My (Hypothetical) Interview with Shaun Ellis

alan lawlessCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Shaun Ellis #92 of the New York Jets looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders on October 19, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Shaun Ellis has played defensive end for the Jets for almost a decade now, starting 127 games in green and white since the 2000 season. He is currently the longest tenured player on the team and recently I had the pleasure of chatting with him inside the locker room.

First question is, you were born and raised in South Carolina, how was the transition to living near the big city? Did you experience a lot of culture shock? 

You came to the Jets as a first round pick, did you feel a lot of pressure because of that? 

You've been with the Jets for almost a decade and seen a lot of players come and go over that time, who's been your favorite and least favorite teammates in that time? Any particular player or players you were happy to see leave? Why?

The image that fans get of pro athletes is very glamorous and exciting, but what's the worst part about being an NFL player?

Was there any particular team you were hoping would draft you more than any other? 

What's the best part about playing football in New York?

You sacked and stripped the ball away from Brett Favre in your first game playing for the Jets, did you or he ever mention that last season when he was on the team? 

How excited were you to have made the Pro Bowl team in 2003? Did it live up to your expectations? How great was playing football in Hawaii for a week? 

If I wanted to stop Shaun Ellis, as an opposing coordinator or player, what's your best advice? 

Well, unfortunately that was all the time I had with Shaun, but I'd like to thank him a lot for answering my questions.