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 and follow his journey on Twitter @JalinBurrell
1.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?
I would like to achieve winning a super bowl or a championship, and becoming one of the best DB’s while doing that. Also having a nice career that I could look back on and be proud of.
2.Rank focus, footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
First would be focus, because with a clear and healthy mind I believe you can be the best version of yourself. Second would be skill, sometimes this is god given and but most of the time you can improve on certain skills to perfect your craft in the end. Lastly would be footwork, you can always improve your footwork and it is something you constantly have to improve on if you want to keep up as time goes on.
3.What do you think is the key to success on the football field?
I believe there is multiple keys to success on the football field but if I had to choose one it would be focus/mindset. Like I mentioned earlier if you’re all in mentally I believe thats where you get the best out of yourself on the field. From studying film and the playbook to concepts the other team is running it’ll allow for plays to be made that arent based only on athleticism.
4.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
There’d be a few but the main one I’d say is having to go to Junior College out of high school. It was not this huge challenge in retrospect to other things I’ve been through but it ultimately led to me becoming a better person. It helped me understand things in life and in my football career that I don’t know I would have if I didn’t go to junior college.
5.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
I would want to hang out with Deion Sanders. Deion embodies everything that I saw in football. The skill, the confidence, the show he put on every week because he knew people were paying to see him play. That mentality along with what he did off the field to market himself is amazing to me. He made the most out of the god given talent and platform he was give . Someone like that always has some good advice to give.
6.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
Junior College and having to really grind out every day as an adult in the real world and as a student-athlete with all the odds against you. That hustle you had to have everyday was something I’ll never forget. Winning my first championship when i was 9 in JAAF. Taking my first official visit to UCLA and meeting Coach Mora. My uncle (who played in the NFL) taking me to USC alma mater games where I could go on the field and in the locker room to interact with the players. It was also during those USC dynasty years with Reggie Bush so it was real cool time. Being selected to play in the 2019 NFLPA bowl and earning All star honors for the week. Getting the opportunity to go to the Regional NFL Combine in Kansas City. Having the opportunity to be Kobe Bryants second NFL Draft Class at Mamba Sports Academy and interacting with Kobe. Mainly getting signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and performing through camp as well as I did.
7.What is your favorite workout?
I’m a big fan of the weight room and power clean but on the field workouts where we are doing 1on1’s or anything competitive is what I love.
8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
My uncle Jerome Tyler played in the NFL and I have another uncle that played professionally. It is kind of a family thing so I just fell right into place. I fell in love with game immediately and I’ve been infatuated with it ever since the age 4.
9.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset I would have to say would resemble what everyone knows as the Mamba mentality. Im out here to dominate regardless of who’s out there and this is my s***. I have an “I do this s*** for real” mindset and I’m not playing around. I have been known as the most competitive/passionate player on every team I’ve been on.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
They would get a straight up dawg who wants win by any means. They would get someone who is dedicated to his craft and improving not just myself but the team as a whole. They would get someone who is accountable, available and trustworthy. A talented player that has a drive to improve and a player who wants nothing less than a championship at the end of the day.
11.What is your favorite stadium that you’ve played in?
The Rose Bowl because my uncle won a Rose Bowl against #1 ranked Ohio State there and it was the first time I saw him play. So to be able to play an All-Star game there was pretty cool. Texas A&M and their crowd atmosphere is one I couldn’t leave out so those two.
12.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
Energy thats infectious to everyones play, an energy that people can feed off whether plays are being made or not. I like to talk a lot of s*** but I can sure back it up. I know when to talk and when to stay quiet so its not a detriment to my team. But overall I believe I am the energy guy, I love seeing my teammates make plays knowing all the work thats been put it.