What I've Learned With David Cone

Oct. 15, 2009

It's difficult to be a backup quarterback. You know you're not going to get on the field unless there is an injury or something bad happens. You know you're not going to get a lot of snaps in practice, but you still have to prepare like you're the starter because that's what it's going to take to get where you want to be.
I wear a headset during the game so I've gotten used to hearing the coaches comment throughout an entire play. When I'm practicing, sometimes it's weird not to hear their voices in my ear and to be out there all alone. Coach McGee, Coach Rodriguez and Coach Smith are all on my headset and sometimes they say some very funny things, but they're not for print.

While I was being recruited everyone told me that I had to get a big coat because it's so cold in Michigan. I've been so busy with football and school that the weather has been a side note. A lot of people ask me how I adjusted to the weather and while it's more difficult to play football in the cold, for the majority of the season it's still hot.

They say southern people are friendlier, but I think there are good and bad people everywhere you go.

What I miss most about Georgia is sweet tea and barbeque.

I like having the name David Cone. I like the one syllable last name with the hard "C". Three weeks after I was born, this star pitcher named David Cone started making headlines. Then, of course, he ended up throwing perfect games and winning the World Series. My dad always wanted me to use my middle name, Adam, so I could have a unique name as I got more attention in sports. My two bothers use their middle names, but I liked the name David. When I got to high school, all people wanted to talk about when they learned my name was the famous pitcher David Cone. Hopefully, in the next five years I can compete with him. He's beating me on internet searches now, but I get a few Google hits.

I had never been called Dave until I came to Michigan and now I get called Dave all the time. A lot of girls call me Dave. If I tell people my name I say David, but Dave has a good ring to it too.

Offensive linemen are the most important players on a football team. They get no credit but are some of the hardest workers and smartest players on the team.

One of my earliest football memories is playing on a flag football team when I was five or six. I wanted to be the quarterback, but I was a couple years younger than the other guys and my coach already had a QB. I asked him to put me back there one day in practice and he finally did. He had the two fastest guys rush at me and I threw an incomplete pass and that was the end of my tryout. My coach decided to move me to center because I was the only one on the team who could snap the ball through my legs. The next year I was on a different flag football team and my new coach started me at quarterback. We had a great year.
I went on to play tackle a few years later and I remember seeing my coach from the first team. He came over and said "man, you weren't throwing like that when you were on my team." He just didn't give me a chance.

I also have great memories of playing football with my dad and brothers. My dad would be the all-time quarterback for the one team and I would be the quarterback on another and we would play two on two.

Wide receivers are awesome.

Offensive linemen are the most important players on a football team. They get no credit but are some of the hardest workers and smartest players on the team.
Tight ends are fun to be around.

No matter how many great things you do, somebody will like you and somebody won't.

My parents drove me to practices and games and took me to 13 camps all over the country before my senior year to help me get as many offers as I could. They are probably the reason I'm here. I don't think I could have done this without them.

I've learned not to throw interceptions. My dad taught me early on that if you throw an interception it is always your fault, even if it goes off the receiver's hands.
You can't worry about what other people think of you and you can't be caught up in trying to impress other people.

I love music and rap. I've been around it my whole life. My freshman year, I bought a program that I've been messing around with since. Rapping is fun and it comes naturally to me. Sometimes I have to do a few takes, but it's not that big of a deal.

I hate the idea of money and the concept of everybody trying to make as much as they can.

I made a few short films this year. I submitted one called The Last Straw to the Statesboro Film Fesitval back home and it won second place. I shot another one over the summer called A Chaos Within, which I haven't edited it yet. I thought editing would be the toughest challenge, but shooting is a lot harder.

You can't have too many friends. I've met a lot of great people who have been there for me when I needed them. Not everyone wants to be your friend though. Some people just want to use you, but I usually give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Winning isn't the most important thing, but it's why you play the game.

It's always difficult to lose. I think we're going to win every game we play. You never go into a game thinking that you're going to lose, even if we're playing the Jets.

Your real character comes out when you lose.

I haven't learned too much about love. I try to stay away from it. When you can't live without a person, that's when you know you love them.

In football it's great to be tall. Being 6-6 is nice, but now that I'm trying to get into acting I'm too tall. All the guys on the team are starting to wonder why I'm so concerned with my height all of a sudden. I need to shrink a couple inches.

I've always been taller than everyone in my classes and I get asked how tall I am all the time. Whenever I'm asked, I tell them 6-6 and then ask them how tall they are, then act interested. That usually ends the conversation.

I have a 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser that has 230,000 miles on it. I got it when I was a senior in high school. Before that I drove a little 1973 Mercedes with no air conditioning and no heat. I like cars. I want a nice car one day.

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