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May 26, 2013

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Cardinals Punter, Dave Zastudil Interview

by Max Strauss
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In 2012, Arizona Cardinals Punter, Dave Zastudil set a single-season record for most punts inside the 20 yard in NFL history with 46. In our interview, he discusses Larry Fitzgerald, “being the young guy”, Patrick Peterson, growing up and attending Browns games, and much more. Zastudil has been in the NFL since he was drafted in 2002 by the Baltimore Ravens. He has played for the Ravens, the Cleveland Browns, and the Arizona Cardinals. Check out our exclusive, one-on-one interview. 

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Dave Zastudil : Hi… This is Dave Zastudil with the Arizona Cardinals, and you are now listening to ProInterviews.org.

Announcement : In 2012, Arizona Cardinals Punter, Dave Zastduil set a single-season record for most punts inside the 20 yard in NFL history. Dave Zastudil was an All-MAC First-Team selection from 1998 through 2001 (four years) of his collegiate career at Ohio University. He was a fourth round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and played for the Baltimore Ravens organization. He grew up a Cleveland Browns fan and left after his contract was up to play for his home-town team. He injured his knee in 2009 and was on IR in 2010. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, and has made an immediate impact on Special Teams.

Strauss: How do you connect with your fans?

Zastudil : I’d say the biggest thing especially in this day in age is appearances, or through twitter. I got involved in twitter when I didn’t know much about it. It shows how easy it is to connect to fans. They like to see what you’re doing, and I think the cool thing about twitter is that fans realize that NFL players are pretty much your average-joe guys. I kind-of wish when I was a kid, but its nice that they have that, and I did a kicking camp back in Cleveland one time. I just try to do some charity work and give back and show my face in the community. 

Strauss : You mentioned you wished you had a similar situation when you were growing up. Did you have any professional athletes come in and influence your life?

Zastudil : I wouldn’t say I didn’t have any come and influence my life, but I was born and raised in Cleveland and back in the ’80s which was my like growing up years, the Browns were pretty good. I grew up watching guys like Bernie Kosar, Webster Slaughter, and Brian Brennan. I think locally, they would know who those guys are. Back then, they did a lot of fun things. They did like high school teachers and the guys on the Cleveland Browns played in a charity basketball [game] in a high school. I’m pretty sure now with liabilities with injuries, they don’t do that as much. It was always nice to see those guys out doing some charity work and be with the fans because it made you as a kid think that they really cared about the team and the city, and I think that’s still important to do.

Strauss : So growing up you played football in high school. You played Punter, Kicker, and Quarterback. What was high school football like for you? Did you play any other sports? 

Zastudil : First of all, high school football was great. Growing up in the Midwest, it was nice because at the end of the season, it’d get cold and it was just good football weather to play. We had a group of guys that we got together in eighth grade and started training pretty hard together. High school football is a great time to reflect on because it is when you really first learn the value of teamwork, hard work, and especially pride. It’s the beginning. When you look where I am now, and you figure out where it all started, high school is when you start learning those values, and the importance of those aspects of football. And it was just fun. You just went out and played, and played with your best friends that you had growing up, and it just really good memories. I played basketball and baseball too. Those were the other sports I played in high school. 

Strauss : How are you at basketball?

Zastudil : Basketball, I was okay. I was a lot better when I was younger. Then I hit a growth spurt and it just changed my game a little bit. I didn’t play my senior year because I tried to focus more on baseball and football. I was really a four-year baseball player and football I really just enjoyed the game more. But looking back, I  wish I played my senior year because once you get older you look back and reflect on some things that I think it would have been fun to play my senior year of basketball. But at the time, I thought I made the right decision not to play. 

Strauss : What did you play in baseball?

Zastudil : I pitched, I played first base and played a little bit of right field. But first base was pretty much my main position. 

Strauss : Were you 6’3″ in High School too?

Zastudil : Yeah. I was 6’3″ probably my junior and senior year, I got up to that point. I was growing a lot from eighth grade until my sophomore year and then once my junior and senior years came, I was at the time when I had to put on weight to catch up with my height. 

