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Q&A with Danny O’Brien

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Catawba's O'Brien scans the Newberry defense during the teams' Sept. 21 matchup.

Mark Covert, Sports Editor

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Danny O’Brien is the kind of guy and player that any NFL team would want on their roster:  A gentleman with a unique personality off the field, and a true competitor and leader on it.  Even throughout his years at Maryland and Wisconsin, and throughout his senior year at Catawba, O’Brien’s leadership and competitive spirit were always on full display.

When asked what his best aspect to playing at Catawba was, he said, “I’d say getting to know all my teammates and coaching staff.  To be able to get comfortable and be the quarterback and one of the leaders on the team was special.”  During his senior season, O’Brien totaled nearly 2,500 yards passing with 15 touchdown passes to only six interceptions, showing off his efficiency.  He was also a threat with his feet, added three more scores on the ground.  “I feel like coach (Kevin) Brown has really taught me a lot and learning a new system was good for me in terms of seeing things from a different perspective.”

With his college career now behind him, O’Brien is looking to take his talents to the National Football League.  “I’m going to find an agent, a place to train, and then just work my tail off,” says O’Brien.  “I’ve run five systems in college, so I would be able to pick up an offense pretty quickly.  I also feel like I would bring great work ethic and leadership to a team.”

It is not out of the realm of possibility that O’Brien attracts some interest from the NFL and a team picks him up.  He played four years of college ball in the Big 10 and the ACC, two of college football’s biggest conferences, so he has played with and against big-time competition.  Another aspect that works in his favor is that Catawba was put back on the NFL map this past spring, when the Buffalo Bills signed Catawba cornerback Jumal Rolle as a rookie free agent almost immediately after the NFL Draft came to a conclusion (Rolle is now a member of the Green Bay Packers).

With all the prime qualities that he brings to the table, Danny O’Brien has a legitimate shot to give Catawba its second NFL player in as many years.

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Q&A with Danny O’Brien