AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig continues his interview with Cardinals rookie offensive guard Carlton…
Exclusive Q&A: Rookie OG Carlton Medder
Dusty Wittig: What are some of your goals for the upcoming season?
Carlton Medder: I just want to contribute for the team. The Cardinals went 8-8 last year and I want to be part of the revolution of the Arizona Cardinals.
DW: Growing up who was your favorite pro player and team?
CM: I really didn't have one. I was a baseball fan and player when I was younger. I loved Chipper Jones. I didn't start watching football until high school.
DW: At what point in you career did you realize that you had the potential to play in the NFL?
CM: When I got to college I wasn't really thinking about the NFL. But when a lot of the players looked at me and told me that I had the size and if I worked hard I could have a future in the league.
DW: Who was your biggest football and non football influence growing up and why?
CM: My biggest football influence was my brother who played football too. He would always tell me that I needed to have the passion and the love for the game to succeed and that no matter what I needed to stick with it.
The non-football influence in my life was my father. He showed me that there isn't anything that comes easy and you have to work for everything you get. When you can say that you have done that, that's when you will appreciate it more.
DW: Winning the BCS National Championship with the Gators in 2007 had to have been great. What's your favorite memory from that year?
CM: Starting my first SEC game against Tennessee was my favorite memory. I had a lot of good blocks, and we had a 99 yard drive for score that really boosted our confidence.
DW: Who was the best defensive player you have ever gone up against in college?
CM: I would have to say that the player that gave me the most trouble was Quentin Groves from Auburn.
DW: Scout.com ran an article about you in ‘06 about the impact Urban Meyer and the new coaching staff at Florida had on your life. How much have Meyer and the other coaches helped you as in getting to the NFL?
CM: They helped me a lot. They run practices similar to what we have in the NFL. My offensive line coach (John Hevesy) taught me everything in college. He taught me how to read defenses, the correct footwork and how to block. They made the transition fairly easy for me. Steve Addazio was also instrumental in helping me prepare for the NFL.
DW: How have you and offensive line coach Russ Grimm gotten along?
CM: We hit it off pretty well. He reminds me of my coach back in Florida. He is a great teacher, very smart and we hit it off really well. I feel like I fit the same mold as the type of players he is looking for.
Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Medder tells which Cardinals vet is showing him the ropes, why it's tougher blocking for Matt Leinart than Tim Tebow and more inside info.
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