I had the chance to interview QJ, and I'd like to share our conversation with you all so that you can have the same appreciation for this player that I do. It's no secret that I'm a big Quentin Jammer fan, and you should be too:
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me Quentin. I've been a fan of yours for a long time and really appreciate the way you play the game.
You've been one of the most consistent players on the team since you were first drafted here to San Diego. You always show up to camp in top shape, you always play a full season, and every year you are pretty much guaranteed to make 60 tackles with 10 pass breakups; What do you attribute that consistency to?
"I attribute it to wanting to be the best player I can be. I want to be one of the best corners in the league. I think the only way to do that is by being consistent."
As a leader in the secondary, the younger players look up to you and see you as an example. How has making the transition from being a young player to a veteran leader been for you? When did you notice that you were becoming a leader in that way?
"It's been rough because I had to coach myself to be a good corner. I really didn't have anybody to help me. Once I was confident, in my mind, that I was a good corner then I was able to teach some of the young guys what I've learned. So far, so good since I mentored Antonio Cromartie and the guy went to the Pro Bowl."
As a seven year veteran of the San Diego Chargers, the fans have gotten a chance to watch your approach to the game. I'm sure you've heard criticism in the past, but that stuff has really died down. In your mind, what is your greatest strength as a football player and where do you feel you can still improve the most?
"I think my strength is being good at everything...not being good at only one aspect of the position. My weakness right now is my hands."
Who has been the best receiver you have faced in your career and who has been the best overall player you've faced, regardless of position?
"We have the best receiver I've ever faced in Chris Chambers. If I had to pick somebody that's not on my team that would have to be Marvin Harrison. He runs crisp routes. He's a veteran. He's been consistently good over the life of his career. If I had to pick one regardless of position, I would have to say Tom Brady. He makes his team better. He didn't always have the best talent at receiver or a running back but they always made the Pro Bowl. He scored points when they needed it."
What does Quentin Jammer do in his spare time? What's the perfect weekend like for him, both during the season and in the offseason?
"Spend time with my kids. My free time is pretty much devoted to them. When I do get a break from the kids, I like to enjoy a movie, some popcorn and dinner."
Is there is anything else you would like the fans to know about, maybe a website or charity that you'd like us to visit or support?
"The Jammer Family Foundation. We support the San Pasquale Academy which is a school for foster kids."
Thanks Jam, and thanks to Bill and his team!
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