Q&a // Mike Flynn

August 04, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

Except for a brief period on the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad, center Mike Flynn has spent most of his 10-year NFL career as a member of the the Ravens.

How does it feel to be one of six players left from the 2000 Super Bowl-winning team?

It's scary, but I guess good, too. It's different. Things have really changed this year and last year with big turnover. But I guess for the guys that are still here, it's a testament to being able to stand the test of time. We have to use our experience to help these young guys and try to get back to the Super Bowl before they kick us out of the league.

Do you get irritated when you hear people speculate about your job security?

I guess it's the nature of the game. It's a young man's game. When I was young, I was chasing the older guys to get their spot. When it was my second or third year in the league and I was a starter, they were drafting linemen and bringing free agents in. I just think the biggest difference between now and six or seven years ago is that I'm older. As players get older, it's inevitable that they decline, get injuries, don't play as well. That's why I think it's a little bit louder than it was a few years ago. I guess it does get you a little bit. But I don't let it affect my game.

You're from Massachusetts; what do you think of the Boston Celtics' trade for Kevin Garnett?

It's fantastic. I was online trying to get my season tickets yesterday. I grew up with the Celtics of the '80s and early '90s when they were the team and were bigger than life. So obviously, I'm a huge basketball fan. I'm just real excited about it.

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