Joe Haden Interview
By: Scott Porter
February 21, 2010
Scott Porter: What would you say are your biggest strengths?
Joe Haden: My biggest strengths are my ability to play press coverage as a cornerback, my tackling. I feel I am a sure tackler and my closing speed.

Scott Porter: Which NFL player reminds you of yourself?
Joe Haden: Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets.

Scott Porter: What are your goals at the next level?
Joe Haden: I want to be a star in the league for many years to come. I want to be one of those players where everybody can say I was very good for a long time. My goal is to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL and lock down my side of the field. I also want to be a Pro Bowler year-in and year-out.

Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football at Florida?
Joe Haden: I will miss the fans that watched me every Saturday. The relationships I made with my teammates will be greatly missed as well.

Scott Porter: What type of a person is an NFL team getting in Joe Haden?
Joe Haden: They are getting a very good and loyal guy. I am very dedicated and have great work ethic. They are getting a person who really cares about people. I am a family person and I look at my teammates as if they were my own family.

Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Joe Haden: I am a huge movie watcher. I am not into video games like most college people, but I like to go shopping, I like to play and watch basketball. I like to be with my girl and spend time with her taking her on vacation and trips.

Scott Porter: What is the hardest part about playing cornerback?
Joe Haden: I think the hardest part about playing cornerback is analyzing the QB and WR on every play. They have it easy because they know the play and where the ball is going and what route they are running, but as a defender we have to anticipate and read that. As a cornerback we have to cover and analyze each play on the go because we don't know what is coming like they do. Studying the film and all the hard work you put into that and trying to understand what the offense is going to do takes a lot of hard work.

Scott Porter: How would you describe your style of play as a cornerback?
Joe Haden: I would describe my play as physical, and I take a lot of chances. I am good at reacting to plays and I often react too fast which can mess me up, but it also is very beneficial as well. I see something and read it and then take a chance on it.

Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Joe Haden: I had to go against Percy Harvin every day in practice, I would say him. Two other players I would mention are Alabama WR Julio Jones, he is a monster, huge and very good. I would add in Georgia WR A.J. Green, he is very tough.

Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Joe Haden: I would have to say my dad and my mom. My dad has been training me since I was in 8th grade. My mom and dad have always been my biggest fans. They are always there for me. They have been there for me though the positive and negative times I have had.

(September 21, -- Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Ryan Williams is questionable at best for Saturday’s conference opener against Boston College after he injured a hamstring in last weekend’s win over East Carolina. The injury is not believed to be serious even though Williams had to be helped off the field and spent the second half on crutches, however, he has practiced on a limited basis this week.

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