Aug. 12, 2005
Matt Henshaw, one of the Seminoles’ most experienced players entering the 2005 season, has played in 32 games as a Seminole in his first three years, including bowl appearances against Georgia in the 2003 Sugar Bowl as a freshman, Miami in the 2004 Orange Bowl as a sophomore and West Virginia in the 2005 Gator Bowl as a junior. The senior sat down with seminoles.com on the first official day of practice and talked about his role model, why he came to Florida State and the most memorable moment (so far) of his Seminole career.
Who was your role model (sports wise) growing up?
My role model is John Elway. I admired his toughness and the persistence he displayed throughout his career. He worked through his tough times as a football player and persevered until he won the world championship. He established goals for himself and didn’t stop until he became one of the all-time best football players.
What made you decide to go to school and play football at Florida State?
I grew up wanting to play for a legend. For me, it came down to Bobby Bowden at Florida State or Tommy Bowden at Clemson. In the end it came down to the fact that Florida State was a great school and a great program and it gave me the chance to play for Bobby Bowden. I am also very excited about earning my degree from Florida State.
What expectations do you have for yourself in the upcoming season?
I am really looking forward to this season and most of all want to help our team achieve our goal of winning a national championship. Personally, I am going to work very hard and hope to earn a starting job. From there, I am going to do whatever it takes to help this team win games.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a professional football player. I love the game and being around other players. Working hard and becoming a professional football player is something I have always wanted to do.
If you could give any incoming player advice, what would it be?
The first thing I tell the newcomers is to go to class and stay in good academic standing. I feel that keeping yourself in good standing academically is the most important thing you can do and helps you both on the field and off throughout your entire collegiate career. My advice would be to go class and work hard while you are in class. Everything else will fall into place if you allow yourself to do well in the class room. I would also tell them to enjoy their time at Florida State because the short time you have here really does fly by.
What is most memorable moment of your football career?
The most memorable moment of my football career so far is my first career touchdown at Florida two years ago when we beat them. That was the biggest and most important play for me and it is something I will never forget. I hope that my biggest moment is still to come this season.
How would you like yourself to be remembered after graduation?
I would like to be remembered as a player who worked hard throughout his career. I am looking forward to a strong senior season where I can help our team reach our goals. Having people look back on my career where I helped the Seminoles achieve on the field is very important to me.