BSN Member Feature: Marquis Dobbs
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A COACH, SCOUT OR GM TO SEEL YOURSELF IF YOU HAD 30 SECONDS TO DO SO?
I am a talented hard-working guy who loves the sport, loves his teammates, is always looking for ways to get better as a person and player, and I look for ways to help my teammates get better. I am proud to say that I have never been on a team where my teammates didn’t like me or didn’t respect me.
YOU RECENTLY HAD YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY PLAYING IN THE INDOOR WORLD DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE. WHAT TEAM DID YOU PLAY FOR AND HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE?
I play for the West Valley Cardinals. My experience with that was awesome because I never played indoor football and eight-man football before. I was used to playing 11-man so I was grateful that I had the opportunity to play arena football.
GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW YOU STAYED IN SHAPE AND “READY FOR THE CALL” AT A MOMENTS NOTICE?
Football and the gym is something that I take seriously and am passionate about. I knew I was going to get the opportunity with a team so I was just waiting for the call patiently. I knew once I received that call I would have to be in top shape to perform at the level that I wanted to perform at. It wasn’t a big problem to stay in shape since I trained at one of the best training facilities in the state of Alabama (D1 Birmingham) and I had one of the top trainers there Dj Taylor.
AS A “SMALL SCHOOL ATHLETE”, HOW DID YOU SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE BIG SCHOOL ATHLETES?
My school really wasn’t a “small school.” It was one of the biggest 5A in the state of Alabama but I was in A region that produces a lot of athletes. I knew I had to compete at a high-level if I wanted to be the best playing against the top athletes each week. It pushed me and made me work harder to be the best. I play varsity as the eighth grader so I knew once I got the experience and used to the game speed. I was going to be something special and the coaches saw that in me also.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE/PRO SO FAR?
My best memories from high school were when I played varsity as an eighth grader and I started all four years on varsity. My best memory from college is playing and practicing in the snow and negative-degree weather. My best pro memory is Traveling and bonding with a special group of guys.
WHO IS THE TOUGHEST PLAYER YOU HAVE FACED?
The toughest guy that I have faced it’s either Jordan Howard Starting RB for the Bears, Jermey Richeson who was one of the top receivers in the nation from Springville high school or Quinton Dail from Clay Chalkville high school who is now a member of the 49ers those two was two unbelievable athletes that I ever faced.
“I knew I had to compete at a high-level if I wanted to be the best playing against the top athletes each week. It pushed me and made me work harder to be the best.”
HOW DO YOU INTERACT OR “GIVE BACK” TO THE COMMUNITY?
I give back to the community whenever I’m home. I like to go to my high school and help out there or go to the youth park and help out and coach the kids. I love working with the youth and getting them knowledgeable to the game.
WHAT IMPACT HAS YOUR COACH HAD ON YOU? WHAT CAN YOU SHARE THAT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR GAME/LIFE?
My coach Shawn Maze has made a big impact on me. He is like a father to me. He brought me under his wings and taught me about the game, the morals and everything in between. I’m like his son that he never had because he has all girls. He was my junior high coach and my high school coach. Ever since then, we’ve been really close I called him every day to talk about the game and life. His wife is like a mom to me and daughters like my little sisters so that’s the coach that made a really big impact on me as a person and my game.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY FROM A NUTRITIONAL STANDPOINT? ANY ADVICE FOR THE YOUNGER ATHLETES?
I try to leave fast food and junk food alone and eat natural food, especially meat. You have to take care of the body the body is like the motor to a car. If it’s not treated right and the right stuff isn’t put in, then “your motor” will break down. What you’re putting in your body is very important.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE THE YOUNGER VERSION OF YOURSELF SOME ADVICE, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Be patient & that everything is not going to come when I want it to.
WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
My mom has had the biggest impact on my life. She’s grateful to still be here on this earth. My mother and my father were involved in a bad car wreck back in 2015. I was originally told that she wasn’t going to make it and she was in a coma for almost a month bleeding from her brain. While in the coma, she had a seizure so things were not looking good. I took a year and half away from football to be by her side. When I received that call to go play for West Valley Cardinals she was in ICU not doing well. I told her about the call I received, that I was not going and that I wanted to be there for her. My mother told me to go follow my dream and that God had her. So, I went and played each game for her. But Currently she’s in a rehabilitation center where she’s getting slowly getting better, but more importantly she can eat on her own and whatever she wants to do; talk, move her hands, etc. It’s a blessing that she has overcome all of what she been thru.
IF YOU COULD COMPARE YOURSELF TO A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, WHO WOULD THAT BE AND WHY?
I would like to compare myself to Kobe or Russell Westbrook because the passion and love they have for the game; I’m the same way. I don’t play this game for the money or anything like that. I have been playing since I was 5 years old and I’m passion about it… it’s my life!
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF TEN YEARS FROM NOW?
When my football career is complete, I plan on being a coach, starting with my high school “Mortimer Jordan,” and working my way up to different levels, I’m part owner of a clothing line with my buddy Scotty Hutchinson who I played Arena with. We own AMG “About My Grind” which I plan on taking to the top. I also plan on having a family; all boys, and coaching them and enjoying life.
PROVIDE OUR READERS A GLIMPSE OF WHO MARQUIS DOBBS IS AWAY FROM FOOTBALL? WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
Marquis Dobbs away from football is a funny goofy guy. I love to have fun and joke around with my buddies and enjoy life. I’m a big Xbox geek. I can sit on Xbox for hours talking and playing with my friends. I love kids, especially babies, and I can’t wait to have a family of my own someday.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NORTH DAKOTA STATE? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PLAY FOOTBALL (OR ANY SPORT) THERE?
After high school, I went to play at East Mississippi Community College which I was redshirted so after the season coach from NDSCS messaged saying he liked my highlight and he’s looking for a RB so he offered me a scholarship. I contacted Shawn Maze and we talked about it. He told me at the end of the day it was my decision and he will support me no matter what. I never been that far from home especially in that type of weather so I wanted to experience something new and different and I signed with them. It was the best two years of my life and I met some awesome guys there who I still talk to everyday. We all in use (group) text messaging so it’s constantly blowing up with interesting and fun conversations that keep us close.
HOW WAS THE HS RECRUITING PROCESS FOR YOU?
The high school to process for me it was good. I visited a few top schools in the SEC and I had a few top schools interested in me who were ready to offer me full scholarships, but my ACT score held me back. Mississippi State was the team I was most interested in and wanted to commit to.
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