Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Brad Serini: Ahhh, I hate this question. I would say that everyone always says I have a very high football IQ and great toughness on the field. I don’t back down and you will always get the best in me every game.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Brad Serini: My goals are first obviously to make a team. After that my ultimate goal is to play in the NFL: for a very long time. I want to be one of those players that plays for 14 seasons.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
Brad Serini: I would say winning the conference versus Arkansas State was a great accomplishment. I would also say winning our bowl game (Little Caesars bowl) in a crazy game. The game was so much fun and so well played. It really meant a lot because my first season at FIU we finished 1-11, and then to end it with a bowl victory was pretty remarkable. Those are the two that stick out to me the most. I also got invited and play in the Eastham Energy All-Star College Senior game this year. That was an honor.
Scott Porter: Which NFL player reminds you of yourself or one that you model your game after?
Brad Serini: I can think of two. The first and biggest one that comes to mind is Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts. He can out of college and went undrafted and now at least in my eyes he is the best center in the NFL. A lot of people never gave him a chance and he proved a lot of people wrong, and now he has had a long successful NFL career including a Super Bowl and a few Pro Bowls. The next is Olin Kreutz of the Chicago Bears. He is so tough and hard-nosed. He works so hard and plays hurt. That is the way I play. I never come out if I am hurt. I never want to come out. You are going to have to pull me out of the game to get me off the field.
Scott Porter: What do you feel will be the toughest adjustment from the college level to the NFL level?
Brad Serini: Oh man, I think the toughest adjustment will be the level of competition. It’s quite the adjustment when you go from high school to college but I can only imagine the adjustment from college to pro will be even bigger. There are fewer opportunities available in the NFL so you have to make the adjustment quickly and make an impact right away. You are now going against the best of the competition. It will be challenging and fun to go against veterans who have been in the NFL for ten years or so. A lot of these guys I watched when I was growing up as a kid and now I have the chance to compete against them.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Brad Serini: I love hanging out with my friends. I am always doing football stuff so I don’t get much time away from the game so I always try to take advantage when I do. I like going to the beach and mall in big groups with my friends. I love playing FIFA, I played it a lot in college. I played it every night.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your college career?
Brad Serini: My father. He always pushes me beyond what I thought I was capable of achieving. He’s very hard on me but I like that. It’s good for me. He has helped me get the most of my talent and continue to work hard to become a better player. He has helped me out a lot throughout. My parents never missed a game. That includes high school and college. They were at every single game to me and that really means a lot to me. They were and are very supportive of me.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Brad Serini: There was a guy from Florida A&M named Frantz Jospeh. He played LB, he was on the Oakland Raiders for a short time, he was tough as nails. He loved to hit and was so physical. I can remember one I went out to block him and he came up at me full speed and popped me a good one. When we played Iowa they had two very good DT’s that were very tough. Both went on to play in the NFL. They were Matt Kroul and Mitch King. They were strong as no other.
Scott Porter: Playing for a coach like Mario Cristobal, what was that like? He was a successful player at the University of Iowa. What type of a coach was he?
Brad Serini: He meant so much to me and my development as a player. I was able to learn and take a lot of things from coach Cristobal. He actually found me. He made a trip to New York and offered me a scholarship and believed in me. He always looked out for me. He’s a very tough coach but in a good way. If it wasn’t for him I am not sure where I would be. I wouldn’t be in the same situation I am in today.