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8
Jun

Pay It Forward by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila wrote his second article for all of us. Gbaja-Biamila talks about his defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips and his linebacker coach, Greg Manusky’s impact on him and his approach to the game. AGB also wrote about the common bond of receiving gifts. Finally, he touches on the issue that we desire to make insecurities become securities. Make sure you check out our interview if you want some background information.

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9
May

After the Summit by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila wrote his first article for Pro Interviews. Gbaja-Biamila played collegiately, for the San Diego State Aztecs, and then professionally, for the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers. He is brothers with Packers great, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. AGB wrote about the preparation of an athlete for life after the NFL. Make sure you check out our interview if you want some background information.

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7
May

Eagles C, Jamaal Jackson Interview

Jamaal Jackson played college football at Delaware State, and then, he entered the 2003 NFL Draft, but was actually undrafted. He quickly signed a FA contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was their starting center from 2006 through 2009. He is also known to be the longest tenured Eagles player on their roster. He has played in 88 games in his entire career. This interview was conducted before the 2011 NFL season.
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11
Feb

UFL Florida Tuskers C, Enoka Lucas Interview

Enoka Lucas played college football at the University of Oregon. He earned All Pac-10 honors during his junior and senior years. He was recognized as one of the best Pac-10 centers. He entered the 2007 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He played for the Texans, Titans, and Cardinals. He was on the sideline during their Super Bowl appearance. He then played for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL for a couple of years, and became the starting center. He is now out of football. This interview was conducted shortly before the 2011 NFL season was over. Read more »

19
Jan

Titans DT, Shaun Smith Interview

Shaun Smith played college football at South Carolina. He entered the 2003 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was a member of their practice squad. Throughout his career, he has played for the Saints, Bengals, Browns, Lions, and with the Chiefs. This interview was conducted mid-way through the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: In 2011, he signed with the Tennessee Titans. He posted 25 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 STFs this past year.]

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27
Nov

Retired Ravens TE, Daniel Wilcox Interview (#50)

Daniel Wilcox was undrafted after the 2001 NFL Draft, but signed a contract with the New York Jets. In 2002, he became a Super Bowl Champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He remained on their roster in 2003. However, in 2004, he signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He played tight end for the Ravens until the 2008 NFL season. He was known for his red-zone production. DW caught Joe Flacco’s first ever NFL touchdown pass. Check out our interview that was done in 2010, looking back on his career. Read more »

19
Nov

Eagles fullback, Leonard Weaver Interview

Leonard Weaver played collegiately at Carson-Newman. He entered the 2005 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He earned a spot from the Seattle Seahawks and was a member of their team and learned from all-time great fullback, Mack Strong. He was hurt during the 2006 NFL season, but played great in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He signed a contract in 2009 making him the highest paid fullback in NFL history. In 2009, he earned both All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Check out our interview as the 2010 NFL season was almost over. Read more »

24
Oct

Retired NFL DE/OLB, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila Interview

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila played defensive end for the San Diego State Aztecs from 1998 through 2002. He entered the 2003 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Oakland Raiders and played with them in 2003 and 2004. He then signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2005, the Miami Dolphins in 2006, and then back with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. This interview was conducted as he’s been out of the NFL for a couple years now. Check out our interview. Read more »

24
Sep

Panthers RB, Tyrell Sutton Interview

Tyrell Sutton played running back for Northwestern University. He earned playing time all four years while he was there. TS entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a UDFA contract with the Green Bay Packers and during the preseason he played very well, but was still cut by the Green Bay Packers. He then signed with the Carolina Panthers. He returned kicks, ran the ball, and also caught passes out of the backfield. This interview was conducted in the early part of the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: He is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks and fighting for a roster spot.] Read more »

20
Jul

Chargers WR, Ernest Smith Interview

Ernest Smith played wide receiver for Baylor University. After earning playing time throughout his four years at Baylor, ES entered the 2010 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the San Diego Chargers after the NFL Draft. [UPDATE: He was waived by the San Diego Chargers during the 2010 NFL preseason and has been out of the NFL since.] Read more »

11
Jun

Former Browns WR, Lance Leggett Interview

Lance Leggett played college football for the University of Miami. He had about 85 receptions, 1379 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He entered the 2008 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Cleveland Browns, and played in the preseason a little bit both in 2008 and 2009. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: He has been out of the NFL.] Read more »

2
Jun

Rams LB, Dominic Douglas Interview

Dominic Douglas played college football for Mississippi State University. DD entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but actually went undrafted. He signed a UDFA contract with the St. Louis Rams after the draft. He made the practice squad player and remained there all year. He then was cut by the St. Louis Rams in 2010. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. Read more »

29
May

Undrafted Free Agent, Former Texas Southern University, TE Jonathan Hannah Interview

Jonathan Hannah first played college football for Florida State University, but then transferred to play for Texas Southern University. His best game in college came where he had 9 receptions for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2009, he totaled 30 receptions, 425 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He entered the 2010 NFL Draft, but went undrafted and he actually never got the chance to sign with an NFL team. This interview was conducted a month after the NFL Draft. Read more »

8
May

Jets DE, Marcus Dixon Interview

Marcus Dixon had a rough time growing up. He played for Pepperell High School, but due to a court case and his conviction, Marcus Dixon’s scholarship offers were revoked. After he was released because of his conviction was overturned, he enrolled and played football for Hampton University. After his completion of college, he entered the 2008 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He then signed with their practice squad and was a member in 2008 and 2009. [UPDATE: He just recently signed with the New York Jets.] Read more »

7
May

Dolphins RB, Kory Sheets Interview

Kory Sheets played college football at Purdue University and was a threat as both a running back and a receiver out of the backfield. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, but lost his spot on the roster in camp, so he signed on the practice squad. The Miami Dolphins needed another running back, so they signed him from the 49ers practice squad. This interview was done before the 2010 NFL season. Read more »