By Jamie Swimmer
Texas A&M University
Who is your football mentor or inspiration?
My high school offensive line coach. He's the guy that was really involved when I was first getting into it big. His name is Mike Clarke. He just loved the game, lots of passion and he got us fired up every Friday night. He'd be giving us a Vince Lombardi-type speech.
What motivates you? **
I just love playing the game. It's a lot of fun. Being older now and having a family, I'm trying to play for them. But even junior high and high school football, it was a ton of fun to get out there and go against a guy one-on-one.
What is your football mindset?
Physical and finish everything. That's just kind of the way I try and do it. I might not be the strongest or fastest dude out there, but I'm going to give it everything I got.
Why do you play football?
Love of the game and everything. The competition of going against a guy and testing yourself.
What is your proudest football moment or memory?
When I got my first scholarship offer from Texas A&M. That was just something I'd worked for for so long and to get something in writing that proved that what I was doing was worth it."
When you hear Steelers football, what do you think?
I think of smash-mouth, physical football on offense and defense.
What do you like about Pittsburgh?
It's a fun city and it's definitely cool how into it the fans are. They're all fanatics about it. It makes it a lot of fun. Anywhere in the country if there's a Steelers fan they know who everybody on the team is, and that makes it awesome.