Talking with former NFL player Ernie Mills

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Ernie Mills played college football for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1991 draft. Mills was a wide receiver and return specialist who played total of six seasons with the Steelers from 1991-1996. The best season Mills had was in 1995 when he had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and helped the Steelers gain a berth in Super Bowl XXX.

During the Super Bowl Mills tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which hurt him most of his 1996 season. In 1997, Mills was a free agent and was picked up by the Carolina Panthers. Then in 1998, was picked up by Dallas Cowboys where there he was reunited with Chan Gailey who was his offensive coordinator with the Steelers. Mills would finish third in receiving yards behind Michael Irvin and Billy Davis that season.

Mills finished his nine-year NFL career with 196 catches for 2,934 yards and twenty touchdowns.

Talking with Ernie Mills!

Where do you live now? Florida

What are you up to these days? Trying to build my foundation

What is your fondest memory about playing in the NFL? So many but if I had to say one it would be the super bowl

Why do you think you made it when so many others have tried, but failed to make in the in the NFL? It’s a blessing first then a gift and a lot of hard work and mental thoughts

Do you have aches and pains from playing? Yes. everyday multiple aches and pain

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Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates? Yes a few of them

Is their any difference between the NFL when you played and now? If so, what the biggest difference? They enforce the rules a little more and much better facilities

If you could rewind your NFL experience would you change anything? I don’t think about changing anything but I would have stayed with the Steelers my entire career.

What advice would you give any kid that has a dream of playing in the National Football League? Think about getting that degree first. Keep the game fun and compete and give 100% with each workout, practice and game. Be a teammate.

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Any final thoughts? Thanks for the interview

Take care,

Joseph Muia

Talking with former NFL player Darryl Grant

San Francisco 49ers vs Washington Redskins at Candlestick Park Monday, November 21, 1988.  49ers beat Redskins 37-21.  Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darryl Grant (77).  (AP Photo/Al Golub)

San Francisco 49ers vs Washington Redskins at Candlestick Park Monday, November 21, 1988. 49ers beat Redskins 37-21. Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darryl Grant (77). (AP Photo/Al Golub)

Darryl Grant played defensive tackle for eleven seasons for the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Grant played college football at Rice University.

Grant was drafted by the Redskins in the ninth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. The Redskins decided to turn him into a defensive lineman, even though he played offensive guard in college. After using his 1981 rookie year to adjust to the rigors of playing defensive tackle in the NFL, Grant joined the defensive line rotation starting in 1982.

Grant went on to become a fixture on Joe Gibbs’ Redskins teams in the 1980s. Grant was one of the contributors during a period (his Redskins career 1981–1990) that saw the Redskins make the playoffs six times, including three trips to the Super Bowl (two wins) and four conference championship appearances (three wins).

Interview with Grant of the past and present.

Where do you live now? The DMV.  DC, Maryland, Virginia. Metropolitan, Washington DC.Area.

What are you up to these days? Retired

What is your fondest memory about playing in the NFL? Teammates and playoffs.

Why do you think you made it when so many others have tried, but failed to make in the NFL? Drive and determination along with luck.

Do you have aches and pains from playing? Yes

Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates? Yes

Is there any difference between the NFL when you played and now? If so, what the biggest difference? Easier practice and way more money

If you could rewind your NFL experience would you change anything? The loss to the Raiders

What advice would you give any kid that has a dream of playing in the National Football League? It’s hard work. The NFL is no Joke.

You can follow Darryl Grant at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215883885

Take care,

Joseph Muia

NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS

For those who don’t know, I am doing an internship with Damond Talbot who is an NFL Scout. I am conducting interviews on the 2015 NFL Draft prospects. As well, I have helped players get other media attention. Please come visit me on twitter or facebook and check out the interviews. These player really wish you knew more than just the back of their jersey with their name on it. They would love for you to know the person under the helmet as well.

Facebook: joseph.muia.7

Twitter: @Joey435686  and @JosephM540

Thanks,

Joseph Muia

Mason Ruiz- University of South Dakota DE Interview

University Of South Dakota defensive coordinator Jason Petrino stated that Mason Ruiz will be coming in and helping out a lot. I would say that statement would be 100% true. Ruiz has his sight on making it to the next level. This year, I look for good things to happen for Ruiz and the University Of South Dakota. My interview with the star himself Ruiz known as Mase.

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What year were you born? 1993

Where were you born? Madera, Ca

When did you start playing football? Middle school

What does football mean to you? Opportunities, Life lessons, Building relationships

Were you a starter or backup player? Starter

What was your biggest accomplishment at San Joaquin Memorial HS? Getting the chance to graduate and walk across the stage to make my family happy.

