Jets QB, Erik Ainge Interview
Erik Ainge played Quarterback for four years for the University of Tennessee. He was an all star running back for the Orange. He entered the 2008 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 5th round, 162nd overall by the New York Jets. He played in the preseason for the Jets in 2008 and 2009. He was their backup quarterback. He competed with other quarterbacks on the roster and ended up earning the final spot with the team.[UPDATE: He retired from the NFL in 2011.]
Strauss : So, Erik, why do you make it a habit to connect to the fans?
Ainge : My fans are important to me… It’s easy for me to give back because I enjoy it. I’m a normal guy just like all my fans on Twitter!
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Ainge : Chipper Jones and Brett Favre.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Ainge : Danny McBride, Jim Morrison, and Johnny Cash
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Ainge : “In Bloom” by Nirvana and “Comedown” by Bush.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Ainge : Superbad
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Ainge : PRISON BREAK
Strauss : What is your nickname?
Ainge : EA Sports
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Ainge : “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Ainge : Something that makes a load of money.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Ainge : Since I was in 4th grade.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Ainge : Baseball and Basketball.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Ainge : Basketball, during my junior year I played AAU ball with a team in Oregon and got to travel and play against some pretty good competition. That was pretty exciting.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Ainge : When I was sixteen, I realized I was going to play one of my 3 sports at a Division 1 level. The offers started comin in all day everyday.
Strauss : Who was you best teammate at Tennessee?
Ainge : Arian Foster (Houston Texans)
Strauss : Who is your best teammate on the Jets?
Ainge : Steve Weatherford.
Strauss : What was the purpose of changing to number 3?
Ainge : Santonio took 10.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Ainge : Enjoy being a teenager, but if you don’t make it your #1 priority… It won’t happen.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Ainge : Anytime my man!