See below as Justin Ferguson answers questions about the upcoming NFL draft.
Scott Porter: Who is Justin Ferguson?
Justin Ferguson: Justin Ferguson is hard working man from Philadelphia who is focused on his craft. I love people and never had a problem holding a conversation around anyone. I started out my career at the university of Notre Dame as a wide receiver and ended my collegiate career at Western Michigan University as a Safety.
Scott Porter: How has the recovery been since your ankle injury in November?
Justin Ferguson: The recovery has been Elite. I was slowed down early so I can speed up later on. I’m now at the point where I have really been pushing it. I’m on two feet now, so I have really been focusing on getting the muscle in my leg back as well as getting my leg ready to run. So, it’s just a matter of making progress daily.
Scott Porter: You started your career at Notre Dame as a WR and transferred and moved to defense for Western Michigan. How has that move benefitted you?
Justin Ferguson: I learned a lot at Notre Dame. I had the opportunity to be around a championship atmosphere and have great teammates to take me under their wing. Coming to Western and moving to defense certainly was a big transition but I am an athlete. After learning the position, I was able to thrive at it and it adds to my resume because I can play on either side of the ball as well as special teams.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football strengths?
Justin Ferguson: The first things that comes to mind are my competitiveness and my work ethic. In any room, I’ll make everyone around me work and that will only make the cream rise to the top. From day one I was always known to work for whatever I had, that has not changed.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Justin Ferguson?
Justin Ferguson: An NFL team is getting a both humble and confident athlete that will be coming into work with a crack on his shoulder from day one. I am someone who will be doing the extra physical/mental work as well as no off the field issues.
Scott Porter: Tell us about your historic season at Western Michigan? You guys went undefeated in the regular season and played in a BCS bowl game.
Justin Ferguson: The season was certainly one to remember. It’s a blessing to go undefeated not once but twice. As far as Western Michigan, coming from a 1-11 season, I was able see my teammates grow. Everyone pushed everyone, we took it one game at a time and the outcome was a MAC Championship. Looking back at it, being the starting Safety for an undefeated team as well as the number one defense in the MAC is surreal. It would have been nice to play in both the MAC championship and the Cotton Bowl but everything happens for a reason. I took that time to coach up the young guys and made sure they had an Elite foundation as they move forward.
Scott Porter: What are your looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Justin Ferguson: I’m looking forward to showing whatever team gives me a chance that they made the right choice. I don’t come from a family of athletes and I worked from the bottom up. I want to come in and make an impact.
Scott Porter: What are your goals in the NFL?
Justin Ferguson: Better Lives and Win.
Scott Porter: What do you like the most about playing the game of football?
Justin Ferguson: I love the grind. Football isn’t for everyone and only the strong are going to survive. I know that I’m going to work, so I can’t ask for more than finding someone that will push me to go even harder. Football is a sport that will do that.