Jaguars Offensive Lineman, Will Rackley Interview
Will Rackley played high school football with current Bills offensive lineman, Cordy Glenn. He decided to continue his collegiate career at Lehigh University. He is one of few players in the school’s history to start every game in the four years. He earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors three times in college. He was selected 76th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft. Rackley was part of an offensive line that helped Maurice Jones-Drew lead the NFL in rushing in 2011.
Max Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?
Strauss : How did you start playing football?
Rackley : My parents got me into playing sports like football, soccer, and baseball at a very young age. I liked football more than the other sports, so I stuck with it.
Strauss : What was a situation of adversity that you faced growing up?
Rackley : Watching my parents go back and get their college degrees while raising three kids. What that really showed me was the value of hard work.
Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?
Rackley : I only played football during my junior and senior year of high school. That was because I stopped playing after eighth grade.
Strauss : What was it like playing with Cordy Glenn?
Rackley : It was fun playing along-side Cordy. He’s a great guy and player.
Strauss : What was your recruiting experience like?
Rackley : From high school, I really only had a few schools interested in me because at the time, I was only 255 pounds, and I was playing on the offensive line in a triple-option offense.
Strauss : What made you end up at Lehigh University?
Rackley : I loved its tradition of excellence in academics, as well as in sports.
Strauss : What was the best part about your four years at Lehigh?
Rackley : Playing in the Lehigh vs. Lafayette rivalry game every year. Not many people actually know that this game is the longest running rivalry in all of college football history.
Strauss : What was it like stepping on the field for your first ever start at Lehigh?
Rackley : It was very exciting. It was actually against Villanova, who offered me a scholarship as well.
Strauss : What was former Lehigh QB, Chris Lum like?
Rackley : [Chris] Lum was a great guy who really came into a leadership role. We all knew that he would be a great player for our team, from the day we saw him play.
Strauss : What was it like to be a consistent, four-year starter at Lehigh?
Rackley : It was great having the opportunity to lead my peers.
Strauss : What was it like to receive All-Patriot League honors during your sophomore, junior, and senior year?
Rackley : It felt great to know that all of my hard work was continuing to pay off.
Strauss : What was your NFL Combine experience like?
Rackley : It was exciting seeing all the athletes there, in addition to meeting all the coaches.
Strauss : What were you thinking going into Draft Day?
Rackley : I was just patiently waiting. My parents were more worried than I was.
Strauss : What was it like to get action your first year in the NFL?
Rackley : It was a dream come true.
Strauss : What was it like to be a part of Maurice Jones-Drew’s 1600+ yard rushing season?
Rackley : That was the silver-lining in a season where we were expecting more.
Strauss : How disappointing was it to be placed on IR this past season?
Rackley : It was very disappointing because I worked harder than ever before and I missed helping out and contributing to my team.
Strauss : Are you ready for next year?
Rackley : Absolutely!
Strauss : Will you elaborate more on what you’re doing this offseason to prepare for next season?
Rackley : This offseason, I am working on lowering my body fat percentage and packing on muscle. In addition to that, I’m working hard to become more athletic.
Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?
Rackley : I would say Strawberry, because it is my favorite fruit and red is my favorite color.
Strauss : Will you talk about your relationship with a girl named Samantha?
Rackley : I met Samantha a few weeks ago and learned about her condition. her father keeps me up to date with how she is doing. She has cystic fibrosis, one of the more serious versions but u would never now if u met her because she is a happy and outgoing kid.
Strauss : What do you think of the new Jaguars’ logo?
Rackley : I like the logo because I think it was time for a change. I also like the direction that we are heading.
Strauss : What are your pre-game rituals?
Rackley : I do a few things. I just listen to music, talk to God, and warm-up on the field before the game.
Strauss : For someone who wants to play in the NFL, what’s your advice?
Rackley : I would give two pieces of advice. First, always out-work your opponent, and two, pay attention to the details.
Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?
Rackley : Thanks for sticking by the team through the hard times, but I will tell you that things are about to get a lot better.
Strauss : Thank you so much for your time.
Rackley : No problem. I’m happy to.