Gladiator talks about etching

He’s known as “Gladiator” because of his strength. But Georgia Tech middle linebacker Brad Jefferson could be knows as “The Barber of the Flats.”

Jefferson sat down with me for a few minutes to talk about the defense, leadership and cutting hair. Look for more on the defense and leadership in a story in next week’s paper. 

For now, here’s our abbreviated Q&A:


AJC: I’ve heard you are a good barber is that right?

BJ: [Laughter]


AJC: Have you cut anybody’s hair on the team?

BJ: I cut like five people. Joshua Nesbitt, TJ, Martin Frierson. Morgan Burnett.


AJC: Burnett let you near his hair?

BJ: I etched him up. I etched him up. Too Tall. We call him Too Tall. Emmanuel. Who else? Did a couple other people.


AJC:Where did you learn that skill?

BJ: Learned it by myself, messing up on my own head. I had the money to get a haircut but didn’t really want to spend the money to get a haircut. So I worked on myself.

I messed up plenty of times on myself. When I got it downpat that’s when I started doing other’s.


AJC: That’s what hats are for right?

BJ: That’s why I’m wearing one now.


AJC: What’s your favorite style to cut? Your favorite etch?

BJ: I just do even all over. I can’t do any other haircut. I’m not a professional.


AJC: Just slap a No. 2 on there?

BJ: Yes. I can’t do fades or design. You’re getting a straight hair cut if you come to me. Now if you want me to try it on you, I will. But I’ll tell you before, I’m not a professional.


AJC: You come from the same hometown and high school as Herschel Walker right? Did you root for him on Celebrity Apprentice, even though he went to Georgia?

BJ: You always root for the home team, it doesn’t matter where they go. Always root for the home team. Doesn’t matter if he went to Georgia or not. He’s from my hometown. Really had no choice but to represent.



AJC: What do you like to do, other than football…and barbering?

BJ: Just hang out with the fellas. Sit out on the bench in the front of the dorms and talk the night away.


AJC: What do yall talk about?

BJ: Not going to tell you everything we talk about. Just talk about the season. Can’t wait on the season to begin. Stuff like that.

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July 14th, 2009
10:50 pm


July 14th, 2009
11:59 pm

Time for a re-do with him and d-train……….TALK FOOTBALL


July 15th, 2009
3:23 am

Doug why did you even bother to print that.
l hope that was your worse interview,you’re in trouble if its not


July 15th, 2009
7:20 am

Well, this “scott” got it right. The guy sometimes cuts his teammates’ hair, and that is the story. And yet Roberson announces up front he is going to get two — count ‘em, two — pieces out of it. And newspapers wonder why so many of its readers and former readers are going out to opinionated, often angry, more often wrong, blogs. It’s because newspapers no longer represent the readers. This is pathetic, and Ga. Tech fans who hope for better when the football season starts will be flocking to various rambling, angry and often dumb blogs because at least it is something. And the AJC fired two veterans to hire this guy?


July 15th, 2009
7:34 am

You get paid for this?

Saint Simons

July 15th, 2009
7:57 am

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahah

what the hell?

July 15th, 2009
8:20 am

“…talk about the defense, leadership and cutting hair.” Defense and leadership? I missed those. So you waste everyone’s time by talking about how the dude can buzz people’s hair. Doesn’t seem like much of a skill to me. Thank you for nothing.

WHY DOES THE AJC SUCK SO INCREDIBLY BAD? Are there no talented journalists out there anymore? People actually wonder why newspapers are dieing. This is a perfect example.


July 15th, 2009
8:34 am

yeah… these Q&A’s are pretty bad… Why even put this up? At least ask some questions that might lead your readers to believe that you actually have an interest in football. Throw the hair cutting questions in the mix somewhere, but he is on the team to play football, right? “What skills do you feel you’ve made improvment on durring the offseason? What could you improve upon still?” Even the brainless questions are better than “do you know how to cut a fade?” You’ve had a couple of good reads before, but these interviews are pretty horrible. Sorry Doug, had to say it.


July 15th, 2009
8:37 am

That sounds like an interview my 4 year old son would do. How did this make it to print? AJC is a joke!

Doug Roberson

July 15th, 2009
8:54 am

Sorry that you didn’t like it. Thought it was a fun bright that shed some light on an aspect of a player that you may not have known. Also figured that we are about to be immersed in football 24/7, so it might be fun to do something different.


