Exclusive Q&A: Rookie RB Tim Hightower

AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig continues breaking down the roster, one interview at a time. Next up, is one of the most intriguing picks of the draft. Tim Hightower puts down his playbook to answer questions about his influences on and off the field, his goals for his rookie season, what he needs to improve on and more.

Click here for the insiders only portion of the Tim Hightower interview, he talks Marion Barber, Edgerrin James, Stacey Tutt and more.

Dusty Wittig: Who were your favorite teams and players growing up?

Tim Hightower: I was always a San Francisco 49ers fan and my favorite players were Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

DW: What is you favorite non football activity?

TH: Creative writing

DW: When did you know you had NFL potential?

TH: It is something I have always wanted. I knew in 4th grade when I first started playing.

DW: Who was your biggest football and non football influence growing up and why?

TH: I would have to say my family in general for both of them. I can't narrow it down. A lot of things I did, I did just because I wanted to help my family to a better lifestyle.

DW: What are some of your goals for the upcoming season?

TH: I just want to contribute and help my team win. Any role they need me to play I will do it just to help my team be the best they can be.

DW: What is the biggest challenge you will face in NFL ball that you didn't have to deal with in college?

TH: I'm not sure of that yet. Probably just adjusting to the playbook and the system, and learning all of the terminology.

DW: What are some of your strengths that you can bring to the Cardinals?

TH: Just my competitiveness. I compete in everything I do, wanting to be the best individually I can and to be part of the best team. I am always wanting to win.

DW: What are some things that you need to improve to become successful in the NFL?

TH: Right now, I just have to gain knowledge of the offense to be confident in what I'm doing. Pretty much just getting in great shape and learning this playbook inside and out.

Click here for the insiders only portion of the Tim Hightower interview, he talks Marion Barber, Edgerrin James, Stacey Tutt and more.

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