Jets DT, Carlton Powell Interview
Carlton Powell played college football for Virginia Tech University. He is one of few players in collegiate history that have a statistic like this: In over 100 run plays directed at him, he had a negative rushing total to running backs. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has been a member of a few different teams. I met him when he was with the New York Jets last year at training camp. Check out the two interviews that we have. Keep in mind, the earlier date was my third ever interview.
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[UPDATED INTERVIEW AS OF 8/10/2011]
Strauss : How is camp going so far?
Powell : So far so good. I’m liking the atmosphere. Great coaches. Great teammates.
Strauss : What do you think of the Jets DL coach, Mark Carrier?
Powell : He’s awesome. He has a lot of experience. He’s played in the league before. It’s great to have him out there coaching us and helping us out.
Strauss : What is something you are trying to get out of camp?
Powell : Right now, I’m just learning the system. I’m trying to take advantage of the reps I get and make sure they’re quality reps. I’m trying to show the coaches what I can do.
Strauss : On something, besides quickness, that he wants to work on during camp?
Powell : I definitely want to work on reading blocking schemes and getting off of blocks, and getting to the quarterback.
Strauss : What role do you see for yourself this year with the Jets?
Powell : Well, right now I’m just playing the support role. I’m doing what can to help the team out. If things change, I’m ready for any position that they want to put me in. I definitely want to help this team out. This is definitely a Championship caliber team, and I just want to be part of it.
[OLD INTERVIEW as of 04/09/2010]
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Powell : My childhood star was Mr. Brett Favre himself.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who you have not met before, who would it be?
Powell : If I could meet anyone in the world it would be Alicia Keys, no reason necessary. LOL.
Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Powell : I feel like in some cases I still am a fan so it’s not hard to relate to people when you are able to see where they are coming from.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Powell : Hands down, my favorite NFL team growing up the Green Bay Packers.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Powell : My Favorite Movie of all time is a toss up between Coming to America and Life.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Powell : My Favorite TV Show is King of Queens.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Powell : My Favorite Snack Food is Andy Capps Hotfries.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Powell : My favorite meal is pretty basic. A Porterhouse [Steak] Medium-Well, baked sweet potato, fried asparagus, and Strawberry cheesecake.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Powell : Favorite Games: For Xbox 360- Call Of Duty Modern Warfare II and for PS3- Assassins Creed II and for Wii- Mario Kart
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Powell : I have been playing football since the 6th grade.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Powell : In high school, I participated in track (indoor and outdoor), wrestling, and basketball.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Powell : My favorite sport to play besides football would have to be basketball. My most memorable moment would be the first time I beat my dad, thought I was the man then.
Strauss : At what age, did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Powell : I was probably around 13 [years old] when my Dad’s friend started asking me what college team and NFL team I would play for, that’s when I spoke it into being and so far so good.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?
Powell : My other career choices were becoming a pharmacist or physical therapist. But now, I’m getting into technology and want to do software engineering.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game? Who played? Who won?
Powell : My first live NFL game was when the Denver Broncos played the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Denver won 24-20 and I just remembered how weird it felt watching Matt Ryan out there because I played a lot of crucial games against him when he was at Boston College.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from your attending college at Virginia Tech?
Powell : There are soo many good memories but 2 really stick out in my mind.
First, would be my first game I played in my red-shirt freshman year, against southern california (USC), a night game on Fed-Ex Field. It was amazing. Goosebumps the entire time, me, Chris Ellis, Vince Hall, Xavier Adibi, Duane Brown, Kory Robertson, Barry Booker, David Clowney, and Josh Hyman. It was an epic night, I forced Leinhart to throw some bad passes and chased reggie bush around.
And secondly, our inaugural season in the ACC when we won the championship in Miami. Celebrated for at least an hour on the field, running up and down with the flags, Beamer had to come get us before the busses left.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, what’s the best advice for them?
Powell : Anyone aspiring to play D1 or in the NFL should first know that there is no such thing as working too hard, and must believe in themselves as well as have a good support network that will encourage them to be great.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Powell : Thank You, I hope this was informative to all the fans out there, Be Blessed…