Michael Roots: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Michael “Racecar” Roots
School: Colorado State University Pueblo
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My goal for my senior year of college was to improve as a leader both on and off the field. Since I was a transfer, another goal I set for myself was to make a name for myself by rushing for 1000 yards in the RMAC.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
The extra year turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was able to improve my chances of becoming pro by spending the extra year working on things like film studying, scouting, footwork, NFL connections, lifting weights, and mental health.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My teammates and coaches would describe me as a humble and hardworking player who can be counted on to make a play at any time. They’ll also tell you that I bring a lot of excitement and joy to practice and very fun to be around.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I review film, I pay attention to the small details like my first steps, alignment, hand placement, and the assignments of the players around me so I know exactly where the ball should hit.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
On the field my ability to block, catch, power, and speed, is what separates me from others. Off the field, my work ethic, character, and story separated me apart from other pro prospects in my position. I refuse to be outworked. I’m always the last person to leave the practice field, as well as the first and last person to exit the weight room. In terms of my character, I always do the right thing, give it my all, and treat others the same way I want to be treated.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My off-season plan is to train at GrindTime Fitness in Beaverton, OR.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On and off the field, I am a man of character, strength, and honor. I put the team first in whatever I do. Energy, a desire to be trained, and a mentality of becoming the best version of myself are some of the qualities I would bring to an organization.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I am confident that I am meant to be here. I can adapt and play at any level. I believe I am the best division 2 running back in the draft class of 2022, and I am capable of much more. I take pride in my role on special teams and the name on my chest. My ambition to win and improve as a football player and as a person is unmatched.