Name:Jonathan Dawson
School:Ottawa University

Q: How did you get started playing football?

A: I have always loved the game, and begged my mom to let me play for as long as I can remember. My junior year of high school she finally let me play. And I have loved learning the game and adapting to the way its played over the years. I just cant get enough of it.

Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?

A: I worked construction full time for 2 years before I went to college to play ball. I know what life without football is like for me. I respect the game more than anyone, it could all be gone tomorrow, and I show my respect for it by devoting all my time and effort to it as long as I am able to play, and possibly after.

Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like. 

A: I chose Ottawa University because they offered me a large scholarship, they had sent several guys to the NFL in the years past, and they promised me I would be able to play the position that best fit my style of play. For me it was pretty simple, I only had 3 schools interested in me, and it came down to what school was going to help me reach the next level. I wanted to enter a program and dominate in order to keep moving forward. Ottawa was that match for me.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A:  I would have to say earning the senior respect award. To have 100 guys vote me as someone they respect and feel to be a great leader is incredibly humbling. It shows that even though you think no one is looking, people can see and feel your effort and drive.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?

A: That you can always learn something, and you never know it all. Also to just follow instructions no matter what. Coaches always have a plan and it might not be clear to you at the time but it always comes through in the end.

Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?

A: I have been training with many NFL players over the years due to my brother having played in the NFL. So I have competed with starters in the NFL and have been able to compare myself to them. I know I have the ability and size to dominate professionally and I’m not going to let anyone beat me consistently.

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life? 

A: My Older brother. He’s kept me focused, helped me get to the place I am at today, and really showed me love, family, and integrity is all that matters.

Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?

A: I want to make an impact. I want to show that even though I am from a small school, I can step up to the next level and make an impact. Show the thousands of small school players they can chase the dream too. If football doesn’t work out, I will continue to grow my sports performance training company I started in my home town.

Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?

A: I worked out with EVO sports training in Santa Ana California. Got training from Gary Cablayn who is working with John Ross and DeSean Jackson on their speed. I expect to be one of the best performers in my group if not the best. I have the recourses and skills to shock all the scouts and thats what I intend to do.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: To make it to a regular season game in the NFL, and turn this opportunity into a career.

Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?

A: Craig Robertson LB for the Saints. Because I have trained with him and compared myself to him in many ways. We both have the same style of play and body size.