Name: Michael A Smith Jr
School: State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College)
Q: How did you get started playing football?
Ever since i could remember i always had a strong passion for the game, i first seen football on TV, then playing in the streets with friends. I was told by my mother i was about 1 years old when i caught my first football.I remember one summer i was playing football in the street with friends, came inside for water and my aunt told me my Godfather is coaching at the Buffalo Vets little league football at Manhattan Park, you should go there and try out, i was 9 years of age.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?
The relationship i hold with God, i truly believe he wants me to play football even after the trials of my football career, i have an ultimate desire of competing, i hate to lose, and i compete with every breathe in my heart.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
I bounced around from Edinboro University to Erie Community College and then Buffalo State College, i did not play at Edinboro, i tried out for Erie Community College and made the team, i did not play the full year due to my immaturity being that i did not want to sit behind a player i felt i was more talented than, i graduated the same year and transferred to Buffalo State College and tried out for the team, i made it and only played a couple games my junior year, then my senior year i was not able to play due to academics. I was never recruited out of high school but was always told i had talent, my senior year in high school was cut short due to the school closing, so all of my film was never recovered.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
None but i will say from my perspective, coaches usually prefer to start a guy they are familiar with rather than talent playing.
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
My biggest challenge was not being able to play my senior year in college, i really felt that was going to be my year as i had walked on the team and the coaches were gaining a likeness towards my athletic abilities, i was playing special teams, offense and defense.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
Energy and being a student of the game.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
To master my craft and be a legend, i would love to bring the Bills their first Super bowl win. If football does not work out, i will continue my road as a personal trainer and health educator.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I enjoy exercising, i am a personal trainer, my exercise program is unique and balanced, with focus points of water fitness and stretching. My expectations is to compete to the best of my ability and to hopefully catch an eye of a scout so that i can get a contract!!!
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
To get signed to a NFL or CFL team and remain their till God changes his plans for me.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
I respect a lot of NFL players both past and current, Jerry Rice was very passionate about his craft and displayed a great work ethic, also Shannon Sharpe, Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders and currently Antonio Brown and A.J. Bouye, but i would never compare myself to any because i believe i can be better if given the opportunity.
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