Raiders newly-signed linebacker Kaluka Maiava sat down for a conference call with local media for a quick couple of questions on Thursday.
How did this all transpire? Did the raiders show interest right away?
Well, you know, everything went through my agent and we had a few teams interested. Raiders wanted an interview real quick, they were the first ones to schedule one, so I took the trip. Coming into it, I always grew up a Raiders fan, being from the Islands, we always watched Raiders and San Fran games so it was definitely a team I was familiar with. My ears definitely perked up when my agent told me about Oakland being interested. I already came in with high hopes and fortunately we got a deal done. I’m very excited about it.
What do you think you can bring to the table?
I’m a hard nosed guy, I come to work every day, I lead by example. I’m not the rah rah guy leading speeches, but I lead by example and I come to work every day. I play hard and I’ll go to war with anybody, man, and I feel like my teammates will appreciate that. I’m a tough guy, I pride myself on being one of the tougher players, and I’m here to win. So, hopefully everything works out in that aspect.
Best suited for 3-4, or 4-3?
We haven’t really gotten into anything scheme wise and all the details of what I’m gonna be doing. I’m just glad to get the business part out of the way, now when we come back we can get even more done on actual football. But I’ll play anything. Whatever the coach needs, whatever it takes to win, I’ll play whatever spot they need me at.