LVS: Tell Cyclone fans what the
typical game week is like for a NFL player...
Hobbs: An NFL week starts Monday and ends on Sunday
(game day). Tuesday is the mandatory day off for all players in the league.
Monday is film from the last game and just working out to get rid of soreness.
Wednesday thru Friday is game preparation for the opponent. On Saturday, we go
to the hotel for home and away games. A typical work time is from 6:30 am to
5:00 pm. This includes film, practice, and working out.
LVS: Talk with us about the
biggest difference between college football and professional football in your
Hobbs: The biggest difference is that the NFL is
about business and money. It's a billion dollar industry. To have a better
chance in the NFL, it is all about keeping your personal life separate from the
LVS: What is the biggest thing
that you have learned in the NFL going into your second season?
Hobbs: The best thing I learned was how
to prepare your body and mind for a 16 week season along with post season. You
don't want to peak physically in week one, rather you want to steadily rise as
the season progresses.
LVS: How did playing for Coach Mc
Carney and his staff, and working out with Coach Getty prepare you for the NFL?
Hobbs: It helped me tremendously because Coach Mac
and his staff run their organization properly from top to bottom. From what vets
have told me from other teams it sounds as if the Cyclones are a step ahead, all
the way from game preparation and physical preparation. It was an easy
transition because the New England Patriots'
work habits were identical to mine and that of the Cyclones.
LVS: What will your role be going into your
second season with the New England Patriots?
Hobbs: I will be starting for the
second straight year of my career. I will be doing returns as well and any thing
else that will help the team.
LVS: What was your biggest or most
memorable memory during your years at ISU?
Hobbs: When we won the Independence bowl my
senior year it really culminated a great year. So many people thought negatively
against us and the odds were not in our favor. We kept our heads low work hard
and just let our play do the talking.
LVS: What does it mean to wear "Cardinal and
Hobbs: It means that you have a opportunity to be
apart of an organization that works hard at its craft. It is a honor NOT a right
to wear those colors because many want to and even less do.
Those answers come from the heart
of a true young man. I was
privileged to call Ellis my teammate for numerous years at ISU. He was a true leader, a leader that
everyone would want to have on and off the football field. I wish Ellis the best this year as he
continues his dream!