Exclusive Q&A: Rookie OT Peter Clifford

Peter Clifford

AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig makes his way through the newest roster additions, with exclusive Q&A's with the Cardinals rookies. Next man up is former Michigan State offensive tackle Peter Clifford. Clifford discusses his childhood influences growing up in New Hampshire, the new challenges he will face in the NFL, his relationships with the veteran offensive lineman and much more.

Click here for the Insiders only portion where Clifford discusses his league influences, minicamp experience, what goes on at voluntary workouts and more.

Dusty Wittig: Who were your favorite teams growing up?

Peter Clifford: Growing up in New Hampshire, I was a big time Boston fan. I liked them all; the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox. My favorite player was Larry Bird.

DW: At what point in your career did you know that you could play in the NFL?

PC: This season my coaches started telling me I had the potential. Playing in the Big 10 against NFL quality players, week in and out helps a lot.

DW: What is your favorite non-football activity?

PC: When I'm not working out or practicing football, I enjoy hanging out with my friends.

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

PC: My biggest football influence came from growing up and watching the Patriots and Drew Bledsoe play. Bledsoe is the one who sparked my interest in football.

PC: The biggest non football influence in my life is my father. He pushed me and gave me the right attitude.

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

PC: I want to learn the system inside and out. To be able to know what I am doing at all times, and to help the other lineman and rest of the team out in any way I can.

DW: Is there an upcoming game on the 2008 schedule that you are in particularly looking forward to playing?

PC: December 21st we play at New England, which is close to my home town. So I am excited for that one.

DW: What are you planning for your first NFL paycheck?

PC: I want to save most of it and maybe upgrade my car too.

DW: Is there a veteran on the team who has eased your transition from college ball?

PC: All of the older lineman have accepted us. They have opened themselves up so we can ask them questions anytime we want, and they will give us a straight answer. Just hanging out with those guys in the locker room has eased the transition for us.

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

PC: The biggest challenge for me is that the level of competition is so much higher than it was in college. I just am going to have to bring it everyday and concentrate.

DW: What are your strengths as a player that you will bring to the Cardinals?

PC: Probably my work ethic is my greatest strength. I have the ability to get better day in and day out. If I go in there and work hard every day, I feel like I'm going to get better.

Click here for the Insiders only portion where Clifford discusses his league influences, minicamp experience, what goes on at voluntary workouts and more.

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