Name: Daniel Peterson
School: Mesa C.C/University of Idaho
Q: How did you get started playing football?
I started playing when I was six years old. What got me wanting to play the game of football was my dad was a good player and big fan and I wanted to be like him. Once I started playing I was hooked I love this game.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?
I would say what sets me apart from other athletes trying to be pro athletes is my heart. My whole life is football. I won’t stop until I reach my goal. I have been the underdog my whole life. Everywhere I go I have had to prove myself. I will do anything to be successful and I will give my all in everything I do. I believe in myself and my abilities and I know that no one will ever out work me.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
My college career was a really good experience. I had a lot of fun playing ball and getting the chance to play this great game. The recruiting process was a very cool and stressful time. You want to make sure you make the best decision that will help you grow as a person and a player. It is one of the biggest decisions of a players life but it was an awesome experience.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
My biggest accomplishment in sports was when I was voted First Team All WSFL. The WSFL is a really tough conference to play in and to be recognized as one of the best players in that conference was a real honor.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
One of the most important things that our coaches drilled into our heads was to compete. In everything we did we were always competing. I loved it, it really elevated all of our games and made us better players. Not only that but when it came time to play we had so much confidence that we could compete with anybody so we were relaxed and could make plays.
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
My biggest challenge has been my size. I had to work so hard to show I can play because I was a late bloomer and have always been under sized . However, I trained really hard and I never gave up, I kept competing. Now I am bigger, stronger, and faster then I have ever been and I feel really good.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
I would say my biggest strength is I have a nose for the ball. I like to come downhill and hit people. I am a very physical player who plays with a lot of passion. That is the biggest part of my game.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
Most influential people in my life have been my parents. They have supported me and been by my side since the very beginning. They have influenced me in such a positive way. They taught me how to work hard, be kind, and give one hundred percent in everything I do.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
It has always been my goal to play football professionally. Ever since I was six years old, playing ball is all I ever wanted to do. However, if football doesn’t work out I would like to start my own business.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I have been preparing really hard for this day. I have been running hard, lifting hard, and working on drills non stop. This is a day I have been waiting for my whole life i’m excited and ready to get going.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
The ultimate achievement would be signing a pro contract and getting to live out my dream job of playing pro football. You couldn’t ask for a better job, it would be a dream come true.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to the Minnesota Vikings Safety Andrew Sendejo. The way he plays the game is how I play. He is a hard nosed safety who can make plays and come up and hit people. He has a nose for the ball and he plays with alot of intensity. That is the way I like to play the game, a lot of intensity and passion. I feel we are not only similar in the way we play but our size.