We had the privilege of interviewing USC Trojans QB Emon Saee. We conducted the interview on the topics of Faith, Family and Football. I learned a lot from Emon and I hope you will as well. You find more information about Emon at CLICK HERE EMON SAEE. You also FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER. Emon is now preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, God Bless you Emon!
1) Dream Muscle Athletes: Who has been most influential in your life? Family, coaches, etc.
Emon Saee The most influential people in my life is my family. My father came to America on his own when he was 18 with literally nothing in his pocket. He was motivated and determined to succeed and make a better life for himself, my mother, as well as for my siblings and myself. My mother, she is the heart and soul of our family. She did everything that needed to be done to make sure my brothers and I were fed, clothed, and taken care of as children. My brothers are the reason why I am the athlete I am today. Without their push trying to make me be the best of the best, I would not be here today.
2) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
Emon Saee My biggest accomplishment was being offered a preferred walk-on position at USC. My first year of football was my senior year and ever since then I was just in love with the sport. When I decided to make it a dream/goal of mine to play Division I football many people doubted me and attempted to crush my dreams, but I refused their thoughts and words to bring me down. I used their doubt to encourage and motivate me to excel in the sport and prove them wrong.
3) Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Emon Saee I focus a lot on my speed and protecting my shoulder, at the same time strengthening it. Staying healthy is the key to being successful in Division I. I took advantage of the trainers and the facility that is offered to us. I was literally in there everyday keeping my body fresh and healthy.
4) Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement?
Emon Saee My ultimate achievement would be invited to a NFL camp. I have come a long way and I am not stopping at Division I. My goal and dream is to perform at the professional level, that is my ultimate achievement.
5) Dream Muscle Athletes: How do you set your goals?
Emon Saee My father has always told me to set my goals and to always follow steps and routes to accomplish those goals. Anything in his world is possible as long as you have the heart, desire, and motivation to work/grind to make those goals into reality.
6) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
Emon Saee I wouldn’t say I have a big challenge. But my life around football has always been a challenge since I was new to the game and learning about it later than others was a challenge. I was so determined to learn and understand the game that I didn’t see it as a challenge, but more as an opportunity.
7) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your diet like?
Emon Saee My diet is very strict, now that I am preparing for the NFL Pro Day. Strictly on meat, protein, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and carbs. I always drink water, never soda and very rare on the juices. I try to eat from 2500-3000 calories a day spread out into 6 meals (3 large meals and 3 snacks).
8) Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
Emon Saee The main thing is heart. I love the game of football so much that I would not take “no” for an answer or accept failure. That is the biggest difference between me and others who have fallen away from the game. They became discouraged from the competition and what others said, but I would not allow myself to fall in the same category.
9) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)?
Emon Saee one of my favorite QBs ever, Drew Brees “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashed” was by far the most motivational resources I have ever read. Another book that also taught me the art of “Winning Forever” is former USC Coach Pete Carroll’s “Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion”. Those two books have motivated me and kept my hunger to succeed exceptionally high.
10) Dream Muscle Athletes: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?
Emon Saee The biggest breakthrough was being offered a spot on the USC football team, and it all happened thanks to my families support and love, and the countless hours of work and preparation I put to better myself as a player.
11) Dream Muscle Athletes: What was the best advice you were ever given?
Emon Saee My father always told me, “No matter who or what tries to bring you down or stop you from your path, always look up to God and know He is always by your side, watching over you, protecting you, and guiding you to reach your ultimate goal; He always has a plan for you”.
12) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Emon Saee do not really have a motto or saying, but I live by these abbreviations everyday “OBF” which stands for “One Big Family”. All the people who have stood by me through the ups and downs during my journey of football are my family. They have provided the love and support when it was needed and I greatly appreciate them, therefore my motto is to do everything for them and to make them proud.
13) Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Emon Saee My inspiration would have to be my Father, Mother, and 2 older brothers. They are my core and my true inspiration.
Leadership: My definition of Leadership – serving others to help them become better people.
Dream Muscle Athletes: With that definition, do you consider yourself a leader not only on the field but off the field as well?
Emon Saee I try to set an example for others around me. My way of doing so is to be true to myself, true to others, and true to God. Follow what you believe and always have Faith, never let that go.
Dream Muscle Athletes: How involved are you in your local community?
Emon Saee I am not that involved as I should be, but I have plans to give back once my life settles down.
Dream Muscle Athletes: What leadership quality do you posses that people seem to be attracted to? (Ex. Encouragement, support, speaking, etc.)
Emon Saee I do not know if many follow my sense of leadership, but I always have a positive mindset around people. Not a fan of thinking down or negatively, but more inspiring and encouraging words that may help someone throughout the day or even their life. I am a people person and if I can help someone out by being a shoulder to cry on or a voice of advice, I am always there.
Dream Muscle Athletes: What are your plans after football?
Emon Saee I am currently enrolled in the Masters program at USC for Accounting. I have a semester left to complete. Once football is officially over for me, I plan to be a CPA and work for one of the big firms or a private firm.
Dream Muscle Athletes: If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be?
Emon Saee Set a goal/dream and go after it. Do not let anyone or anything stop you from reaching those goals or dreams. In life, God has a plan for all of us just as long as you follow them. Stay focused on the path and never be sidetracked from distractions that could possibly lead you to an opposite path. Believe in yourself, believe in God that everything will work out to what is best for you and your future. Appreciate everything you have in life, and never take one second of life for granted.
To All Athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.
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