What did College of the Sequoias teach you the most? Taught me a lot about myself personally, trying to find out who I was as a man since I was leaving on my own and taking on the grown up responsibilities. Also how much I really had a passion to continue my career to be a student/athlete

Why did you decide to play for University of South Dakota? The coaching staff there had tons and tons of belief in me as a person and also a athlete. I also chose the university because it was in a small town and I loved that feeling. Great people, amazing culture, and the staff just felt like family when I was there.

Do you think playing basketball has helped you gain an edge in football? I believe it has helped me a lot actually, my lateral quickness and it help my quick twitch in making me more explosive off the ball. I do believe that basketball played a helping roll, but I most of all had to apply myself to the football aspect even more. It was once I stopped playing basketball full-time and give all my attention to football I felt like I was becoming a good player.

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How have you been staying fit this offseason? Well at this level of competition it is all about being in condition so myself and our strength and conditioning program help me from day 1 when I stepped on campus and gave me all the tools to get where I needed to be for the season. Also focusing more on the movements/lifts that I wasn’t good at to.

Who are you excited to play this year? I am speechless when I think about the upcoming season. To actually look in the mirror and tell myself I am a division 1 student/athlete is amazing and play against great competition.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete? Getting scholarships Offers

What keeps you motivated? My family, the struggles I went through when I lived with my father. I learned a lot about being grateful for anything and everything you receive. It also humbled me as I got older and things shaped me into the man I am today. Not saying I’m perfect but it has helped me.

What would you say is your biggest strengths on the field? I would say my athleticism being explosive, fast and hungry to make a play any chance I can.

Can you provide any struggles you have faced in your life? I think having my lights cut off and sometimes not knowing where I was going to live at times. My family was broken so I was torn between the two and plus being the oldest was the hardest because I had younger brothers and sisters who I know looked up to me and if not yet they were going to some day. The stuff I went through was hard for a young man. I didn’t always have the guidance I needed nor the right role model, but sometimes I look back at my past and look at how it has help me in my future. It would be easy to point out the excuses and how I acted this way because of whatever, but I didn’t I took it upon myself and always separated myself from everybody.

Will you enter the 2015 NFL draft? Honestly it would great! I would love it but only if the opportunity presents itself. I understand to the fullest that there a thousands who want this chance to take on a dream you’ve had since you were little. If I feel that a coaching staff has the faith and belief in me and see that I can help the team in any matter possible I would take the opportunity with full steam ahead.

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Highlight:
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1150698/mason-ruiz

Twitter:
@SmooveePNewton

Thanks,
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686

Shavarez Smith- South Alabama WR

This interview was done on http://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com

If you haven’t viewed the site, it is updated news in the NFL and college. You can’t go wrong by following them on twitter @DraftDiamonds or checking out the site daily. This interview was done on University Of South Alabama Wide Receiver Shavarez Smith. Smith had 50 catches for 940 yards and 6 TD’s last season. Recently Smith was named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list.

AKA: Shavarez pronounced Shuh-var-ez
Grade You Started Football: Only played one year. I played baseball at Eagles Landing HS (GA) in grades 9-11. My Senior year I transferred to Henry County HS (GA) where I played football and had an All star season.
High School: Henry County High School

Position/Positions: Wide Receiver, PR, KR
College: University of South Alabama
Jersey Number: 1
Best On-Field Performance: This past season vs Georgia State 10 receptions 194 yards 1 TD

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Football Mentor/Inspiration: Father
Favorite Slogan: Attack life with enthusiasm.
Proudest Football Moment/Memory: Scoring my first collegiate touchdown in the Super Dome.
Favorite Food: Steak

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Football Philosophy: Perfect practice will lead to in game success.
Game Superstitions: Practicing and lifting a specific way throughout the week leading up to Saturday.
Goals/Aspirations for 2014-2015: To improve my performance and increase my production.
Career Goals: Motivate younger kids to pursue their dreams with confidence and enthusiasm.

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Favorite Football Team: Do not have favorite, but I support the Falcons because I am from Georgia.
Player You Model Your Game After: Brandon Marshall
Who Will Win The Super Bowl: Seahawks
Favorite Down Time: Watching film of myself and many others.
What Would You Want College Football Fans To Know About You: That I am truly an elite talent.

Please follow Shavarez Smith on twitter: @Shavarez

Thanks,
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686

2015 SUPERBOWL PREDICTION

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This is my fifth year making a prediction of two teams reaching the Superbowl before preseason even starts. When I started in 2011 I wrote an email to co-workers at my full time job who would make it to the final game and why. Never would I guess it would come true of one team reaching it and the other team losing in the AFC Championship game. It would continue since then, and has been successful every year since. So now with no fear in my heart I am going to give you the 2015 NFL season prediction. You can see last year’s prediction on the link below. Denver was a very easy guess people would say, but remember it is before the preseason and Denver had some questions before camp started.

https://steelnationgeneration.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/super-bowl-prediction/

