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TESM’s Interview With Former Florida Star WR Jacquez Green

In college football, there are always the guys that you remember for all the electric things they did on the football field. Former University of Florida star Jacquez Green was one of those guys that would take your breath away with the spectacular plays he made while at Florida. I recently caught up with Jacquez and here’s what we talked about!

MP: Where are you originally from?

JG: I’m originally from Fort Valley,Georgia.

MP: How did you get introduced to the game of football?

JG: I lived in an apartment complex in Georgia where all we did was play sports. Football was one of
them. I grew up watching the Falcons on TV every Sunday.

MP: Who were some receivers that you patterned your game after growing
up?

JG: As far as NFL players, I was a big fan of Jerry Rice. But, I have always been more of a college fan than pros. I loved the multi-threat type
guys like Raghib Ismail, David Palmer, and Kevin Williams.

MP: How was it playing for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida?

JG: It was fun. He gave me a chance to stretch the field vertically. He also gave me a chance to play in the best conference in America, the SEC.

MP: Do you still keep in contact with the guys you played college football
with?

JG: Yeah, some of us are still great friends to this day. Mostly the
guys who came to the University of Florida in 1994 with me.

MP: What was the biggest difference between NFL and college football that
you noticed?

JG: The camaraderie and pageantry of college football is just
different. Nothing beats College Gameday, fight songs, all the college
cities, and the traditions of college football.

MP: What are you up to these days?

JG: I’m the Offensive Coordinator and Head track coach at Lincoln High (Tallahassee, Florida).

MP: Where all have you coached?

JG: My first stop was at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg, Florida before coming to Lincoln High School.

MP: Being a coach, what’s the main thing that you stress to your
players?

JG: The main thing I stress to my players is being a good person,
and being respectful. Talent will come and go but your character is what’s
important.

MP: What are some of the main differences that you see in high
school football in Florida as opposed to other places?

JG: Florida is just loaded with talent. From the panhandle to down south, all kids do is play football. They have seen so many people make it from their area or school. So they realize getting a college scholarship is an attainable goal.

MP: What do you think about the proposed 4 team playoff in college
football?

JG: I think a playoff system is way past due. College football is the only sport without a real playoff.
system.

MP: What are your thoughts on the supposed “super-conferences” and all the team movement in college football?

JG: All the movement won’t make much of a difference because
the SEC is basically a super-conference already.

MP: What are your thoughts on the NFL and how it is today in wake of the rulings of Roger Goodell on BoutyGate?

JG: To be honest, I just don’t like the fact that Goodell has that much power. He can’t be the judge and jury in every case.

I want to take time to thank Jacquez for doing this interview with me and also want to thank him for being a shining example for kids in Florida. Great to hear that he’s affecting kids’ lives in a positive way.

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The Everyday Mailbag- 12/14/11

Its that time again folks! The everyday mailbag is here again. Let’s see what the sports world wants to know!!!

Q: What potential Wild Card team in either conference can you see getting hot like Packers last year and making a serious run?
-Jabbar L., Nashville, TN

A: I think that the team that could be a spoiler if they are to make the playoffs would be the New York Jets. They always look dead and gone halfway through the season and when they hit the playoffs, they all-of-a-sudden become a team to be reckoned with. I’m starting to get that same feeling about them again.

Q: What is your favorite bowl game?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I have to be honest. I really don’t have one game that I absolutely have to watch. I love to watch sports in general, so it could be the smallest bowl game or it could be the BCS championship. I just love watching all bowl games.

Q: How do you think the Memphis Grizzlies will do this year?
-Jason J., Memphis, TN

A: I think the Grizzlies will be good this year, but the thing is, people will expect them to be good instead of the surprise they got last year when they faced them. I still don’t know if the Grizzlies have enough offense to be a top-tier team in the NBA. That’s what will keep them in the bottom-tier of the NBA’s Western Conference. I see them as a six seed at best this year.

Q: Are basketball coaches bullies?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think not only basketball coaches, but all coaches, are tough coaches that not only coach you and instruct you on the court, but also teach you life lessons. They may come across as hardcore sometimes but in the end, most coaches are in it for trying to make the kids better than when they came to their program or when they first decided to play for that coach. Now, what other motives coaches have in coaching is a whole other subject, but no, coaches aren’t bullies.

Thanks everyone for the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!!!

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The Everyday Mailbag- 11/8/11

Lots of different sports going on. Lots of different sports questions as well. Without further adieu, here’s what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: What do you think about Lions DT Ndamukong Suh meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think that it just means that Suh is concerned about his image. Suh actually called up Goodell to make the meeting happen. I think its not that big of a deal.

Q: Who is your Final 4 in college basketball this year?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I’ve got the Syracuse Orange, the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Baylor Bears as my Final Four this year.

Q: How many games will the NBA play this season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think we will be lucky if the players take this offer. If they do, we will see 65-72 games. If they do not, I think we will see roughly around 55 games.

Q: Do you think Tim Tebow should be called a athlete playing quarterback ?? I’m not hearing that by the media! Why?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Whether Tebow is called an athlete playing QB or not, he is being judged on being a QB. I don’t think that whether he’s called an athlete or not will change the criticism he’s received. To be honest, I don’t think that’s the thing that media looks at in regards to him. That’s why it isn’t mentioned when they talk about him.

Q: Do think a rematch of Alabama and LSU will happen for the National Championship game?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: No sir. Alabama would have to have a lot of teams lose to get that rematch in my opinion. If Alabama would have won the game, then I would be confident in a rematch because LSU still has to play Arkansas and that would have helped catapult them in the BCS.

Thanks for all the questions. I look forward to more! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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The Hardest Opponent

In the off-season, NFL players train to get ready for the season. They run, lift weights and do all kinds of things to make sure they are in tip-top shape for the grind that is the NFL season. As the season goes along, teams suffer loses. It’s gonna happen. There’s some tough teams in the NFL. But to me, it seems like the biggest opponent so far isn’t a team.

The bye week has been a killer this year. It seems like teams that come out of the bye week have typically come out looking a little lost. An example of that is the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday. Sure, they lost to the Texans 41-7. But looking deeper into that loss, it seemed like a lot of the timing was off and it also seemed like some guys missed the week of work. Now, it is up to the players to get up for games, but byes seem to throw that rhythm off just a little bit.

NFL players, like most people, are creatures of habit. They do certain things at certain times. Each player has a particular routine as to how he gets ready for the game. It may be listening to music. It could be going to sleep. The point is, there’s a routine that is followed that allows these players to go out and perform at their best week after week. When that routine is disturbed by the bye week, it seems like some teams can withstand that more than others.

My advice to coaches is schedule a scrimmage during the bye week. Keep things as normal and routine as possible. Anything to keep the rhythm of your team going. If you don’t, you could be headed for a major letdown on Sunday. Nine of the 12 teams that have had byes so far have lost coming out of the bye. So, for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, I hope you prepared. If you’re not, you could be on the bad end of a real terrible loss. The bye week doesn’t play and it continues to be the hardest opponent for each team in the NFL.

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