FLOWERY BRANCH – Early in training camp, Falcons coach Mike Smith singled out the speedy running back Philip Sylvester for praise.
The former Florida A&M Rattler was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the lockout was lifted. Here’s bio from FAMU. He sings in the choir at his church so I know the veterans had a good time during his performance.
(I promised one of regular commenters, Marcus, that I’d catch up with Sylvester.)
So here’s are Q&A with him:
Q: How’s camp been going for you?
A: It’s been going good. I’m just trying to learn from the vets like [Jason] Snelling and Michael Turner. It’s been a real good experience.
Q: How did you end up at Florida A&M?
A: They were one of the school’s that recruited me. They had my major. It was a good choice to say in-state, too.
Q: What was your major?
A: Civil Engineering. I have 20 more credits to graduate.
Q: What other teams were interested in you after the draft?
A: The Dolphins, the Titans and a few more teams that I can’t recall.
Q: What has camp been like for you thus far?
A: It’s been a big adjustment to get acclimated to the NFL speed. The different play calls, checks, hots and learning all of the protections.
Q: What was it like playing in the Mid-Eastern Atheltic Conference?
A: [Eric] Weems from Bethune-Cookman and [Rafael] Bush from South Carolina State are here. It feels good to come from an HBCU and be able to make it to an NFL training camp.
Q: What’s your goal?
A: I’m just approaching it on day at a time. Like when you are walking up the stairs, take it one step at a time.
Q: What do you like to do outside of football?
A: Hang with my friends. With my major, I’m usually studying a lot.
Q: What’s on your Ipod?
A: Some Maxwell. Some Trin-i-tee 5:7 . I listen to everything; country, rock, rap. My playlist is pretty broad.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog