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?
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
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.