Raiders S, Jerome Boyd Interview
Jerome Boyd was born in Los Angeles, California. JB played collegiately at the University of Oregon. He was a linebacker, but later made the switch the safety. He accumulated 178 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 8 pass deflections, and 6.5 sacks throughout his career with Oregon. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but was undrafted. He then earned a chance with the Oakland Raiders, and was placed on their practice squad in 2009. In 2010, he was cut by the Raiders. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season.
Strauss : Jerome, why do you connect to the fans?
Boyd : I tweet and talk with the fans because they do so much for us. They come to our games, cheer, and make us feel good. They do what players love fans to do and they don’t really know me, so it is just another chance for them and me.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Boyd : I really never had a childhood star.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
Boyd : I really don’t know but if I had to pick I’d probably say… Bo Jackson because I read his book and loved how he played.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game? What pumps you up?
Boyd : See I’m the person who really, really loves the game and if I listen to music that pumps me up too much I lose energy because I just want to go out there and kill someone… hahaha For real, so I listen to a little here and a little there not too much though, or I’ll get too pumped. No slow songs, just rap mostly Wayne..
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Boyd : Gladiator has to be gladiator because the man worked so hard to go through what he had too but still never gave up until it was his time… That’s how someone should live life. Never give up and always go hard no matter what!
Strauss : What is your favorite snack?
Boyd : My favorite snack has to be ALLLLLLLL the fruit snacks. I kill them all.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Boyd : ESPN and Family Guy
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Boyd : I don’t really have one, sorry… I eat everything that I can.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Boyd : Is that even a question?!? HANDS DOWN, Call Of Duty.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Boyd : My phone.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Boyd : Actually my favorite team was the Oakland Raiders, that’s what makes this dream some much better!
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?
Boyd : I forgot how old I was but I was, but definitely in junior high, and it was a classic San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders game…. I believe it the raiders won, had to be the raiders right?
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Boyd : I have played football, since I was 13 and I have loved it ever since…
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Boyd : I also ran track for a couple years. I would have done basketball too, but it would have been too much on my knees when I was growing up and playing the other sports.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Boyd : I don’t really play any other sports now because I don’t want to get hurt doing something dumb… but I like to watch basketball and track.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Boyd : I realized it when I was in tenth grade and I was starting on the Varsity team but it hit me when it still felt kinda easy.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?
Boyd : I wanted and will be a firefighter when im done unless I play for like 13yrs then imma be big chillin…
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Oregon?
Boyd : Man… I really couldn’t pick one moment I had many great moments, but I’d say my entire freshman year. Patrick Chung was my roommate, we were both red-shirted, so all we did was have no worries, it was the best… GREAT MOMENTS.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Boyd : Never give up and always go hard no matter what! Work harder than everybody else.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.