Al Dockery | Western Connecticut State University | QB
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Western Connecticut State?
A: After graduating high school I wasn’t recruited to play college football. So instead I decided to go to Dutchess Community College to get a better understanding on what I wanted to study for. After graduating with my associated degree I decided to resume playing football and went to Western Connecticut State University in 2020. I choose this school because I was able to afford it and it gave me the opportunity to play at the college level.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: So far my biggest accomplishment would be winning a championship at the semi-pro level in our first inaugural season.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Western Connecticut State?
A: Most important thing I learned from the coaching staff while at Western Connecticut State University was our rule #3 “Find A Way”. There is always a way to succeed on and off the football field.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Financial Management and my plan is to one day run my own sports facility.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
“Most important thing I learned from the coaching staff while at Western Connecticut State University was our rule #3 “Find A Way”. There is always a way to succeed on and off the football field.”
A: That I am a very dedicated, hardworking player and person. A man who doesn’t give up, with the ability to lead people.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: In high school we were playing a team that our school has never beaten in school history. We were down by 3 with 1:24 left on the clock with one timeout starting at our own 3 yard line. Driving it down the, we were able to get it to the opponents 40 yard line with 8 seconds left. We took a shot to the endzone with a double move (hitch and go) and scored in the final seconds of the game.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is sometimes trying to do too much at once. I’m learning everyday just to take things one step at a time and to control what I can control.
Q: Who was the best player you played against during your collegiate career?
A: In my collegiate career the best player I played against was Jarius Bailey. He would consistently play lock down defense on all of our receivers making hard to complete any pass on him.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: If I could compare myself to a pro athlete it would be Russel Wilson. The way he is elusive in the pocket and able to make plays while on the run is what I have seen myself doing from time to time. National Scouting Combine Athlete Interview
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My work ethic and discipline. I am a neutral thinker, meaning I don’t get too excited and the good things and don’t get too low on the bad. This way of thinking is crucial for any player in football or any sport.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes I was a mentor for my school called the PASS program (Pre-Collegiate & Access Program) . It was for any student struggling with time management and/or classes they struggled with.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy trying out new things such as skiing, clay shooting or golf. No matter what it may be I’m always up for the challenge.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: If I could make a positive impact on all of society it would be to have to be changing your mindset on life. The way people can get all hung up on things they can’t control really screws up our way of thinking sometimes. Control what you can control and let God handle the rest no matter what the situation may be.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life has been my father. He’s always been there for me from the start for the highs and the lows. I’m truly blessed to have him in my life.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I can imitate voices
Q: If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Playing in the NFL