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22. NFL Interview: Giavanni Ruffin

Greeting: Welcome back everyone to On The Hot Seat, today I had the opprotunity to interview former East Carolina Pirates running back and current NFL free agent Giavanni Ruffin. Ruffin spoke with me for a little bit about his time as a kid what player he grew admiring we got into a little bit about his high school football career and a little bit about his time at ECU. Please enjoy my live interview with Giavanni Ruffin.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0QNGahtNXY

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19. NFL Interview: Thaddeus Lewis (Cleveland Browns)

Greetings: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, today I had the opportunity to interview former Duke Blue Devil and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. Thaddeus was introduced to the sport of football by his older brother who was playing quarterback and ever since Thaddeus saw his brother he has always wanted to follow in his foot steps. Growing up Thaddeus became the Varsity quarterback for his team during his 4 years of  High School before committing to his Alma Mater Duke University. Thaddeus played quarterback for Duke form 2006-2009 and there he set records for most passing yards and passing touchdowns. Lewis, after his tenure with the Blue Devils, found himself declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft but went undrafted. Thaddeus later signed as a undrafted free agent with the Rams where he played for a short tenure, Thaddeus currently plays for the Browns and hopes to see some playing time in 2012. Please enjoy the interview please follow Thaddeus on Twitter @ t_lew9.

Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with your fans ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Well I just got on twitter so I hope to stay connected through that.

Justin Godsey: Who Introduced you to the sport of football ?

Thaddeus Lewis:  My older brother(Nakia) played football and I wanted to do everything he did so I would say him.

Justin Godsey: Growing up in Florida did you ever have a dream on becoming the quarterback of the Dolphins or Jaguars ?

Thaddeus Lewis:  Never had dreams of becoming the quarterback of neither team.

Justin Godsey: Growing up what football player played a big inspiration on you to become a NFL Athlete ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I would say just watching football in general and playing QB.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School Football Experience ?

Thaddeus Lewis: High school was fun I was a 4 year starter on varsity at QB made it to the final quarter finals. 

Justin Godsey: Your senior year at Miami Lakes High School you led your team to the playoffs tell us about your playoff experience ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Playoffs were fun but didn’t make it to the state championship so felt like we failed. 

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your College Recruitment to Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: One day in practice duke came out to practice and offered me but visiting the campus won me over and meeting the people there. 

Justin Godsey: Why was Duke your college of choosing and what other colleges really pursued you ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I picked duke because I thought about life after football as people would say plan B. But other schools that recruited me tough were Pitt, South Florida, and TCU.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your 1st game as a member of the Blue Devils ?

Thaddeus Lewis: First game I was very nervous I actually called the play but forgot the routes but I got hit and threw the ball away and all the butterflys went away and I didn’t look back since.

Justin Godsey: Tell us a little more about your time at Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Time a Duke was cool I mean its college its the best 4 years of your life. 

Justin Godsey: You hold records for most Passing Touchdowns and Passing Yards at Duke how does it feel being a record holder on such a prestigious school ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Feels good to be a record holder and have something to look back on and say those are the things I accomplished in college. But records are made to be broken who knows some one might come alone and break mind. 

Justin Godsey: Do you have a bestfriend at Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Yes Leon Wright he was my roommate for 4 years. 

Justin Godsey: How hard was it leaving Duke University to pursue your NFL Career ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Not hard at all ultimately my goal was to pursue a NFL career and duke prepared me for that. 

Justin Godsey: You went Undrafted in 2010 but later signed with the St. Louis Rams tell us about your tenure with the Rams ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I loved St Louis was grateful that they gave me an opportunity and I’m truly humble for my time there. 

Justin Godsey: After a short tenure with the Rams, you signed with the Cleveland Browns tell us about the move to Cleveland ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I got released and cleveland pick me up off waivers so it was a quick transition had to start studying clevelands playbook. 

Justin Godsey: How are Colt McCoy and veteran qb Seneca Wallace really helping you step your game up ?

Thaddeus Lewis: ust being a competitor and wanting to contribute to your team drives me and I know if something were to happen to both those guys I would have to be ready to step in and play well.

Justin Godsey: What are we to expect from you in 2012!

Thaddeus Lewis: I’m gonna work hard this offseason and compete and be ready for whatever opportunity presents its self this year.