Strauss : What was the biggest challenge or situation of adversity that you faced growing up, and now, you take pride in now that helped shape you a little bit?

Zastudil : There was pretty much two things I learned from sports whether it was in high school or college. 

The first thing is you really have to put the extra work in. It’s one of those things where if you really want to be really great you have to practice like the great ones practice. That’s putting in extra time, staying a little bit later, maybe lifting on days you don’t feel like lifting. 

But the biggest thing I think that I learned as I got older was how to manage my time, time management, because once you get into college and your playing football, you have off-season workouts and you have games, and you still have your grades. You have to learn how to manage your time well. You have to be smart with it. Most of us do not get the chance to play pro sports so you really have to make sure to put the effort into your grades and your school. But for me, it was just the balance of how to manage that time. 

Strauss : What was your recruiting experience like?

Zastudil : I was recruited by a lot of schools. I would get the letters in the mail. As far as when it came down to it, I could walk-on some major universities like West Virginia and Ohio State, I had the chance to walk on, but pretty much the Mid-American Conference school is where I was given some scholarship offers from. 

I got a scholarship offer from Ohio University obviously. I played there. Then, Toledo offered me. Miami of Ohio, where my dad and brother went, wanted me to wait a little bit to see if a scholarship opened. Then, I went on my recruiting visit to Ohio University, I really fell in love with the campus and the school, and that’s where my mom went. So it ended up with 2 of us going to  Ohio U and 2 of us Miami of Ohio, so we had a rivalry going on there. 

Strauss : How early did you start getting playing time at Ohio?

Zastudil : I was red-shirted my Freshman year. And I was starting punter from my redshirt freshman year all the way until my senior year, and I played so I got to play four years straight. 

Strauss : Ohio isn’t the biggest college football environment. So what was the biggest thing you had to adjust to, at Ohio? 

Zastudil : When I was in high school, I played a bunch of different positions, so I think it was finally focusing on punting and doing that consistently and putting all your focus and energy into that. In high school, since I was a quarterback, I would punt in high top shoes and all that, and since I became a full-time punter, you had to get the right shoes to kick, you have the time to practice it. It was nice that I got red-shirted, because I learned from the senior punter named Jon Beier my first year. It calms you down. You get adjusted to the speed of the game. You learn little things that a senior may know that you’re not accustomed to. It was nice that I had a year to learn from it. I think that really helped me. 

Strauss : How much do you think you improved during your time in college as a punter? Was there a summer or a time you think you made the biggest jump?

Zastudil : I think I had a pretty good redshirt freshman year. I think it was just one of those things where no matter how old you get, you still try to be as consistent as possible and I think in college, especially being a young man, you learn every year different techniques and different training types things that may help you in the offseason. You learn the volume of kicks. Maybe my freshman and sophomore year I think I probably kicked way too much, and I didn’t know when my leg was tired and when it wasn’t. And I think as you mature, and you watch guys and sometimes I’d go up to the Cleveland Browns training camp, and watch Chris Gardocki and the guys that used to play there, and just follow them and watch how they approached the punting game.

I think just like anything, you just mature and learn from asking questions and watching guys. The biggest thing I think is you have to ask yourself, ‘Hey, how does your body feel?’ If you can’t get your legs to the ball, then maybe you’re kicking too much. I think it’s just a maturation process that you just learn every year. Sometimes its a technique. Sometimes its how to train better. You just keep adjusting every year to when you get to the point where you’re like this works for me. This is the offseason training that works. This is the amount of punts that work. These are some technique things that have worked too, you just have to learn from it. 

Strauss : I have interviewed a couple Punters, but I don’t know enough about this to understand the whole process for punters. After your senior year, you train for the NFL Draft. The combine now is a big spectacle, and it wasn’t as big when you were coming out. What was your training process like from your last game to the NFL Draft?

