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Behind the Facemask: Garrett Reynolds

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Offensive guard Garrett Reynolds gives his take on why offensive linemen in the league always end up with attractive women in this week's Behind the Facemask

Reggie Roberts:  You are two games into your fourth NFL season and you are the starting right guard for the 2-0 NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons.  How does that sound?

Garrett Reynolds:  Sounds good.  It’s great.  It’s going well so far.  We’ve got to keep working as a group, as an offense, and as an offensive line to keep improving.

RR:  You entered training camp this season locked in a fierce battle not only for the starting right guard spot, but for a roster spot as well.  How did you manage to keep your focus day in and day out and still manage to maintain that solid, smiling demeanor that you have?

GR:  I blocked out all of the outside noise and simply focused on what I needed to do to become a better football player.  I’ve been playing and working the same way since I got here.  Instead of picking several things to concern myself with, I picked one aspect of my game each day during camp to improve upon, and I think that really helped.  Once I got that first aspect of my game under control, I moved on to the next thing I needed to fix.

RR:  What aspect of your game have you improved upon the most?

GR:  I would have to say my pass protection.  I feel a lot more comfortable and more relaxed.  I feel like I understand it better and I am doing a much better job getting my hands up and being patient. I’ve gotten better, but there is still room to improve.

RR:  Offensive linemen usually end up with extremely pretty girlfriends and wives.  Why do you think that is?

GR:  That’s an easy one.  We’re big, we’re nice and we are protectors.  We call ourselves the ‘big uglies’ so when we find ourselves a cute one, we usually like to hang around.  The cute girls know that we are not going to go trailing off but lock on to them and stay put.  It’s a confidence thing for them. They trust us.  We’re not the super, good-looking guys catching all the touchdowns.  They don’t have to worry about us not being around.

RR: What’s on your iPod these days?

GR:  I’ve got movies and I am reading the book “Fearless” (book about Navy Seal snipers).  I also listen to one of my good buddies named Chase Rice, who is an up and coming country music singer.  I also like Jack Johnson.

RR:  What did want to be when you were a kid?

GR:  I wanted to join the military and become a Marine but I later decided that that would have been a very poor career choice based on how big a target I would have been.

RR:  Who is your dream date with?

GR:  That’s an easy one. Carrie Underwood.

RR:  You are at your favorite restaurant and you can invite five people.  Who would the five people be?

GR:  Audie Murphy, John Wayne, Garth Brooks, Stonewall Jackson and Carrie Underwood.

RR:  I’ve had fans come up and ask me, ‘How can a guy that big and strong be so nice and polite?  I tell them that it’s a product of good parents and your good Southern upbringing. Is that close to being the truth?

GR:  I was raised in a great community and I had a great set of friends.  We policed each other and we helped each other — especially when one of us was about to do something stupid.  My mom has a great saying that I share with kids during my visits in the community – ‘Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.”

RR:  And finally, why is Falcons veteran center Todd McClure the smartest guy you’ve ever played with?

GR: He’s been around the game for such a long time.  There are not many looks that he hasn’t seen and he is a very good communicator.  He’s helped me grow so much as a player.  He’s bright, he’s smart, and he always gets us in the right protection.  I love playing with him.


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