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. I hope you all read this interview and follow Joe’s journey on Twitter @thefuture__99.
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Aaron Donald; because he’s the best defensive lineman I’ve ever seen personally in my era of growing up, and his physique and size are similar to mine. I would want to learn all the techniques he knows along with his regimen and soak up all the information from him like a sponge.
What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
Controlled aggression, dominate the man in front of me every single play. Hands, hands, hands, and more hands. Trusting myself by knowing I’ve prepared my very best to make plays out in the field. Using visualization to execute what I want to do right before the game or when practice starts (mental reps, and imagery.)
What are your favorite moments from your football life?
Anytime I get to strap up and play ball is a favorite moment for me. But also getting to win championships, and being able to workout for multiple NFL teams, and also when I earned a lot of scholarships out of junior college.
What do you do for fun?
I love to workout, watch football, work on my technique, cook healthy meals, watch film on any kind of football, and recover (whether that’s stretching, icing, and or sleeping.)
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I don’t remember ever choosing football, it’s like football chose me. Even my doctor who delivered me was a football coach part-time and he told my mom that I was going to be a football player. From then I was always one of the biggest kids in my class and I was always super hyper and aggressive. Then my HS coach convinced me to come out and play and I ended up being a natural at it.
What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?
I would love to stay in the NFL as long as possible once I make it there, win a Super Bowl, become an all-pro player, and eventually get a gold jacket. But off the field wise I would like to accomplish having a non profit organization to help children in need of food and housing, along with continue to inspire the youth and help them follow their dreams.
What would a team get in a player like you?
What a team will get is a very humble guy who is always finding ways to get better every day. Who’s a great teammate, always looking to do my job in a team aspect of things, I’m a great leader and I understand how vital being a team player means. I understand that those attributes I’ve spoke on are major keys in developing the success of any organization willing to allow me to showcase my abilities, on the field but also off the field. I’m a man of integrity, focus, hard work and dedication that never takes for granted any opportunities presented to me. All I know is when my number is called, know you’re getting a hard working, humble, God fearing man who loves the game of football. Who only wants what’s best for the organization, coaches, and teammates.
If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?
4th and inches, because my life has been full of exciting big moments. 4th and inches is usually one of the most crucial parts of the game, when that crunch time appears I’m consistent when it comes to making that clutch plays in any aspect of life on and off the field.
Rank focus, footwork, and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
Well you need all three of these to be a successful football player. But if I had to choose in the order I would start out with saying you need focus to be able to execute your job on the field and make big plays. Footwork would be next because that’s what’s separates great plays and players to good ones, footwork breaks down into everything in the game from every single position on that field. And last I would have to say skill because skill is how good you are at something but it’s also something you can obtain and continue to work on to get better at.
What is your favorite workout?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite workout, considering I’m a very balanced guy and love working out everything. But specifically, I’m really into working hands and footwork.
What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?
I just recently got to play in the Alamodome; so far that has been my favorite stadium to play in.
What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
Intensity, the sense of urgency and understanding it’s war. Everything is on the line, my inner apex predator mode is activated and it’s survival of the fittest. It’s time to eat!