A Q&A With Dezmond Sherrod

Former Mississippi State football player Dezmond Sherrod, who won a Super Bowl ring while playing in the NFL, talks one-on-one with Gene's Page during the recent Mississippi State spring football game.

How did attending and playing football at Mississippi State prepare you for life?
"Football taught me a lot of things such as being discipline, managing my time, being determined to handle your business with integrity. You also have to be disciplined in college as well, not just with football to do a good job. One thing that I have been good at to get to the next level is being disciplined. I haven't been the tallest, the fastest or even the smartest athlete but I have used a lot of hard work, discipline and determination to get me to the next level. It also allowed me to get my Masters Degree at the same time."

That's what the players at Mississippi State do, they grind.
"That's what we do at Mississippi State. We grind all day. We are going to be Dogs about it because we take a lot of pride in doing a great job.

"That's one of the great things that I learned from (former MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom while I was here. He did a great job of building the foundation for the team. And it showed our senior year when we went to the bowl game. That was the first bowl (MSU had gone to) in eight years. And we've had a lot of success after that."

Unlike a lot of pro players you have a Super Bowl ring. What does that mean to you?
"Winning the Super Bowl is my biggest accomplishment in life besides getting my Masters Degree.

"I have been on a lot of great teams where the players didn't care about how many yards they got or about themselves. They cared about each other. That's what it takes if you want to win as a team. We won the bowl game my senior year (at MSU), won the Super Bowl with the Steelers and when I played in the United Football League with the Las Vegas Locomotives we won a championship. I have three rings."

What are you currently doing now?
"I am currently an Executive Team Leader of Logistics with Target."

How did playing football help you with your current position?
"Football helped me become a leader. If you want to be successful in life you have to have ambition, you have to have a plan and you have to execute that plan. That's something you learn in football because you have to be able to plan and execute.

"You also have to have a great attitude about things. There have been a lot of talented players who didn't have the best attitude and didn't go as far as they could due to that lack of a good attitude. My attitude and work ethic got me farther than just my talent would have gotten me."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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