Player Profile: John Tait

Bourbonnais - Find out what John Tait has in store when he walks away from the game and what it meant for him to be mentioned in the same company as Walter Payton.

Tait Player Profile

Hometown: Tempe, AZ

College: BYU

Major: Communications. I didn't finish college though and it is definitely one of my goals to return to school at some point. Education is very important in life. Also, I like to finish whatever I have started.

First athletic experience: Playing T ball in grade school. It was a lot of fun.

First job: I guess the paper route that I had when I was a kid would be my first job.

First time playing football: I started when I was ten. I liked the game immediately. I was pretty large for my age and that was a definite advantage.

Mentors while growing up: I was fortunate to have had a series of exceptional coaches from grade school through high school and college. They taught me a lot about the game and about sportsmanship.

Role model: Off the field, I'd say my parents. In football, that would be Danny White.

What's your strength as a player: I'd say that my work ethic would be right up there. I always try to give 100% of my effort to the job at hand, whether it is a football play, or some other endeavor. Also my size helps me on the line. You want to scare the players who are coming at you. Also, it can be difficult to block effectively if you aren't a sizable guy.

Any advice for young players: No matter what level you might be playing at, work hard. That's the way to get better. This is true for player in grade school right on through the pros. Hard work always pays off and your teammates will respect you as somebody they can rely on to get the job done.

Favorite video game: I don't have a lot of time for games, but I do enjoy Halo.

Favorite movie. I like movies with good acting and believable story lines.

Favorite TV show: For comedy, you can't beat The Office. That's hilarious.

First car: A Ford Expedition. What a great car.

Favorite food. I'm a pretty large guy so I eat quite a bit. I like most everything.

Any plans after football: Going back and completing my college degree will help with that decision. It's hard to see that far down the road when you don't know all of the options. I want to strengthen my life skills and see where I can be most effective.

Any hobbies: I enjoy participating in charity work. It's important to give back to the community.

You were the Bears' Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee for 2004. What was that like: What an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Walter Payton. I was really excited about that nomination. It was completely unexpected. I love to work with kids. To be recognized for that work was meant a lot to me. It's something I'll always remember.

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