Name: Rob Ritrovato
Q: What goals did you accomplish heading into your final collegiate season?
My only personal goal for the season was to be awarded a single digit number. At Temple the 9 “tuffest” players are voted on by the coaches and players, those nine players wear numbers 1-9. I was honored with the number 4, a number that has been worn by some of the greatest Temple Owls in recent memory. As team goals we had included winning the conference and playing in a New Years-6 bowl game. Unfortunately we failed at that goal but reached a bowl game, had an 8 win season and the senior class set the record as the new all time winningest class in school history.
Q: What would your coaches say about the type of player you are?
My coaches would say I’m tough, hard working, dependable, consistent and a leader that cares for his teammates. They would tell you I’m selfless and sacrifice for the betterment of the team.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I’m watching film on myself, I look to see my technique, how it could have been better or how other parts of the play impacted how I executed my assignment. When I watch other teams, I look for their scheme, different coverages, fronts, blitzes, tendencies and players that can either help, or hurt my team in the upcoming matchup.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
My ability to block, pass protect, run and catch the football make me very versatile in an offense. I can be used in a multitude of different ways to assist in my team’s success. Also, my approach to the game is relentless, whether it be my preparation in practice, the film room, the training room and the weight room.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I’m training at a few different locations such as Ignite Performance Training in West Chester, PA and CoreXcell Training and Rehab in Northhampton, PA.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On the field I bring a fire, a competitive edge and well rounded game that allows me to contribute on offense and special teams. Off the field, I’m a great locker room guy. My personality allows me to gel well with everyone. My leadership both on and off the field is something that I will also bring to an organization. Obviously there is a hierarchy already set in many locker rooms, but I have always been a positive voice to teammates throughout my high school and college career.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I am a player that will be a leader in the locker room, great in the community and versatile asset on the field. I truly believe I am the best fullback in the draft, my athleticism coupled with my film study and practice habits make me a type of player you want as a part of your organization. If I’m given the opportunity to play for your team, you will be getting someone that will give his all for the organization and represent it in a positive way.