2015 Playoffs and Superbowl prediction: Z MEANS DIVISION WINNERS AND Y MEANS WILD CARD

AFC PLAYOFFS AND SUPERBOWL

AFC East Team
Z-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Y- MIAMI DOLPHINS
BUFFALO BILLS
NEW YORK JETS

AFC North Team
Z- CINCINNATI BENGALS
Y- PITTSBURGH STEELERS
BALTIMORE RAVENS
CLEVELAND BROWNS

AFC South Team
Z- INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
HOUSTON TEXANS
TENNESSEE TITANS
JACKSONVILLE JAQUARS

AFC West Team
Z- DENVER BRONCOS
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
OAKLAND RAIDERS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

AFC WILD CARD GAME:
DOLPHINS VS PATRIOTS= PATRIOTS
STEELERS VS COLTS = STEELERS

DIVISIONAL GAME:
PATRIOTS VS BENGALS= BENGALS
STEELERS VS DENVER = DENVER

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
BENGALS VS DENVER= BENGALS

NFC PLAYOFFS AND SUPERBOWL

NFC EAST TEAM
Z- WASHINGTON REDSKINS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
NEW YORK GIANTS
DALLAS COWBOYS

NFC NORTH TEAM
Z- GREEN BAY PACKERS
DETROIT LIONS
CHICAGO BEARS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS

NFC SOUTH TEAM
Z- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
ATLANTA FALCONS
CAROLINA PATHERS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

NFC WEST TEAM
Z- SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ER
ARIZONA CARDINALS
ST. LOUIS RAMS

NFC WILD GAME:
REDSKINS VS FALCONS= FALCONS
49ERS VS SAINTS= 49ERS

DIVISIONAL GAME:
49ERS VS PACKERS= PACKERS
FALCONS VS SEAHAWKS= SEAHAWKS

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
PACKERS VS SEAHAWKS= SEAHAWKS

SUPERBOWL
BENGALS VS SEAHAWKS= BENGALS 34-17 MVP: A.J. GREEN

God Bless,
Joseph Muia

NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS INTERVIEWS

I have teamed up with NFL Draft Diamonds. The owner of NFL Draft Diamonds is Damond Talbot who is well respected by the NFL. Talbot is a small school scout for the NFL and has made impact of players making it to the National Football League.

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I have been able to do interviews with up and coming college stars that will hopefully wear a professional uniform. Please click on each player you like to view and see their interview.

SHAVAREZ SMITH- WR-UNIVERSITY OF ALAMBAMA
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-shavarez-smith-wr-university-south-alabama/

LAKENDRICK ROSS-NOSE TACKLE- STORY OF THE BLINDSIDE
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/supplemental-draft-pick-lakendrick-ross-is-the-real-blindside-the-story/

JACOB HAGEN- FS- LIBERTY
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-to-know-jacob-hagen-s-liberty/

TENNESSE TITANS- ANTONIO ANDREWS-RB- MAKING 5 YEAR OLD AND HIS FAMILY SMILE
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/titans-rookie-running-back-antonio-andrews-made-a-5-year-olds-day/

AUSTIN GUND-C-UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-austin-gund-c-university-richmond/

RICHARD BRANNON-RB-JOHNSON C SMITH
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-richard-brannon-rb-johnson-c-smith/

AARON ROANE-LB-UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-aaron-roane-lb-university-richmond/

PHILLIP WATSON- OT- VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-phillip-watson-ot-virginia-university-lynchburg/

TOMMY SHULER-WR-MARSHALL
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-tommy-shuler-wr-marshall/

SEAN PARKER-S-FREE AGENT
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-free-agent-edition-sean-parker-s-washington/

TRAVIS VASQUEZ-ILB-SHERANDO
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-travis-vasquez-ilb-shenandoah-unversity/

MONTE GADDIS-LB-FREE AGENT
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-free-agent-edition-monte-gaddis-lbs-towson-university/

ANTTONIO BROWN-CB-VIRGNIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCBURGH
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-anttonio-brown-db-virginia-university-lynchburg/

D.J. HUNTER-LB-MARSHALL
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-d-j-hunter-s-marshall-university/

JARED TURNER-CB-CHOWAN UNIVERSITY
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-jared-turner-s-chowan-university/

ANDREW MANLEY-QB-EASTERN ILLIONIS
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-andrew-manley-qb-eastern-illinois/

DERRON HALL-CB-VIRGNINA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-derron-hall-db-virginia-university-lynchburg/

JOHN ROBERTSON II-WR-VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-john-robertson-ii-wr-university-lynchburg/

QUINN EPPERLY-QB-PRINCETON
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-quinn-epperly-qb-princeton/

CHRIS VASQUEZ-P-VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG
http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/get-know-chris-vasquez-p-university-virginia-lynchburg/

Thank you all for the support!!!!! May God bless these players and their family. I hope their dreams may come true, by playing in the National Football League.

God Bless,
Joseph Muia