Rod Windsor hauled in 16 catches for 217 yards and five touchdowns in Week Six against the Kansas City Command on his way to becoming the Arena Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Yet, beyond Windsor’s standout performances so far this season, and his 2010 AFL Rookie of the Year honors, some Arizona Rattlers fans may not know Windsor’s football journey.
As the squad prepares for Saturday’s (April 23) match-up with the Utah Blaze, Windsor took time to sit down for a Q&A with the Rattlers Media Relations team.
RATTLERS: How has the transition been going since you re-joined the Rattlers’ roster in Week Two?
WINDSOR: It really wasn’t a hard transition; I already knew the Arena game. I just had to come in and get back into a rhythm with the team, which was all it came down to.
RATTLERS: You have been on many different rosters and played in many different leagues, how does the excitement and pace of the AFL compare to other leagues?
|Windsor Quick Hitters
College: Western New Mexico
AF2: Rio Grande Valley Dorados
AFL: Arizona Rattlers
UFL: Sacramento Mountain Lions
NFL: Cleveland Browns
WINDSOR: Arena football is a quicker game than any other game. But the outdoor game is more complicated as far as play calls, reads and packages. There is more studying and time in the film room and things like that for the outdoor game.
RATTLERS: What made you come back to the Rattlers instead of another AFL or UFL team?
WINDSOR: [GM/HEAD COACH KEVIN GUY] and I have a history. He was the first person that got me into the Arena Football League, and I wouldn’t leave for another AFL team no matter how much money they gave me. I’m always going to stick with Coach Guy because he gave me my first shot.
RATTLERS: How has your journey from college football to where you are today been unique from any other players?
WINDSOR: I’ve been on a long road, with a lot of bumps and it took a lot of perseverance. It was tough getting to the next level. I sat out a year, went to Arena Football [and arenafootball2] for two years, the UFL, and then the NFL. It was more of me staying with it, and believing that I can play on the next level. I wanted to play sports for a living and I just had to go out there and get it.
RATTLERS: What has been your most memorable experience as a football player?
WINDSOR: I’ve never won a championship, so the most memorable moment has probably been breaking the [receptions (184), touchdowns (59) and points (362)] records in the AF2, or a touchdown as time expired to win a game last season. The records in the AF2 meant a lot, but I didn’t really look at it that way. Not to sound conceited, but I expected those things. Nobody expected those things from me but I expected them. I had a higher standard for myself in getting to the next level.
RATTLERS: In a league that is dominated by wide receivers, what do you do to try to stand out among all of the others?
WINDSOR: Yards after the catch are huge for me. A lot of guys in Arena Football don’t catch the ball and take it for 20 yards after the catch. I try to catch the ball and do something with it after.
RATTLERS: What is the mindset of the team as you approach Week Seven at 5-0?
WINDSOR: It’s the same as it was last week and the weeks before that. We just come out to practice and try to have fun. Everyone that’s out here loves to play football. It’s good to be undefeated but we’re just taking it one game at a time. If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose. There are a lot of people out there that can’t play football right now so we’re trying not to take it for granted.