|Pre-season game with the Packers|
Overall I think things went well. I grew a lot as a player and even more as a person. Only having a year of football experience under my belt since high school, I really felt I needed this year to improve. I made great impressions everywhere I went, which only gives me confidence going into this upcoming year.
Did you feel prepared for the things you experienced this past year, both on and off the field?
I felt prepared physically and skill-wise, but being so new to the game, there were a lot of situations that I hadn't experienced in college. Off the field was not a big adjustment because I'm a pretty low key guy, so outside of football I would just hang out with teammates.
If there was one thing you didn't know that you wished you had going into this...what would it be?
If there was one thing I wish I had known going into things, it would probably just be a better understanding of how to play the slot position. I learned a lot as the year went on, and if you can play outside and the slot, you can create a lot of problems for teams.
What are you most looking forward to for next season?
My main goal is to obviously get on our active 53 man roster which I feel really confident about, and then I just want to continue to grow as a player and help my team win.
|East-West Shrine Game|
I'll be back home until the end of March, and basically I'll just be hanging out with friends and family, training, and coaching. It's nice to get a little bit of a break, but I'm continually trying to get better. So while its called an "off season," I'm still making sure I'm working hard every day!
You are a very motivated person. What are the things that motivate and inspire you?
My friends, family, and home state are huge motivating factors for me, but I'd say the biggest one is probably people who doubt me and say I can't do something. I'm a very motivated and confident person, so when I get negativity or doubt thrown my way, I try and use it as fuel to get better. That's why I went out for football in the first place in college. I'm a firm believer that if you put in the time and make a few sacrifices, there will be no option but to find success.
What advice would you offer a 6th grader who says he wants to grow up and be just like you?
I'd say first and foremost, you want to be as good of a person as you can be. People underestimate how far being humble goes in all aspects of life. From there you just have to believe in your abilities, be coach-able, and work hard! Don't be afraid to take the route most people avoid because its tough. Those challenges make you grow as a player and person, and they separate you from the competition.
What do you consider your greatest success so far? Your greatest disappointment?
My greatest success so far has been getting to the NFL and getting my foot in the door. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish, and I'm on the right path. My biggest disappointment was missing out on state high school championships in football and basketball. Those are things that I really wanted for my teammates and community, more than myself. Now my goal is a Super Bowl!
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from your involvement in sports?
Without a doubt, it's accountability and discipline. Those are things that will help you throughout life, but when you have multiple teammates and coaches depending on you, it is just huge! Accountability and discipline get you to the next level and help you grow as a team and individual.
These are some great insights at this stage of Dale's NFL career, and we are really looking forward to working with him this spring and watching him share his many talents and abilities with our athletes. No option but success!