Dolphins DB, Nate Ness Interview
Nate Ness first played Junior College football at El Camino College where he recorded 19 interceptions and 8 touchdowns. He then, went on to play college football for the University of Arizona during 2007 and 2008. He totaled 97 tackles and 7 interceptions while he was at Arizona. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He has been a member of numerous teams from the Browns to the Seahawks to the Jets and now, he’s on the Miami Dolphins roster. This interview was conducted during the 2011 NFL preseason.
Nate Ness : Hey, what’s going on? This is Nate Ness, #32 of the Miami Dolphins cornerback, and you’re listening to me and Max at http://prointerviews.org/
Announcement : My name is Max Strauss with http://prointerviews.org/, http://facebook.com/ProInterviews/ and http://twitter.com/ProInterviews/. I’d like to welcome you to the interview with Nate Ness. Ness started playing Junior College football at El Camino college, but then transferred to the University of Arizona to play his last two years. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. Ness has been a defensive back for the Browns, Jets, Seahawks and Dolphins. Ness has been on a few practice squads. He is currently playing for the Miami Dolphins. Here is the interview with Nate Ness.
Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?
Ness : I hit them up on Facebook. I try to get back to them as much as I can. If they try to connect with me if they see me out in public. I like going to the mall to walk around. I’m always talking to them. Also, just being humble and grateful.
Strauss : How did you start playing football?
Ness : That’s a funny story… I only started playing because my dad and my brother didn’t think I was tough enough. I played basketball and baseball growing up. My dad and brother didn’t think I was tough enough to play football. They thought I was too scared to hit people. So, I tried it. My first year of pop-warner football, I went out there and showed my friends and I started loving football more and more.
Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?
Ness : My high school football experience was one of the best. I came in and immediately took the starting position. I played safety in high school. I worked really hard in high school. I was always working hard. I was one of those guys who always worked to always get better. If I’m not working, I’m not getting better. I really just want to become a really great player. I really wanted to perfect my craft. I look at all the great players who play the game and play with so much passion. I want to be mentioned in the same name as Deion Sanders’, Darrelle Revis’, Nnamdi Asomugha’s, Ray Lewis. The great defenders and the great players that played the game. That’s why I work so hard, I want to get to that level.
Strauss : How was your team in high School:
Ness : We were cool. We were good. We got smashed my senior year in a playoff. We got beat really, really bad.
Strauss : What was the transition like to Arizona?
Ness : The game was faster. Not everybody is going to be able to come in and just be the man. That’s what it was, coming into Arizona I was the man.. I was always the man. It was kind of hard.
Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from Arizona?
Ness : I had a one-handed interception when we played Oregon. They were number two in the nation at the time. It was a Thursday night game. It was my second interception of the game, and I just felt it.
Strauss : Did you attend the combine?
Ness : I got invited, but I couldn’t go.
Strauss : Why not?
Ness : In school, I had one more class I needed to finish. I already graduated, but I needed that class’ credit. That’s why I couldn’t go to the combine.
Strauss : What was your Pro Day like?
Ness : Pro Day was cool. I ran a 4.3 forty.
Strauss : Even though you were undrafted what was your draft day experience like?
Ness : It was cool. I had family and friends there, and we were just chilling. I knew I could play in this league, so I really just wanted an opportunity.
Strauss : Can you take me through each team you’ve been with in the NFL, and maybe a memory you have with the team, starting with the Browns?
Ness : One of the best things I can remember about Cleveland was going in and meeting a lot of great guys like Mohammed Massoquai, and Brian Robiskie, Alex Mack, Hank Poteat, and a lot of guys that were in that draft class. Also practicing with the guys like Eric Wright, Abe Elam, Braylon Edwards, guys that were not only great guys, but great guys in general. One of the best things I remember, just going out there, like the first day of practice, just going out there and practicing my butt off. I watched guys play football. I watched the NFL, and now I’m like actually part of it, like you know I’m actually on a squad. I’m actually in an NFL locker room. It was a dream come true. That’s when it all hit me.
Strauss : What was it like with the Jets?
Ness : Aw man! You know what? Rex Ryan is a helluva guy!!
Strauss : How long were you with the Jets for?
Ness : A couple of weeks. I got a chance to meet Darrelle Revis. I would say Darrelle Revis is one of the most humble people I know. Him and Kerry Rhodes. And I would have to say Bart Scott is the funniest, one of the funniest guys. Like him and Kris Jenkins are some of the funniest people besides Channing Crowder.
Strauss : After you were with the Jets, you were with the Seahawks, what was that like?
Ness : Yeah, you know it was cool. I went out there for one game, and it was only a one game thing. And then the last week of the preseason was against Miami and you know a couple of weeks passed.
Strauss : You were with the Seahawks for one game, and then you went to the Dolphins. What was that like with the Dolphins active roster?
Ness : Man, you know what, the Dolphins are great. I’m always going to remain humble, and appreciate the opportunity that the Dolphins gave me. I’m always going to respect my teammates. It was a great experience and a great transition. Coach Sparano is a blue-collar guy. We go in and we put a lot of work into practices. That was a great move for me, and a great transition.
