Sometimes in my effort to get our readers the very best information on what makes a collegiate player a potentially exciting NFL prospect I have a tendency to focus on their physical abilities or potential to improve if placed in a different scheme.
In doing so, I sometimes miss out on opportunities to show the personality of the players in my interviews. CBS will soon be featuring an interview I did with North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter, for example.
I focus much of the article on Carter's elite physical skills, the talent surrounding him at North Carolina and the NCAA investigation currently swirling around the Tar Heels.
I also asked Carter to break down his talented teammates as NFL prospects , but with that likely to make the article so unbearably long that many readers wouldn't finish it, I elected to save the part that shows some of his personality for the blog.
Similarly, I focused on Washington QB Jake Locker's surprising (at least to some) decision to return for his senior year rather than take the guaranteed money the NFL was offering him, as well as the improvements he's made in this recent feature article .
One element that unfortunately didn't make the cut in the article was Locker's passion for children and his work through UW's Touchdowns For Kids charity.
I asked Jake about his role in the charity work and what the program was all about following practice earlier this week. Here are his comments, as well as a link so that you can contribute , if you'd like.
"Our football team partnered with [Seattle's] Children's Hospital as a way to raise money for sick kids and their families." Locker said. "People can donate a flat amount or they can donate X amount per touchdown. So, every time we [UW football] score a touchdown, money is raised for medical treatment, travel expenses, whatever the kids and their families need. I'm honored just to be part of the program."
Again, the link to the University of Washington's Touchdowns for Kids is right here.