What are your measurements (height, weight
and forty time)?
Height is 6’1, weight is about 210 right
now. I am hoping to get to 215 or 220. I
am looking at a 4.4 forty.
You were recruited as a RB out of high
school, what programs showed interest in
I had about 20 offers. It came down to
Colorado, ASU, Arizona and Michigan.
Everyone that I was interested in was
looking at me as a RB. USC and UCLA asked
me if I would be willing to make the switch
to DB. I told them that I wanted to pursue
my career as a RB. It is funny looking back
at it now. I ended up making the switch
What made you choose Colorado?
I felt like it was the right place to start
something fresh. I had offers to other
programs that were actually successful.
Colorado is a school that had a lot of
tradition and a lot of history behind it,
but has had some tough times. I wanted to
go to a program that I can call my own and
with my teammates, we can push forward and
refurbish the program.
Describe your career at Colorado.
The career was good. It has been a roller
coaster for the most part. There have been
ups and downs. But it is more the journey
than the end result. I grew a lot during my
career at Colorado. I am thankful for even
the hard times. It showed me a way how to
push through adversity. It is something
that I haven’t dealt with before.
Your team won only one game during your
senior campaign. You also missed half of
the season with an injury, how difficult was
it to deal with those circumstances?
Honestly, it was really hard. I have never
had any serious problems with my ankles
before. On a day to day basis, you feel
good walking around. But when you start to
run, you begin to feel the pain. It is
probably one of the most frustrating things
that I had to deal with. Your mobility is
absolutely depreciated. It is definitely a
growing and learning experience. But it was
frustrating to be sidelined for six or seven
games. You also never expect for your team
to win only one game. This is how life
goes. I am thankful for it. It is has
taught me a lot about myself and the game in
What is the highlight of your career up to
The highlight of my career was my junior
year. I suffered through some injuries. I
had a cracked sternum and a wrist that had
two torn ligaments. It is one of those
moments where you see what you are made of.
You go out every day in practice and execute
your job on Saturdays. I fell in love with
the feeling of being sore. I was playing
through significant injuries, but they
didn’t limit me the way the ankle did this
You have dealt with a lot of injuries
throughout your career, how have you stayed
so positive and upbeat?
Honestly, I welcome the nicks and bruises.
I think that it builds character and what
you can push through. On top of that, I
know that I am playing the best game in the
world. I am very fortunate to have played
this game this long. I am very fortunate to
be taking the next step towards the NFL.
Your dad played in the NFL very briefly,
what advice has he given you about the next
He has talked to me about it. He told me
that it all comes down to the work and the
time you put in. If you outwork them and
keep a good head on your shoulders, then you
got a hell of a shot. The mental aspect of
the game is increasingly important. You
have to understand the way the game is
played. You have to understand the ins and
outs of offenses and defenses.
What are your strengths?
My strengths on the football field would be
my great speed. I am really mobile around
the football field. I like to hit. I love
the contact. I watch tape constantly. I
will put in the work and learn to understand
the game. The sky is the limit as far as I
can take it. My hard work will take me
What areas of your game do you need to
Everything. There is no limit to any
specific area of the game. Every area can
be boosted. I am talking about the mental
aspect as well as the physical one. I am
still relatively young at this position.
The more you can learn, the better you would
What separates you from all of the other
players at your position?
I would say how hard I work. I really have
a love, care and interest for this game.
Everyone has speed at the next level.
Everyone hits hard at the next level. I
think that I have lots to improve on. I am
humbled by it. When you get to the next
level, what separates you is how hard you
Who is the best player that you have faced
over your career?
I would probably say (Ryan) Broyles from
Oklahoma in terms of receiver. He had the
knowledge of the game as well as the
physical aspects. He was great at executing
his coach’s game plan. I think that he will
be a great player at the next level. In
terms of quarterback, Andrew Luck was a very
good. He knew where the holes in the
defense were. He executed the offense
What is your favorite NFL team?
Any team that ends up taking a shot on me.
I never really followed a specific NFL
team. I watch football, but I don’t do it
in the same way like I used to as a kid. I
analyze the game. I have a habit of rooting
for the underdog.
Who is your favorite NFL player?
There are a few of them. Most of them are
safeties. Ed Reed is a huge figure. I saw
Ed Reed on film, and he knew the check
downs. He knew where the other team would
be checking down to before the ball was
snapped. Things like that inspire me to be
a better player and learn the game even
more. Troy Polamalu is another great player
that I look up to.
Which underclassman on your team should we
keep an eye on in the future?
One guy that has a bright future is Chidera
Uzo-Diribe. He is unbelievably gifted
athletically. He is a defensive end. He
has amazing talent. On top of that, he is a
humble guy. He works hard every day. He
wants to become a better player and improve
upon what he does every day.
What did you enjoy the most about college
There is no game like college football. You
get to go out there with all of your
brothers. You get to represent your school
and your parents every Saturday. You get to
represent everything that you stand for. It
is an amazing experience. I had some of the
best times of my life here at Colorado.
What is your definition of a leader?
My definition of a leader would be somebody
who makes a firm decision about what they
want and sticks to it. A leader isn’t
scared and hesitant to voice their opinion.
He knows what’s best for the team and the
players. Other players depend on him, and
he depends on them.
What are your hobbies?
When I am not playing football, I am just a
normal guy. I don’t really have any crazy
hobbies. I go to movies and play video
games. Most of the time, I just watch
film. It is pretty simple what makes me
really tick. Football has been my life
since I have been seven or eight years old.
It continues to be a big part of my life.
I read in your bio that you help kids around
the community. Tell me about it.
I do. Community service is something that I
have been really passionate about. I want
to do even more within a community. I put
in about 70 hours at an Upward foundation.
It helps mentally disabled kids. Kids like
my younger brother are in need of a nurse
throughout the day. I actually help those
kids. I look to do more around hospitals.
I want to help kids and help the community
grow. It is very important because none of
us got here on our own. We were all helped
by somebody. There are a lot of people and
kids who are in need of some type of help.
What are your goals for the future?
I hope for the best. I hope that I have a
shot to play at the next level. I look to
make the most of that shot. I want to stay
in the league for as long as I can. I would
also like to get involved more with helping
a community. I want to give back to society
in general. We will see where the future
takes me after that.
Finish the sentence, Ray Polk is….
He is a good guy. I think that it is
important to become a good member of
society. I think that people get caught up
too much in individual fame and things that
are materialistic. I am very simple with
what I do on a day to day basis. I put in
the work that I need to put in. I do what I