More from Jake Muasau on earning an NFL contract

Former Georgia State linebacker Jake Muasau was invited to work out for the New York Giants and earned a contract that will give him a chance to make either the 53-man roster, or eight-man practice squad.

Muasau took some time to answer a few questions about his experience.

Oh, and look for a story in Sunday’s paper that will (hopefully) tell you where Muasau’s courage comes from.

Q: You and [Raiders draftee] Christo Bilukidi are trailblazers for Georgia State’s team as the first two players to make it to an NFL camp. Does that make you proud?

A: I’m very proud. During rookie camp, talking to rookies and veterans, meeting a lot of them, there are guys from the big schools all over the country, Virginia Tech, LSU, etc, and they see my sweats with Georgia State on them.

They would say, “Where’s that?”

I would say, “It’s a I-AA program in Atlanta.”

They would say, “They’re like Georgia Tech?”

I would say, “No, Georgia State.”

Talking with Christo last night we had already made history as the first football program at Georgia State. Now we’ve made history as the first football players in the NFL. We were giving each other words of encouragement.

Q: Was there a moment in camp where you said to yourself, “I can do this”?

A: A couple of weeks before camp I had that moment. I was claiming it [a roster spot]. I was thinking positive. I was looking at the best of the situation; they didn’t draft a linebacker. They brought six linebackers in for a tryout in the rookie camp. They signed me. During the fist day I was really trying to go out there and do my best, show my personality on and off the field.

When I’d get sore, Philippians 4:13 kept going through my head. It gave me juice to grind it out and work hard. It was amazing because after the second practice on Saturday which ended the rookie camps, coach Coughlin separated the drafted guys from the undrafted guys.

We took a knee and an NFL guy was talking to us, letting us know that they thanked us for coming out, telling us to stay ready, best of luck, basically a thanks for playing speech. And then coach Coughlin came over and was letting everybody know thanks for coming. While he was up there talking to us, I was thinking “‘This can’t be it.” I didn’t want to be back at the hotel stressing out.

After the talked for a few minutes, he ended  the huddle and we said “Team” on 3.

As we dispersed, I took one step back, and turned around and one of the Giants scouts had his hand out, and said, “Jake, we love you, you had a great camp, we want to sign you.” I shook his hand, gave him a big old hug and put him back down. He said, “Call your agent.”

Some of the other guys overheard that, as soon as he said that I sprinted to the locker room. I got to the lockerroom and called my agent, called my family.

It’s a day I’ll never forget.

Q: What was your best play in camp?

A: I didn’t have any interceptions in the seven-on-sevens. I had a pass break-up. I jumped up pretty high and knocked the ball down. I just went out there and showed them my skills. They have me at middle linebacker out there. It was a different transition to that.

Q: Were you influenced by Junior Seau?

A: Most definitely. Junior Seau was an amazing player. My mother actually told me that somewhere down the line we were related. He’s been one of my favorite players going up. He opened doors to the NFL with the Samoan culture.

Without him, Samoan players might not have been getting picked up and drafted. He was the guy.

Q: When you signed with Georgia State, did you ever think you would one day be in the NFL?

A: No, I did not. Going into Georgia state, I was more focused on building the program and being a part of history. I had aspirations of playing in the NFL.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

20 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

May 15th, 2012
8:12 am

Go out and continue to do work. Good luck!

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

May 15th, 2012
8:12 am

Definitely worth the wait, Doug. Can’t wait to see Georgia State University mentioned during Monday Night Football.

RidgeRunner

May 15th, 2012
8:43 am

Panama

May 15th, 2012
8:53 am

zgoldatl

May 15th, 2012
8:55 am

Great head on that young mans shoulders. Great time to be a Panthers fan

GSU_MEX_ALUM

May 15th, 2012
8:57 am

I agree Ridge.

Proud of you Jake and Christo! Keep working hard!

Alum

May 15th, 2012
9:16 am

Great write up Doug. Panther family is very proud of you Jake. I watched you on the sidelines motivating players, frankly getting up in their faces at times and thought wow this kid has ambition. I know if you keep that fire you will do great things. You’ve already done more than any of us could have asked.
Thank you!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 15th, 2012
10:27 am

Jake you were a God send to GSU and I am so proud of you man! We are all behind you and You Will Make It in the NFL. My wife and I met you and Louie after a game at the Dome in 2010 and I said to my wife afterwards these guys are awesome. And you all continue to blaze the way for GSU. I hope Louie is able to get back on the field for the PANTHERS in 2012 and if so he will most likely be there with you in the NFL in 2013. GO MUASAU’s and GO PANTHERS!!!

GStateBen

May 15th, 2012
10:32 am

Thanks Doug!

Awesome interview with someone who represents our program tremendously well. Keep working Jake!

Both former Panthers could be headed back to the Georgia Dome this Fall as the Falcons host both the Giants and Raiders.

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Jeff Blauser

May 15th, 2012
11:17 am

Incredible stuff, congratulations to Jake and Christo for being the best ambassadors GSU could ask for. Good luck moving forward, you deserve it.

Panther08

May 15th, 2012
11:56 am

In the words of Tony The Tiger…: This is Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt!!!!!

Congrats

May 16th, 2012
10:22 am

Wait to go Jake.

Congrats

May 16th, 2012
10:23 am

How about :Way to go Jake” instead of “wait” (oops)

Atlanta Mafia

May 16th, 2012
5:29 pm

I hope that sometime soon GSU is also able to get a QB that has enough talent to move on the NFL.

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GSUAlumBaseball81

May 19th, 2012
11:47 pm

Looking for the Weekend update you promised Doug concerning Jake? Thank you for your awesome coverage of GSU Sports!!! GO PANTHERS!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 20th, 2012
12:19 am

Muasaus are used to beating odds,

Okay, now I know why these kids are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out DOUG’s Story!!! I met them early on in 2010 and heard rumors of them having to live in their automobile for a family situation, but I had no idea of the seriousness of their plight. These guys are the basis of the GSU football program and now I know why they are here! GOD SEND is the truth and I really had no idea of the how true this was until reading your story! Please make sure this makes the AJC Sports front page as it is truly an amazing story! I am completely without words and I love those guys for their dedication, desire, determination and persistence concerning their DREAM. God Speed Jake and Louie as I now know you all are GSU’s founding SAINTS!!! GOD BLESS YOU both!!! GO PANTHERS!!!