Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Alex DiMichele: Being able to read and react to plays. I am very good at getting to the ball, making the tackle and I am a playmaker. I have been a playmaker ever since I was a kid. I have always had a knack for the football. I like to mix it up, and I love to hit. I take pride in being a good tackler. I am very mean on the field but very nice off the field. Wherever the ball goes I get there and want to hit whoever has the ball in their hands.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Alex DiMichele: Right now I want to get an invite no matter how I get there just to showcase my skills to be given a chance and an opportunity to showcase what I can do. Even if I have to start on the practice squad like a lot of players do I am more than willing. I will build my way up from there. Billions of players dream of this. I will excel on special teams or whatever I am asked to do to make a team. My brother Adam played for the Colts for period of time and I saw the hard work it took for him to get there. It isn’t about the money to me. I just want to play football because I love the game so much. I want to make a team anyway I can. Even if I have to go out there and get beat up every single day it would be a pleasure just to continue to play the game. Whatever it takes I am going to work my butt off to do it.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself?
Alex DiMichele: Former Iowa and current Colts LB Pat Angerer. He isn’t the biggest or fastest player in the game but at the end of the day he gets the job done. My brother Adam who used to play for the Colts tells me all the time, this could be you. After the Colts drafted Pat he sent me a picture of Pat in a Colts uniform and said “this could be you.” He reminds me all the time that we are very similar players and that I could be in the same situation as Pat because of my play on the field. The other day he was dropping me off and he gave me a football card that had Pat Angerer on one side and Brian Urlacher on the other side. I thought that was pretty cool. He reminds me all the time, that I am good enough and that there is a spot in the NFL for me.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Alex DiMichele: Man, I will miss the family atmosphere. I came from Robert Morris from Temple and everything worked out great for me, nobody ever questioned me here and I had the time of my life. You have roster sizes of near 100 players and they become your brothers. They are more than just teammates they are like a bunch of brothers to me. You win, lose, cry and cheer together. I will miss the brother atmosphere here at Robert Morris more than anything. We played for each other; you play for the guy next to you.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your college playing career?
Alex DiMichele: It has to be my mother and my father. There are seven kids in my family and we all got a great work ethic from my parents. They worked very hard and it had a huge impact on us kids. They were always influencing us and putting us in the best situation for our interest. I got my work ethic and my determination from my parents. Also, my brother Adam who played for the Colts. I saw all the hard work he put into football to get to the NFL. I knew what it took from watching him go through it. Also there is a student here who is in a wheel chair unable to walk as he suffers from Muscular dystrophy. He has been a huge influence for me, seeing what he goes through and how had he works. He always tells us we are his hero, but little does he know that he is actually our hero, he pushes us and he has been an inspiration to me. Seeing how he pushes his way through life, goes to school and gets through life how he does, it is really inspiring to me.
Scott Porter: What do you feel is the toughest part about playing linebacker?
Alex DiMichele: I think playing the MAC position as I do the toughest part is that you are expected to be like the QB of the offense. You have to study a little harder than anyone else on defense. You have to know every formation on D and O and make sure players are lined up correctly; you have to know each person responsibility each play. You have to know and recognize what personal and formations are out on the field and think and react quickly. You have to know the strengths of your own defense and adjust and help others out.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Alex DiMichele: I am 23 years old; I do not drink or go out to the bars or clubs. I love spending my time with my family. I have 5 nieces and nephews and I love spending as much time with them as I can. I like playing Xbox with my brothers. I love watching NHL hockey. I am very laid back. I like watching movies and TV; right now I am into Pawn Stars, Criminal Minds and Lights out which is a boxing show. I also like poking fun of my brother Anthony for his love of cartoons. The other day I woke up at 2 AM and he was out in the living room watching Iron Man. I told him to turn it off and he refused telling me there was just one more episode to watch. I like spending time with my girlfriend as well. I have a tight circle of friends.
Scott Porter: Can you describe your style of play for us?
Alex DiMichele: A lot of people call me a dirty player. I don’t think I am a dirty player. I am very physical. I like to mix it up. I am a blue collar type of player. If I get hit I get up and make the play the next time around. I am very aggressive and love to attack. I just like to make plays. I give 100% on every play and if I get beat I chase the guy down and make the play if possible. I work my butt off in practice, I work my butt off during the games, and I am a football player, if I get beat I go out there and make up for it. I am very intense. I play a lot like my dad. My family has a will to win and we got that from him. We hate losing. I hate losing no matter what I do, it could be football, Xbox or just playing cards, and I just hate losing. A lot of people don’t understand until you play the game how bad you hate to lose. It is more than just a game to me, it’s my life. I am hopeful that I will be fortunate enough to continue playing weather that is in the NFL, CFL, AFL or whatever comes my way. I just want to keep playing football for as long as I can play.