than in the past…) "The process of maturating, just maturing and growing up. I was young back then, 21, 22, 23. It was a problem. Just being immature. I was selfish, and just wanted to do everything that I wanted to do, not really thinking about the consequences, not really thinking about anybody else but myself, and just being about the moment. But that's not the case now. I've grown up fast, faster than most people want to, but I have. I'm married now, I look at life in a whole totally different perspective. My wife and my kids and God. God has played a pivotal role in me growing up, basically, and becoming a better person."
(On whether he's repaired some bridges he burned in the past in his personal life…) "Yeah, definitely. I look to make amends with anybody that I feel like I've done wrong. That's something that's at the top of my list, making amends for some of the things I might have done, some of my actions. Saying that, I want to apologize to my fans up here in Seattle, and apologize to Coach Holmgren and my teammates…I was selfish…I wasn't looking at me being a role model. I wasn't looking at the great opportunity I had. I wasn't thinking about the people who would give an arm and a leg to be in my shoes. I wasn't looking at that. I feel like I've righted my wrongs. I've prayed for this, and I'm happy I have another opportunity to come up here and play ball."
(On whether he's talked to any of his teammates who are still here…) "I saw a couple people. I saw [Floyd] Womack, 'Porkchop,' as I call him, Matt [Hasselbeck], Seneca [Wallace], [Marcus] Trufant. Just some of the people who were around when I was here, some of the coaches, the staff, some administrative people, Dave Pearson, Tim Ruskell. I talked to him a lot. I saw Matt down at a little retreat, Pro Athletes' Outreach, in Dallas, Texas. It's about being spiritual and giving God a week of your life. I think that did wonders for me. I saw Matt down there, I talked to Matt today, too. He just said he was happy for me, he was proud of me. It felt good to see him and really know that they're still in my corner and that they were in my corner and they just wanted to see me do the best on the field, but more importantly, become a better person and do good off the field."
(On whether he was worried that he wouldn't get another chance or whether he couldn't think about that…) "A little bit of both. Life is more important than football is. Not more important, but, there's more to it than football. If the opportunity came up, then great, but if not, then I was still trying to be the best person I could be, the best husband I could be, the best father that I could be, and so on. You look at it and you don't want to regret anything you do, but you look back and you just wish you could've done some things a little differently. What you go through makes you who you are today and I think that's definitely my situation. Looking back, I am totally different and I'm stronger for it. I'm just fortunate that it came full circle and I'm back here in my first home."
(On what lifestyle changes he made and when they began…) "It's been a process over the last four years, actually. Little by little. I don't go out anymore. I don't run with an entourage or a group of people, negative people. I just surround myself with positive people, people that are going to help me better myself. Like I said, I got married and my relationship with my wife is just great. My relationship with my kids is great. I do counseling sessions and that's good. That's been working for me. I can go in and vent and get stuff of my chest so I won't be holding it in and taking it day by day [until] something just blows up. I feel like I've been doing a lot of work, a lot of good things to get where I need to be, and I feel like I'm there."
(On whether he celebrates a sobriety anniversary…) "[After the last incident], I've lived a sober lifestyle, which was in '06, in August. I'm definitely proud of that, just to have a date that I can say to myself, 'This is when I really made that commitment to do things different.' That's always good, it makes me feel good that I have the willpower to do that."
(On why that last incident was different than the others in inciting change…) "Just being tired. You know that saying, 'Sick and tired of being sick and tired'? I look back, like, before the incident, and I never would've said it would've happened to me, and I never really was in trouble and all that. My name just has a bad rep, and it's not me. It's not me as a person. I just made a couple of bad decisions. It stuck with me. I just really want people to know that I feel like I am a good person. I just want to show everybody that I just made a couple of bad decisions and that's not me."
(On how much of an impact he hopes to have this weekend…) "I'm not sure. I hope I can have a big impact, but I'm not going to put a lot of pressure on myself to kind of like, save the team, or anything like that. The only thing I can do is just worry about myself, go out there and do the best that I can do with the opportunities that I've been given. I hope that I can be a spark to the team and go ahead and turn the season around, and go 1-2, and go to the bye week, and then go from there."
(On how the 'old Koren' would have been predicting to have a fantastic game…) "That's the old Koren. It's a new ship now. The only thing I can do is take care of my business and be prepared."