23.07.2004 klo 19:06
Scott Power the American linebacker of the Turku Trojans tells us what made him come to this far away country of ours and what he misses most from his home.
Your date of birth? I was born on December 15,1981
Your hometown? I grew up outside of West Lafayette,Indiana in a smaller town called Fowler. But I went to college first in Wisconsin and then transferred back home to a smaller school in southern Indiana and currently I live in Indianapolis, IN.
How long have you played football? I've been playing football since I was 11 years old.
On what other positions you have played? I was a running back and fullback in high school and then in college I was switched over to defense and I played every linebacker position and would also line up at defensive end in certain situations as well.
What is your best achievement in football so far? I could answer this question with a lot of different things when I look back now throughout high school and college and when some of the team's I have played for have won big and important games, but I think my biggest achievements came when I transferred to Hanover College at the end of my college career and really turned my career back around and re-focused myself on what was important to me. By the time I left Hanover I was an All-American nominee, had over 340 career tackles, was two-time first team All-Conference and led our team to the NCAA playoffs in my two seasons there.
What are your goals as a player? My goals as a player have always been to do whatever it takes to win and to enjoy the game of football, this is a great game and one that we can only play for a short time while our bodies will allow us to. My future goals as a player are to land a place on a roster in the United States or possibly back in Europe, before I came to Turku I had a pro day with 13 NFL teams in attendance, so I am on the radar screen in the United States even though I finished at a small college and hopefully me and my agent can find a place for me to play either in the new Arena League or the NFL when I go home.
Your personal goals (career, studying etc.)? Personally, I am still finishing up my business management degree in college, but I have about 2 semesters left to finish that up and I am unsure on whether or not I will ever use that. If my playing career does not work out, then I have also thought about going into coaching football back home and using the knowledge that I have gained by playing and giving that back to younger players who want to learn. Coaching also gives me another way to still compete even when my body won't allow me to do so.
Why did you decide to play football abroad? When it came time to make the decision on what I was going to do, the European teams were the only concrete offers I had and I didn't want to wait in the United States and take the chance that nothing would come about, so I thought this would be a great experience and a chance to see another part of the world that I have very little knowledge about and also keep myself in shape at the same time.
What did you know about Finland before you came here? Well, actually not very much, I knew from watching the Winter Olympics that Finland was good in ice hockey and that it was cold up here, but I guess I should have paid a little more attention in my geography and world history classes growing up.
How do you rate the level of American football in Finland? Rating the level of football is hard to do because very few of the players have had full-time coaching and a coach for every single position like what we have in the United States, so I think it's often difficult for all of the players to receive feedback on what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. But many of the players have the size and physical tools to be good and the coaches understand many of the schemes that are used in the United States, just the number of players and the number of coaches is a lot less than what we are used to.
On what areas do you think Finnish players need most practice? I would say that it would greatly help Finnish players to begin working on the basic fundamentals of blocking, tackling, catching, throwing, etc... at a younger age and help devolop good habits in the juniors instead of trying to change their ways once they have been doing things a certain way for many years.
What has been the most surprising thing in Finland (positive or negative)? The most surprising thing to me has been how many similarities I have seen between countries, the food is not that much different, the clothes, music, movies, and tv shows are all similar as well. But, I am also suprised at how expensive some things are over here like gas, and even McDonalds is a lot cheaper back in the United States.
What do you miss most from USA? Right now I am missing my favorite season which is summer, I love being outside and doing things in the heat and my family and girlfriend have been telling me about how hot and sunny is at home right now, but other than that mainly I just miss hanging out with my friends, my girl, and my family.
Have you learned any Finnish language? No, not a chance, you guys speak way to fast for me to have a chance to know whats going on.... I guess thats another thing I miss is knowing what is going on around me.
A message to our readers? I'd just like to say thanks to anyone who has made our stay over here easier and more enjoyable, everyone has made the adjustment very easy for us and our time here very enjoyable. Hopefully in another month or so we can bring the championship back to Turku for the 2nd year in a row.