Dolphins WR, Brian Hartline Interview
Brian Hartline played wide receiver for the Ohio State University for three years. He was very productive throughout his time there. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 4th round by the Miami Dolphins. During his rookie season, he totaled 31 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns. Check out our interview that was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: In 2010, he totaled 43 receptions, 615 yards, and 1 touchdown. He is still a member of the Miami Dolphins.]
Strauss : So, Brian, why do you make it extremely important to connect to the fans?
Hartline : I do not make it extremely important, I just enjoy it.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Hartline : The triplets, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith. With a little bit of Alvin Harper thrown in there.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Hartline : Probably one of our founding fathers. Probably Benjamin Franklin. He was and still is so influential with the shaping of the United States. The amount of questions would be limitless. Why is pretty self-explanatory.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Hartline : I don’t need music to get me pumped up before games.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Hartline : The Batman Series
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Hartline : Welch’s fruit snacks
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Hartline : Criminal Minds
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Hartline : A lobster bisque soup for a starter, Filet on a charbroil grille with lobster mac and cheese, and some truffle fries for sides.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Hartline : Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Hartline : Cell phone, wallet, keys.
Strauss : Could you have predicted how far football was going to carry you?
Hartline : Absolutely not.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Hartline : The Dallas Cowboys.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Hartline : I have played football my whole life starting in the backyard. But I started playing organized football when I was nine.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Hartline : I did. I played football, ran indoor and outdoor track, and also played a little basketball.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Hartline : I would definitely say track but I do not run anymore. I ran the hurdles all through high school. I was a two-time state champion and a two-time all-american. There is just something to be said about it being all about the individual. You win titles on your own. There is no excuses or individual opinions on talent level. Tape measures and stop watches don’t lie.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Hartline : You never realize it until you do it. I didn’t realize I was going to play college football until I played my first game. And I didn’t realize I was going to play for the Dolphins until I got into my first game. There is a big difference between having the opportunity to do something and actually doing something.
Strauss : What did you want to do for your career before this change of thought?
Hartline : I really didn’t know. Football was the goal and my fall back plan was having my degree. Where I would go with the degree I was unsure of.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Hartline : My first game was when I was young, probably around 7 years old. It was down in Dallas but I forget who the Cowboys were playing.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your football career?
Hartline : Every coach I have had has had an impact on my career.
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from high school to college.
Hartline : The talent level and the speed of the game.
Strauss : How had your game improved from your freshman to your junior year?
Hartline : In many ways. You grow a lot from eighteen years old to twenty-one years old on and off the field.
Strauss : Who was the hardest player for you to get past in college? why?
Hartline : Mine, own teammate Malcolm Jenkins. We had quite a few battles.
Strauss : What impact did your college coach have on your professional career?
Hartline : He probably had the biggest impact on my football career. Darrell Hazel, my receiver coach at OSU, was one of the best coaches I have ever had the chance to work with.
Strauss : As you’ve grown as a player, how important has film been to your development?
Hartline : Very important. Through college and now the NFL, we spend more time in the class room watching film, then we do on the field.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Hartline : Very nerve-racking, but a great experience.
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from college to the NFL.
Hartline : The amount of smart players in the NFL.
Strauss : What was it like to catch your first touchdown?
Hartline : It was exciting, but I wanted to keep the mindset of “plenty of more to come”. I don’t like complacency and more importantly I wanted to win the game.
Strauss : Your younger brother, Mike is at Kentucky, what do you talk to him about?
Hartline : We talk about everything. We probably talk almost every other day. And I do not give him advice on how to play football. Playing quarterback at high level is one of the hardest jobs in all of sports. I have the most respect for him and what he does.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Hartline : I have two: “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” AND: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” ~Vince Lombardi~
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, what’s the best advice you can give?
Hartline : Hate to lose more than you like to win. And there is nothing wrong with being first in everything you do. Don’t ever give someone the opportunity to say that they beat you. And if they do beat you, find out how they did and then do it better than them the next time. But, in the end, you have to hate to lose. If you don’t, you will end up losing to often.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Hartline : Thanks for the interview, and thanks to all my friends and fans for all the support they have shown me.