Overview: Aaron Terry is a senior who played free safety, cornerback, and also contributed on special teams at California University of Pennsylvania. He is a two-time All-American. He is a smart player with a high football I.Q., has great ball skills, has good coverage skills, and is a versatile player. During his career, he had 175 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 13 interceptions. As a punt returner, he had 622 yards on 47 punt returns.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing California University of Pennsylvania?
AT: I choose this school because it was honestly a last option for me. I had a lot of D1 schools who were interested in me the only problem was my SAT scores weren’t high enough for me to get into any of those schools. This was the only other D2 school that even called me, and I am honestly very happy that I attended Calu. I had an amazing career there, had a great experience there as well, and now and forever am apart of the Vulcan family!
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
AT: I have very good ball skills and am very good coming in and out of breaks! I think that I am quick as well so my lateral movements will be something that will be noticed. Also I am a very versatile player who can not only play safety but can play corner as well I think that will play a big factor as well.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
AT: My strengths would be my ball skills I actually signed to play WR at Calu but was moved to DB right away. The way I am able to play the ball in the air and cover is the best part of my game.
Weaknesses I would say is slowing the game down for myself, there are times I can be moving to fast and overthinking when all I have to do is let the game come to me. That is something that my mom says to me all the time ” just the game come to you”.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
AT: I think what really separates me from my position is that I am a safety that is able to cover just as well as a corner and tackle just as good as a safety. I think that gives coaches the opportunity to be able to use me for a lot of different things within a scheme.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
AT: I’ve never really thought about a player that I resemble but my favorite player would be Tyrann Mathieu. Just understanding what he has been through to be able to overcome all of those things and be the player he is today in the NFL is just amazing. He is undersized and plays like he is 6’2 225. You can just see how much passion he has for the game and I love that. I guess you can say I resemble him in a way because he plays safety and can cover just as well as any other corner.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
AT: I’ve always been the type of person that is hard to impress. I don’t give credit unless it is really due. I have played a lot of good players in my career but one of the toughest I would say would be the QB for IUP this last 2 years. He was a mobile QB that should really be playing RB or WR. He just was a do it all QB arm wasn’t the best but he got the job done. Probably one of the toughest players I played against, could run for over 200 yards and throw for over 200.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
AT: I’ve been wanting to play football sense the age of 5 but where I lived at the time I was too young I always wanted to play football. I didn’t start until the age of 7 and that is when I can say I really fell in love with football. Just playing the game is so much fun being able to do what you love makes it that much better. Its like when your on the field nothing else matters but ball no other problems that may be going on. Everything is just blocked out for that time I am having fun on that field.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
AT: Yes I do have a little pregame ritual, like I said before Tyrann Mathieu is my favorite player so when ever we come back in from warming up I always watch his LSU highlight film before the game starts. I don’t know what it is but it just gets my mind right and helps me visualize what I am about to do on that field.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
AT: There was this time during my college career when I just had so much going on and things were beginning to bother me and get in the way of my goals. More so I was beginning to get very distracted and worrying about things I had no control over, and at one point you could tell it was affecting me in ball. One day one of my coaches told me you need to use ball as your happy place this is what you love to do right? So when you are on the field nothing else matters but trying to have fun and do what you have loved sense you were knee high. Football is my passion and what I love being able to have that opportunity truly is a blessing.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
AT: Off the field I am a very fun person who always has a smile on there face. Great person to be around always can expect to have a fun time around me. Don’t like to surround myself around people who do not want to just better themselves everyday. On the field I am a very well discipline player, who just loves the game of football. I am a tremendous leader who does nothing but try to better the people around me. Striving to achieve greatness that’s all I want to do is be great. Can say in a way that I can be a perfectionist. Along with that just never satisfied, I don’t think you should ever been satisfied there is always something we all can get better at! I don’t want to be good I want to be great that’s, something that I have always said and work towards!
Locker Room Update would like to thank Aaron Terry for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a 2017 professional football player.
You can check out his highlights here.