Name: Jawad Chisholm
School: Western Connecticut State University
Q: How did you get started playing football?
I was 10 years old and a friend of mine who I did karate with at the time, his dad was a head coach of a pop Warner team and I decided I wanted to play and been in love ever since.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?
I’m extremely focused and determined, I don’t let outside distractions take me off course of my job and that is to become the best football player I can be. That separates me from the others, I just want it more.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
Just being able to play the game of football at a high competitive level that I’ve been able to do for so many years. Many people get injured or may not be good enough be fortunate for me neither of those was the case. Also my biggest accomplishment personally is having my son and daughter being able to see me do something I love so much and having them right there at the games watching me means the world.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
Make sure I get my degree because football will not last forever, also make sure to develop close relationships with the people on the team because those are the guys you will be around the most for the next four years, even more than family.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
My attention to detail and just my ability to make plays, I bring good spirit and energy to my teammates.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
My goal with football is to become a professional football player, whether that is in the NFL or CFL. If football does not work out then I will have my degree in Criminal Justice this upcoming May so I will get into the Law Enforcement field but football is the main goal right now.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I’ve been training since December at Break Out Athlete in North Branford, Ct and my expectations are just to go out there and give it everything I have don’t hold back.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
Just being able to provide for my family, growing up as a kid was tough. I want to be able to give my kids everything I wasn’t able to have because my parents struggled a lot.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
It would be Doug Baldwin, Why? Because he just always finds a way to make plays. He runs good routes and has good breakaway speed.