Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Bryan Ehrlich: Football has always been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I don’t think I can actually remember the times during my pre-football days. I have played this sport for over two-thirds of my life and it has opened some very valuable doors to me while also teaching me some very important life lessons that I will continue to use well after my playing days are finished.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation for playing football?
Bryan Ehrlich: My motivation for playing football is for me to achieve a life-long goal of mine and that is to play in the National Football League. I have always had so much help from so many people throughout the years, and I think the help that I received from others has been very important for me to keep my priorities straight during my career. When you are an NFL player there are doors that are opened to you that you may not have had if you didn’t play in the league, and I would like to use this opportunity to help others the same way that I was helped by the players and coaches before me.
Joe Gaiter: What are the keys to playing QB?
Bryan Ehrlich: I think the biggest key to playing QB is that you have to be a leader both on and off of the football field. In college, this includes in the classroom and in the community. Another integral part of being a QB is that it is absolutely necessary to be the hardest worker on the team. Everyone is always watching what you are doing, therefore the harder you work, the harder your teammates around you will work.
Joe Gaiter: What are some things that you learned from your college football experience at Newberry and Texas A&M Kingsville?
Bryan Ehrlich: I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to play at two different schools with two different team cultures. One of the biggest things that I learned is that you must be able to take the good with the bad in any situation both on and off of the football field. Everyone is happy when you win, but it’s a different story after a loss. I learned that you have to stay as even keel as you can because if you get too high or too low, then it could definitely affect your game.
Joe Gaiter: Are you prepared enough to be in the NFL?
Bryan Ehrlich: I feel like I have been preparing my whole life to play in the NFL. I have always trained and played with NFL caliber players throughout my high school and college careers, and I feel like I have prepared the same, if not better than most of them.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have a backup plan if you don’t get drafted?
Bryan Ehrlich: I will be finished with my Master’s degree in Business Administration in December so I will most likely enter the construction field with my Dad. I will be prepared to help with the business side of running a construction company.
Joe Gaiter: Who has been a major influence on your career?
Bryan Ehrlich: My family and a few of my coaches have always been an integral part of my football career. It is nice to have a family like mine because they were probably my biggest fans/ critics throughout my career. Even after a win, my Dad or one of my brothers was not ever shy about telling me some of the things that I had messed up on during the game. This always helped me stay level headed, and it was a big motivation for me to continuously improve my game.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Bryan Ehrlich: My biggest strengths on the field would probably be my ability to extend plays while still keeping my eyes downfield and my ability of being able to accurately make every throw that a QB will ever need to make. Many times when Quarterbacks escape the pocket they turn into a runner instead of a passer, but I always saw me escaping the pocket as giving me opportunity to catch a defender out of position and make a big play.
How do you plan on giving back to the community after you get drafted?
Bryan Ehrlich: I plan on giving back to the community by holding football camps for the youth that will allow them to learn the importance of both football and life. Mentoring the youth is a part of shaping the future generations, and they will definitely benefit from the guidance of good role models around them. I think that by offering these camps will help the under privileged kids by giving them the opportunity to do things that they may not have normally been able to do with people that they may not have had the opportunity to meet. This would be a great opportunity for every kid (no matter their circumstances) to be able to interact with professional athletes that should be serving as great role models.
Joe Gaiter: Do you feel that you are at your best?
Bryan Ehrlich: I definitely feel like I am at the peak of my performance right now. There have been many steps that I have taken during this process that have allowed me to elevate both my athletic ability and my ability as a QB. I am the biggest, fastest, and strongest that I have ever been, and I am excited to show my abilities to the scouts.
Joe Gaiter: When is your pro-day and combine and how are you preparing?
Bryan Ehrlich: My pro-day for Kingsville is March 25, but I am also attending an NFL Regional combine on March 9th in Tampa, Florida. I have been training at All Sports Speed & Conditioning program here in San Antonio. I am working out with 4 other players that are getting prepared for their pro-days as well. I am around a great group of guys that are working hard so that they may be able to achieve my dream, and we push each other to our maximum limits every single day. I am also heading back out to South Carolina next week to train at TNT Sports with Joe Don Reames. Then I will head on down to Tampa where I will finish my combine preparation at The Performance Compound. Training at different facilities gives me the opportunity to learn different things from different trainers, and I will mold all of their different training methods into something that works for me.
Joe Gaiter: You have your degree and getting your masters why put that on hold to play football?
Bryan Ehrlich: I have always seen football as a key getting many different things accomplished in my life. Football allowed me to go to college for free, and it has also allowed me to get my Master’s degree for free. Although playing in the NFL has always been a dream of mine, I also know that the status of being an NFL football player will also help me with various networks throughout my future business career. After taking many marketing classes for both my undergrad and graduate studies, I understand that marketing your product (yourself) is the most important component to achieving success.
Joe Gaiter: Do you think your hard work will pay off?
Bryan Ehrlich: I have always been a firm believer that hard work will pay off. I firmly believe that I will get my chance to perform for a team and my preparation will help me achieve my goals. God has a plan for everything; so as long as I work as hard as I can every single day, I will have no regrets at the end of this process.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your football legacy to be?
Bryan Ehrlich: I have always prided myself on being a very hard worker. I would like be an inspiration to others that it is possible to overachieve as long as you keep your faith and work for a goal that you believe is attainable.