One on one with Eastern Washington, cornerback T.J. Lee!
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
T.J. Lee: When it comes to football I would say that my greatest strengths are my physicality. I am a bigger hitter who likes contact. I have very tough skin when it comes to being exposed. I can flush the negativity out and go out there the next time and make the big play and learn from mistakes. I think that is very important as far as a trait goes at the cornerback position.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
T.J. Lee: My first goal is to make an NFL roster. That is what I am focused on right now. To get the opportunity and make an NFL roster. I want to become the best player that ever played the game. I want to set high goals and I have high expectations of myself. I want to be known and leave a legend. I want to prove to kids in my situation and the kid of North Washington that if you put your mind to it you can reach your dreams. I want to show them that if I can do it they can to.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself or maybe someone that you mimic your game after?
T.J. Lee: Not really. I feel there are many that have the same style, but I don’t really compare myself to NFL players. I don’t really mimic or take away traits from one player. I try to take a little bit of stuff from any player I watch and instill it into my game to be the best player I can be. I couldn’t pinpoint one certain player.
Scott Porter: What kind of person is an NFL team getting in T.J. Lee?
T.J. Lee: They are getting a person who is very comfortable with himself. I am very coachable and willing to learn. I am very reliable, humble, dedicated and well liked by my teammates and coaches. I feel like I can adapt and get along with anybody from punk rocker type to quiet guys, to loud guys. It doesn’t matter I have a good personality and I can fit in with whoever and adapt. I am a very positive person. I can enlighten a team. I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to a football team.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
T.J. Lee: I love hanging out with my friends in my free time. I feel your friends are the people that help form who you are. Without great friends you don’t set as high of goals for yourself. My friends really influence me and push me to get the most out of me. I also like playing video games, watching TV and working out.
Scott Porter: You had the honor of playing in the NFLPA game this off-season, what was that experience like and how much did that mean to you being invited to that game?
T.J. Lee: That was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed that opportunity. I learned a lot from veteran players and former players in the NFL. That helped me with what to expect when I get there and what it takes to be a professional. They really taught me to take advantage of every opportunity in front of me. They really helped me relax and become more comfortable while I was out there practicing and playing. I came in very nervous and wasn’t sure what to expect and by the end of the week I felt really comfortable and relaxed to play in that game. I learned so much from that experience. After this experience I know that the next time I will be more comfortable and it helped me prepare for the next time I get a similar opportunity. I gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom from the NFLPA experience. I gained so much knowledge of the game from the past and present players and coaches involved with the NFLPA experience.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
T.J. Lee: I feel I have a lot of accomplishments here but I can’t forget about the 2010 National Championship victory for us. It was a great accomplishment and so meaningful because it took everyone on the team to win. We were down 19-0 going into the 4th quarter and came back to win the game. It was an incredible feeling and accomplishment. I played in 85% of the game and learned a lot during that game. I will never forget that. It was a real turning point for me and our program. It taught me how to be a leader going forward and what hard work it takes to win football games. I feel that single game was the greatest accomplishment in my life. It really helped me for my final two years at Eastern Washington.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself for your opportunity?
T.J. Lee: I just finished up with the NFLPA game which was a great experience. I had planned to train in California after the NFPA game but I then I came to the conclusion that I want to train in Washington to be an advocate for Washington area sports. I want to prove you can still be successful while training where you came from and staying in school to finish your degree. I am training here in Spokane with a great trainer. I am basically working on everything from the little things to the big things to prepare myself. I want to grade out the best that I can with my North Washington background and help others.