Kiante’ Anderson is a linebacker/defensive end who played at East Carolina University last season. With the Pirates, Anderson was a force to be reckoned with, amassing 34 tackles (six of them for loss) and four sacks in 2017. After this impressive senior season – the 6’4″, 243-pound Anderson continued to turn heads at his pro day – where he ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, and put up a 29.5 inch vertical jump. And although he did go undrafted, it didn’t take long for the Houston Texans to sign him as a free agent. Now that he is on the Texans, Anderson looks to use his special combination of strength, speed, and athleticism to crack the 53-man roster. But there is more to Kiante’ than just football, as you’ll see in this interview by FPC Texans editor Sam Gubner.
What would you say your strengths as a player are?
Since your major is exercise physiology, and you post an impressive bench press of 380 pounds, back squat of 505 pounds, power clean of 308 pounds, and push jerk of 262 pounds (all according to ecupirates.com), how do you think your extensive fitness background will help you succeed in the NFL?
Speaking of great players, what are your thoughts on being on the same defensive line as J.J. Watt?
Anderson: Man! It is truly a blessing and a dream come true, he has been one of the players I always observed and watched since I was in high school. He is such a good role model/mentor both on and off the field, and to have the opportunity to hopefully someday play with him is truly an honor and a privilege!
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Describe what you felt when you got that call from the Texans saying they would sign you. How was that like? How did you feel?
Could you elaborate on the struggles you’ve been through in the past? Did anyone help you with these struggles?
What role has your mother played in your life? How has she shaped you as a football player and as a person?
Thank you for all the responses you’ve given and for allowing me to see the struggle you went through to get to this moment. Now that you are here, is there anything you’d like to say to Texans fans?
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