To promote positive change within the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE LIFE LESSON LEARNED FROM FOOTBALL?
-Mental Toughness! o yea… and Time Management. (on time means your late)
WHAT IS YOUR BEST FOOTBALL MEMORY?
-Playing for the Minnesota Vikings: vs. the Colts. @ right corner. disguising Cover 2. (showing press but backing up right before the snap) Jamming The WR at 4 yards as he release on a “Must Fade”/ release. (outside release by the sideline). I then began to to go through my progression, squeezing the WR towards the sideline, staying in phase the whole way, as he continues to push vertical. Finally the QB throws a leaping jump ball, where its just me and “Galiath”. (but at the tim: Who ever wants it more?). We both jump extremely high to catch “The Ball” but only one of us kept possession. After coming up with my 1st interception in a loud live National Football League game, this game changing play allowed our offense to go back out, run a quick 2-minute drill in the 4th quarter and score points before “closing the deal” against the Colts. The best and most memorable part about that play was that the ”jump ball” occurred right in front of Brad Childress’s, my headcoach, toes. I got right up, gave Coach the ball to keep. He said, enthusiastically and proudly, “Roberson, you keep that ball. Take it with you. It’s yours!” Thats exactly what I did. After the game I signed it and wrote near the NFL & Colts’ logo: signed: (DRJ #27 “1st NFL interception”) that happened in 2009… I still have that ball today…. I take that ball with me everywhere I go. I even train with that ball to this day. To others… it’s just a ball. To me, It’s valuable. It is a true “witness” of how being unique, overcoming the odds, while remaining “humble” and “hungry”, is granted, by the Creator, through hardwork, determination, drive, mental toughness, preparation, and open minded. (beginners’ mantality)
WHAT IS YOUR MOST TRAGIC FOOTBALL MEMORY?
-Being called out the game, rotating with a great teammate/friend of mine, at the R3 position on Kickoff. While ‘pumping him up’ & encouraging him to go down and make a play, watching him fly down, dodge blocks, get to the wedge, lower his head, and ‘breaks his neck’. The only time he moved was when the paramedics pulled him off on a stretcher. The ‘unfair’ part was that the game continued. Harry, my ”brotha-from-anotha-motha’s”, career came to an end all in one play. That really changed the way I played and this game: “Hard, Fast, and like it’s my Last.” (leaving it all on the field was a ‘core belief’)
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PERSONAL TRIUMPH?
-Winning our (Rutgers) very first bowl game in 137 years.: Texas Bowl ’06 : Rutgers vs. Kansas State University
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORST DAY IN THE NFL:
-The very 1st time I got cut and released from the Houston Texans 2008. (I just couldn’t believe it). smh (little did I know)
TELL US ABOUT ANGER VS. AGRESSION:
-Anger compliments aggression… (on the field)
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST EXCITING DAY IN THE NFL:
-Besides earning my first NFL “active” check, My very 1st NFL game vs. the Miami Dolphins in Miami @ Miami… (the whole “hood” showed up) felt like a throwback neighborhood “back yard street brawl””. That was the 1st time My family, friends, fans, and childhood coaches had ever seen me play in action on a Professional level.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE GETTING CUT?
-lol… smh.. You DONT! (unless your production decreases) then the coaches and players have very little to say to you. OR after u eat breakfast, attend meetings, go to lunch, sit in the hot tubs, so your loose for practice, get you ankles taped up, then go back to your locker only to find out thats not your locker anymore and that you’ve been replaced with a ‘stranger’ who earlier, randomly sat at your table during lunch. lol… (dont laugh… I’ve seen and this happen before)
WHO WAS YOUR GREATEST MENTOR AND WHY?
-My Little League (Northeast Rebels) Coach…. Donald James. He always reminded me to stay humble and hungry at the same time. “and if EVERYTHING fails…. at least you have your education”, he would always say.
IF YOU’RE RETIRED, TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL. WHAT ARE YOU DOING —NOW?
Life after football? I don’t even want to think of it. I always say, “I’m going to ride it to the wheels fall off”, and when they do, I’ll put on a spare” … I love this game, but “nothing good lasts forever.” So, After my playing days, I want to eventually coach the game; teach the game. Give it back to the ones who are eager to learn it. Provide the same opportunities that was provided to me. Because this profession is so demanding, continuing to build a solid platform is my primary, but not ONLY, focus. In the midst of all, to assure that others doors open, networking would be a vehicle I use to “drive through the rain”. I can then create a smooth transition from “Jerry Rice” to “Jerry Jones”. ;?)
WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
-My Mother is one of the many great inspirations in my life. She defines strength, leadership, love, beauty, wisdom, and most importantly,… foundation….. , Another great inspiration is the man with the “Golden Voice”, Ted Williams. He went from NOTHING to SOMETHING to NOTHING AT ALL back to SOMETHING. That’s adversity. He illustrated “getting knocked down” only to “get back up” or in other words: A Death, A Burial, and A Resurrection! (the gospel of Yahshua) (In this profession, we all get knocked down and may be at our lowest at times. But the challenge is how fast can you get back up ;?) Ted Williams had a gift: his voice. I have a gift (thankfully and gratefully): my ability. my drive. If he can do it. So will I.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAUSES OR CHARITIES:
-The DRJ Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to promoting a positive change within the lives of underprivileged and minority communities. The most effective way to combat this growing problem is early intervention. Through a focus on education, physical fitness, life skill and peer group development, The Derrick Roberson Jr. (DRJ) Foundation strives to help youth create a positive self-image and a personal desire to achieve excellence. The DRJ Foundation was created with one mission in mind: To promote positive change within the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth. We believe that by providing our young people with positive role models, we can develop their core values and allow them opportunity to build character. The Derrick Roberson Jr. Foundation aim is to help these youth develop strong leadership skills and cultivate the critical thinking skills required to overcome the obstacles faced in their daily lives. The DRJ Foundation will also provide positive resources such as recreational activities and programs designed to stregthen their academic skills. The foundation will concentrate its efforts primarily in the housing projects of Broward, Dade, and West Palm Beach counties, through the “POLE-to-POLE” Program. Strategically, we will form partnerships with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Housing Authority and the residential group of each housing project we enter. The primary objective of the “POLE-to-POLE” Program is to give at-risk youth an alternative to the streets. We realize that the youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow. the DRJ Foundation is dedicated to providing underprivileged and minority communities with the proper resources needed to help their youth realize their ‘full’ potential, through SPORTS & EDUCATION!!!
OAN: I enjoy volunteering and speaking (ONLY if asked to) at many other different charity functions: STARLENT, which is personally one of my many favorite charities, focuses on the “Arts” and aims to building our future generation, through the fine Arts/Entertainment: Music, Theater, etc. The Childrens Home Society (CHS) is another favorite of mine: Orphanages or children that are raised up facing severe trauma (no parents, no structure, guidance, and direction. They’re placed in new homes, in order to be granted opportunities to have a better life, overcoming adversity/trauma, with the help of their new parents; families; friends)
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SCARED? WHEN? WHY?
-3 syllables: Tur-bu-lence: As a younger thinker, I was scared of “taking off the flesh.” I never ‘died’ before. It’s unfamiliar. Now that I’m older, wiser, and understand life a little bit more… “I truely only fear “God””. (I still get butterflies before the first kickoff tho)
WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER GROWING UP?
-Barry Sanders… Can’t forget about Emmit Smith and (Prime Time), Deon Sanders.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CURRENT PLAYER?
-Ronde Barber: After 12+ years in the game….He still manages to be and remain a “student of the game”, which allows him to be a technician on the field. … and honorable mention: a good friend “K2” (Kellen Winslow Jr.) :probably one of the best working ethics and competitiveness attitudes I’ve seen from another player, besides myself of course. 😉 . ( he truely defines the meaning of “practice how u play”!)
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE CALLED A LEGEND?
-It’s an humbling honor! (HalleluYAH). To be called a legend is to have obtained a legacy: Achievement. A legacy is more important than anything else. People are defined by the legacy they leave behind. (i.e. Every biography or autobiography you read: A man is born, he lives, he dies.) The only thing he leaves behind is his legacy, (his story, his TESTIMONY) whether it’s positive or negative. With that being said. We’re all legends. I ask Yahweh, through his son, Yahshua, daily, for strength and guidance to allow me to leave behind a positive impact, so that my time on this earth is not in vain. “Nothing in the world escapes the 3-fold tabernacle pattern & if it does, it does not exist” -IDMR … so When it’s all said and done, I want to leave with 3 things in mind:
1. Did I LIVE? : (did I do, go, and see the things in life that I want- to MY Satisfactory.)
2. Did I LOVE?: (Was I a loving Man, Teacher, Leader, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Lover, etc)
3. Did I MATTER?: (Did I have an impact on at least 1 person?; Did I make a difference in someones life?)
Welcome , today is Thursday, September 21, 2017