The Command Center, By KC Command Fan Correspondent Tyler Derby:
Volume 1., March 14, 2012
Who better to interview for the first edition of the Command Center than Bret Smith, the 2011 leading receiver. His impressive stats include over 1,400 yards, 128 catches, and 25 touchdowns last season alone. Even though Bret is busy preparing for the season opener against the Jacksonville Sharks this Friday, he still took the time to answer these questions to give us a little more insight into the life of one of the Command’s key players.
Q: What type of preparation have you been doing for the upcoming season and how prepared do you feel?
A:To prepare for this season I took the same approach I always take in the off season. Try to work out every day, run every day, and run routes when I can find a quarterback. And usually that’s the hard part, ha.
Q: How does it feel opening the season against the defending AFL Champions Jacksonville Sharks?
A: This game is definitely an important game to us, just so we can show and prove that we can compete and possible beat the best. This opportunity to play them in the first game is definitely making us hungrier and striving to be and do better. We are ready to compete.
Q: What would you say is the strongest aspect of the team heading into the 2012 season?
A: I think our defense is our strongest aspect of the team right now. They are definitely flying around and making a lot of plays during camp. Offense looked good to but the D just was flying around more.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or game-day routines?
A: Pre game rituals, if I do have one it would be listening to music. Ya, kind of simple I know but I can just sit at my locker with my headphones on and just listen to music and think about what I have to do for the night. That what I usually do.
Q: What’s a piece of advice you would give to someone just starting in the AFL?
A: Someone new starting in the AFL, I would tell them just to make every play that’s out there to make. Play fast, play hard, and leave it all out on the field.
Q: What are some hobbies or interests you have outside of football?
A: My hobbies outside of football probably would be playing PlayStation 3.or playing cards with friends or other board games.
Q: Who is the one person you admire the most in football and the person you admire most outside of football?
A: The one person in football would have to be the man Jerry rice. I mean as receiver I can’t help but admire his game. The one person outside of football would have to be my lovely mother. She’s one of the toughest, hard -working, smartest women I know. I admire everything she stands for and everything she is about.
Q: What was it like playing at the University of Tennessee and legendary Neyland Stadium?
A: Playing in Neyland Stadium is a lifetime experience that I’m glad I got the chance and opportunity to be able to do. The environment at these games are so fun and loud which makes it one if the best college experiences you can experience.
Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
A: One thing I couldn’t live without would be probable would be my phone. Sometimes when I lose my phone I feel as if I’m no longer on the planet. Don’t know why, I just feel that way.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing in Kansas City?
A: One of the things I like about playing in Kansas City would have to be the fans. We have good fans.
Q: What is one interesting fact about Bret Smith that most people wouldn’t know?
A: One interesting fact about me is that I’m a very patient person.
The Command Center will be published once a week and it will focus on getting to know the players, coaches, and owners and allowing the fans to learn more about these tremendous individuals. Tyler has been a diehard fan of the Kansas City Command going back to its Brigade days and has followed the Arena Football league for years. It is written by a fan for the fans!!
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