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July 20, 2010

Chargers WR, Ernest Smith Interview

by Max Strauss

Ernest Smith played wide receiver for Baylor University. After earning playing time throughout his four years at Baylor, ES entered the 2010 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the San Diego Chargers after the NFL Draft. [UPDATE: He was waived by the San Diego Chargers during the 2010 NFL preseason and has been out of the NFL since.]

Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to the fans?

Smith : I think when other athletes, college or high school, see a guy from either their neighborhood or ones they played against, it motivates and gives them a stronger drive to work hard and help them achieve their goals.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?

Smith : Jerry Rice…that’s self-explainable right???

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Smith : I love Will Smith, he’s my favorite actor… I love the fact that he’s a great dad and balances that with acting, and he can connect with his fans really well.

Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Smith : I hate to admit this, but the Dallas Cowboys…Emmitt Smith baby!! lol.

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

Smith : I saw my first game when I was sixteen, it was the Saints vs. Vikings…Vikings beat the Saints, and the game was in NO.

Strauss :  If you weren’t trying to make it in the NFL, what would you want to do?

Smith : When I was growing up, I really did not have a clue. But in the future, I would most likely start a custom car shop… I love cars.

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

Smith : I listen to Sade, Cherish The Day… I like to be real calm and focused rather than be too pumped.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Smith : Bad Boys II.

Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?

Smith : Reeses.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Smith : Apple pie.

Strauss : What is your favorite Ice cream flavor?

Smith : Pecan Prailines n’ Cream.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?

Smith : Nip/Tuck.

Strauss : What is your favorite meal?

Smith : “Spicy” shrimp pasta, with BBQ chicken.

Strauss : What is your favorite video game?

Smith : Call of Duty, PS3.

Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero?

Smith : Batman.

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

Smith : Cell Phone.

Strauss : So, how long have you played football?

Smith : I’ve played football since I was 8 years old.

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

Smith : Played Basketball and did Track. In basketball, I was a standout… as well as track, I won the 400m during my junior year.

Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play pro football?

Smith : When I was seventeen.

Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your career?

Smith : It prepared me for the competition and how to never be afraid… Never back down from a challenge and Never let someone tell you that you are not ready!!

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

Smith : The speed of the game was faster… Guys in college were more experienced mentally and physically.

Strauss : How did the number process work out at Baylor?

Smith : It was out of three or one… One is for guys who really think they’re too cocky, so I chose three.

Strauss : What did you learn from playing football at Baylor?

Smith : That everything happens for a reason, but keep God first and things will work out… Never give in and never let negativity set you back!

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Baylor?

Smith : Ok, this is tough because I don’t know which one I want to choose… The best was graduating a semester early… Second to that, was the Oklahoma University game my senior year…I had a lot to prove and if you watched the game you will see what happened with the so-called best team in the nation.

Strauss : How had your game improved throughout college?

Smith : I became faster and smarter… It helps a lot when it’s a live game..

Strauss : Who was the hardest player get by in college? Why?

Smith : I don’t want to pick anyone out honestly…

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

Smith : I had four different coaches, each one had their own significance…

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?

Smith : I was expected to go on the last day, anywhere between 4th round to 7th round… It was really crazy..started off real slow, then I began to hear from teams, but still wasn’t drafted, but seconds after the draft ended, the Chargers wanted to make a deal… I was relieved.

Strauss : What happened when you finally signed with the Chargers?

Smith : I did it… but it isn’t over.

Strauss : What number are you in the NFL?

Smith : It was six,  but hopefully I’ll get 13 and I did… They issued that number to me.

Strauss : What do you look for when you watch film? How important has film been to your development?

Smith : I look for the opponents’ schemes. Film is pretty important but I actually like playing rather than watching film… Makes it even more interesting and difficult…

Strauss : What do you expect from playing in the NFL?

Smith : I expect to be great and be the guy who being talked about in a conversation like I once used to talk about Jerry Rice to all my friends.

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

Smith : No, each day to me is a surprise.. just blessed everyday.

Strauss : Who do you compare your game to? Why?

Smith : No one honestly… My playing style is really rare. You will see…

Strauss : What has been the hardest thing for you to do since you started playing football?

Smith : I love challenges, so I don’t see things as being real hard.

Strauss : Do you have a favorite charity? Why?

Smith : I haven’t started to engage in them yet, but please believe me I will!

Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?

Smith : Hurricane Katrina really took a toll..for the better actually… It opened up a larger window for me to be seen and recruited..

Strauss : What is your favorite quote?

Smith : “In Life, it isn’t where you start, but where you finish defines the man you truly are”- Ernest Smith

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

Smith : Always separate (You) from the crowd, show the initiative and out-work all…Guarantee you won’t be over-looked.

Strauss : Thank you for your time.

Smith : Follow me @ErnestSmith3 on twitter… I will send some funny tweets, inspiring tweets, and relationship advice tweets… and anytime on the interview…I love my fans and I pray I can be your favorite receiver one day!


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