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April 14, 2010

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Stony Brook RB, Conte Cuttino Interview

by Max Strauss

Conte Cuttino was an all-state running back in high school. He attended Stony Brook University in New York. During his time at Stony Brook, he had 31 starts, 3,607 rushing yards, and 19 rushing touchdowns. He ran a 4.5 forty yard dash during his Pro Day. CC entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and his future is undetermined. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL Draft.

Strauss : So Conte, why do you make it important to connect to your fans?

Cuttino : I feel that it’s important to connect to the fans because support is so important, no matter if you are a football player or a teacher. To have people uplifting you and encouraging you is the best feeling.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Cuttino : Never had a favorite star, but I liked all the good backs like Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith – they had a special gift that made their game great.

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Cuttino : I would like to meet Muhammad Ali. He is someone who, despite the obstacles and odds against him, he was still able to find a way to overcome and achieve his goal. He is a man who lived through what I am living through now.

Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?

Cuttino : We Ready by Pastor Troy.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Cuttino : Definitely Any Given Sunday.

Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?

Cuttino : Twix.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?

Cuttino : SportsCenter, The Game, and Everybody Hates Chris

Strauss : What is your favorite meal?

Cuttino : Mom’s Mac and Cheese, with collard greens, turkey wings, candy yams and a caesar salad.

Strauss : What is your favorite video game?

Cuttino : Madden Series and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?

Cuttino : My iPod – can’t leave without some tunes.

Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Cuttino : I never really had a favorite team growing up, I just like a good game. I always root for the underdog.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Cuttino : Since I was seven years old.

Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?

Cuttino : I ran track in high school. I ran the hurdles and came in 8th at the Armory Nationals during my senior year.

Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?

Cuttino : It’s really hard to say since I haven’t played anything else since high school. If I had to choose, it would be track, even though it was never something that I loved to do. I only ran track to stay in shape for football season.

Strauss : At what age, did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?

Cuttino : Ever since I started playing back when I was seven, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Football is something I always enjoyed doing and was great at.

Strauss :  If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?

Cuttino : After all it is said and done with football, I would like to exercise my degree in Business Finance and manage my own business.

Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?

Cuttino : Funny thing, I’ve never actually seen a live NFL game. I’m saving that experience for when I’m actually playing on a team.

Strauss : What is your best memory from Stony Brook?

Cuttino : My best memory playing ball at Stony Brook would be my very last game against Liberty U. We were playing for the conference championship, and we won the game in the very last seconds. It was a thrilling win, everyone rushed the field, and I finally got a championship ring – my first one. The whole team went crazy.

Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in college, what’s advice to give them?

Cuttino : Work hard and strive for what you want. Don’t let anything discourage you and know that everything happens for a reason. Once you get your opportunity, take advantage of it and never let it go because there’s always someone out there working than you.

Strauss : Thank you Conte for your time.

Cuttino : Thanks for the opportunity, God Bless.

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