With their 4th round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins selected wide receiver Brian Hartline. That led to a bit of wondering whether or not it was a reach. One year later, everyone can see it was a great choice. A special teams ace and a receiver with all the intangibles you want in a player, Hartline began to make an immediate contribution to the team.
Finishing the season with 506 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 receptions, Hartline has shown that he can be a big asset to the Dolphins in 2010. A position that a lot of the draft experts are saying a weakness on the team, wide receiver may be a target early in the 2010 draft. Brian Hartline wants to make the case that it’s not as much of a need as people think.
His tenacity and ability to make a big play gives Hartline an edge coming into next season. He has shown he has great hands and speed to go along with his good size. If he continues his development, Brian could easily crack the starting line up on a regular basis and become a solid option for years to come.
Getting ready for the 2010 season, Brian took a moment out of his schedule to answer a few questions, here’s what he had to say.
|BW: What has the past year been like for you?
BH: Its been pretty unreal. It has gone by so fast it has been hard to let it sink in. But, i catch myself all the time thinking about how blessed I am to be a Miami Dolphin and how great it is living in south Florida.
BW: Tell me about the experience on draft day? What were you doing?
BH: It was a crazy experience. I was down at my parents little lake house with the family, listening to the draft on satellite radio. You get so nervous and worked up about the whole thing but the moment you relax and just understand “whatever happens, happens”, you’ll be fine. And thats what happen to me. The moment I went inside to relax and get some A/C, my phone rang.
BW: Who has been the most influential coach at any level of your football career?
BH:Thats a loaded question. I actually have three coaches that come to mind. When you say most influential coach, I think of my HS track coach Chad Palmer. We spent a lot of time together teaching my how to hurdle and run and so forth. And when you win a couple state titles, like i did my senior year, you can feel how we both knew we did it together. It wasn’t just him teaching me or me running. We were a team and we both knew that. The when you say football coaches, I say my WR coach at OSU Darrell Hazel, who made me the WR I am today and my HS football coach Jack Rose. Those two coaches were very influential in helping me get to where I am at today.
BW: What about team mate? Who influenced you the most?
BH: I never really had a teammate that was most influential. I guess if I had to pick one I would say my current teammate, Ted Ginn. He pushed my back in HS when we competed against one another in HS track. We then went on to push one another at OSU and now we are pushing each other once again here with the Miami Dolphins.
BW: How did you first get into football?
BH: I was always a huge football fan. Started with my dad in the backyard.
BW: What has been your most memorable football moment ever?
BH: Fortunately, I have had a lot of great football moments but I would not characterize any certain one as being the best.
BW: Your first touchdown, you caught a pass from Chad Henne. That triggered the “Michigan to Ohio State” statements the entire season haha. Did you and Chad talk about that at all?
BH: No, the only real time that comes up is rivalry week. Plus, I doubt he wants to talk about that much haha.
BW: Talk me through the emotions of that first touchdown, what was the feeling?
BH: It happened so fast it was hard to think. I was pumped but really because we scored. It didn’t hit me until i got back to the sideline.
BW: What have you been doing in the off-season in order to prepare for the upcoming season?
BH: Really I have just been getting some rest. That first year is a really long year. You start training right after college and it is non stop until that first year is over. So I took a month or two off and now I am back at it, running and lifting 4-5 times a week.
BW: How much different is the game for you from college to the pros?
BH: It’s different but not a ton. I think a lot of that has to do with coming from such a great university as Ohio State. They prepare you a lot for the next level just by simply having such high expectations and great competition.
BW: What about the preparation?
BH: Preparation is key. You spend more time preparing then you do playing. Whether it’s preparing week in and week out during the season or preparing for the upcoming season or preparing for the next day. Preparation is the key to success.
BW: What was the first thing the front office and coaching staff told you when you arrived to work?
BH: Nothing really. They basically hand you a schedule and tell you we are excited you’re here. And in turn you know this is a job and you better be prepared because if you cannot get the job done, they will find someone who can.
BW: What is Brian Hartline like off the football field?
BH: Pretty laid back guy. I enjoy spending time on the water and spending time with my family (wife and two dogs). I am usually down to do whatever.
BW: What advice would you give to kids trying to follow their dreams the same way you have?
BH: I would say don’t think like you can make it all happen in one day. But understand you can lose it all in one day. You need to stay out of trouble and just do what your coaches, teachers and parents tell you and you typically should be fine. And most importantly, don’t let anyone beat you, in anything. There is nothing wrong with being number one in everything you do.
I really want to thank Brian for giving me the opportunity to do this interview. As a Miami Dolphins fan, it was a huge honor for me and I wish Brian nothing but the best for the rest of his career.
by Brandon Williams/Writer
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