Q&A with “Gladiator”

Georgia Tech inside linebacker Brad Jefferson has one game remaining in his collegiate career: the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. where the Yellow Jackets will face Air Force, which also runs the option.

For those of you have never had a chance to talk to Jefferson, also known as “Gladiator,” he’s got a wide smile and a big, booming laugh. He’s a pretty funny guy with a mean streak on the field.

Jefferson sat down with a few of us media folks for a question and answer session on Monday (some questions and answers paraphrased):

Q: Have you ever been to Shreveport?

A: No this is the first time, that’s why I’m really excited to go. We’ll get to see new places. I’m enthused about seeing new faces.

Q: What do you know about Air Force?

A: It’s like playing against Georgia Tech. It’s going to be a battle.

Q: Will it be a repeat of the spring and preseason, playing that offense every day in practice?

A: It’s going to help both of us out because both of us played against the same team. It’ll be better practices.

Q: If you get a chance to tackle Roddy Jones’ younger brother, Darius, are you going to take it easy on him?

A: I’m going to do to him just like I hit Roddy in spring. [everyone starts laughing]

I’m just kidding, Roddy. Let him know I’m just kidding.

Q: After playing in the Orange Bowl last season, is playing in this bowl somewhat of a disappointment?

A: We’re excited about any bowl. Any game is big for us.

Q: It seems like the focus is going to be on the offenses.

A: It’s definitely on us. It’s a battle of offense. We’re going to see which defense can stop them.

Q: What does this mean to you, this being your last bowl?

A: This will be the first bowl game we can win in a long time. That’s big for me.

Just knowing that this is it, this has got to be a big game for us.

Q: Have you gotten over the loss to Georgia yet?

A: That’s going to stick with me for life. That was my last game against Georgia. It’s stuck to me, I’m not going to lie.

Q: Of the younger players that got some snaps this year, which ones do you think will contribute next year?

A: Isaiah Johnson…he really stands out. He’s playing young. He’s going to be just like Julian Burnett. When he first came in you could tell he was young but Julian improved. Jeremiah Attaochu is going to be a beast.

Q: How has he improved?

A: Just him working on his pass rush. During practice, he’ll stay after practice working on his pass rush. His hands and speed. He’s got good hands and footwork. He’s put that together.

Q: Who is going to be the next you?

A: Whoever steps up can be me. When I come back just let me know which one it was.

Q: How do you think Jemea Thomas will do next year after redshirting this year?

A: He’s definitely going to contribute. He’s a great athlete.

Q: With one game remaining in your career, what’s been your favorite memory?

A: Getting my first sack [N.C. State]. That was a big memory for me. I had to wait four years for it. But it came around. That was a big thing for me. I needed that.

Q: If Attaochu gets one more sack he’s going to tie you for the team lead.

A: I don’t mind. When they first came in I take them under my wing. I can say “I’m the one that taught them that.”

Q: After the bowl game what’s next for you? I assume the NFL is in your plans, but if that doesn’t work out are you thinking about coaching?

A: I’ve got to come back and finish my degree. I have four more classes left. After that, I just have to see.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

47 comments Add your comment

BUZZ

December 7th, 2010
11:14 am

Congrats GLADIATOR you have made us proud at Tech just look at the state school THUGA and be glad you are getting your degree form an outstanding nationally reconized program unlike the one in athens…go Tech !!!!!! THWG

reebok

December 7th, 2010
11:20 am

glad to know he plans to finish his degree.

Brian

December 7th, 2010
11:24 am

Good luck Brad. Go Jackets!!

Coach

December 7th, 2010
11:28 am

Thanks, Brad! Now go get one more!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 7th, 2010
11:30 am

Good luck Brad.

Would you like to coach our Basketball team?

Fire Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
11:31 am

“This will be the first bowl game we can win in a long time. That’s big for me.”

The status of this program wrapped in a nutshell right there.

Okeefe/Bob

December 7th, 2010
11:34 am

The most important part of his college career is that last 4 classes.Good job Brad.

TechGrad

December 7th, 2010
11:47 am

@Fire Paul – You’re an idiot. Or a UGA troll, which amounts to the same thing.

