Question: Following the spring practice in 2002, your sophomore year, the coaches named you the winner of The Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice Award." What the heck is that all about?
Anthony Madison: (laughs) I did. It caught me by surprise, I didn't know I was going to win it or there was such an award. I had sat out the whole previous year because of the Prop 48, so I got to practice that year and I'm just ready to go! So every day at practice I was just fired up, got prepared and just went out there and made plays and tried to make a name for myself. That's the one thing about Alabama. You have to give the university and the program credit because they acknowledge the guys that go out and do what they need to do. They take good care of their athletes and recognize their achievements.
Q: Tell me about your strengths as a corner. What do you think you do the best out there?
AM: I'm more of an intangibles kind of corner. A lot of the things I do, I think a lot of people who don't really know football don't realize that I'm doing it. Someone who knows the game and who watches me might say things like, "Anthony takes great angles or he takes on the blocks that allows others to make the plays." It's some of the little things like that most people don't see that I do really well. I may not have had a pick or a pass break up in a game, but people who know that game will probably be saying that I had a good game.
Q: You've got a good reputation for having good back-pedaling skills to help you keep tight coverage on receivers.
AM: I've spent a lot of summers just trying to perfect my back-pedaling, and coming out of my breaks. Over time, that has been really helpful because it gives me more time to see what's happening in front of me and more opportunity to react, getting my hand in between the receiver and the ball.
Q: You went to the Hula Bowl. Do you think you helped yourself there?
AM: The Hula Bowl was great. I made a lot of plays, had a lot of scouts talk to me, and a lot of guys said I raised my stock over there. It was more of a business trip for me rather than just going over there to have fun.
Q: Who did you draw interest from on your Pro Day?
AM: I had a lengthy talk with the Browns, the Jaguars, Ravens, Panthers, and the Steelers.
Q: Have you had any personal workouts since your Pro Day?
AM: Not yet. The Steelers called me shortly after my Pro Day and their scout said he liked what I did. I've also heard from the Bears.
Q: What do you think of this quote by Chris Stewart at Bama Fever. "If it's an open field tackle that you really need, little No. 9 is your man."
AM: (laughs) Yeah, he's right about that. I'm a sure tackler.
Q: How did you end up selecting Mark Slough from Merge Sports & Entertainment as your agent when faced with a number of choices?
AM: He was one of the first guys to call and show interest in me. And one thing about Mark and Jeff is they are very loyal and they work hard for you. And they don't sell you any bull. They're going to tell you exactly what round pick you are or even if you're likely to go undrafted. They're just good people. And Mark cares about you as a person, not just as an athlete. I'd be quick to recommend him to any of my teammates.
Q: One word I saw used to describe your style of play was "feisty"....
AM: I'll take feisty. The way I play, I'm a very feisty, competitive, in-your-face, blue-collar kind of corner who relies on his speed, quickness, technique and heart.. I don't care how big you are, how tall you are, I'm going to challenge you. I won't back down. And that's one of the thing's I'm excited about going into camp.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned as a player in college?
AM: I've learned that as a cornerback, it's all about consistency. It's not so much about making the big play, it's about consistently making plays.