I've been here before to share interviews that I have had with other Ole Miss stars, Tutan Reyes and Everett Lindsey. I'm a high school senior and I work really hard to interview NFL players.
Anyways, I'm here to share my most recent interview with Seattle Seahawks OG, Rishaw Johnson. For some background on Rishaw Johnson lost almost everything because of Hurricane Katrina. He then went on to play at Ole Miss. Due to what he calls ‘some big-time mistakes’, he was kicked off the football team in 2010. He then transferred to a DII powerhouse, CalU Pennsylvania. He started all twelve games this past season at Offensive Guard for CalU. He earned DII All-American also. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He entered the 2012 NFL Draft, but went undrafted and recently signed a contract with the Seahawks.
If you want to check out our awesome interview, www.prointerviews.org/RishawJohnson (Take the Jump to read an excerpt. Please keep in mind, it was conducted right before the NFL Draft.)
Strauss : Michael Oher was there when you got there. Did he serve as a mentor to you at all?
Johnson : Big Mike used to mentor me a little bit. He used to just tell me not to get into trouble, how to go about things, do it this way, just try to get me to be a professional. Mike helped me out a lot. He used to really just try to help me keep my head on straight because I was fresh out of high school. He just wanted me to see me do the right thing. Mike kind of played that role for me at Ole Miss, just helping teach me to do the right thing, and I appreciate Mike for that.
Strauss : What was it like for you to step on to the field for your first ever game at Ole Miss?
Johnson : Oh man. It was crazy. My first game was against Memphis. It was a dream come true. It was a packed house on ESPN which is on National TV. We won that game, and it was amazing. I was nervous at first but we won that game. I had a pretty good game. I think I’d graded it out well, if I could recall so it was a really good experience for me.
Please leave your thoughts below, do you think he was a steal? Apparently, he had a 5th round grade.