Seahawks LB, Anthony Heygood Interview
Anthony Heygood played as a linebacker and on Special Teams for Purdue University. He had a great senior season with 114 tackles. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but actually went undrafted. He signed a undrafted free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers after the draft. He was waived by the Panthers in the 2009 season, but signed with the Seattle Seahawks and was cut right before camp ended. [UPDATE: He was placed on the Seahawks’ Injured Reserve list during the 2010 NFL season.]
Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Heygood : I connect to bring a fundamental aspect of the game to those that watch.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Heygood : Barrack Obama because he is a very charismatic leader.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Heygood : Terrell Davis, he was a running back and I always aspired to be like him one day.
Strauss :What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Heygood : Philadelphia Eagles.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Heygood : Freshman Year at Purdue.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Heygood : Strength and Conditioning Coach, or Personal Trainer, or Health and Fitness Instructor.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Heygood : I like Lil’ Boosie.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Heygood : Superbad and The Bronx Tale.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Heygood : Cookies.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Heygood : Sweet-Potato Pie.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Heygood : 30 Rock.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Heygood : Lasagna.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Heygood : NBA 2K9, NBA 2K10, and NBA 2K11.
Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero?
Heygood : The Juggernaut
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Heygood : My wallet.
Strauss : So, how long have you played football?
Heygood : I’ve played for twenty years, since I was four years old.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Heygood : Baseball, basketball, and ran track.
Strauss : What is something you were known for in a sport other than football?
Heygood : All-American Hurdler in High School, Cardinal O’Hara HS in Springfield, PA
Strauss :When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Heygood : When I was seventeen (Junior year in high school), and when I was twenty-two (Senior year at Purdue).
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between high school and college.
Heygood : Independence and everybody is bigger and stronger.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Purdue?
Heygood : Last home game of the 2008 season, it was the last of my college career.
Strauss : How did the number process work out at Purdue?
Heygood : They gave 42 to me that that was the number I kept in my four years there.
Strauss : What did you learn from playing football at Purdue?
Heygood : Purdue and Indiana are rivals and we compete for the Old Oaken Bucket.
Strauss : How had your game improved from your freshman to your senior year?
Heygood : Changed positions from offense to defense, got smarter, learning the playbooks – and just know what you got to do.
Strauss : Who was the hardest player to compete against in college? why?
Heygood : Shonne Green because he would get busy!
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Heygood : I knew I wasn’t going to get drafted and would sign as a free agent with a team after the draft. There was a handful of teams interested in me so I was confident that I would end up somewhere with a shot at making the team. I played basketball that day
Strauss : What number are you in the NFL? Why?
Heygood : I am #53, because that’s the number they gave me in Seattle.
Strauss : What was going through your mind when you signed with the Seahawks?
Heygood : Happy to have a job and to play football again. It’s also a second chance.
Strauss : Who are your best buddies on the Seahawks?
Heygood : Roy Lewis and Ricky Foley.
Strauss : What have you learned from your teammates?
Heygood : I’ve improved my techniques. I’ve also learned to be patient and always bust your ass in practice and just always practice hard.
Strauss : Could you have predicted how far football was going to carry you? Why?
Heygood : No, because it’s a business.
Strauss : What do you look for when you watch film? How important has film been to your development?
Heygood : I look for audibles, movement on the line, players in the backfield, weaknesses and the tendencies on the other teams. Film has helped me become a smart and more efficient football player which makes me a better football player.
Strauss : What’s been the hardest thing for you to do since you started playing football?
Heygood : Learning three different playbooks in two years.
Strauss : What is your favorite charity? Why do you donate?
Heygood : The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I donate to give back to the community and people should donate to be a part of a solution and support a cause.
Strauss : What is an experience that changed your life?
Heygood : Having my son, Jayden.
Strauss : If you had to describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you choose?
Heygood : Chocolate-chip cookie dough.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Heygood : “Play like a champion today.”
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Heygood : Always work hard, do your homework and go to class.
Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?
Heygood : Thank you for being a fan and thanks for following me on Twitter.
Strauss : Thanks Anthony, really appreciate your time!
Heygood : Thanks Max! Keep me posted on what’s going on with you. Take care.