July 15th, 2009
9:23 am

If you want to talk some football, tell me who you think will lead the defense this fall, in the absence of three players who went to the NFL, and why? A case can be made for many players on that side of that the line.

Hey Doug

July 15th, 2009
9:29 am

Don’t worry about these overly sensitive folks. I thought it was light hearted and kinda funny. We could all (obviously) use a little of that right now.

Not Disappointed

July 15th, 2009
9:30 am

Doug, did Gladiators mention the D-line at all? I like to hear about players as well.
We are all GT junkies and want to know about our players. The defense still has legitmate concerns. Well, the D-line. Ramblin Wreck!

GT Rich

July 15th, 2009
9:46 am

Doug, not your finest. I enjoy a little fluff on the guys, but we need a some more football in the articles. At least 50/50. This should’ve been an article in the Style or Living section… Please do post a few more football Q&As from this interview.

Doug Roberson

July 15th, 2009
10:26 am

Here’s a few more. A pack of us ( i think that’s the official name for a bunch of journalists, though I’d love to take suggestions) interviewed Jefferson last week. I had a few minutes to get stuff for different print stories, as well as online. I don’t want to repeat too many things here that may appear in print, but here are a few more Q&As with Jefferson. I can’t remember who asked the questions or what the exact wording was. The answers are word for word.

Expectations for the defense this year?
Straight shutouts. Straight shutouts. That’s it. Point blank. Period.

Expectations for yourself this year?
In my head I’m going to make every tackle. That’s that visuslation I’m talking about. In your head you are going to make every tackle. You may not, but you are going to get as many as you can.

Who will be the biggest surprise on the defense this year?
Cameron Riley has been doing pretty good out there. He will contribute this year. Jarrard Tarrant has been doing good out there.
(Dieke) He’s going to be there. He’s going to end up being a good player.

And, in the tradition of Golf Digest, which sometimes just runs answers without the questions, here are some of those:

Once I line up in front of the offense, my mind just goes into another world. I just zone out. It just happens.

Just sit by myself in my locker, think about what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it. Can I do it? Think about how you are going to make plays. Thaink about that and just go out and do it.
Just visualize yourself playing.

Morgan Burnett gave me the nickname Gladiator.
We were playing basketball. I was jumping all over guys. just beasting out there. Started calling me gladiator. I came in strong.
He said ‘For sure I’m going to start calling you gladiator.’


July 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

I like the extended version of this piece a little better. Its no offense I have enjoyed all of your pieces but I’m really not interested in his barber skills. I want to know how the defense is progressing.


July 15th, 2009
12:31 pm

Thanks Doug – Tough skin to hang with this crowd. I appreciate it :)

Saint Simmons wears Jean Shorts

July 15th, 2009
1:00 pm

Barber skills? You have got to be kidding me.

Saint Simons

July 15th, 2009
1:01 pm

I am a tool!


July 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

Nice job Doug. Keep it coming.

…I can’t find my blue bird.

Doug Roberson

July 15th, 2009
2:28 pm

Sorry about that, Jerrard Tarrant, and Kamaron Riley. Typing too danged fast. I need an editor.

Not Disappointed

July 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

Doug, the first two Beers are on me. I like that little rant! “You’ll make a fine Stinger for the Jackets.” Keep it up!


July 15th, 2009
3:27 pm

He clearly said that the other part of the interview would be in print.

The Grinch

July 15th, 2009
4:32 pm

To Saint Simons

Perhaps he can “etch” their hair with 45-42 so it will match the team cracker jack rings. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

King of Sandy Springs

July 15th, 2009
5:49 pm

“cracker jack (sic) rings”, what are you 80?


July 15th, 2009
6:27 pm

Ok, look everybody: It is the 15th of July, camp won’t open for another 3 weeks or so, if there was anything REALLY ‘news worthy’ it would be that a player got hurt or is in trouble. Keep up the fluff for now Doug, hope to see better stuff in 4 weeks or so.


July 15th, 2009
6:29 pm

Hey ‘The Grinch’,
Are your doggies going to try to tackle this year? Maybe if they didn’t grease each other up before the games they’d fare better…

Not Disappointed

July 15th, 2009
6:41 pm

too much info brewer!! LOL! Ramblin Wreck!


