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April 10, 2012

North Alabama NFL Draft Prospect, OT, Daron Rose Interview

by Max Strauss

Daron Rose went to Florida State University and played in two games in 2006 (freshman year). And in 2007, he started eleven out of thirteen games. In 2008, he had to sit out from playing football and then in 2009, he attended the ASA Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He transferred to Northern Alabama in 2010 and started six games during his junior year. And last year, he started all 12 games in the season and didn’t surrender one sack. He declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, and is considered a sleeper offensive tackle.

Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?

Rose : In today’s social media-driven world, I connect with my fans mainly on Twitter and Facebook. I’m very open and I like to interact with people on all different levels.

Strauss : How did you start playing football?

Rose : I couldn’t really play when I was younger because of my size, so before my freshman year of high school, Mike Simmonds, who was my head coach at Jefferson, saw me at the school’s open house. He pulled my parents and me aside and asked me to come out and play. I guess he saw something in me because he really took me under his wing.

Strauss : What was a situation of adversity that you faced growing up? 

Rose : It was difficult seeing my mom struggle at times. But in the end, it has made me appreciate the little things in life and I also think it has made me a more motivated individual.

Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?

Rose : It was fun. We were a family and we did everything together. I think that’s what made us such a successful program, because in addition to all the talent that we had, we really cared for one another. Even to this day, we are all really close.

Strauss : What was your recruiting experience like?

Rose : It was hectic. I could not even dream of the opportunities that I was granted. All of the phone calls, text messages, home visits, and just everything. I was very thankful for it all.

Strauss : What was the transition like to FSU?

Rose : It was very intense. You go from being a kid to an adult really fast. As they say, it’s zero to sixty in the blink of an eye. It took some time to get used to.

Strauss : What was football like for you at FSU?

Rose : It had ups and downs. We weren’t as successful as I had hoped. On top of that, I always felt like I could have done more even though I always gave it my all. Playing with and against that kind of talent only made me better.

Strauss : What was the most important thing you learned during your time at FSU?

Rose : The most important things I learned were that I had to focus on my priorities and that I also had to mature on and off of the field.

Strauss : [Daron Rose took two years without playing football (2008 and 2009). In 2010, he transferred to University of Northern Alabama.] What was the major reason you decided to transfer to Northern Alabama?

Rose : It gave me an extra year to play ball and I felt like that extra year would benefit me and my development. Then I also wanted to play for such a successful program and being part of something special.

Strauss : What was it like stepping on the field for your first ever start at Northern Alabama [UNA]?

Rose : I was so hyped about it that I forgot about being nervous. I was moving so fast and I was so aggressive that I actually whiffed on my first block.

Strauss : What are some memories you share off the field during your time at UNA?

Rose : Being at UNA was probably the most fun I had playing football ever. From offensive line cookouts to whiffle ball to just playing the guitar and to hanging out, I wouldn’t change anything.

Strauss : What was your favorite block in your college football career?

Rose : At FSU, in my first ever game against Rice, my first play. I had a zone cutoff backside and climbed to the linebacker, and Marcus Sims cut it back right off me and gained about 11 yards.

Strauss : What do you think was the best game of your collegiate career?

Rose : My 2007 game against Miami where I was matched up against Calais Campbell.

Strauss : If a team called you up and said, why should we draft you, what is the best answer you have for them?

Rose : I’m talented, but I’m also a technician. I work hard to perfect my craft and I’m also very coachable.

Strauss : If a scout told you to choose someone in the NFL that you compare your game to, who would you choose and why?

Rose : D’Brickishaw Ferguson. We are both extremely athletic and use that our advantage.

Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

Rose : Chocolate… I’m very simple and like simple things.

Strauss : For someone who wants to eventually make the NFL, what advice do you have for them?

Rose : Be coachable and don’t overlook the little things.

Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?

Rose : Just that I appreciate the support. As long as God allows me to have this talent, I’m going to use it to the best of my abilities.

Strauss : Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions.

Rose : No problem. Thank you.

->Here are the personal questions that Daron Rose answered.<-

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world who you haven’t met before, who would it be?

Rose : Sigmund Freud… He is my favorite psychologist.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?

Rose : Shaq… I thought I was going to be him when I grew up.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show?

Rose : X-Men… I’m just a nerd like that.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Rose : Lion King… if you didn’t tear up when Mufasa died then I just don’t know about you.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Rose : My favorite is sweet potato pie.

Strauss : What would be your last meal on earth?

Rose : I would have fried gizzards and fries from Salemis in Tampa with fruit punch and then for dessert, I’d want a slice of my mom’s cheesecake.

Strauss : Do you have a special pre-game ritual?

Rose : I have to listen to Phil Collins-In The Air Tonight.

Strauss : What is your favorite song?

Rose : Lenny Williams-Because I Love You.

Strauss : If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Rose : I’d want to be able to absorb other people’s super powers.

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