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January 19, 2011


Titans DT, Shaun Smith Interview

by Max Strauss

Shaun Smith played college football at South Carolina. He entered the 2003 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was a member of their practice squad. Throughout his career, he has played for the Saints, Bengals, Browns, Lions, and with the Chiefs. This interview was conducted mid-way through the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: In 2011, he signed with the Tennessee Titans. He posted 25 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 STFs this past year.]

Strauss : Why do you use twitter?

Smith : I like twitter because it’s fun and also because I use it to reach out to all my fans.

Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

Smith : I would like to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he believed in nonviolence. He played a huge part of the Civil Rights Movement.

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

Smith : I would want to be a social worker. I like to help people.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Smith : I did not have one.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show?

Smith : Meet the Browns. My daughters and I always watch it.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Smith : My favorite movie is Any Given Sunday.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Smith : I love apple pie.

Strauss : What would be your last meal on earth?

Smith : I would like fried chicken with Mac & Cheese.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Smith : I have played football since I was seven years old.

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

Smith : I played basketball and I ran track in high school.

Strauss : Why did you decide to attend Butler Community College after high school?

Smith : I went to Butler because my grades were not up to par. So, I went there to help me get ready for Division I football.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Butler?

Smith : Winning the National Championship.

Strauss : What was the most important thing you learned at Butler?

Smith : I learned to always put your best foot forward.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from South Carolina?

Smith : After practice on Thursdays, all the fans would come to the stadium. They would always wish us luck against our next opponent.

Strauss : Who was your best friend from South Carolina?

Smith : Langston Moore. We constantly competed against each other.

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?

Smith : It was long and nerve-racking… I never got drafted, but the Dallas Cowboys called me. And, other teams called me saying they want to sign me as a free agent though.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory within the entire in NFL?

Smith : I love coming out of the tunnel on game days. I love it when you hear all the fans cheering for you!

Strauss : What has been the best part of your playing football?

Smith : The best part is that I get to play football and have plenty of fun with my teammates.

Strauss : What was it like to be a UFL champion?

Smith : I only got to play one game with them, and it happened to be the UFL Championship.

Strauss : What’s the greatest part of being in Kansas City?

Smith : One of the best parts about Kansas City is the fans that are here. I also enjoy living in Kansas City because there are a lot of restaurants with plenty of good food.

Strauss : What do you want your career to be remembered for?

Smith : I want to be remembered for speaking my mind. I want to be remembered for being great at stopping the run, and hopefully soon, I’ll have a championship ring on me.

Strauss : What’s your favorite thing to do in spare time? Why?

Smith : I love playing video games. I love traveling too.

Strauss : Who has had the most impact on your career?

Smith : Bill Parcells has had the most impact on my career.

Strauss : What’s your nickname?

Smith : SS, because that’s my initials.

Strauss : What is your 91 Ways foundation?

Smith : The 91 Ways Foundation is to help uplift kids in the community. It also used to teach kids how important it is to get an education.

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

Smith : I’ve been cut by different teams. It has made me a stronger person. And, if you want something, you have to really keep going at it.

Strauss : What is your favorite quote? Why?

Smith : “It is what it is.” (Because it really doesn’t get any better).

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

Smith : Make sure this is really what you want do with your life, and give it your all!

Strauss : Thank you for your time.

Smith : Thanks Max! Keep up the great work!


1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Kim St.Clair
    Jan 22 2011

    I really enjoyed this one! I think its great that he would be doing social work if he wasn’t playing football! I hope he realizes he helps people playing football too by being a great role model


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