Burdell

December 7th, 2010
12:21 pm

Should have asked him what he thought about The Diesel running his mouth on Facebook…

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
12:25 pm

Q: Brad – after busting you tail off the entire game trying to stop UGA’s offense, what did you think when the offense scored that last touchdown but then The Blair Miss Project happened?

Hi St. Simons

December 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

this one is for you old buddy old pal . . . .

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
42-34
9 of 10
The Blair Miss Project
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
enjoy the Fish Fry in Shreveport

juvenal

December 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

tbmp, hate to break this to you, but maybe you can get alife if youl realize it was no big deal, it’s not like it was the last play of the game, i’m more hacked we didn’t go for 2……don’t know anything about shreveport, none of th uga fans i know went……..

Fire Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
12:49 pm

TechGrad,

People like you also said I was an idiot before the season when I predicted this to be a 7 win team. We’ll see who’s right in a few years time when Tech’s football program is in shambles.

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

December 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

Was Nesbit invited to New York?

fatbaldtoothlessdumbredneck

December 7th, 2010
1:17 pm

no he wasn’t … you finished cooking my fries yet??

CuriousGeorge

December 7th, 2010
1:19 pm

@ FPJ your program will be in shambles first…nearly there now, and when aj leaves; dayum.
@ redhair…nope and neither was anyone on your sorry excuse for a team

yep...

December 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

redhair and fire PJ, looks like the middle schoolers got out a little early for Christmas….hopefully Santa hands you a pile of dawg $hit.

dawgfan

December 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Wasn’t Brad Jefferson the dude that got absolutely trucked by Joe Cox in the opening drive of last year’s game? Please advise Techies.

St. Clarrkston

December 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

Gladiator? Heck, just glad he met her!

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

Gladiator,

How does it feel to go out back to back state runners up??

42-34
9-1
61-39-5

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Q: Have you gotten over the loss to Georgia yet?

A: That’s going to stick with me for life. That was my last game against Georgia. It’s stuck to me, I’m not going to lie

It’s ok “gladiator”. 9 of the last 10 senior classes have felt the same way. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Q: Have you gotten over the loss to Georgia yet?

A: That’s going to stick with me for life. That was my last game against Georgia. It’s stuck to me, I’m not going to lie

See Techie fans….. ONLY the fans have the “Moral Victory”. The players and your Coach(sic) know they got BEAT.

spectator

December 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

Guess we may as well not read any more Tech blogs. That way we won’t have to read the nonsense of this fool doggie fan, Miss Blair. By the way, that is a perfect name for the typical little pimple faced frat boy from uga, which I suspect Miss Blair may be. Or he may be one of the many sidewalk doggie fans who barely finished high school but rides around with doggie flags flapping from his pick-up windows. Either way this pile of human debris should be excluded from any Tech blog since he basically has nothing to say. It takes a sorry human being to obtain his satisfaction in life from some college football team losing a game.

Jones Bowl

December 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

Scott Blair will be playing in the NFL while you unemployed imbecile will still be on the blog ..I’m sorry your football career ended in the 6th grade when you got your nose broken but it isn’t Blair’s problem

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

hey dawgfan- we still on later- right dude? don’t forget the lotion

The Blair Miss Project

December 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

<————— WIDE LEFT <——————-

GT Sambo

December 7th, 2010
4:28 pm

Fire Paul Johnson,
WHERE DID YOU PREDICT THAT??!?! It certainly wasn’t here on the AJC blogs. You’ve only been around a few weeks. And it certainly wasn’t on your blog, which anyone can see with a little digging was only started in November 2010. You are FULL OF IT!!!!

Good grief

December 7th, 2010
4:49 pm

Now I see why UGA fans are the most obnoxious and most hated. Get a life guys. Love to see you talk crap to a Gator fan. That’s right, you can’t. Idiots

superDawg

December 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

We still have the overall record with uf nerd and you can not say that fool.Live long and watch the DAWGS whup up on your beehind.

Gracious Sakes

December 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

Stop your whining Good Grief…it was Georgia Tech fans that made fun of UGA for a year about going to Shreveport. And your St. Simons posted the scor of the UGA/Tech game every day for a year after y’all beat us that time.

