Broncos Special Teams Ace, Darrell Reid Interview
Darrell Reid attended the University of Minnesota and played in 48 games as a defensive tackle. He finished his career at Minnesota with 157 tackles, 16 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 6 pass deflections. He was undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, but signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He finished his career with the Colts with 62 special team tackles. He was with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010. This interview was conducted before the 2010 regular season.
Strauss: So, Darrell, why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Reid : To tell the truth, twitter is half for the fans and half for me. In my eyes, twitter is the #1 social network where you can reach super celebrities that are otherwise unattainable.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Reid : I didn’t have a childhood star my grandfather was my role model. Because of the type of player I am my fans are important because i feed off their energy. Also I’d like to give the fans an idea of the type of player I am off the field.Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
Reid : God. That’s Self-Explanatory. But I have a lot of questions.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Reid : Boyz In Da Hood.
Strauss : What’s your favorite snack food?
Reid : I have a sweet tooth, so I’m usually reaching for the candy.
Strauss : What’s your favorite TV Show?
Reid : SportsCenter.
Strauss : What would your last meal be?
Reid : Thanksgiving at Grandmas. The usual turkey, stuffing, collard greens, mac & cheese, black-eyed peas, corn pudding, homemade rolls & a variety of desserts.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Reid : NBA 2K10. It would be Live 10′ but they left me off the game for so many years that I boycotted it.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Reid : Oddly enough with all the football teams in my area Giants, Jets, and Eagles, I was a Die Hard Dallas Cowboys fan!
Strauss : How long have you played football? Did you play any other sports in high school?
Reid : I’ve played football since I was 13, so about 15 years. I also played basketball. Basketball was actually my first love but I stopped growing so…
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?
Reid : I’m not a big planner so I can’t tell you what I would have done if I wasn’t playing football.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?
Reid : I remember my 1st NFL game like it was yesterday. The Jets had a home game against the Panthers. That was back when the Jets had Keyshawn Johnson. I was sitting in the front row end zone and Keyshawn took a reverse for a TD right in front of me. He pointed at me and said “You’ll be here one day.” I think the Panthers won, because I remember the go ahead score and someone from the Panthers getting a penalty for doing the “worm”.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Minnesota?
Reid : #1 and most importantly I remember the camaraderie. In college when you come in those 31 other kids, you’re just that…kids. You still have no responsibilities and so life is more care free. Also, you expect to be with these guys for the next 4 or 5 years. Too many other memories to name…I’d be here all day.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Reid : If you are in high school, don’t rely on your athleticism alone. Make sure you’re getting it done in the classroom also. If in College and not a first round pick make sure you get your degree and first rounders take some financial planning or financial management classes to try to help you manage your money. To all: work, work, work and don’t ever let anyone tell you who you can be in life.
Strauss : Thank you so much for your time!
Reid : It was my pleasure to take the time out and answer a few questions. I appreciate the interest, so thank you also much love to all my fans. 2010 is going to be a big year.