13. NFL Interview: Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks)

Greeting: Welcome back sports fans to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the opportunity to interview former Stanford Cardinal and current Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin. Baldwin played all 4 years at Stanford before declaring to the 2011 NFL draft where he would be undrafted. Doug will later have a shot in the NFL when the Seattle Seahawks called him. Doug debuted during the preseason and really impressed the Seahawks coaching staff and made the team. Please enjoy the interview with Doug Baldwin and please follow Doug on Twitter at @Dbfresh15. Please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OnTheHotSeat.

Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with your Fans ?

Doug Baldwin: Mostly through social media sites like twitter. When I go out to eat and places in public I occasionally meet people recognize me. Other than that, I’m pretty low key.

Justin Godsey: Who introduced you to the sport of football ?

Doug Baldwin: My mother wanted me to start playing when I was about 6 years of age. She always pushed for me to do constructive activities after school.

Justin Godsey: Growing up in Florida, Did you grow up watching the Dolphins or the Jaguars?

Doug Baldwin: Neither. I have been a fan of the Buffalo Bills since I can remember. I grew up watching greats like Andre Reed and Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas is my all time favorite.

Justin Godsey: Who was your favorite NFL Player growing up ?

Doug Baldwin: Thurman Thomas

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School football experience ?

Doug Baldwin: It was different. My high school was not very ethnically diverse. I was one of a handful of African-Americans, so there was a culture difference between my peers and I. However, those experiences allowed me to posses a broader understanding of diverse environments. It makes it a lot easier to communicate in with people in multiple ways.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your College Recruitment ?

Doug Baldwin: Recruiting was pretty short. Didn’t get that many looks and Stanford was the only big time school that offered. Obviously a no-brainer. I am thankful for the opportunity I was given to attend such a prestigious university.

Justin Godsey: Why did you choose Stanford over colleges such as Louisville, Florida Atlantic and Florida International ?

Doug Baldwin: Like I said, they were the only ones who offered. Not to mention the academic prestige of the university is second to none.

Justin Godsey: What was going through your mind when you 1st stepped on the field as a member of Stanford ?

Doug Baldwin: It was a dream that felt more real than reality. For whatever reason, I felt like I belonged right away. I felt that on the football field is where I belonged.

Justin Godsey: Tell us your emotion that you got when you 1st caught your 1st NCAA TD

Doug Baldwin: My first touchdown was on a reverse actually. And quiet frankly it was a relief. I finally reached the end one. I wanted to get use to that feeling.

Justin Godsey: Tell us a little more about your College Football Experience ?

Doug Baldwin: Freshman an sophomore years were mediocre at best. Our offense was focused on our all-world running back Toby Gerhart – who now plays for the Vikings. So receiving chances were few and far between. However, I didn’t prepare to make the best of those opportunities. – I had lots of drops and missed assignments. Which eventually led to my downfall my junior year – which I had four catches for 78 yards the entire year. After the season I revitalized my senses and dedication to football. With a new offensive coordinator and a new mindset, I was more prepared to take advantage of any opportunity that might come way. The rest is history.

Justin Godsey: How has the Stanford coaching staff prepare you for your NFL career ?

Doug Baldwin: Stanford’s coaching staff was and still is a NFL caliber coaching staff. The hard transition to the NFL was lessened by the fact that our coaches trained us and treated us like we were professionals. In reciprocal we had to carry ourselves as professionals.

Justin Godsey: You went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. But the Seattle Seahawks wanted you on there roster tell us about that phone call.

Doug Baldwin: The showed a lot of interest. It made me anxious to get to Seattle. But I still wonder what people thought about me that made them pass on me I the draft.

Justin Godsey: When you 1st came to the Seahawks complex what player helped you out and get situated in with your new team ?

Doug Baldwin: The older WR’s were helpful, but in all actuality as a rookie you kind of have to find your own way. Lockette and myself spent a lot of time together figuring things out.

Justin Godsey: This past season was your rookie season what have you learned last season which will help prepare you for 2012 ?

Doug Baldwin: I’ve learned that you have to work harder and smarter so that when you get an opportunity to perform either on the practice field or on the game field, you are prepared to be successful.

Justin Godsey: What are we to expect from Doug Baldwin Jr. and the Seattle Seahawks team in 2012 ?

Doug Baldwin: Stay Tuned

— Personal Questions–

Justin Godsey: How close are you to Andrew Luck ?

Doug Baldwin: Really close. I mean he was my quarterback. The chemistry between a quarterback and a WR is like nothing I can explain. There’s a lot of trust that goes into it the relationship.

