Joe Gaiter took the time to sit down with Courtney Dial of Fort Valley State who has endured a successful career. Dial specifies many of his accomplishments in his interview with Joe among many thoughts on his road to the NFL.
Joe Gaiter: Who is Courtney Daniel?
Courtney Daniel: A humble, hard working, God fearing individual.
Joe Gaiter: What are some of your accomplishments?
Courtney Daniel: I have been blessed of being named SIAC Player of the Week twice and SIAC Honorable Mention three times, Fountain City Classic MVP, HBCU All-American, Don Hansen All-Region Team, BSN All-American Honorable Mention, Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention just to name a few.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Courtney Daniel: Speed and knowing where to be are my biggest strengths on the field. Although I feel like I’m an all around player. I may even try to get some action at corner (laughing).
Joe Gaiter: How will you prove yourself on the field?
Courtney Daniel I will improve myself on the field by making plays and making every rep count. Making my next rep better than the one before and even making every mental rep resourceful.
Joe Gaiter: Who has been your biggest influence in your football career?
Courtney Daniel: I don’t think anyone could influence me more than myself. My other biggest influences would have to be my family. It influences me that much more to see the look on their faces when my name is mentioned.
Joe Gaiter: Who in the NFL has your style of play?
Courtney Daniel: My style of play I would say Jonathan Vilma. He’s a great player and he’s smart, but he plays hard and fast.
Joe Gaiter: What goals do you have for the NFL?
Courtney Daniel: My goals are simple: become as productive as I can for my team; become a pro bowler; become one of the best to play my position; play in and win the Super Bowl
Joe Gaiter: What is the hardest part about playing your position?
Courtney Daniel: The hardest part would be the fact that you would have to know where everyone is in-front and behind. So if you make a mistake and you’re not where you’re supposed to be then you will be exposed.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your skills to a NFL level?
Courtney Daniel: I feel as if you get out what you put in. Paying close attention to formations and mannerisms (learning the players tendencies), of course hard work in which I’m not a stranger of, and being mentally strong.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss the most about playing at Fort Valley State University?
Courtney Daniel: I would have to say it would be my teammates. Over the last couple of years I have gotten close to these guys which made it a lot easier to play with them along with the fact that they were great athletes. I’m also going to miss playing in the classic against our rival Albany State.