Josh Rosen got on a knee to talk to one kid, and then the next, engaging each even when they might have been a tad shy to talk to the Cardinals quarterback.
"I'm here, I might as well," Rosen said later, during a Tuesday morning in which he helped usher in the Connect2STEM program at Phoenix's South Mountain High School along with the Cardinals and Cox Communications. "I'd get frustrated when I was a kid when I saw, not celebrities, but people who were too cool for school, no pun intended. I like talking to different people, different age groups, different backgrounds and hear their stories."
He's only 21 and an NFL rookie, but Josh Rosen has already always been known for his critical thinking skills and big-picture concepts. Education is important to him, both for others, and for himself.
In terms of the new STEM program, "Education is sort of the foundation of civilization, educating kids, training them to sort of taking the reins as they get older," Rosen said. "It's awesome they are getting trained for the future of where everything is going -- technology."
Rosen also said he is excited to return to classes at UCLA this offseason, where he is two years shy of his degree -- but not necessarily because of the degree.
"I just want to get back to learning again, especially without football in the way," Rosen said. "I can go back and really dive into classes. Go a little early, stay a little late, and really learn and not just pass tests.
"I'm excited to go back to school. I'm more excited to finish the season with hopefully a couple more wins, but I'm looking forward to going back."
Rosen is just starting to delve into the community of his new home. He said he has been a little busy to figure out exactly what things he will get involved with going forward.
"Regardless of your cause or where your heart might lie, I think you always have to pay a significant amount of attention to the schools and kids, because they are the future," Rosen said. "Past that, criminal justice reform is a significant issue in this state in particular, and I'm sort of a climate activist. I love the environment.
"I have some pretty fresh shoes for My Cleats, My Cause (next month)."
Rosen has a deal with adidas where they make cleats out of plastic bottles fished out of the ocean in an effort to help the environment.
-- Rosen was asked about the trade rumors of Patrick Peterson. "It's none of my business and the NFL is a professional business," he said. "I hope people can respect the process."
-- Rosen was wearing flip-flops and not only was walking fine but none of his toes showed any sign of a lingering injury, lending credence to coach Steve Wilks' pronouncement that Rosen should return to practice Wednesday.