A: Steve Young for his scrambling ability and how effective he was running the 49ers’ offense. Brett Favre because he may not always look perfect as a quarterback, but is a competitor and is always doing something to help his team win.
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Q: Favorite player growing up?
A: Danny Wuerffel (former Gators quarterback and 1996 Heisman winner) was a person I grew up idolizing. I still have his autograph on the wall at our house. I saw how he treated people and learned to treat everyone how I wanted to be treated. He was such a positive role model both on the field, academically and spiritually and would always make time for people by signing autographs, taking pictures with them, etc.
Q: Top three college highlights?
A: Winning a pair of national championships (over Ohio State and Oklahoma) and two SEC titles.
Q: Winning the Heisman Trophy?
A: It meant a lot to win an award that was voted on by so many people, but my coaches and teammates deserve a lot of the credit for putting me in situations to be successful. Meeting the previous Heisman winners in New York and getting to know them showed me the elite fraternity I’m now a part of.
Q: Who would you vote for this year?
A: Once all of the games have been played, I will sit down and make an informed decision with my vote.
Q: How would you describe Urban Meyer, in 25 words or less?
A: Coach Meyer is a huge influence. What’s so great about him is that he does realize there are things more important than football. He’s helping guys change their lives. There are a lot of guys on our team that he is a father figure to.
Q: Can you describe the ambulance ride to the hospital following the brutal hit against Kentucky and Coach Meyer staying the night in your room?
A: Having so much support from Coach Meyer and my family in Lexington meant a lot to me and the people at the hospital did a fantastic job.
Q: How would you describe the transformation you undergo when you put on the uniform and stand in the tunnel?
A: I think about the game plan in my mind and I like to visit with my teammates and begin to get them pumped up . . . Running out of the tunnel in “The Swamp” is an incredible feeling as well. You can feel the 90,000-plus Gator fans behind you creating one of the best home-field advantages in the country.
Q: What was it like finishing a high school game with a broken leg?
A: I didn’t really think about it at the time since we were in the middle of the game and I was trying to help our team win.
Q: Childhood memory?
A: Having the chance to spend time with my brothers and sisters on a daily basis being home-schooled.
Q: Biggest influence growing up and why?
A: Seeing how my parents have raised us and provided everything we can possibly need is a comforting feeling.
I have been so blessed to have an amazing support group and knowing how passionate they are about God and their children has inspired me.
Q: Biggest obstacle growing up?
A: Trying to fit everything into a 24-hour span each day could often be difficult. I actually think life can be a little easier because people often want to spend time with me. Sharing my time can put smiles on people’s faces and both myself and teammates become role models that everyone can look up to.
Q: What did you learn from your missionary work in the Philippines?
A: Taking several trips to the Philippines has been a positive experience for me. Meeting all of those different people who have nothing and are poor gave me an appreciation for what me and my family have and provided me with the perspective of taking nothing for granted. It also allowed me to see the effect that I could have on those people. For some, the belief in Christ is all that they have and is much more important than money or material possessions.
Q: Favorite scripture?
A: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
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