TAMPA, Florida -- Adrian McPherson has always been talented and has always had a cannon for an arm. Now, he's back home and ready to fire again, this time for the Tampa Bay Storm.
"It's great. Like I said, 'I'm thirty minutes from home,'" said the newest Tampa Bay quarterback. "I'm just excited for the opportunity."
McPherson was named Mr. Florida in both basketball and football after he starred at Bradenton Southeast High School. He earned a scholarship to play football at Florida State, where he impressed as a true freshman. He appeared in nine games with the Seminoles in 2001, completing 23 of 37 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
He also ran into trouble. He was caught gambling on football games, making it tough for NFL teams to gamble on him.
"When I went to Florida State, I learned a lot. I matured as a man," he said. "I'm glad things happened the way they happened because I'm a different person now."
His head coach agreed.
"I see a lot of maturity out of him. I see a whole different person," said third-year Storm coach Dave Ewert. "I think he's done a heck of a job."
"This is my moment. This is my opportunity," said McPherson. "My job is to come in every day, stay in that moment, win football games and see what happens from there."