Zastudil : Being in Cleveland, the biggest thing was that I had to shovel snow off in an area of a park to practice to kick because I did not know where else to go. I had to stay in shape like that. I went to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and didn’t know a lot of what to expect. It really was seeing a lot of doctors and doing some Cybex tests to make sure your strength is good and that you had no knee injuries. They check a lot to see how your body is and then, you go through the interview process, you take tests. And then, you kick. We only kicked like 10 balls. I didn’t think there was a lot of emphasis on that kicking there. 

I think a lot of the emphasis was on when teams or coaches will come to your university and have you punt the way they want you to punt. I went to the senior bowl first. The Senior Bowl was right after the season, and then I went to the combine. Then, you have the individual workouts. They come work you out at your school, they have you punt backed up in the end zone, they put you in pooch situations. You had to get used to punting an NFL ball. It’s a different ball from college and right away after college, you try to get your hands on a bunch of NFL balls. You try to get used to those. It’s definitely an exhausting year, rookie year is a very long year. But I think the individual workouts that the individual workouts and when they came to your campus put precedent over a lot of things, especially the combine, for punters.

Strauss : Did you train with anyone specifically during that time?

Zastudil : No. I just trained by myself. I pretty much just trained by myself and tried to get ready that way. 

Strauss : Being a punter, what were your expectations going into draft day?

Zastudil : You have an idea of where you’re going to go before the draft, based on things you hear through your agent and some workouts. Things like that, but I think what happens is you definitely have high expectations. Anytime you’re drafted in any position you’re expected to perform at a high level and you expect it out of yourself too.

I definitely think the emphasis on special teams has definitely become more apparent over this day in age. Punting in particular because I know with the safety rule changes that the NFL is having with moving the kickoff up to the 35, a lot more touchbacks result from that, took out two guys from a four-man wedge, so the kickoff game has been a little bit more protective. 

So I think what happens is the punting games has so much of an influence, I wouldn’t say recently, but I think there is more emphasis on it because field position these days is so crucial, not that it hasn’t been but it just seems to me, as I’ve been in the league longer, there is a little bit more emphasis on it. To see a guy like Bryan Anger go in the third round and perform as well as he did, that’s exciting to see just as a punter. It just goes to show you that teams are putting emphasis on Special Teams because usually if you win two out of three phases of the game whether its offense, defense, or offensive special teams or defensive special teams, you give yourself a good chance to win. 

Strauss : I agree it’s the balance and its teams that don’t focus on it that you see that it ends up hurting them.

Zastudil : Yeah. I think so. I think its where to find a team that doesn’t put emphasis on it, but typically, it seems to me that there’s always a couple of teams in the NFL that you can tell put a lot of emphasis on it because consistently those teams are very, very good. 

Strauss : You were drafted before a good amount of players and before another punter. Do you think that there was something that separated you from all the other players coming out that year that you feel would be the reason why you were drafted? In terms of general players do you think there was something that you did well during that time to separate yourself?

Zastudil : Before I answer that question, a big factor that comes in, and its called timing. Timing is a big thing and sometimes when you’re drafted you’re signed because you may have a team that has a lot of draft picks that really doesn’t have a punter at all. Because of those extra draft picks or because of the emphasis they need to put an emphasis on that. Sometimes in a draft, you don’t have teams that have that need as much, so sometimes it’s timing, but I think the thing that separated me at the time that year was it wasn’t like I just had a good senior year punting in college. I was pretty consistent four straight years.

I felt like that I had a strong leg, I was left footed, and sometimes you hear the rumors that left foot puts a different spin on the ball, so it makes you a little more attractive. I think it was just the fact that I was pretty consistent for four years straight. My workouts leading up the draft were pretty consistent in those and I showed that I had a good leg. Combining that with the timing of the Baltimore Ravens need for a punter, for me, it worked out  nicely. 

Strauss : You were very successful your rookie year with the Ravens. What was it like being a part of the Ravens organization and do you have a favorite memory from your time in Baltimore?

