Found March 13, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:
Draft Zone Spotlight: John Rabe, TE/H-Back, University of Minnesota Even though the position is becoming extinct in the NFL the H-Back is a very hard position t fill, and there are very good players in the NFL that still play the role. One players is James Casey of the Houston Texans.  Rabe is similar to Casey, he can catch the ball well out the backfield and is a very good blocker.  I can see Rabe getting a shot in an NFL camp, because of his never quit attitude.  Keep an eye on this Gopher as the draft approaches. How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision? I wasn’t that heavily recruited out of high school.  I had two Division 2 to offers, but  I decided to play at Ellsworth Community College in my hometown because my dream was to always play Division 1 football and that was the only way that I was going to be able to achieve that. Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for? My favorite team growing up was the Minnesota Vikings.  I was a huge Randy Moss fan growing up. At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film? As a Tight End, and H-Back, The biggest thing that I do when I break down film is really study how defensive ends play into the TEs.  Are they more aggressive up the field or do they try to get into the block and read what is happening behind the line of scrimmage.  Each player is different so it is a fun challenge trying to figure out what tendencies different players may have. Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model? I consider myself a little bit of both.  I always try to lead by example first but if I need to get my point across a little bit more I will let my voice be heard and what my thoughts are. If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase? I don’t think that there is a certain day that I would take back.  Everything that has happened in my life has put me here for a reason.  Are there things that I wish I would have done a little differently, yes, but nothing that I would wish to erase completely from my past. Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is? I really like to read, mostly history and war books.  I also like to play video games, and love watching movies and TV shows. Who was the toughest player you have ever played against? My very first Division 1 college football game was at USC and I had to block Nick Perry for some plays.   He was a very solid and consistent player.  He was a 1st round pick for the Packers in 2012. What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football? I would have to say being voted by my teammates to be a Captain for the Gophers my senior year.  It meant a lot to be recognized by my teammates that they trusted me as one of the teams leaders. If it was your last meal, what would you eat? I would get a boned in ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and some fresh baked bread from the oven. Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod? Walk by Pantera Do you have any pre game rituals? Not really, every stadium before a game, home or away, I always walk a lap around it with a teammate of mine. If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be? I am my biggest critic and I am sometimes too hard on myself, and just need to move on from some mistakes. Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting? I talked to a couple at my Pro Day.  We didn’t talk about much serious stuff.  Mostly just that they liked how I was getting in and out of my routes during position work. If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be? I would say James Casey of the Houston Texans.  He can play all over the field, and I think that is something that I can do as well.  Line up on the line as a normal TE.  In the back field as an H-Back, or split of as a 3rd receiver What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back? I have been pretty blessed in my life where I have never had anything very devastating happen to me.  We all have issues that come up in life some are harder than other but you just keep moving forward. Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check? I will probably go buy some groceries. Seems like no matter how many groceries I buy, once a week I am in the store getting some more. If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why? I would like to meet Jesus.  To be able to sit down and be able to meet him and just talk to him would be something that would be hard to pass up.

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