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Question and Answer with Running Back P.J. Daniels

Oct. 28, 2005

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

“Most people don’t know that I’m half-African because my dad is a native of Ghana.”

What would be your ultimate Sports Center highlight?

“I think it would be to dive into the end zone at the end of a game to score a touchdown and win the game.”

Tell about one visible scar…

“I have one on my ankle that I got when I was seven years old and my leg got caught in a bike spoke.”

If you could relive any single family outing in your life, what would it be?

“Right before we came back to school to start fall practice, I went out to my family’s 200-acre ranch in Texas with Gerris Wilkinson and we had a great time. That’s one vacation that I wish I could relive.”

If you could have season tickets for any team, sitting in any place in the stadium, which team would it be and where would you sit?

“I’d like to go to some San Diego Chargers games to be able to see LaDainian Tomlinson and I would definitely have to be on the sidelines with the team.”

Who has had the greatest influence on your athletic career?

“Derrick Moore. We’re somewhat similar in our stories because we were both walk-ons and have had the same paths.”

What is your best non-athletic talent?

“I’m pretty good at playing video games.”

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from being a college athlete?

“You have to be able to prioritize things in your life with the fact that we’re in school and also play a sport.”

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

“I walk from one corner of one end zone to the other corner of the other end zone to make a diagonal, and then I finish that off by making a box. At the end, I go to the middle of the field, get down on one knee and pray that no one in the stands or on either team gets hurt.”

What is the best thing about being a college athlete at Tech?

“The fans. They’re a lot of fun to be around during games because they’re cheering us on and screaming as loud as they can in order to support us.”

What has been the most memorable game that you have been a part of?

“The 2003 game against Florida State when we barely lost 14-13. It was my first year as a starter and I had a big run in the 4th quarter to score a touchdown. Even though we lost a tough game, everyone played their hearts out and I’ll always remember it.”

What won’t you miss about being a college athlete?

“I will not miss the early morning workouts at 6 a.m.”

What is your all-time favorite meal?

“My dad makes a lot of African dishes when I go home and I really enjoy all of them”

What team would you add to the schedule?

“The USC Trojans. I like their style of play and because they’re so good, they always bring out the best in their opponent. It would definitely be a challenge to play them, especially since they have Leinart, Bush, and White.

Besides Bobby Dodd Stadium, what is your favorite stadium to play in?

“Florida State. I like the atmosphere and their fans, especially when they’re doing the War Chant.”

Favorite musical artist:

“Kanye West. I like his style and the way he sings.”

Favorite TV show:

“South Park. Even though the show has some really vulgar humor, it’s still funny and every episode has an important message.”

Who is the athlete you most admire?

“I admire Barry Sanders and Walter Payton. They both were great running backs and played with a lot of heart, always putting everything into every one of their runs. “

If you could play any other sport at Tech, what would it be?

“Golf, because their players get a lot of cool stuff and they get to travel to great places to play in their tournaments.”

Besides playing in the NFL, what are your plans after college?

“I would like to go to dental and acting school.”

Name a professor that has had an impact on you here at Tech:

“Jan Lukens. He’s taught me a lot and I admire him and how open he always is to talking to his students.”

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