This year marks the 10th Annual Tampa Bay High School Football Combine, presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. With so many exceptional student-athletes in attendance, we'd like to provide the opportunity to get to know the players a little before they hit the field at this year's combine.
Joe Wintrick, 6'1", 255lbs.
Class of 2015, Guard, Wharton High School, FL
Q: "What do you think distinguishes you from every other player in the nation?"
A: "I am a very hard worker and always give anything I do 110 percent. I have the heart and drive to succeed and will never give up."
Q: "What do you hope to gain out of your participation in the Tampa Bay High School Football Combine?"
A: "I hope to get a perspective on what the talent level at my position around the area. Also, I hope to get my name out there and to show everyone that I am really serious and talented."
Q: "What are your strengths? What do you need to improve on?"
A: "I am strong at pass and run blocking and need to improve my footwork."
Q: "What extracurricular or community involvement activities do you participate in? What are your hobbies outside of football?"
A: "I am in a club at school and do a little community work at the church I attend. And I also play baseball and love to fish."
Q: "Which player, if any, do you model your game after or often get compared to by your teammates on the field?"
A: "Jake Long"
Q: "How have you evolved over the years as a player?"
A: "I have gotten a lot stronger and faster and have really improved at my position. My grades have all gone up since playing football."
Q: "What is your proudest moment in football?"
A: "My proudest moment would probably be when I blocked and shut down a player who was committed to Alabama."
Q: "What is your proudest moment off the field?"
A: "Getting honor roll at my school for grades."
Q: "What TV show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?"
A: "30 for 30 on ESPN"
Q: "Who/what has been the biggest influence on football in your life? How so?"
A: "My father, he does everything possible for me and my siblings to have a good childhood and I try to be the best player on and off the field."
Q: "What honors or awards have you received (both athletic and non-athletic)?"
A: "Honor roll and most improved"
Q: "What is your favorite movie?"
A: "Remember the Titans"
Q: "Who is your favorite NFL team?"
A: "The Minnesota Vikings"
Q: "What is your favorite food?"
Q: "What college interest have you received?"
A: "A few DII schools"
Q: "What are your statistics from your previous season?"
A: "11-game starter, no offsides or holding penalties, 20+ pancakes"