July 15th, 2009
10:14 pm

People, I’d like to see any of you write about something substantive during this slow period in college sports. Take it easy on Doug.

By the way Doug, I’d love to see something regarding leadership on the defense. Has anyone stepped up yet? Sure would put my mind at ease…


July 15th, 2009
11:03 pm

I agree with the latter comments, Doug. I appreciate your effort to provide us anything right now. I, like everyone else, cannot wait for the season to start! Your blogs and articles are helpful in making it through this very slow sports season. The GT bloggers and grads, which I am one, are a very tough crowd. On top of that, it seems that the AJC over the years has been overly UGA friendly, and that makes it difficult for some of us to warm up to anyone associated with the AJC. But let me say again, I appreciate your work, and keep trying new things. Every blog and article won’t be a crowd-favorite, but it definitely gives us something to do!!

Go Jackets!!


July 16th, 2009
7:14 am

Doug: Don’t worry about the guys complaining…they’re just eager for the season to start. Personally, I like pieces like this every now and again. During this time of year, there is no news to report, so I think you’re doing a fine job of feeding the masses, Doug. We apreciate your efforts and are looking forward to your coverage this year.

CPJ for Prez

July 16th, 2009
9:27 am

Joe Schmoe

July 16th, 2009
11:07 am

Anybody got any info of the kid from UA talking to PJ about transfering. Would he even fit in with our offense?

Battle Axe

July 16th, 2009
12:16 pm

Doug, appreciate the effort. We are so ready for practice and the season to start that we will take anything right now. Some people will complain about anything you write no matter how good or bad, so don’t let em get to you.

I do notice that the “junkyard blawg” seems to have new material everyday, but it is always crap like “favorite gameday traditions”, “favorite memories”, “top 5 games of all time”… as if they somehow have more important history and traditions than anybody else. I for one could do without as much of that. I am interested in Tech football. We are looking toward a bright future and expecting great things in the very near future. I want to know about our current players, coaches, team, recruiting efforts. And that is what you are giving us so I appreciate the effort. Having said that, I do hope we can get daily updates when practice starts. THWG!

Doug Roberson

July 16th, 2009
2:25 pm

There will be updates every day during practice. Appreciate the comments from everyone on the board, good and bad. Just happy yall are reading it, even if some days the content isn’t as “chewy” as on other days.


July 16th, 2009
2:48 pm

We will take any info right now…no matter how lame or trivial! All topics in all forums have been discussed ad nauseum and it’s time for the season to start!


July 16th, 2009
4:14 pm


Let us know something on Jackson, the receiver from UA, as soon as you know.


Tech Fans = NERDS!

July 16th, 2009
6:12 pm


July 16th, 2009
7:41 pm

Get some real news interveiw Ga.State.


July 16th, 2009
8:59 pm

Can we get some dialogue on which team/school is better, Tech or UGA? It’s been a few hours since Huh? has repeated his opinion for the millionth time.


July 16th, 2009
11:35 pm

Thanks, Doug. Good interview, regardless of what some people may say. I guess you can’t please everyone, especially those who are incredibly difficult to please!


July 17th, 2009
4:13 am

hey tekies put your pj’s on it’s time to go to sleep.

Hey Sandman

July 17th, 2009
9:42 am

Thanks…I dreamt about Roddy racking up 214 yards on your Defense…man that awesome…

Hey Sandman

July 17th, 2009
9:43 am

P.S. What are you as a Dawg fan doing on the Tech Blog at 4am?!?!

Obsess about the enemy a little too much?


July 17th, 2009
9:48 am

Doug, I’m pretty sure a group of journalists is called a “hack”. ;-)

Hey Tom

July 17th, 2009
12:30 pm

I’m pretty sure you’re an idiot

chuck allison

July 17th, 2009
6:00 pm

This interview made both the interviewer and the interviewee look really bad. Wait until you get something worthwhile before printing it.


July 17th, 2009
7:40 pm

Who said i was a dawg fan.i’m a fan of any body that beats tech!GO EVERY BODY.


July 18th, 2009
8:15 pm

Well you lame chickens bring on some more BS tek sux.


July 18th, 2009
8:21 pm

superDawg, you’re still talking? sandman, are you THAT ashamed of your favorite school? Or, just THAT intimidated by Tech that you’d pull for ‘any body’ that beats us?