Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Jerell Childs:Football is a part of my life, it’s something that no matter what happens in my life I can go play this sport and it will take my mind off of everything.
Jerell Childs:I started playing football when I was in middle school after watching my oldest brother play and wanting to get out and play with him.
Joe Gaiter: How has the training you received at Oak Park High School helped you get to this point in your life?
Jerell Childs:At Oak Park I had a lot of coaches who pushed me to be the best that I can and to work for what I want, so I was able to take that mindset when I went to college and competed against other players who were the standout athlete at their high schools.
Joe Gaiter: You were ranked 15 in the state why did you choose to go to Kansas State out of other colleges?
Jerell Childs:I wanted to choose between Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State so it would be an easy traveling situation for m family to see me play. In the end after seeing these schools I loved the family feeling that I got from Kansas State, not only from the players but the fans also.
Joe Gaiter: Was it hard adjusting from running back to Linebacker?
Jerell Childs:Switching was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, even though I was known as a power runner learning to properly tackle and to read offensive lineman was more difficult than I thought it would be. Being able to cover receivers and Tight Ends was a little easier for me because of my athletic ability.
Joe Gaiter: What are the keys to play your position on the field?
Jerell Childs:I believe that besides the quarterback being a linebacker is the toughest position on the field, you have to be the leader on defense, smart enough to get your lineman set right, tough enough to take on a offensive lineman, and athletic enough to drop into coverage.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about playing at Kansas State?
Jerell Childs:My teammates, those guys are my second family we all built a great relationship being around each other so much that will last the rest of our lives
Joe Gaiter: What have you learned about yourself as a leader on Kansas State football team?
Jerell Childs:I have learned that you don’t have to be the most vocal leader which I may not be sometime but if you show that you are committed and passionate about something which I was about the success of my team, then others will follow.
Joe Gaiter: Why enter into the draft?
Jerell Childs:Playing in the NFL has been a dream of mine since I started playing football, I feel that if I didn’t at least give it a shot then I would always be thinking what if.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have a backup plan if you don’t get drafted?
Jerell Childs:I graduated in December with a major in Criminology and Sociology and a minor in leadership, so if this doesn’t work out I will go into law enforcement and coach a little league or high school team to keep the game a part of my life.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Jerell Childs:My athletic ability, being able to cover tight end and receivers with my speed.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation for playing football?
Jerell Childs:I recently became a dad, I have a son who is a month old so he is my motivation to work as hard as I can so I can make sure he is taken care of.
Joe Gaiter: How do you plan on giving back to the community after you get drafted?
Jerell Childs:I want to give back to my high school, my school and the support I have gotten from them for the past 5 years in college made me into the person and player that I am.
Joe Gaiter: How would your friends describe you off the field?
Jerell Childs:Very laid back and competitive I have to win in anything I’m doing
Joe Gaiter: When is your pro-day and combine and how are you preparing?
Jerell Childs:My pro-day was March 12. I feel like I did a great job and did everything I needed to in order to get some looks and push my stock up since I am not a very well known linebacker. I worked out with Mark Simoneau, a former Kansas State hall of fame linebacker, over at Simoneau Sports Performance in Kansas City.
Joe Gaiter: Do you think your hard work will pay off?
Jerell Childs:I do believe all the hard work will pay off, even if I don’t get drafted then in free agency. I believe I will get a chance to show a team what I have to offer them.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your football legacy to be?
Jerell Childs:I just want to be someone who people can look at and say he had all the odds against him, but he refused to let that get to him and continued working toward a dream he turned into a reality.