Who is/was the toughest defensive lineman you have faced?
Dwight Stephenson: “The toughest defensive linemen that I played against were Joe Klecko and Howie Long. They were similar players in many ways. Joe Klecko was just a powerful, powerful individual and very disruptive. Howie was a great athlete and could do a lot of things and both of them were very smart players. Howie had long arms and like I said he was an athlete. He could run well and had great balance.”
Which offensive lineman did you look up to growing up?
Pouncey: “Growing up I was a Buccaneers fan so Kenyatta Walker and basically the whole Tampa Bay offensive line. But Kenyatta is also a former Gator so that helps.”
Stephenson: “The guy that I watched was John Hannah. During that time he was doing some unbelievable things in the league and I still watch some of his old films today. The guy was just a phenomenal player and as far as an offensive lineman, I’ve never seen an offensive lineman play the game as physical as he played offensive line.”
What is/was your favorite play to run?
Pouncey: “I’d say any play I can pull. I like blocking in space so any play where I’m in space.”
Stephenson: “My favorite play was Dive 32, where I had the nose tackle and it was a play where I could just use my imagination. Sometimes if the play went real well I could help block two people on that one play.”
What is/was your best asset as center?
Pouncey: “Outside of my smarts I’d say my athletic ability is my best asset. If you’ve got an athletic center you can get him out there in space and obviously you can come up with plays where a guy’s blocking down you can let the center pull instead of letting the guard pull. So the physical and athletic ability is probably the best part of my game.”
Stephenson: “I was a pretty decent athlete playing the center position and I had pretty good strength, but quickness was probably my biggest asset. I felt like I was just as quick as anybody I was playing against.”
What is/was your most memorable play of your career?
Pouncey: “I’d have to say
Stephenson: “Well, I can’t say a play because I had a lot of memorable plays, but the game that probably stands out is the 1985 Chicago Bears game. It was special to the Miami Dolphins as being the only undefeated team and even though I wasn’t a part of it I did have to defend that title, so that was special.”