Rams LB, Dominic Douglas Interview
Dominic Douglas played college football for Mississippi State University. DD entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but actually went undrafted. He signed a UDFA contract with the St. Louis Rams after the draft. He made the practice squad player and remained there all year. He then was cut by the St. Louis Rams in 2010. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season.
Strauss : So, Dominic, why do you make it extremely important to connect to the fans?
Douglas : Because the fans are the reason why my job is fun!!!
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Douglas : Jerry Rice was my childhood star, because he is from Mississippi and he played in the NFL, like me.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Douglas : It would be my grandfather on my mother’s side. He died when my mom was 13 years old.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?
Douglas : I would be a nurse or a physical therapist.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game? What pumps you up?
Douglas : “Never Would’ve Made It” by Marvin Sapp (It’s a gospel song)
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Douglas : My favorite movie of all time is Gladiator.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Douglas : My favorite snack food is sunflower seeds. I love them they are so good.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Douglas : I love cherry pie and lemon pie, they are so delicious.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Douglas : My favorite shows are THE GAME, the JAMIE FOXX SHOW, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Douglas : I love chiterlings, collard greens with cornbread, and mac and cheese.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Douglas : I don’t really play video games.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Douglas : My phone, I love my phone.
Strauss :What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Douglas : My favorite NFL team growing up were the 49ers.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Douglas : My first live NFL live game I watched was when we played the Jets in preseason!! I played, and we won lol!!!
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Douglas : I have played football since I was in 5th grade.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Douglas : I was in track and powerlifting.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Douglas : My favorite sport besides football is bowling. I’m very good.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Douglas : I think it was when I was thirteen.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your career?
Douglas : He made me push to be great and have a professional attitude about the game.
Strauss : What was the hardest change between high school and college?
Douglas : The hardest jump was the size and speed, but as soon as I got used to them I was fine.
Strauss : What can you expect from playing D-1 football?
Douglas : Hard nose football, quality players, and players that love the game.
Strauss : Who was the hardest player for you to compete against in college? Why?
Douglas : Darren McFadden was the hardest player because of his speed and quickness.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Mississippi State?
Douglas : My favorite memory is when we played University of Central Florida in Memphis at the LIBERTY BOWL. It was packed, and all I heard was cowbells everywhere.
Strauss : What impact did your college coach have on your professional career?
Douglas : They helped me market myself and help me transform my practice and workout habits.
Strauss : What was it like to train for the combine?
Douglas : It was great I trained at the University of Miami so I had alot of fun.
Strauss : How had your game improved from years of community to college to draft day?
Douglas : It improved my skills a lot. I was faster, quicker, bigger, stronger and more confident.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Douglas : I was expected to get drafted late fourth round but I fell through the rankings. It was cool to be undrafted, I mean, of course I wanted to be a drafted player, but you can’t deny God’s will. When, the Rams signed me like 30 minutes after the draft but the feeling was remarkable. I felt like I finally made it.
Strauss : Could you have predicted how far football was going to carry you?
Douglas : No, not at all it’s by the grace of God, I’m still doing this.
Strauss : What is the hardest workout to do?
Douglas : Core exercises.
Strauss : What do you expect from playing in the NFL?
Douglas : I expect to have a long career and to make an impact on the league itself.
Strauss : How important has film been to your development? What do you look for when you watch film?
Douglas : Its has enhanced my game tremendously. It make your decision making faster and it helps you to execute your assignment. I look at formations, the key players and the weaknesses of my opponent.
Strauss : Who do you compare your game to? Why?
Douglas : I don’t compare my game to anyone. I love being myself.
Strauss : How did you get your nickname?
Douglas : I got my nickname Doug E Fresh from my fraternity Phi Beta Sigma Inc. I pledged Spring ’09 at Mississippi State University.
Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?
Douglas : My best friend died in a tragic car accident, and that made me realize that time is precious. So try to have fun and better yourself with every chance possible.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Douglas : “I am the GREATEST.” – Muhammad Ali
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in college and in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Douglas : Buy into your coaches system, believe that God has a plan for you, and never give up no matter what the circumstances may be.
Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?
Douglas : I love to give back, and I enjoy the games is because of the fans.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Douglas : ANYTIME. lol.