For the last 3 seasons, For the last 3 seasons, Zebrie Sanders (number 77) has started as one of the top offensive line players for the Florida State Seminoles football team. All the way from Ohio, he always knew he wanted to play football in Florida, and ended up here at Florida State University. He has dedicated his heart and soul to this team, even playing in the ACC Championship game last December on his 21st Birthday. This year is his senior year and he plans to make it the best yet. Not only is he a great football player but he has had top honors in grades as well. This young man definitely has a bright future ahead of him.
What major are you and why did you choose this major?
I’m a Retail major, i picked this major because I wanted to know what it takes a own a successful business in the real world. I don’t want work for anybody when i get older, so I felt like this major was the best for my situation.
When did you begin playing football?
I started playing football my 7th grade year in Dayton, OH. I remember before the school year I had gone to South Carolina to visit my grandmother and uncle. When I went to my uncle's house my cousin Ivan had a huge gold ring on his finger and told me and my dad it was a state championship ring from football. I told my dad I wanted one for myself, and till this day I’ve still been fighting for my first championship ring....
What brought you to Florida State?
I wanted to get out of the cold form up north and really go back down south. Florida State offered the best in coaching that could hopefully get me to the next level.
What has been the most rewarding part about football for you so far?
Probably being able to be part of a team and a unit and really getting the opportunity to go to different places through the country and play football. Being able to play in some of the most historic football stadiums and NFL stadiums really is an experience that not a lot of people get to have. Also going to bowl games have all been a great experience
What are your plans once you graduate?
If I’m lucky, get drafted in to the NFL. Then from that get enough money to buy off a chain of franchises. If I don't play in the NFL then I will start off somewhere in the retail world. My mom wants me to join Wal-Mart with her so we'll see.
How many hours a week go in to practice and getting ready for the
big game day?
Countless hours. Being a college football player at Florida State is a big commitment. Countless hours are spent every week and even in the offseason to prepare for all the teams you go against. In a game week we watch film, go thru meetings, and have practice every day.
Is it hard managing school and playing for a sports team?
It is definitely, but it helps you prepare for the real world once you graduate. All the traits you pick up from football you can use in your life. It is tough though, without a doubt.
What is your favorite team in the NFL and why?
The Philadelphia Eagles. Although I’m from Ohio I can’t stand the Bengals or Browns. Donovan McNabb is my favorite player and I use to watch him every week when he played for the Eagles. Now they got Michael Vick, my second favorite player so I’m not complaining. Plus I think they got the freshest uniforms.
Is there something you would like to share about yourself that not many would know about you?
I’m a black belt in karate and an Eagle Scout