Joseph Rossiter | UW-La Crosse | WR/TE
Q: Tell us about your sports career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like?
A: I didn’t get much playing time in high school or college because I wasn’t very athletic growing up. I began working and training extremely hard towards the end of my college career to make my dream come true, despite everyone saying it is unrealistic or impossible.
Q: Did you play in college and if so, who did you play for? What was your experience like?
A: I got on the team at UW-La Crosse for spring ball (jerseys and shorts) my senior year, but never got to play because of eligibility issues. Spring ball was great though, it was so much fun and it revived my passion for football. It gave me the belief in myself that I can still keep working hard and getting better.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Going to The Spring League Showcase in Southern California back in 2019. It was awesome to put the pads back on and compete with so many guys at such a high level!
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from your coach(es)
A: My college coach at UW-La Crosse (Mike Schmidt) taught us that we can go as far as we want to go. If I put in the work and believe in myself, anything is possible!
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates at all levels would say that I am one of the hardest workers and most dedicated people they have ever been around. If I want something, I will stop at nothing to achieve it.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My senior year of high school, I made a block that took out 2 defenders and freed my teammate for a touchdown. That was an awesome feeling!
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has honestly been drowning out the voice in my head that tells me I’m not good enough. I was always told this growing up and in high school/college, and it still sticks with me in some ways today. I manage this by just trying to live in the moment, and reminding myself I have worked extremely hard to get where I am today, and I am not a clumsy or unathletic teenager anymore.
Q: Who was the best player you played against anytime during your career?
A: At The Spring League, I went against a CB from University of Alabama who had the quickest feet I’d ever seen.
Q: If you could compare yourself to any pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself most closely to Anquan Boldin. Like him, I am a big and physical receiver who has great hands and loves to block (I love pushing DB’s backwards on running plays) I don’t have blazing track speed, but I make up for it with my physicality, high motor, and route techniques.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength that I would bring to a professional football team is that I would give my 110% effort every single day: on the field, in the weight room, and in the film room. I will play any position a team asks of me, and I will be in the coaches and my teammates ear all the time asking what I can do to get better. No professional team will ever need to worry about off the field incidents with me.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I used to help coach youth football camps at my high school, and I’d love to find time to do it again!
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy playing video games, reading books, and doing just about anything outside to relax. I like to spend time with my wife and do things that she enjoys as well.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I would like to be an example for kids and high schoolers out there who aren’t the most athletic or don’t get much playing time, and are being told by their parents and coaches that they just aren’t good enough. I want to succeed and show them that you can work hard and accomplish your dreams, no matter where you came from or how you started!
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My friend and personal coach Luke. He has helped me believe in myself and my dreams when just about everyone else told me it was impossible. He is one of the main reasons I am in the position to attend this combine!
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I have the drive to accomplish my dreams, despite being knocked down or told “No” more times than I can count. Most people would probably just say “It’s not meant to be,” but I will keep working and try literally everything possible to make my dreams come true!
Q: If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
A: Probably basketball, but it doesn’t even come close to my love for football!
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Playing in the NFL!