Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Aaron Henry: I feel that my versatility is a major strength of mine. I have played CB and S at Wisconsin which is a rare breed. I have also returned punts and I have the ability to line up at nickel, corner or safety. I am a student of the game. I am coming from a great program that was well coached here at Wisconsin. I think something that really benefits me coming from Wisconsin is that I learned so much it was like going to a classroom and then being able to go and apply that on the field. I feel I have tons of raw natural ability but I feel a lot of people have that so I think what the important part is are you able to break down film and watch your opponents and know what they are doing before you even see them do it because you understand happens before it happens. I feel like playing at Wisconsin has really helped me take my game to the next level. Everything I have learned from here will greatly impact what I am able to do in the NFL. I learned how to watch film with guys like Jim Leonhard and Chris Maragos here, people like that helped show me the ropes and what it takes to get to the next level. I feel like a lot of the little things that people don’t think about will really help me when I get a shot in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Aaron Henry: My short term goal is to make a team, no real aspirations just make a team and then I will go from there. I just want a shot, after that we will see.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself or one that you model your game after?
Aaron Henry: Nobody comes to mind off the top of my head but people tell me Antrel Rolle. I try to mimic Jim Leonhard because he is not the fastest player or the most athletic player but he is so smart and get the defense lined up and is always in the right position to make plays. He has an amazing knowledge of the game. He goes out and gets the job done. I like to watch a great safety like Ed Reed but people have told me I remind them of Antrel Rolle.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Aaron Henry: I’d like to mention my life outside of football. My faith and graduating college. Where I am from growing up wasn’t so easy. Not many people had the same opportunities as I did which include the ability to get a 4 year degree in Business and so on. It was like a needle in the hay stack so I really take that as a blessing because not many where I am from do that. The odds were against me.
Scott Porter: How do you feel playing in the big 10 conference has helped your game?
Aaron Henry: This is an easy one. It helped a tremendous amount. Playing against so many great teams that are all around good teams was a luxury. Each week we played against NFL ready teams meaning NFL systems and very versatile players in a league where we weren’t playing against spread offenses that just throw the ball where when you line up you know exactly what they are going to be doing. We have a great mixture in the big 10 where you see a little bit of everything. The big 10 brings a lot of variety and that helped a lot. I feel like the big 10 was comparable to the NFL because it makes you think and read and react and learn on the fly. You face speed, you face huge athletic lineman, you face good passing and running games. The OL in the big 10 move so well, they get off their block quickly and bring it. There are a lot of good QB’s in the big 10 like Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Dan Persa among others that give you a good look week in and week out. This is very well coached conference and you see a lot of things in this conference that you will see in the NFL. I feel we are all students of the game when we are all done.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Aaron Henry?
Aaron Henry: I am all about the team not individual accomplishments and moments. I am dedicated to the game and I feel I have the ability to make those around me better. I was a team captain at Wisconsin and after just a week at the Shrine bowl I was voted a team captain there as well. I think that goes for something. I can’t explain it, I just find myself to be a leader. I am very down to earth and humble as well as a hard worker. I will never make an excuse.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Aaron Henry: I enjoy playing chess. I love speaking at churches and school. I like telling people about life and my experiences. I like telling them about how I grew up and what obstacles I encountered and have to overcome. I think kids see the football player in me but when they see my personal struggles as a kid that overcame I feel that it gives them hope and hopefully it helps them out. I myself have been through ups and downs and I find speaking to kids is gratifying to me.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Aaron Henry: I am looking forward to the experience. Growing up as a kid I had always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Just the opportunity to be selected or picked up by a team is something I am really looking forward to. The first time I put on the uniform, my first practice, the first pre-season game. The bus rides, the plans rides, practicing with my teammates. It feels amazing that my dream could soon be reality. I am looking forward to everything that comes with it.
Scott Porter: What areas of your game are focusing on improving on?
Aaron Henry: I definitely have flaws that I am focusing on to be a better player. I am working on being a more aggressive tackler. My biggest thing is not just tackling high but being aggressive. I need to take more chances and work on my tackling technique. I’m not saying I can’t tackle because I can but I know I can improve on it. I am always looking to improve.