Five Questions With RB Joseph Addai

Learn more about LSU running back Joseph Addai both as a person and a player in our exclusive "Five Questions" feature article.

Question: Your head coach Les Miller once referred to you as a "tough, hard-nosed warrior." Is that an accurate description of you on the football field?

Joseph Addai: Yeah, I've had to become a tough runner. I just had to show that I can compete out there. So I think that's one way to describe me.

Q: In what ways is your personality off the field different?

JA: Off the field, I'm a real quite and laid back kind of person. When I'm out there people notice me making plays, but off the field I'm a real low-key kind of person.

Q: I've also heard that you're a very caring person and a really loyal friend. You have a pretty special relationship with a friend of yours from high school, don't you?

JA: Yeah, my junior year in high school a friend of mine, LaJuan, went to make a tackle. He ducked his head and he broke his neck and became paralyzed from the waist down. He's really helped me look at things differently, because even with the way he is, he has a really high spirit about everything. If you'd talk to him you'd never be able to tell that he's had anything bad happen to him. He's helped me gain the perspective that even if you're having a tough day, it's usually little things that don't really matter. Even though I'm a really quiet guy, he makes me even more humble. I try to invite him to all of my home games at LSU, and everybody on the team knows who he is, even a lot of the people around campus know who he is. I requested a handicapped apartment on campus that's set up so he can maneuver better in our apartment when he's here with me. He could easily be down about things and what's happened to him, but he isn't. He always makes me feel like I can do more. And I really love him for that. There hasn't been a day go by since I got to college where I haven't talked to him on the phone. You can't ask for a better friend than him. 

Q: Out of all that you do, what do you have the most fun doing on the football field?

JA: Winning. When you go out there and do your job and defeat the opposing team it's a lot of fun. And I'm the kind of person who likes to go out there and have fun while I'm playing the game. At the same time, I put out one hundred percent. 

Q: You've got some experience as a kickoff returner. Is that another role where you believe you add value?

JA: Yeah, and I wouldn't mind playing any special teams. I've been on the punt coverage team for the last three years, so I think it's important that they know that I can also help with special teams.

Joseph Addai answers more questions about his Combine experience and what he wanted every NFL coach to know about him in an exclusive interview for our ColtPower Insiders.

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