Q&A With Jerraud Powers

For those of you who have been following the Indianapolis Colts secondary already know, it is a work-in-progress, with one of their cornerbacks improving over time. I am referring to second-year player Jerraud Powers.

Some factoids about Powers:

* Was rated the #8 football player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com.
* Was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round in 2009. Soon thereafter signed a 4-year deal with the team.
* Recorded 66 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception.

While the stats don’t really stand out, it doesn’t begin to magnify the effect he had while he was out on the gridiron.

Recently, he was interviewed by the Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson. Powers talked about a variety of subjects, including managing his budget, interacting with fans on the ‘Net, his humble nature and much more.

The interview is below:

Question: There’s a lot of talk about the uncertainty of football in 2011 and how players have been told to save their money. Are you in that save-every-dime mode?

Answer: Yeah, I’m still in college mode. With my financial staff, I told them my first two or three years I want to live like I’m still in college. I know I had to get a place to stay and a car. Besides that, I told them if I do anything out of my ordinary character, they have to let me know, kind of an enforcer. I’ve got a good plan set up. I saved a ton last year and I’m going to continue to do it for the next year or so.

Q: Any one thing you take from your rookie year?

A: I was fortunate enough to go through the whole process in one year, getting drafted, making the team, opening-day starting (lineup), playing throughout the entire season, had a good season, won every playoff game and made it to the Super Bowl. We didn’t win the Super Bowl, but it’s a memory that will stick with me forever because there have been a lot of great players and a lot of guys in the Hall of Fame who never had a chance to play in the Super Bowl. I want to be able to go back and win it, of course, but that’s something that’s not guaranteed in this league. That’s a memory that will probably stick with me forever, just going through the whole NFL process, like everything imaginable in one year.

Q: When did you get braces?

A: About five months ago.

Q: Tough on mouth guards?

A: It’s a struggle sometimes. I got a cut in my lip, but it’s all good.

Q: Trying to look better?

A: I’m just trying to get my appearance better. One day long after this football thing, I’ll probably be a broadcaster or announcer.

Q: Or an actor?

A: Definitely could be an actor. If anybody is listening, I need to get in a movie. I just want a little screen (time), a little scene.

Q: Facebook and Twitter fans love how you interact with them, although you’re not quite like (punter) Pat McAfee on Twitter. He’s blowing up, isn’t he?

A: McAfee is. Everybody has a different personality. I just might start a topic on what’s going on in sports. I hear their opinions, they hear my opinions, have a little disagreement, but it’s all fun. You get some other guys, like Pat, he’s crazy. He doesn’t do anything negative. Everything he tweets is hilarious. Twitter is fun. If you use it right, it’s a great marketing tool.

Q: Facebook fans are loving you, too, huh?

A: I started a fan page my last year at Auburn; it was actually my friend’s idea to see if we could get some fans. Then when things started hitting it and the process went to the NFL, I got more fans. I try to interact with them as much as possible. Facebook and Twitter are sort of like two different sets of fans. On Facebook, I’ve got a lot in my age group but also some older fans. My mom has got a Facebook account now. She loves it. Twitter is the more younger group. I try to interact with both generations.

Q: Guys talk about having swag, but you don’t. How do you stay humble?

A: I’ve got some swag; I just (tone) it down. It’s how I was raised. I’ve always been around good, humble people who have been successful. I know a lot of guys in the league who are humble. I sort of model myself after them.

Q: How did your mom (Janice) influence you?

A: She taught me to be humble when I was young. I used to have a bad attitude growing up. I hated losing. I would throw fits when I played little league football if I was losing or I didn’t get the ball enough. I used to actually hate football until about the age of 11.

Q: What did Mom say?

A: I don’t think she thought football was going to be my sport. I didn’t like it. She had to deal with my attitude. I was big on basketball. As I grew up, she continued to teach me more and more about how to discipline yourself around others and take the good things out of bad situations and apply it to your day rather than just looking at the negative. That grew on me. By the time I got to high school, I was more humble.


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One Response to “Q&A With Jerraud Powers”

  1. Dab says:

    Interesting Q&A , very informational.

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