Undrafted Free Agent, Former Texas Southern University, TE Jonathan Hannah Interview
Jonathan Hannah first played college football for Florida State University, but then transferred to play for Texas Southern University. His best game in college came where he had 9 receptions for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2009, he totaled 30 receptions, 425 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He entered the 2010 NFL Draft, but went undrafted and he actually never got the chance to sign with an NFL team. This interview was conducted a month after the NFL Draft.
Strauss : Why do you make it extremely important to connect to the fans?
Hannah : Haha, I love twitter it gives me a chance to interact with new people which is always fun.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Hannah : Michael Jordan, like most other kids. He was truly ahead of his time and made everything look so easy.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Hannah : I would say anyone who went through the civil rights movement by either helping African-Americans or African-Americans who stood up for what they believed in. Those people have my utmost respect.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?
Hannah : I believe it was the Falcons and the Patriots about three or four years ago, and the patriots won.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?
Hannah : I would be doing something sports oriented. Love sports like most americans so. So, I would say coaching.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Hannah : I’m a southern boy so anything Pastor Troy, Plies, Lil’ Wayne, Young Jeezy or Rick Ross gets me ready to play.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Hannah : Major Payne.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Hannah : Beef Jerky.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Hannah : Key Lime Pie is something I would die for.
Strauss : What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Hannah : Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Hannah : Martin.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Hannah : Steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, Mac and Cheese and collard greens.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Hannah : NBA 2k series.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Hannah : My iPhone is my life. lol
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Hannah : I have been playing football since I was six years old.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Hannah : The only other sport I have played is basketball.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Hannah : Basketball is my first love and I started playing that at three years old. Basketball, definitely I’ve accomplished a lot in that sport and still love it today with great passion.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Hannah : I would say when I was fifteen or sixteen when I was getting a lot of interest from colleges. I thought I had enough potential to make a career out of it.
Strauss : Who was the hardest player for you to break away from in college?
Hannah : Mark Anderson, when he was at Alabama, now with the Chicago Bears. He possessed quickness and strength I had never seen before.
Strauss : How had your game improved from throughout college?
Hannah : I was a lot stronger, smarter, and faster and my blocking and route running improved tremendously.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from FSU and Texas Southern?
Hannah : My best memory at FSU was walking into the stadium and seeing all the accolades of all the football greats that have made their mark at FSU. Walking into the locker room and seeing Deion Sanders, Alex Barron, Warrick Dunn, Charlie Ward, Peter Warrick, etc. the Jerseys framed is very moving. My favorite thing about Texas Southern was that it was right in Houston.
Strauss : What was it like to train for the combine?
Hannah : Pretty intense, hardest period of time I’ve ever worked out in my life.
Strauss : Who do you compare your game to?
Hannah : I try to pattern my game after Tony Gonzalez, he is my favorite TE and I believe he’s an all around tight end.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Hannah : Rollercoaster. Anxiety–out of this world.
Strauss : As you’ve grown as a player, how important has film been to your development?
Hannah : Film is incredibly important without it, it’s hard to evaluate what you’re capable of doing on the field
Strauss : If you don’t land with an NFL team during the offseason, are you open to going to the UFL?
Hannah : I am absolutely. UFL is still professional football with an opportunity to make it to the NFL.
Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?
Hannah : Losing my grandmother made me realize life is a gift, cherish it. Whether it’s good or not, it’s your life, so love it.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Hannah : “To whom much is given, much is tested” or “There is no such thing as a bad day just some days are better than others”.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in college and in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Hannah : You have to be mentally tough to survive in this game. Never listen to when anyone says you can’t do it, and take the criticism you hear and use it as fuel to drive you to your goal!
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Hannah : I want to thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions for your readers I hope y’all enjoy take care and God Bless!