Zastudil : I think during my first couple of years, I didn’t perform up to where I think I would have liked to. I mean I did okay, but I think that I definitely where I am, as I left the organization I think my last year there I started to kind of get to the point where I think there were really expecting me to get, so that’s the memory I will always remember from there. I was blessed to get drafted by them, but I think it took me a few years to get to where I felt I need to be, but that organization is top notch, first class, and just a great experience I had. They have a great front office, great facility, probably one of the nicest facilities in the NFL. I just had a great time there. 

I think the first team anyone goes to, it puts a little favorability to, because its your first NFL experience. It’s your first time getting to know everything and your first time playing. I think I was lucky to play with guys like Peter Boulware, Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders, and Ed Reed. I had some great players and some great veterans that I learned from, and it’s just good memories and good experiences, but one specific memory I have is: When I got drafted from them it was neat because Ozzie Newsome called me. He said, ‘Welcome to the Baltimore Ravens. I grew up watching him my whole childhood, and knowing how influential he was to the city of Cleveland where I grew up. Just having that memory of him calling me and telling me that was one of those things where you really understood all the hard work paid off. It was a special way to enter the NFL. 

Strauss : Did he know at the time, that you looked up to him?

Zastudil : He knew, I was from Cleveland, we used to talk. Whenever I had the chance to talk about the old days. He had a lot of guys on his staff like Earnest Byner was the Running Backs coach, their whole head trainers were from Cleveland, the head of PR, Kevin Byrne, was from Cleveland. There were a lot of guys there that came from the old regime, and it was fun to hear old stories about guys I grew up watching and things about the old stadium in Cleveland that you did not know about. It was just fun to have those conversations.

Strauss : What was it like to return home and back to Ohio?

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Zastudil : It’s funny because I can tell people I played for the old Browns and the new Browns really. It was really, really cool. It was bittersweet because I really enjoyed Baltimore and my teammates and the opportunity they gave me and I wanted to, and kind of let them know that I never would have left Baltimore pretty much for any team at the time except for Cleveland. Because it was always a dream come true of mine to play for the Cleveland Browns. I grew up with my dad going to games when I was a kid and just the fact being able to put on that Orange and Brown helmet, and it was a dream that I’ve always had since I was a kid. It was an opportunity I could not pass. 

Luckily at the time they needed a punter, and I knew going home and playing would be a lot of pressure on me, because I know how passionate the fans are. I know I had all my family and friends there. I knew the history of the team, and I knew that Lake Erie had some really gusty winds coming off the lake. It was really difficult for a punter or a kicker to perform well there, so I had all those obstacles. I also knew at that point in my career, I was coming off a pretty good season in 2005, and I felt at that time that I was ready for the challenge of doing this. Luckily, timing worked out and I had a chance to go back home.

Strauss : And, do you have a favorite memory from your time with the Cleveland Browns?

Zastudil : To be honest with you, I think it was the first time I ran out of the tunnel. The first home game I believe it was the New Orleans Saints in 2006, and it was opening day. It was just running out, the Punters and Kickers always go out first and we could hear the crowd stand up to cheer and just exciting for the season to start. It was just one of those things that I had a flash back that I was up in the stands with my dad and my brother and I was like… Wow, this is it! This is what I have been kinda dreaming of doing.  I think it was just running out of that tunnel the first time in front of the home crowd was pretty special for me. 

Strauss : Then, you ended up leaving Cleveland… 

Zastudil : I had knee surgery in 2009 on my right knee. And then, I tried to come back to training camp 2010, I had a little set-back. They put me on injured reserve. And it was my last year on my contract, so I knew right then and there basically being a punter, one guy per team, they’re not going to wait around for that. So I knew that, they were going to move on. 

Strauss : What was that experience like for you to go through the surgery and unfortunately to lose your job through it, and then be fortunate enough to be picked up by another team?

