LEMONT – With a five-week break between OTAs and the start of training camp, David Molk has spent much of that time in his hometown of Lemont.
Entering his second season in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, the 2007 Lemont High School graduate was back at his alma mater last week helping teach players at a youth camp.
Molk is scheduled to fly back out to San Diego on July 23 with practice starting up the next day.
Do you enjoy working with the kids?
It's a blast. It's something different than what I'm used to. What makes it cool is that these kids don't really know anything yet. So you can teach them what you want to teach them and it's cool when they pick it up.
Have you spent a lot of time in Lemont in the offseason?
I have spent a lot of my time home. After the season, I came back for six weeks before going up to Michigan. And now, we've had five weeks off since OTAs so I've been working out at the high school.
What can you say about how successful the Lemont football program has become?
It's pretty amazing, it really is amazing. I'm proud to be from this school and proud of what we've become. Going back 10 years, who would have thought about Lemont High School in the playoffs or Lemont High School in the championship game? Now that's expected. It's a credit to our coaching staff, no doubt.
Was it a big jump going from the college game to the NFL?
It was more a mental jump than a physical jump. Picking up so many defenses and so many protections. The playbook is unbelievable.
How would you sum up your rookie year?
It went well. I picked up everything pretty fast; and as far as offenses go, it was my fourth offense in five years.
Is there an individual highlight or moment that stands out to you from your first NFL season?
Just the season as a whole and figuring it all out. It was a different coaching staff, it's a different stadium and it's a whole different situation.
Are you looking forward to your second year in the league, which will come under new head coach Mike McCoy?
As far as schematically, I'm up to pace with everything. I know far more than I did last year. My comfort level with the NFL and the league, I couldn't be more comfortable. I know what to expect. And I love the team I'm with and I love the situation I'm in.
What is it like living in California?
You can't beat it. It is always beautiful, just perfect. You miss all the seasons, you see only sun with no humidity. I'm like, where is the rain? Will it ever snow? It's cool, a lot of fun.