What goes around comes around. Suck it up and be thankful that both teams get a couple extra weeks of practice.

Both of us need the extra time.

Gracious Sakes

December 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

yikes! *score*

Question for 'spectator'

December 7th, 2010
5:56 pm

If you ban the annoying UGA fans from these blogs…will there be a similar ban for people like St. Simons and m form the UGA blogs? You know the people who never have anything to say, just stirring up trouble?

Some of it is good fun…but there are just as many Tech fans that are taking it too far over there as there are UGA fans doing the same over here.

Food for thought.

Carter Saveland

December 7th, 2010
7:03 pm

Doug, what year did you graduate from UGA? I’m pretty sure I used to see you at Sons back in the day.

dap01

December 7th, 2010
8:16 pm

Brad: You make us in Wrightsville GA proud. You are what a young man should be.

superDawg

December 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

Howdy: you nerds can quit crying you still have next year.then we can start all over again,but this year you are losers!

Caleb Queen

December 7th, 2010
9:24 pm

Caleb Queen

December 7th, 2010
9:27 pm

Are you kidding me Jefferson. Out of all the people you talk to Jefferson? What a freaking joke GT has become. BBall and Football. I will never go to a GT sports game as long as i live. Brad- on a last note…im a tech fan and im telling you personally that you have been the biggest disapointment on this team. You are a complete joke and i hope you enjoy your trash pickup job next year, JIVE!!!

Caleb King

December 7th, 2010
9:47 pm

Queenie you must be one limp wristed nerd!

jabster

December 7th, 2010
10:11 pm

If there were such a thing as “karma”, UGA would never win another game.

Tokyo jacket

December 7th, 2010
11:38 pm

I LOVE hearing “I’ve got to come back and finish my degree.” I hope the NFL works out for you Mr. Jefferson. If not, your degree will do well for you my friend.

BoWeevil

December 8th, 2010
6:00 am

Paul Hewitt

4-7

vs

UGA

BoWeevil

December 8th, 2010
6:22 am

Brian Oliver played the whole entire game and was 3 for 15, no wonder Georgia tek LOST

AGAIN

as Paul Hewitt ALWAYS does to Georgia

CloudmanJacket

December 8th, 2010
7:59 am

Fire CPJ and Hewitt. Lets see; how many unranked teams did our football team lose to? 5 Now, how many unranked teams has our b-ball lost to? 3 so far and it will get worse especially with ACC play. PLUS, we cannot beat our rivals in either sport.

dawgfan

December 8th, 2010
8:25 am

You would think after getting that Techie arse handed to them 9 out of 10 years that they would be used to UGA fans laughing directly in the face of their half azzed football program. Yet here the Techies are once again crying like little sissies about how mean and obnoxious UGA fans are. Wawawawaawawa. Nevermind the fact that they were the most insufferable group of deluded pinheads on the planet after their fluke win 2 years ago. That’s different though. Tech fans hold themselves to a different standard, a LOWER one. Tech fans are allowed to flip off UGA players (see Caleb King’s 2009 3rd qtr TD and Hines Ward’s 1997 TD) and throw things on the field (see 2007 BC game and 2008 Chicken Bowl). What obnoxious crybaby hypocritical trash Tech fans are.

Keep the hate flowin’ Techies. I guess losing to UGA again last night got your pantied bunched.

hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 8th, 2010
8:34 am

Stop deflecting Doug!!!! Pretending like your always overrated hoops team didn’t lose in humiliating fashion last night isn’t going to change things. Give us a piece on the game so we can all take delight in yet another sport the Dawgs own you at!!!!!!

GT Sambo

December 8th, 2010
10:02 am

You can’t “own” what can’t be sold, and that is respect. Yes, UGA beat GT head to head in football and now b-ball, too. Congrats to UGA. However, right now UGA with its multiple arrests, its crybaby fans after the Auburn game, and significant underperformance with its talent highlights the fact that no one respects UGA, it coaches or its fans right now.

Truer words never spoken!

December 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

jabster

December 7th, 2010
10:11 pm
If there were such a thing as “karma”, UGA would never win another game