Zastudil : It was definitely devastating. I was frustrated because I knew once I got healthy, I knew I still had a lot of years left in me, and I knew I could be effective for a team. Then time went by and luckily Kevin Spencer, who is now the Special Teams coach of the San Diego Chargers… He was coaching for the Steelers when I played against them in our conference with Baltimore and Cleveland. He luckily remembered me, and called me in and said I am interested for you to come in and compete with Ben Graham who we have and I can’t guarantee anything but you have to earn the job. 

But that opportunity he gave me was something that I feel like I’m indebted to him for the rest of my life because when you get out of this league sometimes through injuries you realize how hard it is to get back in. That’s why I always tell people to play in the NFL it’s a privilege, it’s not a right. And I was privileged to be back in. And he was one of my favorite coaches I played for. I love him as a father. And I’m just thankful he gave me the opportunity to get back and play. I’m also thankful for the Cardinals organization, but I know he is the one that came out and looked at me.

Strauss : Not many players get to play Special Teams for a long amount of time except for three people, then its essentially new guys coming in and everything. Being a punter, is there a specific memory you have with your long snapper and kicker that you want to talk about and share?

Zastudil : I was just really blessed that every team I’ve gone to, I have always been the young guy. When I was in Baltimore, I had Matt Stover who I grew up watching him in Cleveland, I was in sixth grade and I got to play with him. I got to learn all the veteran knowledge he had. Then, I go to Cleveland and I have Phil Dawson who arguably is the best kicker in the game. I got to learn a lot of things from him and then  Ryan Pontbriand who is a Pro Bowl snapper, so I was blessed to have him. Then I come to Arizona, and I’m still the youngest guy. At 34 years old, Jay Feely and Mike Leach who both have been in the league thirteen and fourteen years. It’s just as good as it gets as far as a teammate and a player. 

The biggest thing is, that I ha ve just been really lucky to be surrounded with other really good specialists, not only just as good players, but as good people. They’re just good guys and we’ve looked out for each other and all have become really good friends. I think when you leave the game, looking back, it’s the relationships you build that I think you will always remember. 

Strauss : With the Cardinals organization you set a single-season record, 46 punts inside the 20. What was it like to set that record?

Zastudil : I think anytime you can put your name in the record books, especially in this profession, it is pretty special. That year was interesting because the punter for the Kansas City Chiefs was Dustin Colquitt, and he finished with 45. He got to 45 with considerably less amount of punts than me, so what he did was all as equally impressive. I think anytime you can put a statistic in a record book, it’s cool. It’s something you can be proud of. I think it’s something that, it’s nice to see because it’s something that until someone breaks it your name’s in there. But I could never have done that without the guys on the team. And we had gunners last year, Mike Adams and Justin Bethel who were just fantastic at downing the ball. And a lot of stuff that comes with punts inside the 20 is just situations. If sometimes your on a team that doesn’t even get to the 50 yard line then you never really have the opportunity to do that, so we just had a lot of opportunities last year and I was grateful that I was able to put the guys in position to make plays and it was a good team effort. 

Strauss : With the Cardinals organization, they just recently went through a coaching change. What’s the biggest thing you’re looking forward to with this new coaching staff and this new Cardinals team?

Zastudil : I think what is nice is a lot of the guys that I have played with or talked to have said nothing, but fantastic things about Bruce Arians. They say he’s just a passionate coach, who’s smart, and guys really just want to play hard for. I think when you have a head coach comes in, with great credentials like that, and with positive feedback from the players, A: That gets you excited to play. B: Sometimes this NFL is a tough business. There’s turnover all the time, and I think anytime you have a new coaching staff, it gets you motivated to come back and start new and get a new fresh air into the building and into the atmosphere. I think guys are just excited to get back and get working, and hopefully get guided by the staff to put us in a great position to win. 

Strauss : Maybe since he has quarterback’s coach mindset, he’ll try to make you throw a pass from back there?

Zastudil : Hey man… I told every coach that I play with that I used to play quarterback, so its one of those things where if they’re ready for me to call that play and be ready, I’ll be ready but we’ll try not to give away too many secrets over this interview. 

Strauss : I hope you can run too.

