Here's how it went down. The receiver room had been talking about my rookie dinner since I got to Chicago. I knew that was something guys all around the league did, but I kept brushing it off. I hoped the guys would forget or I could sweep it under the rug.
Then, we got to Indy. That's when DJ [Moore] brought it up and he doesn't usually talk about stuff like that. So once he said something, I thought, "oh gosh, this is real." So, he set up the dinner at a steakhouse in Indianapolis Friday night.
We had a walkthrough that day and guys who weren't playing in Saturday's game, like DJ, Justin [Fields] and [Darnell] Mooney, were on the sidelines. The whole time, they're talking about, "man, I can't wait to get to dinner tonight. I've got to get a to-go meal. I've got to get an extra meal for after the game." They're just trolling me the whole time.
I told DJ how much money I was fine with spending and I told him to keep it under wraps. I said, "I'm putting my trust in you," and he said he had it under control. So I got dragged to dinner Friday night in my hoodie and slides – pissed because I gotta spend some money – while all the guys were dressed nice and excited to go.
We get to dinner and once we start ordering appetizers, I began taking note of everything. I'm doing my calculations, thinking, "okay, that's not expensive. Okay, that won't take a big hit." We get our meals – I had salmon and mashed potatoes – and guys ordered pretty modestly. I'm thinking, "okay, this is cool." We're having a good time together, eating a good meal.
Then the bill comes out and before the waitress could hand it to me, the guys grab it and that's when everyone's cameras come out. They're passing it around and I'm just watching the different reactions. When Chase [Claypool] picked up the bill, that's when I got nervous, because he said, "oh that ain't bad." I know Chase and he's just goofy so when he said that I'm thinking, "oh it's bad."
It finally gets to me and I saw "$20,000." First, my heart immediately dropped. Second, I felt so betrayed – like super betrayed. At that moment, I burned all the bridges at that table. I thought, "I'm done with every single one of you guys." I'm thinking, "I told DJ to keep it under wraps."
Long story short, it was a prank. The bill wasn't $20,000, not even close. DJ set the whole prank up and then actually took care of dinner. Shoutout DJ. At the end of the day, it was pretty cool to have a vet like DJ do that.
Honestly, that was a moment that brought us closer as a group. Everyone got a good kick out of it and it's something we'll be able to look back on and laugh about. At the end of the day, it just shows that they all really embraced me. I'm only 21. I'm the youngest in the room so everyone kind of looks at me like the little brother. They've accepted me with open arms, and it's made for such an easy transition going from college to the NFL.