I was able to talk to Brian Rolle early last week and ask him what he has in store for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is the complete transcript of my interview with him.
EG: Can you describe your favorite play or biggest game during your college career at Ohio State?
BR: I would say my favorite play would have to be the interception against Navy the first game of 2009. (In case you didn’t see it, this was on a 2 point conversion with 2:23 left in 4th, with Navy down 2. Rolle intercepted the ball on the goal line and outran the entire offense and returned it for 2 points.)
EG: And how about your biggest accomplishment so far in your football career?
BR: My biggest accomplishment would have to be beating Michigan 4 times in a row.
EG: What does this whole situation with Coach Tressel mean to you? What kind of impact did he have on your football career?
BR: It is truly sad to see this happening but I know that everything is going to work itself out. Coach Tressel has been very influential in my life. Just showing me and my teammates how to be a model citizen, how to be great young men outside of football.
EG: Can you describe your draft day experience for us? What was it like when you got the call from the Philadelphia Eagles?
BR: Aww man it was nuts. They actually called my dads phone and he walked out of the room and said “Somebody on the phone from Philly” then I said “shut up” and everyone went crazy. It was one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time.
EG: Which coaches have you talked to so far and what are your thoughts on Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo and Linebackers Coach Mike Caldwell?
BR: I talked to those two, the special teams coach, as well as Coach Reid. Those two guys seem to be straightforward and cool and I look forward to playing for them.
EG: Have any players on the Eagles reached out to you since the draft?
BR: I’ve talked to Jamar Chaney multiple times as well as Jaiquawn Jarrett the safety drafted and of course Kurt Coleman.
EG: How are you conditioning in the off-season without organized team activities?
BR: Well I’m working out at school here at The Ohio State University, and I actually have one of our interns put me thru position drills, so I’m getting great work in.
EG: How have your cousins around the league, Antrel, Samari, and Myron, helped you throughout your process making the NFL?
BR: Well Myron is one that I’ve spoken with the most and we he just reminds me that it’s a grind and have fun with it.
EG: Do you think your small stature has helped or hurt you in football? Do people underestimate your aggressiveness and power a lot?
BR: Well I just say look at my body of work thus far. I feel like God has made me this size for a reason and I excelled in college so it’s definitely helped me. I think the biggest underestimation is my toughness. You don’t have to be 6’3 to play the position all you need is heart and that mindset that you can’t be stopped and it can be done.
EG: I noticed that you worked in some defensive back drills during your pro day, have you ever played at defensive back?
BR: [Laughter] It was more for show than anything. I’ve never played the position but I’m not opposed to it either if need be.
EG: Who or what has been your biggest motivator throughout your life and in football?
BR: I would say where I’m from. Immokalee, Florida is a place where not a lot of people get a chance to leave and do something special and some have and messed it up, so when I made my decision to attend OSU I made a vow to myself and my hometown to represent the right way.
EG: What do you think you will bring to this Eagles team? What makes you different than any other football player?
BR: That toughness and grit. I’m a hard-nosed scrappy player. I feel like the speed I play the game is what separates me from the pack. I’m sure they have fast players but my motor is always in gear 6 and rolling.
EG: Do you think you can bring playmaking ability to an Eagles linebacking corps that is lacking in that area?
BR: Well I haven’t watched them enough to say they are lacking there but I’m going to bring a different breed of player there; someone who is going to compete and make everyone else better.
EG: Any idea what number you will be wearing or what number you would like to wear?
BR: Well unfortunately since the lockout was in place when I got picked we didn’t get that far but I’d love to wear #52.
EG: Finally, how does it feel to be a Philadelphia Eagle?
BR: It feels great. You watch a guy like Andy Reid on television as well as Asante Samuel and Ernie Sims now I get the opportunity to play with them. I feel…..Blessed.
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