Freddie Answers!

Dec. 11, 2000

Tommy Cornell (Montabello, CA)
Are you planning on making the jump to the NFL or do you want another run at a national title?

I'm not really planning on going to the NFL just yet. I like college and I definitely wouldn't mind winning a national championship here next season. I enjoy being a Bruin.

Ida Shum (South Bend, IN)
Hi Freddie!! I wanted to know how you were enjoying your junior season at UCLA and if you were going to be back next year. Also, out of curiosity, what's your favorite movie? I think you're the best WR in the country. Good luck!

I'm having a great season this year and it's kind of like a dream because I don't think it's quite hit me yet. As far as I know, I'm going to be back next year. My favorite movie would probably be A Time to Kill.

John P. Attila (La Grande, OR)
Freddie, congratulations on a tremendous year. First, I want to thank you for being such a class act. As you may have noticed by my address my family now lives in Duck/Beav land. Last year we attended the Cal game and after the game you signed autographs in the tunnel for my two boys. They still talk about it and are your biggest fans north of L.A. I know you are a team player and it must be frustrating to be in every game this year but still come up short more often than we all expected based on the early success this team experienced at the start of the season. What do the Bruins need to do to finish this year on a winning note and continue into next year to become a National Title contender?

We just need to have a great spring and if all the players come back, we'll have a national title. I think all of the coaches are great and there is no doubt that we should be very successful next season.

Joel D. Catalan (Temple City, CA)
Hey Freddie, what's up man? Well man I just wanted to say thanks for making this year so exciting. You are definitely the best receiver in the nation, and you deserve that award for best receiver.

Thanks, I appreciate your kind words. I honestly feel that the award doesn't mean all that much as long as the fans know who the true winner is.

Adam Robles (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Hey Freddie, I have met you before at my school when you came to speak about football. I think you are a great player and hope the best for you in the future. Anyway, my question is if you had to choose between playing quarterback and wide receiver, what would you choose and why?

From your greatest fan, Adam.

If I had a choice I would probably play receiver. I like receiver because I like to make it a physical game. And I probably wouldn't get a chance to play receiver in the NFL because of my height.

Jim Mendes (Cerritos, CA)
What actor would you want to play you in the Freddie Mitchell story?

I would have to say Martin Lawrence because we are so alike and he is very funny.

Cyndi Rose (Lakeland, FL)
I have been watching you for years now and I love how you are taking care of your God given gift. Does it feel strange to you that your life has changed so much since you have been at UCLA? I mean, it is a far cry from little old Lakeland. I really didn't have a question, I just wanted you to know how proud I am of you and I am praying that you receive that award, because I know how hard you have worked and I know you will give God the Glory. God Bless. Your # 1 Summit Fan.

I kind of knew what I was stepping into when I moved out to California. I knew it was going to be a different life and it was going to be 50 times faster than Florida. But I really like it out here and I feel that I fit right in. I appreciate your support. I know all of the Summit people because of the great support they gave me when I was hurt and I appreciate that. I didn't win the Biletnikof, but I think everyone in Lakeland, Fla. and all across the nation know who the No. 1 receiver is.

Dan Emerick (Pittsburgh, PA)
Can you briefly tell me about your off-season conditioning program? Running, weights, any other special things you do to gain that 'edge'?Thank you, good luck in the Sun Bowl, and may God Bless you.

I work out three to four times a day. I lift early in the morning, run in the afternoon and then catch footballs in the late afternoon. It's a lot of sprints, hill work (running both up and down) and a lot of jump roping. It's a little bit more than that, but that's a start. It's very important to get that physical edge. Thanks for the question.

Jennifer Puakea Pick (Solvang, CA)
I am a 5th grade teacher at Slovang Elementary School, and also a big UCLA fan. My uncle (Tim Oesterling) played for UCLA in the 70's and I think our family has been to almost every home game ever since. Because of my excitement for the Bruins, my students have all become miniature Bruin fans (they were sad about the USC loss, but happy about the Krispy Kremes!). I was wondering if you ever do school visits to talk about your experiences as both a student and football player. The 5th grade is an age where they are trying to find their individuality and organizing their priorities. Positive role models are much needed! With your impressive field action, records and upcoming award(!), we would love to have the opportunity to have you visit. In case you haven't heard of us, Solvang is about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please email me back and we can work out the details. In the meantime, we will be sending up good thoughts and good luck for you on the 7th of December!

P.S. I was in the throng of fans on Saturday as you all walked through to get to the stadium. My students all think I am magic now because I touched your hand as you walked by.

I do a lot of class visits. You just have to go through the athletic department to arrange it and I'd be happy to do it. Tell your kids that I appreciate the support they have given me and we still have one big game this year so I expect you guys to be cheering us on. I look forward to seeing you guys.

Jon Chang (Woodland Hills, CA)
Freddie I have 3 questions for you. 1) How did it feel when you threw a TD pass to Brian Poli-Dixon? What was going threw your mind? 2) How does it feel to know that you now hold the new UCLA receiving record for a single season? And finally, I know you must feel really disappointed that you lost to your cross-town rival, USC, so I guess my question is how do you feel for the seniors? I know when my team (Crespi) lost to our cross-town rival, Notre Dame, I felt really bad and sorry for them, because we lost to them and we went 0-10. and last year we went 1-9.

It felt great to throw a touchdown pass to Brian Poli-Dixon. My first year I threw a touchdown pass to him and it was very similar to that. It brought back memories of that year and it was awesome. It felt good breaking the UCLA single season receiving award. It really hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will a couple of years down the road. As for your high school team losing to Notre Dame, it always hurts to lose to a cross-town rival. You just have to throw it behind you and not let your past affect your future. Take next year one game at a time.

Mike Tayefeh (Mission Viejo, CA)
Hey Freddie. This question is just in general and not specific for football. I am a sophomore in high school and UCLA is my goal for my future. I hope to get a scholarship for basketball. I just wanted to know what you did in order to get into UCLA and what advice you could give me.

Matt Nipper (Lakeland, FL)
Big Freddie, being the #2 receiver in the nation, how good is the draft looking this year. Also, next time you score a fifty-yard td, are you going to give us Lakeland people some shot-outs?

What's up man! I give L-Town all kinds of credit what are you talking about? Every time I do an interview I let them know I'm from Lakeland. I can't wait to see you guys when I get back.

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