Talking Sports with Utah Blaze quarterback Tommy Grady

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tommy Grady, the Utah Blaze quarterback and 2012 Arena Football League MVP, recently took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his football career.

TCSR: Why did you chose to attend Oklahoma?

TG: “I liked the coaching staff and they have a really good program in a big college town.”



TCSR: Could you talk about playing for Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops?

TG: “I was recruited by him during my senior year. After I had committed to the school, he came to my house and to a couple of my high school sporting events. He’s a really nice guy and he’s a players coach.”

TCSR: Could you talk about backing up Jason White while you were at Oklahoma?

TG: “Jason was an older guy, as he was 24 years old at the time I was there. He was really well-respected in the locker room, too. He was a great leader and took a lot of leadership roles. When he talked, everybody listened. I learned a lot from him.”

TCSR: Could you talk about why you decided to transfer to Utah?

TG: “There were a few things that happened at Oklahoma, and I had to transfer. Then, I transferred to Utah, as I had a couple of buddies on the team there already. I was a week behind, because school had already started.”

TCSR: Could you talk about backing up Bryan Johnson while you were at Utah?

TG: “When I came here, I was told I was going to be the starter, then some things happened, and Bryan was named the starter. When Bryan got hurt, I played in two games. Bryan was a good quarterback and he deserved the nod over me. I learned from my experiences there.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being picked up by the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns before getting waived?

TG: “I was on the practice squad with Cleveland and was only in camp with the Dolphins. It was fun, and I learned a lot from the veteran guys. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to go back, but right now, I’m enjoying my time in the Arena Football League.”

TCSR: Why did you decide to give the AFL a look?

TG: “As I mentioned, I got a look from the NFL and things didn’t work out as I wanted it to, so I was offered an opportunity to play arena football and I took it. I wanted to play somewhere.”

TCSR: Could you talk about playing for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz?

TG: “I was signed by the San Jose SaberCats after the 2008 season, then the league folded. I ended up going to Oklahoma City, and that’s where I first learned about the arena football game. I was a back up quarterback for much of the season, before getting the nod late in the season. I think that playing time helped me get to where I am today.”

TCSR: Could you talk about signing with the Utah Blaze?

TG: “After the Yard Dawgz folded, it made the most sense for me to sign with the Blaze. I really didn’t know coach (Ron) James, but I heard a lot of good things about him.”

TCSR: What has it been like playing for the Blaze?

TG: “Last year was our first year back, as we had a whole new coaching staff and ownership group when we decided to come back in 2011. I believe the Blaze will win a championship one day, as we have the talent to do it.”

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