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April 22, 2010

Auburn RB, Ben Tate Interview

by Max Strauss

Ben Tate was born in Woolbridge, Virginia and played high school football at two different high schools in Maryland. He was known around the state for his amazing ability and talent. BT played collegiately in 37 games at Auburn University. He was a running back for Auburn and totaled 678 attempts, 3321 rushing yards, and 24 touchdowns. He declared entry for the 2010 NFL Draft, and his future NFL team has to be determined. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL Draft.

Strauss : So, Ben, why do you make it important to connect to the fans?

Tate : I make a point to connect with my fans because when I was younger I didn’t have the chance to reach out to the people I admired.  I want people to know me without my helmet on.  I also like reaching out to my young fans via Facebook and Twitter because it gives them a chance to see what it really takes.

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

Tate : Martin Luther King because of the things he’s done for this country.  His ideas were way ahead of his time.  I’d love to sit down and talk with him.

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

Tate : I don’t have one.  I listen to music but I don’t depend on music to pump me up.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Tate : I don’t have one favorite movie.

Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?

Tate : Strawberry Popsicle.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?

Tate : I don’t have one favorite.

Strauss : What is your favorite meal?

Tate : Steak and Potatoes.

Strauss : What is your favorite video game?

Tate : NBA 2K10.

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

Tate : My keys.

Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Tate : I loved the Dallas Cowboys.

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

Tate : I watched the Dallas Cowboys play the Detroit Lions and the Cowboys won.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Tate : I have been playing since I was seven years old.

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

Tate : Yes, I also played basketball and ran track.

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

Tate : Basketball—I got the opportunity to start on Varsity Freshmen year.

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

Tate : I knew after my 10th grade season.

Strauss : What is your best memory from Auburn?

Tate : It’s all the memories I have hanging out, being with all my friends.  They all stick out in my mind.

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

Tate : I would have, or would eventually like to, work in Criminology.

Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in D-1 and in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?

Tate : Of course.  I would tell them to work hard, to always believe in yourself and to never give up.

Strauss : Thank you for your time.

Tate : Thank you for the opportunity.

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