Vikings RB, Albert Young Interview
Albert Young was an all-state all star for his high school football team in New Jersey. He then played college football for the University of Iowa. He totaled 660 attempts, 3173 yards, and 23 touchdowns during his time as a Hawkeye. After being undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Vikings onto their practice squad. He is still on the Vikings roster, and has been active in preseason and regular season games. This interview was conducted before the 2010 regular season.
Strauss : How long have you been playing football?
Young : I have been playing football since the 3rd grade.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school.
Young : I played baseball throughout high school. I also played basketball, but that just was my freshman year.
Strauss : What’s your favorite sport to play?
Young : Basketball. Too many experiences, so much fun.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Young : I’m a Marshall Faulk fan, so definitely the St. Louis Rams.
Strauss : When did you realize that you wanted to play in the NFL?
Young : I realized my ability when I was young. I set a dream as most kids do, and I let nothing interfere with me. Now, I’m in the NFL.
Strauss : If you were not in the NFL, what would you be doing?
Young : Probably playing baseball. I was playing two sports. I’m a trade of two sports.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?
Young : Last year, the first preseason game, Vikings against Seahawks. We all got to play. It was preseason. I got carries.
Strauss : What was your best memory from Iowa?
Young : Probably senior year. We played Michigan State. It was a big game for both of us. I got a lot of carries. The game went into overtime, and it was so exciting. We won. [He rushed for 179 yards on 34 carries and had two touchdowns.]
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Young : Marshall Faulk. I always watch his tape and try to make my game more like his game.
Strauss : So Albert, Why do you use social networking sites to connect to the fans?
Young : It’s a great to way be personal and connect to all the fans and not share all the personal information.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone for the first time, who would it be?
Young : I’ve never met Marshall Faulk. I’m a huge fan and I respect his game so much. It’d be great to meet him.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Young : That’s a tough one, there are so many good ones. There’s a whole bunch . You know like, American Gangster, Da Vinci Code, Any Given Sunday, Blue Chips.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Young : Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups. Mmmmm.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Young : My favorite television show would be Martin.
Strauss : What would your ideal “last meal” be?
Young : Bone Rib Eye, no sides or salad needed.
Strauss : What is your favorite dessert?
Young : Not a big dessert guy. But, if I had to choose it would so be cheesecake.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Young : All the NBA 2k series for Play Station 3.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to?
Young : No particular song, I have an iTunes playlist set up.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can not leave your house without?
Young : My blackberry.
Strauss : For anyone aspiring to football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Young : Just focus on that goal. Don’t let anything bring you away from it. Try to align yourself with the right people and a proper support group. Do not give up on your goal.
Strauss : Thank you for your time. This phone interview was awesome.
Young : Thank you and thanks to all my fans.