AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig continues his interview with Cardinal's offensive lineman Peter…
Exclusive Q&A: Rookie OT Peter Clifford
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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