2010 NFL Draft: B/R Interview with Linebacker Matt Mayberry

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
2010 NFL Draft: B/R Interview with Linebacker Matt Mayberry
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Matt Mayberry is a week away from one of the biggest events of his life to date: the 2010 NFL Draft.  Mayberry, a middle linebacker from Indiana University, took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to tell B/R writer Tim Cary about how he's preparing for life as a professional football player.

 

TC: What are your plans for watching the draft this coming weekend? 

MM: I will be in Chicago with my family relaxing.  Nothing too special, just spending the day with my family.

TC: How many different teams have you talked to or worked out for during the pre-draft process? 

MM: I have spoken to just about every team but a few, and I've worked out and visited more than a handful.  The Bears and Patriots are already out there in the media, but the other teams I have visited with asked to keep it quiet, so I've got to keep to their requests on that one.

TC: What was your pre-draft workout preparation like? Take us through a normal day of working out and getting ready for the draft.  

MM: It was something else, but I loved it!  My day started at 8:00 am and ended around 7:00 pm.  We would do speed work, followed by position work, and then hit the weights in the afternoon with rehab-type stuff (to prevent injuries) and recovery methods.  I was down in Cincinnati at a place called Ignition where several standout current NFL players train, and they do a great job of getting you mentally and physically prepared for the next level. 


TC: Do you have a preference of playing in a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 scheme at the next level? 

MM: No, I do not have a certain preference.  I have been in touch with both 3-4 and 4-3 teams.  I've been told outside and inside in a 4-3 (what I played in college) and then strictly inside in a 3-4 scheme.  I would say I'm pretty versatile when it comes to that. 

TC: Did you have a favorite NFL team growing up? If so, which one?  

MM: Not really.  I am from the Chicago area, so I always grew up loving Walter Payton; that drew me to the Bears, but there was never really one favorite team.

TC: Which do you enjoy more, getting a sack, forcing and recovering a fumble, or making an interception? 

MM: Wow, that is a tough one!  All three of those can change the game around in a positive way and give the offense great field position, but I really like to rush the passer and was pretty successful at it in college, so I will have to go with a sack.  Interceptions are great as well!

TC: What do you think will be the most difficult thing about making the transition from college football to the NFL? 

MM: Just the speed and work that goes into game week.  I don't think it will be that much of a transition for me though, because I thrive off speed and my work ethic is second to none (I like to believe!). I really take pride in working everyday as hard as possible.

 

TC: What's your greatest memory or highlight from your career at Indiana?

MM: There were a lot of them, even though we had a lot of downs while I was there, including the death of my coach/mentor Coach Hoeppner.  My greatest memory though would have to go back to the 2007 season when we went to the Insight Bowl in Arizona.  That was a great time with my teammates and some of my greatest friends, so that was a time I really cherished!

TC: What is your greatest attribute or characteristic as a football player that will help you succeed playing on Sundays? 

MM: Speed, work ethic, and relentless attitude!  The results speak for themselves as being one of the fastest linebackers in the country.  In the offseason I train six hours a day, sometimes twice a day, all related to football specific drills!  I recently started boxing for hand eye coordination and quicker hands, which will really help on Sundays.  I prepare to win everyday and have been for awhile, but now I'm a lot more hungry and a lot of people will be shocked!  Lastly, I have a attitude to succeed and never give up.  I think my game tape correlates to that one.  No matter what the situation was, whether we were losing or winning, I would go hard every play and not be denied to get to the ball and make a play for my team.


TC: Thanks so much for taking the time, Matt! Best of luck to you next weekend with the NFL Draft!

Load More Stories

Out of Bounds

Indiana Hoosiers Football

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.