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Seattle Seahawks: One on One with Rookie Defensive End Greg Scruggs

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Defensive end Greg Scruggs #98 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 30-10.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2016

Greg Scruggs, a rookie defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, hasn't played much yet this year. But he knows he is fortunate to be on an NFL roster.

Scruggs, who played at the University of Louisville, was the 232nd player selected in the 2012 draft when he was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh-round. Scruggs then worked hard in the off-season to make Seattle's 53-man roster.

In preseason play, Scruggs recorded 1.5 sacks and several tackles. He has played in two regular season games so far, but has not recorded a tackle.

The 6'4", 283 lbs. defensive end played high school football at St. X High in Cincinnati, OH. He then went on to play in college at Louisville. He had a total of 61 tackles and eight sacks in his four-year career at U of L.

I had a chance to interview the former Cardinal about what it's like to be on an NFL roster:

Bleacher Report: What was that feeling like when you heard the Seahawks had drafted you?

Greg Scruggs: Feeling was great. Unexpected from them so it was a shock, but just glad, and more so blessed for my opportunity.

BR: After working hard in the off-season and then to find out you made the Seahawks' roster, what does that mean to you?

GS: It means a lot. Being a late round pick, I think expectations set out for me aren't very high, so I just tried to play and practice like I deserved to be here and was fortunate to make it.

 

 

BR: How has the transition from being a college player to being a player in the NFL been like?

GS: Transition has been good. Much more preparation and a lot quicker. I have to remind myself that I was picked for a reason, now I just have to go out and just continue to work hard to make it as smooth a transition as possible.

BR: Do you feel like you have made it yet or do you feel like you have so much more work to do?

GS: Never feel like I've made it. Never will. I can always get better; always more work to do. Regardless of how I do, I will never be satisfied.

BR: What are your goals, when will you feel like you have been a success in the National Football League?

GS: I just want to be great at what I do. I want to use this platform to make an impact in the community around me, and in this league around me.

BR: When you think of all the people who have helped you get where you are, who has had the most influence?

GS: Well I feel there are a lot of people, so I don't want to single out anyone. My mother, obviously, because of all the sacrifices she made for me to have clothes on my back and food on my table, as well as my high school coach Steve Specht for giving me my opportunity."

Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

You can follow Jon on Twitter @JonKYSportsCo

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