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November 7, 2011

Panthers WR, Armanti Edwards Interview

by Max Strauss

Armanti Edwards was the QB of Appalachian St. Mountaineers from 2006 through 2008. He had some great statistics during his time at App State. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft and was considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks coming into the league. He was drafted in the 3rd round, 78th overall by the Carolina Panthers. He threw his first completed pass this past season. This interview was conducted in the middle of the 2011 NFL season.

Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?

Edwards : Through social networks… I try to respond to as many fans as possible.

Strauss : What was it like for you playing youth football?

Edwards : It was great… I loved playing with all of my childhood friends.

Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?

Edwards : Great. I got a chance to play under the legendary coach, Shell Dula in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Strauss : What was the transition like to Appalachian State?

Edwards : It was fast and took a lot of work, but our coaches did a great job preparing us.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Appalachian State?

Edwards : Winning the two National Championships are tired for my favorite memory.

Strauss : What was something that you learned at Appalachian State that you think will help you in the NFL?

Edwards : Hard work pays off. I learned that from a lot of players when I was a freshman and sophomore. I learned how important the offseason and practicing hard were. I followed behind them.

Strauss : What do you think is your most important individual award at App. State?

Edwards : My most important individual award was being the All-Time Passing leader because I was always considered a runner and I proved that I could also throw the ball.

Strauss : What is your favorite single performance  record that you enjoy the most to look back on?

Edwards : I don’t really have a favorite. One that I can remember off the top of my mind is the rushing record against richmond during my sophomore year.

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?

Edwards : One of the greatest experiences in my life. It was great seeing my name going across the screen getting drafted by the Carolina Panthers.

Strauss : Were you forced to switch to wide receiver in the NFL?

Edwards : I wouldn’t say forced. I had the option, but my best option was to play was at wide receiver.

Strauss : What do you bring to the Carolina Panthers?

Edwards : I think I’m great with the ball in my hands and I am versatile.

Strauss : What was your lockout experience like?

Edwards : I had a lot of time to sit at home with my family. We didn’t miss any camp time or games so it was actually a nice vacation.

Strauss : How do you describe your style of play?

Edwards : Elusive, but I really don’t try to compare myself to others.

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

Edwards : Never let someone tell you that you can’t and won’t make it. If you believe in yourself, then that’s all the motivation that you need to achieve your goals.

Strauss : Thank you so much for your time Armanti!

Edwards : Thank you. Check me out on twitter @ArmantiEdwards

->Here are the personal questions that Armanti Edwards answered<-

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

Edwards : Denzel Washington. He has played so many kinds of roles that I would like to know his real personality.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show?

Edwards : Martin, I consider him one of the funniest people of my time and his show is a classic.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Edwards : Pecan pie.


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