Zak DeOssie, the long snapper and backup linebacker for the New York Giants, is arguably the most under-appreciated player on the team today. Even after appearing in his first Pro Bowl last season, it seems as though only the most devoted of Giants fans even know his name.
Therefore, I felt it would be only appropriate that, should I be given the opportunity to interview a New York Giant player, I should start with DeOssie.
1) As I’m sure you know, there aren’t very many Ivy League graduates who go on to play in the NFL. When selecting Brown for your college education, did you have any intention of pursuing a career in the NFL?
2) At what point in your football career did you start to believe that playing in the NFL was a serious possibility?
3) Thus far in your NFL career, you have served as both a long snapper and backup linebacker for the New York Giants. Which role do you believe is more vital to the team’s success?
4) Which of your roles do you enjoy the most? Why?
5) As a graduate of Brown, it is likely safe to say that you are a rather intelligent individual. If you didn’t pursue a career in the NFL, what other career do you think you would have pursued?
6) What are your personal goals for your career in the NFL, both as an individual and as a member of a team?
7) At what stage of your football career did you learn to play as a long snapper? To what do you attribute your success thus far at the position?
8) Did you ever play any other positions in high school or college? If so, what did you play?
9) Which veteran players on the New York Giants have had the greatest positive impact on your playing career thus far?
10) What aspect of your game do you feel needs the most improving? How do you plan to improve that aspect of your game in preparation for the 2009 season?
If given the opportunity, I would love to ask Zak DeOssie all of the aforementioned questions, and I believe that his answers would make for a worthy read for all New York Giants fans and football fans alike.
As a soon-to-be alumni of the University at Albany, the home of the New York Giants training camp, I will be sure to spend time at the Giants camp this season, and hopefully the opportunity will arise for all of these questions to be answered.