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May 20, 2010

49ers FS, Dashon Goldson Interview

by Max Strauss

Dashon Goldson played college football for Washington University. He was an all star safety for the Huskies and totaled almost 200 tackles in three years. He entered the 2007 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 4th round by the San Francisco 49ers. After his rookie season, he became a solid starter and has been a very important player in in the 49ers defense both in the run defense and pass defense games. [UPDATE: He made the Pro Bowl for his performance during the 2011 NFL season.]

Strauss :  So, Dashon, why do you connect to the fans?

Goldson : The fans are who keep me motivated to put the work in to be the best. I appreciate all my fans.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Goldson : Deion Sanders was my favorite player growing up because I loved his SWAGG at the time.

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

Goldson : If I could meet anyone alive or dead, I would say I’d meet Martin Luther King Jr., because he had the strongest impact on the African American community.

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

Goldson : My favorite song, before a game is Roscoe Dash, Soulja Boy “All the way turned up!”

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Goldson : My favorite movie of all time is ‘Friday after next” and “Kung Fu Panda”.

Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?

Goldson : My favorite snack food is Sour Patch Kids.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Goldson : My favorite type of pie is pumpkin pie.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?

Goldson : My favorite TV-show is MARTIN!

Strauss : What is your favorite meal?

Goldson : My favorite meal is curry chicken and white rice.

Strauss : What is your favorite video game?

Goldson : My favorite video game is Mario Go-Kart.

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

Goldson : The one thing I can’t leave a house without is cell phone.

Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Goldson : My favorite team growing up WAS the Dallas Cowboys.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Goldson : I’ve been playing football for fifteen years.

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

Goldson : Football was the only sport.

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

Goldson : Basketball is my favorite sport besides football.   I have was actually a bad memorable experience. I was going up for a dunk, came down and my ankle hit the metal bar holding a hoop and I still have the scar to this day.

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

Goldson : At fifteen, I realized I wanted to play college ball and playing in the NFL was just a blessing out of the sky.

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

Goldson : If I wasn’t playing in NFL, I would have owned my own business.

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

Goldson : My first live NFL game was the one I played in.

Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jumps from high school to college.

Goldson : The hardest change from high school to college is being able to balance school, football, personal time and should be prioritized in that order.

Strauss : How had your game improved from your freshman to your senior year?

Goldson : My game improved tremendously from my freshman to senior year, just on experience. The mistakes I was making as a freshman I mastered them as a senior.

Strauss : Why did you wear 8 at Washington?

Goldson : I wore #8 in High School. (Narbonne HS)

Strauss : Who was the hardest player for to compete against in college?

Goldson : The hardest player to compete against was Marshawn Lynch.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Washington?

Goldson : My favorite memory from attending college in Washington was graduation.

Strauss : What can you expect from playing D-1 football?

Goldson : From D-1 football you can expect to learn a lot, as well as mature as a man.

Strauss : What impact did your college coach have on your professional career?

Goldson : Defensive-Back coach JD William gave a consistent positive guidance.

Strauss : What’s the hardest workout for you to complete?

Goldson : The hardest workout I had to complete was preparing for combine. It was a lot of testing, physical and mental.

Strauss : What is the hardest workout to do?

Goldson : The hardest workout to do is a consistent workout.  Anyone can execute a hard workout every now and then, but who can do it consistently is what counts.

Strauss : As you’ve grown as a player, how important has film been to your development?

Goldson : Watching film separates great from good. You do most of your learning in the film room. That’s another thing you can learn in D-1 football.

Strauss : What do you look for when you watch film?

Goldson : I look for my mistakes and see how I could have approached the situation better. Watching film helps you learn to read the defense and offense.

Strauss : What was it like to train for the combine?

Goldson : Training for the combine was a dedicated process. I gave 100% to my workouts because I knew what I wanted to accomplish. I was nervous going into the combine because I didn’t know what to expect, but when I realized it was just football I was alright.

Strauss : When were you expecting to get drafted?

Goldson : I heard so many rumors of where I would go in the draft. It didn’t matter where I went in the draft as long as I got to play for a team and prove myself.

Strauss : Why did you choose the number 38 with the 49ers?

Goldson : I couldn’t wear #8 as a safety so I put a 3 in front of the 8 to make 38.

Strauss : Could you have predicted how far football was going to carry you?

Goldson : I couldn’t have guessed that I would be playing in the NFL.  I knew it was a change with all the work I put in growing up.

Strauss : Who do you compare your game to?

Goldson : Ronnie Lott.

Strauss : When you had your first interception, what inspired you to do that dance?

Goldson : I told my boys before the season, that I was going to Jerk Dance on my first interceptions and that I did!!! HaHaHa

Strauss : What goes through your mind when you realize that you can pick it off?

Goldson : It’s weird because, for some reason when the ball is in the air, I turn into a HAWK (Hawk38)! DB’s can go quarters without getting a pass thrown their way, so when it does you have to SHINE.

Strauss : What is your favorite quote?

Goldson : My favorite quote is “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger”.

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

Goldson : Chase your dreams and don’t turn back for a second. It’s possible!

Strauss : Thank you for your time.

Goldson : I appreciate your support and Thank You. I will be having giveaways and more on TWITTER so follow me: @TheHawk38




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