Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL ,CFL and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview here, and follow Roshard’s journey on Instagram and Twitter.
What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?
What I am looking to accomplish going forward is to play football at the highest level I possibly can. Whether that’s the NFL or CFL, my goal is to play at the highest level.
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
What made me decide to be a football player is seeing my Uncle Malik in his football pictures. It went from that to watching the Saints play week and week out. Seeing them running around in pads was something that amazed me at a young age and stuck with me since then.
What is your typical training routine?
My typical training consists of 3 days a week of field work and on those three days I also do upper body workouts before hitting the field. 3 other days a week I do heavy leg day followed by explosive and speed training. Usually Sunday is the day where I treat my body. Heavy recovery, lots of stretching etc.
What sets you apart from other wide receivers?
What sets me apart from other receivers is my work ethic and the way I approach the game. I don’t go into the game thinking about how many catches, yards, and touchdowns I’m going to get, I go into the game thinking how I’m going to feed my family and how I’m going to destroy the guy across from me because he’s trying to stop me from feeding my family. That’s what separates me from other receivers, most guys want catches. I want to destroy the guy lining up across from me, I do that, and the catches, yards and touchdowns will be a byproduct automatically.
If you could win 1 NFL player award, which one and why?
If I could win 1 NFL player award, I would want to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. I would want to win this award because it means that you gave back to the community, that you inspired other people, and that you helped the less fortunate and to me that’s worth way more than winning any other award.
What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
The type of energy I bring is being hype, being tenacious, and being the guy everyone needs and wants to be around when its time to go to war!
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day, who and why?
The player I would want to hang around is Odell Beckham Jr. , the reason why is because one, we are from the same place, New Orleans, and two everyone has a bad narrative of him. People think he’s a diva, a bad teammate, a locker room cancer and this, that and third, but truthfully, he just wants to be great. He wants the ball simply because he is confident in his ability. He is confident in himself, regardless of what anyone has ever said about him. He continues to just play football and block out the noise. Those are a couple reasons why he is my favorite player along with why I’d like to hang out with him.
What should we know about Roshard McKinnie the person?
What you should know about Roshard McKinnie the person is that he’s an all-around great guy to be around on and off the field. He’s genuine about everything he does. He loves giving back to the less fortunate. His character is far from being matched. He has great intentions with everything he does. He’s outgoing, and loves hanging out with his wife and kids.
How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
How I handle challenges in football and life is by separating the two. I learned from Job Dockery about how to balance life and football and “Living in the moment and not looking too far in the future”. When I’m on the field I don’t think about challenging things or what’s going on outside of the field, and it’s vice versa for when I’m off the field. But I owe a big credit to my wife, Le’shanna, for keeping me balanced and helping me not lean one way or the other. I wouldn’t be on this journey without her.
What would a team get in a player like you?
What a team would get out of a player like me is a playmaker. They would get the hardest worker on the team, a guy who is willing to go beyond what is expected of me. A guy who is ready to hit the field running. They would be getting a great leader and a guy who’s passion for the game runs deep.
What areas of your game are you looking to improve the most?
The area of my game I’m looking to improve on the most is staying consistent. Staying consistent is important because, if you take one day off that might result in you missing an important opportunity or you won’t be ready for the opportunity that’s at hand.
What do you love about the game of football?
The things I love about football is the level of competition, and the bonds and connections you can make just simply from playing the game. The feeling of lacing up my cleats, putting those shoulder pads and then strapping up my helmet to take the field and go to war with a band of brothers is a feeling that won’t ever be beat.