Zastudil : I can throw better than I can run, put it that way. 

Strauss : Former interviewee, Chris Kluwe mentioned that a punter would sometimes be told by their coaches to only punt the ball 40 to 45 yards even if they can punt the ball sixty yards because your guys on the ends, the gunners, aren’t fast enough, quick enough to get downfield, and the last thing you want is a guy like Devin Hester back there with 10 yards of space and making moves. How does the Special Teams coach work with you to maximize your talent as well as the team around you throughout your career?

Zastudil : Right now in this day and age, there are really two types of punters out there. There are the big-bangers we call them, that could just take that ball and hit the heck out of it with good hang time and then you have directional punters that really try to focus on putting the ball outside the numbers and near the sideline. 

But anytime, you go up against a really good returner and most likely when you are going up against a really good returner, you have a really good special teams that you’re playing against so when you’re going up against a Patrick Peterson [Cardinals] or Devin Hester [Bears] or Leodis McKelvin [Bills]. You definitely don’t want to out-kick your coverage and give that guy room to run with the ball, or especially kick it down the middle. But sometimes, you see guys hit the ball forty yards with what’s called an end-over-end kick. So he gets a fair catch because if he catches the ball at 40 yards you’re looking at a 40 yard net and anything traditionally over 38 yards in net is, you’ll take every time. If you have a returner that is very, very special then you’re going to do a lot of things not to let him return the ball, whether it is kick it out of bounds, kick it forty yards in the air, so what Chris said is definitely true. I think you have to just take every situation differently, and you must have a game plan going into that game. 

Strauss : You talked about Patrick Peterson. What’s it like to practice with a guy? Do you worry about that at all in practice?

Zastudil : No. I love punting to him because I know it’s not a real game, it’s not going to effect me. Him and I talk, and he’ll ask me questions about the punter that we’re playing against, and what’s his strengths, and what’s his weaknesses. He’s just such a special player. He’s a fantastic athlete, he’s smart, he takes the game real serious and honestly, last year guys were just kicking away from him too much that it was hard for him to really get going, but if a punter makes a mistake to this guy and accidentally hits one down the middle or short, he’s going to make you pay. He’s about as good as a returner as I’ve ever seen in my time in the NFL and it’s really been fun to watch him. 

Strauss : Would you say he’s the best player you’ve punted against, even though you haven’t had to deal with him to an extent? 

Zastudil : I have never had to punt to him, but what I saw him do two years ago and take four punts back for touchdowns, especially when a couple of them were 5 second hang-times. He would just make people miss and when he’s gone, that guy is gone. I got to see things out of him that I have never seen. I mean the only guy, besides Devin Hester that I could remember do stuff, like that was Dante Hall back in the day, but this guy will scare you. He was doing all this in his rookie year. This guy hasn’t even reached his full potential, and he’s already been a pro bowler as a returner and a pro bowler as a defensive back. So I think the cards definitely have something special with him.

Strauss : What have you seen out of Larry Fitzgerald on the other side of the ball?

Zastudil : I think what’s amazing about Larry is how is actions speak so loud as a leader. I mean, here’s a guy that’s got all the credentials in the world, has all the money in the world, all these things, and he’s still is the last guy to walk off the field catching balls from jugs machine. He’s always looking to get better, he always practices hard. He does what the coaches tell him to do. I don’t think there has ever been a day that’s gone by, and I haven’t seen him get involved in some charity, giving back to the community, doing things like that, and to top it all off.

When I first came to the Cardinals organization, I would see him make catches in practice, that I would hit Jay Feely, and say, “Did you just see that catch?” And Jay would say, “Oh yeah, that’s Larry.” Now that I’m going into my third year, at the end of last year, he would be doing those same catches and now I’m the one saying, “Oh yeah, that’s just Larry.” It would just become so normal that he’d be making so many crazy catches that you get so used to it. You get to the point where you get so used to it that its nothing really new anymore because he is that talented. The guy is just a great teammate and does a lot of stuff off the field that I think that makes him such a good person. 

