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Question and Answer with Tight End Jay Reid

Oct. 20, 2005

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

“I tend to get shy when I have to speak in front of large groups or even during class, but it’s something I’ve been working on while at Tech and I feel a little more comfortable now.”

What would be your ultimate Sports Center highlight?

“I’d like to block a punt against Georgia and have anyone on our special teams run it back for a touchdown to win the game.”

If you had to exchange wardrobes with someone on the team, whose clothes would you want?

“I would definitely like to have P.J. Daniels clothes and especially his shoes. I think he has more shoes than anyone I’ve ever and it seems as if he never wears the same pair twice.”

Tell about one visible scar…

“When I was younger, I got a cut on my right cheek from falling on some glass in my dad’s shop. My mom had told me not to go in there because there was so much glass and metal and I might fall and hurt myself, but I still went in there. My mom was right in the end.”

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

“My family and I went to Gatlinburg last year during the Christmas vacation and had a great time. It was nice to be up there and away from the city.”

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 would sit in the front row behind the dugout of the Atlanta Braves. My cousin got me seats near the dugout last year and I really enjoyed being so close to the field.”

Who has had the greatest influence on your athletic career?

“My parents have definitely had the greatest influence on me. They’ve always pushed me to play sports and I wouldn’t be where I am today in my football career if it weren’t for them.”

If you were forced to give up all of your possessions but one, what would it be?

“I’d have to keep my iPod. I’ve always thought that I live my life as a soundtrack because I’m always listening to songs and relate them to what I’m doing during the day.”

What is your best non-athletic talent?

“I’ve always been good with kids. When I was in high school, I used to volunteer a lot with my church and enjoyed working with kids. It’s something that I would like to continue doing once I’m out of school.”

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

“Time management and perseverance are two of the most important things I’ve learned while at Tech. With all the football practices we have and time we spend in the film room and working out, you have to be able to manage your time and get your work done.”

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

“I always put everything on the left side of my body first. My left ankle gets taped first, my left shoe goes on first, and so on.”

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

“The Clemson game, without a doubt. Coming back from that big of a deficit at the end of a fourth quarter was something I’ll always remember.”

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

“I will not miss getting up early because it’s so hard to get your body going when it’s 5:30 or 6 in the morning.”

What is your all-time favorite meal?

“My grandmother’s cooking during Thanksgiving is my favorite meal. She makes broccoli-cheese casserole, dressing, pecan pie, dressing, and my dad also deep-fries a turkey. I look forward to that meal every year..”

If you could make one thing come true for a friend, what would it be and for whom?

“I wish that two of my friends from high school, Jarrett Miller and Eric Bona, could have played college football with me. Our senior year ended too quickly because we lost early in the playoffs and we should have gone further. I’ve been lucky enough to play football at the college level and I always think about them when I’m out there.”

What team would you add to the schedule?

“Well, we’re adding them to the schedule next year, and that’s Notre Dame. I’d love to be able to play them up at their place in South Bend because I think everyone that plays college football should have a chance to experience a game in that stadium.”

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

“I’ve enjoyed playing in Death Valley at Clemson because I grew up on the South Carolina – Georgia border and I know how passionate all their fans are about football.”

Favorite musical artist:

“It would be a tie between Lenny Kravitz and the Dave Matthews Band. Kravitz came to the Tabernacle last year but I wasn’t able to get tickets for that concert. I have been able to work security for three Dave Matthews band concerts and it’s great to be so close to the stage while they’re performing.”

Favorite TV show:

“Nip Tuck. I didn’t watch the first two seasons but I’ve really gotten into it this year and I have to watch it every time it comes on?

Latest music CD that you’ve bought:

“I bought Circus by Lenny Kravitz a little while ago because I used to have the CD, but it was stolen when my car was broken into. I looked everywhere for it in stores, but no one had to it so I had to go on the Internet to buy it.”

Who is the athlete you most admire?

“Joe Montana. I remember watching him while I was growing up, and the way that he played for the 49ers was amazing. He had more game-winning drives than anyone else and I just admired the way that he played the game.”

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

“I’ve never been really good at it, but I think that playing baseball at Tech would be fun.”

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

“I’d like to coach high school football and teach history because that’s my major here at Tech and I’ve really enjoyed it. Another thing I plan on doing is getting my real estate license and doing that as a side project.”

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

“Doug Flamming has been my favorite professor at Tech. I’ve had him for two classes and I’ve really enjoyed learning from him. He’s been a great professor and always makes little jokes while he’s teaching. He also does a great impersonation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt which would always make the entire class laugh.”

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