Former Bucs OL, Jeb Terry Interview
Jeb Terry played college football at the University of North Carolina and was an All-ACC selection during his senior year. He entered the 2004 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 5th round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in 30 games throughout his 3-year career with the Buccaneers. He was also a member of the 49ers briefly. He started an iPhone/Android app called Gridiron Grunts. (For more info click here)
Announcement : My name is Max Strauss with http://prointerviews.org/, http://facebook.com/ProInterviews/ and http://twitter.com/ProInterviews/. I’d like to welcome you to the interview with Jeb Terry. Terry played collegiately at the University of North Carolina (UNC) from 1999 through 2003. During his senior year, he was nominated to be an All-ACC selection. He entered the 2004 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 5th round, 146th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played with the Buccaneers for three years and in 30 games. He recently founded an iPhone/Android app called Gridiron Grunts. Here is the interview with former Buccaneers offensive lineman, Jeb Terry.
Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?
Terry : I went to a military boarding school named Culver Military Academy. We were not very good at the time. I don’t think I had one winning season in high school. We were a really competitive team, and it was an unbelievable learning experience, and I enjoyed it immensely. I grew up in Dallas and the reason I went there was because my dad went to school there. It was something that was a legacy for me, and something that I knew I’d be doing since I was a young kid.
Strauss : Going from Texas (Hometown) to Indiana (Culver Military Academy) to North Carolina (University of North Carolina), what was that all like?
Terry : For some reason, I have always liked UNC and being that the location did not bother me. I knew I didn’t want to play in the midwest anymore because I just finished four years of high school, I wanted to get back to the south. UNC was actually my only scholarship offer. That made the decision pretty easy. I was either going to go Ivy League or UNC or walk-on at Texas. UNC made the decision really easy for me. And, I’ve never looked back.
Strauss : What was it like to put all of your work in throughout your years at UNC, and finally become an All-ACC selection your senior year?
Terry : It was great, but also frustrating because we didn’t win as many games as we would have like to. We thought we had a better team, but we had some tough seasons. It was great to be recognized for my play. It’s always tough because we would have liked to win more games and we expected to. That made it hurt at the end of the day a bit, but it was still a tight group of players, and that nomination is something that I still value a lot today. It was one of my highest achievements.
Strauss : Were you more of a mauler or pass blocker?
Terry : I was definitely one who used more of my aggression. I was way more comfortable as a mauler.
Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from UNC?
Terry : I think it was beating Florida State. We were 0 and 3 at the time and I think we beat them like 41-9. I think that was the score in 2001 when the fans rushed the field because they were #6 in the country. It was a great experience. It was my first year starting on the offensive line, and so it was a really, really great experience.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Terry : It was an amazing experience. I actually thought that I was going to be a third round pick, but I ended up falling to the fifth round. Back when I got drafted, the 1st through 3rd round was on Saturday, and the later rounds were on Sunday. So, it was tough going to bed that Saturday night, and waiting until the next morning. Eventually, I ended up getting picked up and it was a great experience.
Strauss : You want to talk about what it was like in the NFL? Talk about what it was the like with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then to end your career with the San Francisco 49ers. Talk about what you took from it, and learned from it.
Terry : Playing in the NFL was one of those things that I worked really hard for and was one of my best accomplishments. Playing for Tampa Bay was unbelievable. They have a great fan base and it’s a great organization. I really, really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, as it is football, I had some injuries and things didn’t necessarily pan out as I thought that they would. I had a great career with the team, and I wanted to stay healthy, but that’s the nature of the game. The 49ers gave me an opportunity, and I went out there, and again, great guys on the team, and it was a great organization. It was great to give me an opportunity to come back, and try to make a spot on their roster, but it just didn’t work out for me either at the time. It was kind of like my body has had enough, and it was time to go home. It was time to go back to school, and I decided to go to business school.
But, playing in the NFL during one of the first practices I was blocking, well I was trying to block Derrick Brooks when Mike Alstott was running behind me. That was one of those moments when I was like, ‘Oh wow! I’m really here. This is really the NFL. This pretty freaking cool.’ That had a big impact on me. I was fortunate enough to play with guys like Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, guys that are going to go into the Hall of Fame for being the best at their position. I was able to watch them and try to emulate them and see what they were able to do to improve my game. Being in the NFL was a dream come true, something that I think about everyday still. It’s also something I miss greatly, competing and being around the guys and having that camaraderie.
Strauss : You talked about the guys that you got to play with. How did you end up meeting Ryan Nece? [his business partner on their joint collaboration on an iPhone/Android app, Gridiron Grunts, for more info, check out www.prointerviews.org/GridironGrunts] Did he come up to you? How did that relationship work out especially since you had to work against him in practice?
Terry : We were always the odd couple. I was a lineman, and he was a linebacker, and we ended up becoming great friends. It’s funny that I couldn’t even tell you how we first became buddies. Just playing with each other and we ended up getting to know each other by being on the team, and then, we had a chance to talk outside of football, and then we ended up becoming great friends. It was a situation in which we fed ideas off each other. Once I got the business idea structured, he was one of the first guys that I went to, with his insights and to see what he thought. From then on, it was off to the races. He had some great insights, and obviously liked what we were doing. He came aboard with his background in business. We are teammates again. It’s great to be on the same with him again.
Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory in the NFL?
Terry : My favorite NFL memory was probably my first playoff experience playing against the Redskins. It was a home game and running out into the stadium was a unique experience. It was an unbelievable moment. I always look back on that one.
Strauss : If you had to describe yourself as any sweet except for pumpkin pie and Dr. Pepper, what would you be?
Terry : Oh man… Golly. Any sweet besides pumpkin pie and Dr. Pepper… Uh… I’m not really a sweets guy. Let’s just say pass on that one. I’m not a sweets guy. I don’t think I can answer that one. I can’t come with a good answer for that one.
Strauss : For someone who wants to play in the NFL, what’s the best advice you can give them?
Terry : The best advice I can give to someone who wants to play in the league is, well it’s kind of ‘cliché-ish’, but work as hard as you possibly can if you really want that goal. If you’re in high school or in college and you want it, strife for it. It’s something that you can’t take lightly, and it takes an unbelievable amount of work and persistence, and it’s not only focusing on the big things, but making sure you do all the little things right, in terms of preparing your body. Doing as much as you can, but also doing the little things like working on flexibility, and training. It’s one of those things that hard work and determination is something that is irreplaceable. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but you really got have your mind on that goal and go get it with all of your heart.
Strauss : Thank you so much for your time.
Terry : Alright, Max. Thanks for your time and I look forward to reading the article.
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Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Terry : I looked up to Daryl Johnston. I liked watching him a lot.
Strauss : If playing football in the NFL never worked out for you, what was your plan?
Terry : I was very driven to make it work. While I was in college, I was also a business major, so if football had not worked out, I would probably be doing financial services on wall street or some banking right out of college. Right after school, I would have gone right into Investment Management or Investment Banking.
Strauss : What’s your favorite TV Show?
Terry : Probably the one I watch the most would be Entourage.
Strauss : What’s your favorite movie?
Terry : My favorite movies of all time would have to be Braveheart, Gladiator, and all of those style movies.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Terry : I eat pumpkin pie. That’s it. I’m not a sweets-guy, but if there is pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I’ll help myself to some.
Strauss : Is that the only sweet thing you eat?
Terry : Yeah, I like pumpkin pie and Dr. Pepper (laughs). I guess that really doesn’t count as sweets. I like Dr. Pepper, I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do.
Strauss : Thank you so much for answering these personal questions!