My parents have always taught my brother and me the value of hard work. We've been encouraged to create good habits and dedicate ourselves to an assignment, job or task. I'm learning that talent and abilities will only get you so far, and desire and passion are important, but a good work ethic with a strong drive is best.
I'm a no-nonsense, feet on the ground type of person who doesn't talk much. I lead by example. I've been the strongest and hardest working player in the weight room since my sophomore year. When the other players want to get stronger they join my group. I do not take a week off... ever. Some of my teammates contact me during the off-season because they know I will be working on techniques, speed or agility. I'm always first through the drills at practice and I'll play any spot that I'm needed in. I'll cover the slot, or shade the center if you need me to.
My football IQ and ability to analyze situations and make quick decisions is high. I can pick up concepts and understand systems quicker than most.