The NFL Draft is right around the corner and players all over the country are getting ready to prove why they should be picked up by a team. Today Joe Gaiter interviews Duquesne’s Gianni Carter about his accomplishments.
Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Gianni Carter: Football to me is a blessing as well as an opportunity above all. A blessing because I am able to play a such a barbaric “game” that some people are not fortunate enough to even get to experience. It’s an opportunity, because it has molded me into an individual who knows about work ethic, being humble, and self-control. The work ethic to perfect my craft through trail and error until perfection is achieved. Not sufficing with good, but striving for great. Being humble because being a football player is a gift from God not everyone is able to do what we do. And self control, because football being such a barbaric sport, you need to know when to flip the killer mentality.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your game to the next level?
Gianni Carter: Like every great player I will elevate my game by not only focusing on my weaknesses, but also perfecting my strengths.
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Gianni Carter: My biggest strength on the field is my ability to catch the ball. As a receiver hands are the most important trait to have. I am able to catch the ball away from my body especially in jump ball situations. Although I am not the fastest receiver, I use my route precision and on field awareness to separate from defenders. Another strength would be my ability to understand/ read defenses.
Joe Gaiter: What were your stats from the last year?
Gianni Carter: Last year I had 50 receptions for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns. My longest touchdown being 76 yds.
Joe Gaiter: Why should any NFL team give you a chance?
Gianni Carter: An NFL team should give me a chance because throughout my years as a football player, I have learned to not only be humble as player but to work hard as well. Humble enough to know nothing in life is guaranteed, yet hungry enough to not be complacent and out work everyone. As a football player I have had doubters who have told me what I can’t do. Because of this I play, train, and study the game harder than anyone.
Joe Gaiter: Who is your favorite player in the NFL and why?
Gianni Carter: My favorite player in the NFL is Larry Fitzgerald, not only for his size, strength, and composure on the field, but his off field presence. Not only humble, he is also a role model, a position a lot of professional athletes forget about.
Joe Gaiter: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far as a player?
Gianni Carter: My biggest accomplishment as a player is dealing with, transferring schools, having to sit out a year, coming back and winning a conference championship, as well as 1st team recognition from the Northeast conference.
Joe Gaiter: What have you learned about yourself in your college football career?
Gianni Carter: I have learned that complacency is not in my blood. I am determined to be the best I receiver I can. If that means not going out and enjoying the social aspect of college, that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.
Joe Gaiter: Describe how you play your position on the field?
Gianni Carter: As a receiver I take pride in catching the ball, running good routes, and even blocking. Whatever it takes to make my team win, I am willing to do.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about Duquesne?
Gianni Carter: I will miss the whole college experience. Team meetings, 6 am runs, and fall camp, all of it. You don’t realize how much you take things for granted until they are gone, and having the opportunity to represent my University was an amazing experience.
Joe Gaiter: What is your major.
Gianni Carter: My major is business management.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words/Shoutouts?
Gianni Carter: Thank you for the interview, God bless.