Justin Godsey: What is on your Ipod ?

Doug Baldwin: A little bit of everything. I like the older stuff.

Justin Godsey: What is your favorite Pre Game meal ?

Doug Baldwin: CHICKEN NUGGETS !

Justin Godsey: Who is the funniest guy in the Seahawks locker room ?

Doug Baldwin: Ricardo Lockette.

Justin Godsey: Who is best dressed do you think in the Seahawks Locker Room ?

Doug Baldwin: Roy Lewis


8. NFL Interview: Ed Wang

Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the opportunity to interview former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Ed Wang. Ed grew up in the state of Virginia watching his alma mater Virginia Tech and his favorite NFL team at the time the Washington Redskins. Ed was born to parents who took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Growing up Ed wanted to follow in his parents foot steps to become a Olympic athlete but when he got introduced to football he has decided to turn to football as his career. So please enjoy the interview I had with Ed and please follow Ed on Twitter at @ewang77

Justin Godsey: How do you keep in touch with your fellow fans ?

Ed Wang: I keep in touch through my facebook fan page and twitter as well.  I try stay as active on there as possible.

Justin Godsey: You were born to parents who were both Olympic competitors have always dreamed on becoming a Olympic Competitor ?

Ed Wang: Yea def.  I think I have always had that thought watching the Olympics that man I can’t believe they were there and how cool it be to be there.

Justin Godsey: You grew up in Virginia in the City of Fairfax growing up what team did you grow up watching ?

Ed Wang: I grew up watching Virginia Tech and the Redskins.  As a local boy I stayed true to our hometown teams.

Justin Godsey: Tell us how you got into playing football ?

Ed Wang: I started when I was 6 and my parents’ signed me up to play.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your Senior Year of High School at Stone Bridge High School ?

Ed Wang: It was great.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I really got to bond with my teammates and coaches and have stayed in touch with a lot of them and have a life long friends.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your College Football Recruitment

Ed Wang: Well that actually went rather simply.  I was offered to Virginia Tech the 2 week of my junior season and I committed.  I told my high school coach Mickey Thompson that is where I wanted to go and to tell all the other teams that I was committed and was def going there.  It was just that simple.

Justin Godsey: Why was Virginia Tech your college of choosing over colleges such as Penn State, Virgina, North Carolina and Maryland

Ed Wang: When I went to their summer camp I fell in love with the place.  The coaches and the people there made me feel at home and I knew that was where I wanted to spend the next 5 years of my life.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your time at Virginia Tech ?

Ed Wang: One of the BEST times of my life.  I played at one of the top programs in the nation and got a great education.  Also the people I met there will probably be apart of my life forever and I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything in the world.  Hokie nation!!!

Justin Godsey: During your time at Virginia Tech what Bowl team did you face was the hardest team you faced in the BCS ?

Ed Wang: Well I would say Alabama during the regular season was our hardest opponent.  In BCS bowls I would say Cincinnati.  They were a great team and great challenge.  We pulled out a win in the Orange Bowl and it was a huge win for Virginia Tech and myself as well.

Justin Godsey: From Virginia Tech you declared to the NFL draft how excited were you to declare to the NFL Draft.

Ed Wang: I was ecstatic.  I had wanted to play in the NFL since I was a child.  To be able to attempt to accomplish this dream was incredible.

Justin Godsey: What was the phone call like from the Buffalo Bill when they drafted you ?

Ed Wang: I was so excited for them to give me a shot and was honored to be affiliated with such a great organization.

Justin Godsey: What player in the Bills locker room helped you get situated in with the team

Ed Wang: All of them.  Our team locker room was very supportive to Rookies.  I think sticking together with my fellow rookies def help make the transition a lot easier.

Justin Godsey: How different was it playing college football to the NFL

Ed Wang: Extremely and not at the same time.  First the players were a lot better and every was a specialist of their craft.  Longer meeting times and days, but at the end of the day, it was just football, the game we had been playing as a child and still loved it.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your Bills debut.

Ed Wang: It was great.  To finally be able to get on the field was an amazing feeling to be able to accomplish a child hood dream.

Justin Godsey: You are currently a Free Agent. But what are we to expect from Ed Wang in 2012 ?

Ed Wang: You are going to expect a determined player that will continue to play the game as hard as he can and give it his all for the love of the game!