Strauss : Anything else you want to touch on? I have a couple questions after.

Zastudil : It’s just been nice that Ive had a really support system. I got great family back home, and friends that have been really good support systems for me. It’s great now that my kids are getting older that my oldest daughter got to go to a game last year, and get a picture with me on the field, and I think that was something that was special for me. But other than that, I thought I’d just say I’m just excited for the season. We’ve got the Arizona Cardinals fans that should be excited about this year. I think this new staff is putting together a lot of new faces, guys are excited, and hopefully we can give them something special to cheer about this year.

Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

Zastudil : I’m vanilla with colored sprinkles on top. I am pretty much your average guy, but I like to do some exciting things, and travel and do some things and I think kind of being in the NFL puts you in the position of , I’m trying to think of the word,  something to look up to. I think the sprinkles on top are the NFL part. 

I don’t live my life flashy, and I don’t try to do outrageous things. I pretty much just like to work hard and what you see with me is what you get. I love hanging out with my kids and my family, and I love sitting home watching movies, and playing some golf here and there. My life isn’t too exciting to say the least, but I think vanilla is a pretty good word. I’m just trying to relax. I love to do things with my kids, but when time comes for football, I think I definitely put the work in, but I’m not a flashy guy, and I just kinda just stay under the radar and just work really hard, and I think you could say I’m pretty vanilla. 

Strauss : So you said you like to travel. Where have you been? What have you done?

Zastudil : That’s the thing. I haven’t traveled that much. I just know when I am done playing when I get older that’s when I want to do all my traveling, I’d love to go to Italy. That’s probably my top destination I want to go to. I love history. I want to go see the Coliseum, and I want to see the history. I mean you talk about history here, we’ve got Gettysburg and talk about the civil war and that was the 1800s. You go to Italy… You’re talking like B.C., you’re talking real old. I’ve always had a passion for traveling around Europe and seeing some old ruins and getting a little bit of the history over there, but I think when I am done playing and my kids grow up, I’ll have more time to do that but other than that I just really enjoy golfing. That’s a big hobby of mine. I’m not as good as I want to be, but I enjoy playing. 

Strauss : So you’re a big history guy. Was that your major in college?

Zastudil : No, I was a business major. I majored I finance and marketing but I’ve always just enjoyed it. History isn’t something not like I am a freak over, and study all the time. I appreciate it and I think historical relics and sites and ruins, its just fascinating to me. I just really enjoy going to see those sites and learning about them. 

Strauss : Is there anything else you want to talk about, I know we talked a while but sometimes you want to bring up maybe a camp you’re going to or an event or something that’s coming up, what you’re up to what you’re excited about coming up?

Zastudil : I would just say that one charity that I think that everybody should know about is… Sometimes people are looking for a charity to get involved with, donate to or just help out with, but there is a website called www.raibenefit.org. A friend of mine, or I guess its really his brother who is a friend of mine too, he died of throat cancer when he was 27 years old. I went to college with him and his brother who started http://www.raibenefit.org, he was captain with me on our high school football team, and we’re still really good friends. But it’s a great charity that helps adolescents fight cancer. It’s a charity that’s grown over the years, started with the hard work and what he does for these kids, the families is just I’ve seen it first hand, and I’ve been involved with it for a long time. And if anyone out there is looking for a charity to get involved with, just research it, look into it. I think it would make them feel really good, to help out that charity. 

Strauss : Thank you so much for your time Dave. I hope you enjoyed it.

Zastudil : As a player and as a fan growing up you’re always interested in questions and answers because you were always interested in what an NFL player was saying and what he feels about this or that. And I know when you post interviews about other guys, and I’ve read them, and its just cool, because you get to find out things about guys you play against that you never would have known. You’re doing all the right things. Thank you Max and take care.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 26 2013

    #PUNTERSAREPEOPLETOO

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  2. BLiZzArD
    May 28 2013

    Great Read I learned alot about our Punter from it thank you.

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