Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Richard Samuel: Football to me is a game with many life lessons.
Joe Gaiter:Where are you from and how was your childhood?
Richard Samuel: I am from St. Croix U.S.V.I. I had a very supportive childhood with any endeavors that I chose to pursue.
Joe Gaiter:When did you start playing football?
Joe Gaiter:What is your motivation for playing football?
Richard Samuel:It was a sport that I loved watching and wanted to get a chance to try it out myself.
Joe Gaiter:What will you miss most about playing at UGA ?
Richard Samuel:I will miss the bond that I made with my teammates and my fraternity brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.
You have a reputation for being the ultimate team player for Georgia. Was it hard being that way when you were unsure of what position you would be playing or if you were starting or not?
Richard Samuel:At the moment of the decision, it was not that hard to be the team player. I wanted to help the team out anyway that I could and play at any position that could have gotten me on the field.
Joe Gaiter:What are the keys to play your position on the field?
Richard Samuel: I would have to say being able to read my keys and understand fronts to know what to expect from the defense
Joe Gaiter:How has going to UGA changed your life?
Richard Samuel: UGA has helped me realize that everything in life will not go as you plan or as you would have liked for it to go. You have to stand strong in knowing yourself and not letting adversity make you question your abilities.
Joe Gaiter:When did you know that football was going to be your career?
Richard Samuel: My sophomore season.
Joe Gaiter:What could you bring to an NFL organization that drafts you?
Richard Samuel: I will bring a versatile athlete that is willing to play whatever role that is needed to help bring success to the organization. Someone that is not all about self glory, but the upbringing of the team with my leadership skills through my actions.
Joe Gaiter:Do you have a backup plan if you don’t get drafted?
Richard Samuel: Yes. Pursue my goal to be an athletic director while coaching and mentoring kids.
Joe Gaiter:What player in the NFL has your style of play?
Richard Samuel: Anthony Dixon, Jason Snelling, and Mike Cox.
Joe Gaiter:What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Richard Samuel: Pass protection, down field blocking and down hill running.
Joe Gaiter:How do you plan on giving back to the community after you get drafted?
Richard Samuel: I’ve already started giving back with helping out with summer football camps. I would like to start up my own football camp as well as a mentor or a big brother foundation.
Joe Gaiter:How would your friends describe you off the field?
Richard Samuel: Down hill bruiser.
Joe Gaiter:When is your pro-day/combine and how are you preparing?
Richard Samuel: Combine: March 17th
Pro-day: March 21st
I have been training 6 days a week about 5 hours a day at 4th& Inches Sports Performance
Joe Gaiter:Do you think your hard work will pay off?
Richard Samuel: Yes!
Joe Gaiter:What do you want your football legacy to be?
Richard Samuel: A guy that is willing to put it all on the line for his time at whatever he is asked to do.
Joe Gaiter:Final Words?
Richard Samuel: I would like to thank my mother for all her support over the years and giving me every possible opportunity to be in the position that I am in today. I would like to thank my high school coach head coach Rick Casko for mentoring me throughout college. I would like to give a shoutout to the brothers of the Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.