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Roderick Henderson, DT, Alabama State: Interview
Roderick Henderson is a mountain of a man. When you watch Alabama State games, it’s not hard to figure out which player is him. He played at Alabama State for three seasons, being a terror in the run game and routinely making plays in opposing teams backfields. I want to thank Henderson for taking the time to do this interview with me.
Blake Meek: First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview.
Roderick Henderson: Yes sir, no problem.
BM: You grew up in Alabama. Who was your favorite football team growing up?
RH: College was Auburn and NFL was the St. Louis Rams.
BM: Was their a favorite player you liked to watch growing up?
RH: On the Rams or just in general?
BM: Just in general.
RH: Warren Sapp and Vince Wilfork.
BM: So what took you to Alabama State?
RH: I found out that my mom was having health problem, so I just went back home to be close to her and my family.
BM: Family is so important. Is there a coach or coaches who have really helped you along the way?
RH: Yes sir. Coach Jenkins taught me how to grind and become a hard worker.
BM: Good coaching is really important. Did you model your game after any NFL players?
RH: Yes, Vince Wilfork. He’s my idol. We play so much alike.
BM: He’s been a very good player for a very long time. What would you say your greatest strengths are?
RH: My greatest strengths are creating a double team block every play, changing the line of scrimmage, my pad level and the use of my hands.
BM: What would you say your biggest weakness is?
RH: My biggest weakness is overthinking on pass plays.
BM: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment on the field?
RH: When we played Kentucky, I had three tackles for a loss and they wrote an article about me on making history in their stadium.
BM: That’s a great moment. What would be your best off field accomplishment?
RH: Working and giving back to the community and building great relationships with people in the community.
BM: Giving back is a great thing to do. I’m a GM. What would you tell me to sell me on Roderick Henderson?
RH: First I am a very respectful young man that would be loved throughout the organization and in the community. You are getting a player that will represent the team and organization well. You are getting a player that has never been in any type of trouble. Also you are getting the best nose tackle out there.
BM: I love that answer. You played in the NFLPA Bowl. How was that experience?
RH: It was great getting a chance to be coached by NFL players and also getting a chance to get to see how the NFL works.
BM: I’ll let you go with one last question. What do you want to do once your playing days are over:
RH: I plan on getting a mechanic shop and dealing with cars.
BM: Thanks again for doing the interview man.
RH: Yes, thank you.