By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Michael Hawthorne, a defensive back with the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League, recently took time to do a Q&A session with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his sports career and views.
TCSR: What was it like playing for the New Orleans Saints?
MH: “Well, I would like to thank the New Orleans Saints and Jim Haslett to give me my opportunity. I thought I was going to get leap frogged over, because of some conflict at Purdue University, which wasn’t true. That was a great moment in my career playing for them.”
TCSR: What was it like playing for Jim Colletto at Purdue?
MH: “I have to say that Coach Colletto brought me into Purdue University, and I’m happy that he did. To me personally, I had a great experience there. I also played for Joe Tiller, who brought in the run and shoot offense to the Big Ten and Purdue. I was thankful for that, because it turned the program around almost immediately.”
TCSR: Could you talk about playing with Drew Brees at Purdue?
MH: “We still talk, even when he used to play in San Diego (with the San Diego Chargers). As his teammate, I’m going to encourage and support him. I also played with Rosevelt Colvin, who has two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Matt Light was also my teammate at Purdue. We have people that I played with in college that’s still in the league today. I was actually there when Mike Alstott played his final game. It was good to see the A-Train in action.”
TCSR: What are your thoughts on current Purdue head coach Danny Hope?
MH: “I think he’s doing good things with the program, but the records haven’t been what I would like. I first thought when the move was announced that it wasn’t going to be a good move since Hope runs a different offense than Tiller. Hope was actually at Purdue when I was there in the late 90’s. He was the offensive line coach at that time. I think with the recruits coming in this year, Purdue has the chance to make a bowl game.”
TCSR: What were your thoughts when the Saints won the Super Bowl a few years ago?
MH: “I thought they deserved it. But more importantly, the city of New Orleans needed that win. They were hurting since the Hurricane (Katrina) swept through that city and damaged almost everything in it, including the SuperDome. I was only with the team for 4-years, but I still root for the Saints when they play. I feel like they are in good hands with Sean Payton (head coach) and Drew Brees (quarterback) on the team.”
TCSR: Could you talk about playing for the Tampa Bay Storm after playing in the NFL?
MH: “After the (St. Louis) Rams released me in 2006, I was out of football. I didn’t know if I would play football again, until the Tampa Bay Storm came calling. I wasn’t sure about playing the Indoor game at first, because I was so used to playing the outdoor game. But I wanted to continue to play football and gave it a shot. Two years later, I’m still playing the game with the Storm.”