College: George Mason / Towson
Years Played: GM: 08-11
Major: B.A. History (GM) M.A. Teaching (Towson)
Pro Experience: 2 years (AIF)
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What was the most important thing you learned during your career?
The most important thing I have learned in my career is that you are not perfect. You are going to have good days, and you are going to have bad days. One game you may go 5/5, the next you may go 0/5. But, you have to find a way to put the bad days in the back on your mind, and make them happen as little as possible. Winners and losers both fail, it’s the winners that keep trying .Kicking is half mental. I used to let my bad kicks effect me. I have been working hard on my mental game as much as my physical game.
What qualities do you possess that makes you a candidate for a professional contract?
Besides having the physical qualities coaches look for, I am every coaches dream. I do what I am told, and I do it well. I never back talk my coaches, ask why, or complain. If you need a sky kick to the left to the ten yard line. That’s what you are going to get.
What motivates you on and off the field?
My family and myself. My parents worked hard to give me a good life. I have their last name. Anytime your name is attached to something you have to give your best.
What was your major and why did you choose to study that field?
I majored in History, and proceeded to get my Masters in Teaching. I have known since the second grade that I wanted to be a teacher. However, it wasn’t until my freshmen year in college I truly understood why. I looked back on my high school experience and realized the countless sacrifices made by my teachers to make sure I succeeded. I wanted to do the same thing, to help those who need it.
What is your routine like as you pursue a professional opportunity?
I am currently a high school teacher at a Title I (low income) school in Baltimore City. I am usually at school between 7am-4pm. I currently workout with trainer Joe McCormack of LTDfitness in Cockeysville, MD. I meet with him and several other football hopefuls every night around 6pm. I usually get back to my house around 9pm, and prepare myself to do it all over again the next day.
What is or are some challenges you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
I did not experience too many challenges in college. It was my first year in the AIF with work when I stumbled across a road block. It was three days before my graduation from Towson when York was down in Cape Fear. To say I struggled is an under statement. I went 1/5 on the day, and we lost by a touchdown. As I got onto the bus to head back to Cape Fear, the GM of York pulled me aside and told me I would be released upon return to York. It was then I was welcomed to the cut throat world of pro football. I spent the bus ride back pondering my future. “Do I give this up? I graduate in a few days and can begin a new life.” As I was cleaning out my locker back in York, I realized I was not going to let that performance define me, and that would not be the last time I lace up the pads. I walked out with determination and was back on the practice field at home working out the next day.
What or who is your inspiration. How did you come to that conclusion?
Muhammad Ali. He was more than just a great athlete, he was an activist. I respect Ali more for his contributions to the Civil Rights movement than his in ring achievements.
What is your best asset as an athlete and why will it make you successful at the next level?
I am a positive person. I try not to let my misses effect me. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done.