“My whole life I’ve been the classic overachiever. I was never the biggest, the fastest or the strongest, but I’d like to think I was a fierce competitor. I was a walk-on as a tight end in college. I’m proud to say I earned a scholarship and eventually became a captain of my team. I think you can look at that as kind of a microcosm of the kind of guy I was. I was always going to be the overachiever and not let anybody outwork me. I was always going to fight and claw and scratch for everything.”
What was your career highlight, and why?
“One of my first starts as a sophomore was down at Delaware, which at the time was the best team in our conference. I had a breakout game as a tight end where I think I had seven catches for 167 yards and a couple of touchdowns. It kind of snowballed from there and I always remember that game as being my biggest highlight.”
How would you summarize your career?
“I’d say it was rewarding because I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, but I ended up being a consensus All-American tight end five years later. It was a rewarding process for me and, as I look back on it, it was great. My proudest moment was probably being elected captain by my peers and seeing all of that hard work that I had put in all throughout high school and college come to a head.”
How do you feel your experience as a player has helped you as a coach?
“In my instance it was one of those deals where hard work paid off, and I use that in my coaching career as well. There’s nothing that replaces hard work, repetition and competition. I was never one of those guys that took anything for granted. I try to coach with that style and bring that same mind-set to the players.”