'A great honor': McLaurin reacts to becoming a team captain originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Before the Washington Football Team's practice on Wednesday, Terry McLaurin bumped into Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses. In their ensuing conversation, the two offensive linemen congratulated the receiver. The only problem was that McLaurin had no idea what they were congratulating him for.
A few hours later, though, McLaurin found out: With Landon Collins out for the season, there was a vacant captain spot, and the second-year pro's teammates unanimously voted for him to be the guy to take it over.
Ron Rivera announced that decision at the start of his post-practice press conference, and a few minutes later, McLaurin spoke to the media about it.
"It was kind of shocking," he said. "I didn’t come in here today thinking I was going to be a captain."
The timing of the move may have caught McLaurin off guard, but anyone who's crossed paths with him knows he's completely deserving of the distinction.
Ever since arriving to Washington as a third-round selection last season, No. 17 has been a star in every way. He's insanely consistent at getting open and sparking the offense when they need him to, and he somehow matches that consistency with how he acts away from the grass, too.
In short, he's the total package. He doesn't plan on altering that after earning the "C", either.
"Nothing changes for me mentality wise," McLaurin said. "While it’s a great honor, I feel like the thing that helped me get this honor is coming to work every day as a guy who works hard, a guy who walks the walk and doesn’t talk the talk.”
The organization's short-term future is somewhat promising, considering they're still in the NFC East hunt. As far as the long run, however, there isn't a ton to be truly optimistic about, thanks to the need (again) to find a legit quarterback and the ever-present drama that surrounds the Burgundy and Gold.
McLaurin is one of the few exceptions to that second part. His jersey is one that's worth buying and he's no doubt worth building around. The following quote, just like everything else from his young career including his new title, backs those statements up.
"I want to maximize my time in the NFL — no matter how long it is — on the field and off the field."
Hopefully, that entire process takes place in Washington, and only Washington.