Other than Reggie Corner, cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, there might not be a more aptly named football player than Pat Angerer. He doesn’t play angry on the field, he plays angerer. Taking a few moments off disrupting the offense and giving opposing coaches fits, Pat was kind enough to chat with us for a little while:
Pat, when people read scouting reports about you, they always see the “but”. The “but” in your case is that you’re a great player, but you are undersized. Do you think that is warranted?
That has always been the case for me. I can’t help that fact that I am shorter than the norm, the only thing I can do is take care of business on the field. I have always been able to exceed people’s expectations only because I have yet to live up to mine.
Your name always seems to be on the PA system, with a tackle, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup, a pick, etc… What gets in you the right spot at the right time? Coaching, instincts, film work?
I think it is a lot of both. However, the biggest thing is the coaches. They do such a good job of putting us in the right positions. They put so much time and effort into the game that it really makes our jobs easy. Not to mention, I have been blessed to play beside a lot of hard working great players.
Playing at the next level, what system do you feel is your best fit? The Patriots run a 3-4, would you feel comfortable at the SILB position?
I am not really sure, I’d like to think that I could play any position. However, I will play whatever position the coaches want me to play and I will do my best to help the team.
What NFL player can you identify with? Why?
I have been told I remind people of Zach Thomas. That is definitely a big honor, he is such a great player and a great person. Personally, I think he is a million times better than me. I think the thing I identify with him is the fact that we are over-achievers and play with great passion.
Tell me what you think about what you think about your fellow defenders Amari Spievey and AJ Edds, what are NFL teams getting in these players?
They are both great players and good people. Amari is a freak athlete and one of the best corners in the nation as far as I’m concerned. AJ plays very smart. On top of that, he is big, fast and strong. They both are going to make an NFL team very happy.
What was your highlight from your time spent at the University of Iowa?
There have been so many great moments playing for Iowa. The thing that will stick out for me is seeing the joy on the coaches faces after we won the Orange Bowl. The coaches do so much for us and to be able to make them happy means a lot.
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