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, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview with Caleb and follow his journey on Twitter @watermovment365
1.What do you do for fun?
I am a pretty adventurous person and that leads me to participate in many activities during my spare time. One of the activities I most frequently partake in for fun is swimming I would say.
2.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Sean Taylor would be the player that I would hangout with for the day if given the opportunity. We have similar styles in how he plays the game and I would love to pick his brain. We come from different upbringings yet his passion and physicality along with the mental toughness for the game is something that I believe we share.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset on the field is that I am the best and my preparation has allowed me to feel like that. I believe in getting the job done with controlled aggression. The field is when a person can eat with their hands and it’s normal and my team and I will eat!
4.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
I have many great moments from my past and looking to make more. I would say two memories are tied at the top of the list for me. The two memories are my sixth-grade season and my national championship year at City College of San Francisco. Sixth grade was the first time I played with people of many different backgrounds and was also chosen by my teammates to play quarterback for the first time ever. That season was special because of everyone breaking out of their shells and accepting all the coach’s challenges for us. We had soccer players who never played contact sports, kids who never played a sport, and people playing different positions than what they were used to. I watched kids change from being soft-spoken to leading team chants, from kids wanting to quit to be key players in the championship game. That year was special.
City College was a special time because we were not the favorite and lost a lot of great players from the previous year. What made the year special was that we all clicked and fed off of each other and the mentality was of a championship team. We were from different cultures, cities, states, and countries, but we’re not afraid of challenging one another to get the best out of the individual for the benefit of themselves and the team. I was also given a responsibility that I did not ask for yet, I felt it was a privilege to have and that was being selected as one of the eight leaders of the team. Days were long, money was low, but the love and dedication we had for one another to succeed were never in question and it paid off the best way possible. National Champions and everyone having the opportunity to play at the next level and obtain an education mad that year a great moment in my life. These are two moments that are tied for the best moments of my past football life.
5.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?
If I had a TV show it would be called, “Hell to Heaven.”I was talking with one of my teammates my freshman year and told them if I had a tv show It would probably be on “30 for 30” because my story of adversity from being at the top of the charts to the bottom, and then back to the top will inspire others. I have been listed among some of the top players in the country to being last on the depth chart just to go back to the top with consistency, preparation, and prayer. My story is still being written and I cannot wait to see how my tv show unfolds.
6.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
It would be unfair to list one challenge in my life as the biggest because the times I had to endure the challenge felt like the biggest challenge. I would say a challenge that stayed consistent with me through this journey was school. I can laugh now that I am getting my Master’s degree, but the school has always been difficult for me. I like learning and am not afraid of asking questions yet, my grades had me taking detours in life that I would not of if my grades were always appropriate. It took me a while to mature in that aspect of my life and I am glad I did.
7.Rank focus, footwork, and skill-based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
The order I would rank focus, footwork, and skill most important as a football player is to put skill first, then focus, and lastly is footwork. Skill and focus are what I was debating about with which one should be first, but I came to the conclusion that without the physical capability to get the job done, then a person would not be able to compete at a certain level. Focus after skill because it is important that a football player is not just an athletic dummy because we need the ability to dissect a formation that can cause a safety like myself different responsibilities. An example of this is that an offensive formation with different personnel can change the responsibilities of where safety lines up on the defense and what their responsibilities are. Footwork is last on my list because if a person has the physical skill to get the job done and the focus to practice the drills, then the footwork will come. Footwork is an important part of football. This is my opinion of ranking the three dimensions of Importance for a football player.
8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I knew after my first practice in second grade that I wanted to play football. It was the first sport I ever played and it brought me excitement beyond what I can describe. I have played other sports and have won championships in every sport I have played, but the game of football is unmatched and that feeling is not comparable to the other sports I’ve played.
9.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?
As a football player going forward, I hope to achieve the highest recognition a player can get and have the ability to help other people with their endeavors while I am on my journey.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
A player like me will give the team a better chance of winning. They would get a person who loves the game, dedicated, and persistent. I am not afraid to challenge people to be better and I am not afraid of being challenged to better myself, or the team. They will be getting a mature player that is a student of the game and loves to compete!
11.What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is anything that I can compete with. A specific gym workout would dip and an on the field workout would be 7 on 7 because as a safety, it allows me to get the reps needed to compete physically while learning what to do mentally in certain situations.
12.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
The energy I bring to the field is a quiet yet, loud dominance. I am not a person who comes onto the field screaming and just start trash talking other players. I make my presence known, I communicate a lot and uplift my teammates around me so much that my opponents may take it as trash-talking but, I am just encouraging my team and letting them know that we worked too hard not to dominate whoever is in front of us no matter the conditions. My energy is based on a winners mentality (a person that hates losing more than they like winning).