Strauss : After that, you went back to the Seahawks, and what was that like?
Ness : It was cool. It was a little different. I met some different guys, like Marcus Trufant, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas. Earl and Kam are really good friends now. I got to meet Walter Thurmond and Roy Lewis. Roy Lewis and I were childhood friends, we grew up together. It was really cool, and I was honestly just really happy.
Strauss : Then, you came back to the Dolphins, and what was that like?
Ness : It was like… “I was back home.” It was a while, but I just felt like I was back home. Vontae and Sean… I was back with my guys.
Strauss : What do you think is a better feeling for you, making a big hit or having an interception?
Ness : An interception is always going to be. It’s an interception, yo know me. Hits don’t get the ball, they’re cool, but I’m all about getting that ball, and often times, it’s hard.
Strauss : When you were with the Dolphins in the preseason, your Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, what was that like? [Ness posted four tackles, three pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.]
Ness : That was crazy! That was a game. I gave up a small first down play, and Coach was like, ‘Wake up!’ after that play. He told me it was time to go to work on the sideline after that play. Then, I went and I played.
Strauss : Do you have a nickname?
Ness : Uh… I’m Nate you know. They say I’m an old school guy, so they call me, ‘Old school.’ Like they say I’m an old man in a young body.
Strauss : Why do they say that?
Ness : Because it’s how I operate. I’m old… The guys say, you’re acting like you’re an old man. I am old, I’m only 24 though so we have boys on the team. When you got like Vontae Davis on your team, and he’s shooting jokes. Vontae is so funny. Vontae has you rolling around, especially if you get yelled at by a coach, he give you that look. It’s kind of like, ‘Alright, Alright.’
Strauss : Is Vontae Davis or Channing Crowder funnier?
Ness : Man you know what… Channing has jokes. What’s funny about Vontae is his voice, he has that high voice, Vontae will be talking and saying things like, ‘Common man, You got this man, what happened, what happened?’ That’s why Vontae Davis is funny, it’s his voice. Crowder… If you ever just sit there and listen to Crowder talk he will have you laughing so hard, you will near cry.
Strauss : What is your funniest memory with the Dolphins from this past year?
Ness : The funniest moment had to be… I don’t know… Everyday at practice was funny, we were always doing something that would make Coach Sparano… We did a lot of stuff. The funniest time was when the rookies did their little rookie skit.
Strauss : Do you have a favorite charity or foundation that you support?
Ness : I actually do. I’m trying to get my foundation started right now. I’m working on it. I have personnel that when I get back to California, we’re going to have lessons major time. I’ve been able to take part in a lot of guys foundations like you know Ricky Williams, Davone Bess, Ronnie Brown’s, Jason Taylor’s and Lousaka Polite’s. I like to take part in a lot of different ones. I’m always be happy help people who had to go through a similar situation from where I came from. I always remember to stay humble.
Strauss : For someone who wants to play in the NFL, what’s the best advice you can give them?
Ness : Don’t ever stop working even though you’re in the NFL. Don’t ever! You look at a lot of guys Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Darrelle Revis, they are working. There is not a guy in the NFL who does not stop working, you know they got here because they worked hard by working hard passionately for the game, and the love for the game, that will for the game, and the will to want to be better. The will to win the Super Bowl, you know you can never stop working. If you’re tired on the one last set of runs, know you always need to go the extra mile. What you’re doing all the other players aren’t.
Strauss : Have you ever considered getting a twitter?
Ness : You know what… I knew you were going to ask me this!! I was talking to the misses last night about that and her whole little thing was if you twitter, you tell me I never thought about getting a twitter but I don’t know… A lot of guys have it, We’ll have to see.
Strauss : Is there anything else you want to tell your fans we haven’t talked about?
Ness : Guys I want guys to be ready. Everybody in the NFL is ready to go back to working. We really miss you guys at football games and everything. So, just be ready. And I want to thank a lot of you guys for allowing me to play with confidence.
Strauss : Thank you so much for your time Nate, I really appreciate it.
Ness : No problem. Thank you for this interview. Thank you for this opportunity seriously.
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->Here are the personal questions that Nate Ness answered.<-
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Ness: I wanted to be like “Primetime” Deion Sanders. I wanted to be like him with the bandana around his head, and all that swag.
Strauss: Did you have a favorite NFL team growing up?
Ness: Not really, I just loved football, if you give me a good game, I’ll watch.
Strauss: If you could meet anyone, who would it be or why?
Ness: I would like to meet president Barack Obama. The first African-American President who did it by breaking barriers. He’s accomplished so much It would be an honor or a privileged just to shake his hand.
Strauss: Do you have a favorite movie?
Ness: I have a lot of favorite movies… I love Role Models, Hangover, Couples Retreat, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Transformers, Harry Potter… all of those.
Strauss: Do you have a favorite TV show?
Ness: I would have to say Law and Order SVU.
Strauss: Do you have a favorite type of pie?
Ness: I don’t really like pie… I like more so chocolate cake.
Strauss: If you could choose your last meal on earth, what would it be?