Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL and CFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview with Adam Smith and follow his journey on Twitter @AdamSmiff7
1.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?
Home stadium is always the best stadium! Nothing like playing home at Guilford College for me. In arena, playing the Richmond Roughriders in the Richmond Coliseum was awesome. Playing against guys like Greg Hardy made the atmosphere electric.
2. If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Realistically, I’d like to spend time with Ricky Proehl. He’s only an hour from where I live, had a great playing career, and is a great WR coach as well. Would love to pick his mind and be critiqued by him.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset is always to win. Win my rep, win the race to the ball, win the game. If I win every play the right way, I’ve done my 1/11th.
4.What is your favorite workout?
Favorite field workout; route tree. I run through the whole route tree, because that’s what’s going to apply to the field most directly. Weight room; cleans. I love explosive movements that require athleticism.
5.What do you achieve as a football player going forward?
My goal, as a player, is to get an opportunity to play at a high level. There is more to life than football, but if I’m given an opportunity, that’s all I’ve asked for. It’s my responsibility what I do with my opportunities.
6.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I bring a focus and level-headedness to the field. I am not your “hype man” type of guy. I’m always looking to execute and make plays. Anything that does not coincide with those things becomes a distraction.
7.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I decided to play football from a very early age, playing in the back yard with my neighborhood friends that were a lot older than me. I decided I wanted to always win and be impactful on the field.
8. If your life was a TV show what would you call it and why?
The Life; I truly love my life. I am a husband, son, brother, uncle, high school teacher, a coach, a performance trainer, and a professional athlete. I can’t ask for much more! I love everything I am a part of, so I think I have “The Life.”
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9.What would a team get in a player like you?
A team that gets me gets a competitive, coach able, work-a-holic. I want to win at everything, am always itching to get better, and will do anything to do that.
10.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
My biggest challenge was getting over a cyst removal surgery that impeded all of my lower body movement a few years ago. It was a long process, but got to be where I was better than before. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, running a 4.43 laser 40.
11.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
Favorite football memories; 1st touchdown at 9 years old. State championship in 2010. Game winning catch with 15 seconds left in college when trailing 31-7 with 18 minutes left in the game. First professional TD at High Country Grizzlies. First Pro 3 TD game after college against defending champs, Atlanta/Carolina Havoc.
12.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
1). Focus 2). Skill 3). Footwork
Focus can lead to success in many areas. Lack of focus can lead to many missteps and mistakes. Lack of focus can’t always be overcome by talent. Focus can also build skill. I also consider footwork to be a branch off of skill. You have to be talented to play the game at a high level, which is why I have skill second.
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