By AJ Stryker
Images by J.R Lawless
The SFLm is nearing the end of its inaugural season and it was a season of success all around. Rookies got a chance to showcase their talents for 8 games and some will even move on to the playoffs and will even win their first championship! These are exciting times as the S15 SFL Draft is not too far away as well. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few rookies who want to let you know why you should consider them to be a member of your team this season. Mr. Christopher Ochoa, Wide Receiver for the Annapolis Navigators and Lefty Lamont, Defensive End for the Madison Lynx.
We shall commence with the Navigators’ pass catcher.
AJ: Who are you, and what are your interests?
 
CO: I’m Christopher Ochoa and I currently play for the Annapolis Navigators. My interests include covering local news in Houston, Tx, following my local sports teams, and educating myself on my new hobby – gun collecting. 
 
AJ: Have you ever played sports and, if so, what were your positions?
CO: Yes, I played sports in high school…basketball and football. I was a shooting guard in basketball and a wide receiver in football.
AJ: How did you find out about the SFL?
CO: I came across an SFL game on FTF network and instantly was hooked! I actually watched the S14 draft and Jonny Pichler was again, hooked! 
 
AJ: What was the first game that you watched and describe the feeling you received while watching it?
 
CO: I cannot remember exactly the first game but I watched several before I became involved. I remember feeling like this was something I wanted to be a part of. 
 
AJ: What positions are you trying to fill and why did you select those particular positions?
 
CO: Wide receiver, like Jerry Rice who was my favorite player growing up. I currently play WR in the SFLm and wear #80. 
 
AJ: Do you plan to get involved with the SFL in more than one capacity, such as broadcasting or doing stats?
 
CO: Yes! I’d love to get involved with broadcasting and scouting/coaching. 
 
AJ: What are your expectations from the team that drafts you?
 
CO: Expectations? I want to be the man! Period! Hands down!! I play with a star WR right now in CJ Arthur, but I know if I was given the opportunity, I could be a #1 receiver. All I want is an opportunity. 
 
AJ: What values will you bring to your team?
 
CO: I bring leadership and a good attitude day in and day out. I demand all players be held accountable for their actions. I believe you lead by example. A good positive mindset never hurt, either. Oh, and I can catch a football. All I want is an opportunity to show the SFL what I can do! 
AJ: How do you handle trash talk and adversity?
 
CO: Trash talk is fun as long as there’s no disrespect. I have no problem with it. 
 
AJ: Why should a team select you?
 
CO: A team should select me because of not only my potential, but because of the veteran leadership I’ll provide, even being a rookie. I can fire a team up! I can handle adversity. The team that selects me won’t be sorry. 
 
 AJ: How many weeks do you have banked on the Rookie Big Board?
 
CO: I joined during Week 13 of Season 14 and have 13 check ins.
And now, last but not least, Mr. Lamont from the Madison Lynx.
AJ: Who are you and what are your interests?
LL: Well this is the user answering because I don’t know my players’ interest or the player the avatar is based on interest, which is Nick Bonticonti.
Family, the girls I mess with who aren’t family yet, the youth, because they all have a chance to hit it big, and I enjoy showing them the way.
What?  economically: I’ve heard it’s not where you are at now, but where you finish, economically. so big time I just try to make sure things are set up well when I get old.so finance is a big interest for me, and the people who roll with me to help me get it done. and if there’s anything I can do for the less fortunate along the way I will be glad to help them.
 
AJ: Have you ever played sports if so what were your positions?
 
LL: Baseball -xpitcher and 1st base, but I loved football although school went so fast for me. I skipped a grade, and there was no Pop Warner in my neighborhood – thats as far as it goes for playing young – I didn’t really get the chance.
 
AJ:  How did you find out about the SFL?
LL: I found it on direct tv.
 
AJ: What was the first game that you watched and describe the feeling you received while watching it?
LL: Amazement! I was thinking, this was cool but what is this? I just wanted to know everything – was it madden, who was controlling it, was it a league?…a bunch of different thoughts.
 
AJ: What positions are you trying to fill and why did you select those particular positions?
 
LL: Defensive Tackle because I have some interesting thoughts on that position, and I feel you can dominate if things are tight at that place on the field.
 
AJ: Do you plan to get involved with the SFL in more than one capacity such as broadcasting or doing stats?
 
LL: Right now, I’m thinking owning a team would keep me busy, and would be a blast because I like dealing with personnel.
 
AJ: What are your expectations from the team that drafts you?
 
LL: Nothing. It’s a team sport, and I just have to see what their strong points are. If they are good, we have a chance…if not, then I’m just basically out there practicing.
 
AJ: What values will you bring to your team?
 
LL: I just try to get along with everybody. I could criticize, but I know that hurts people’s feelings and I don’t want to burn any bridges.
 
AJ: How do you handle trash talk and adversity?
 
LL: I could most definitely trash talk, but I’m going to hold off on that. I was thinking maybe I could let loose on that once I’m thinking about retirement, but for now I will play it safe. and when people talk to me, it doesn’t phase me.  I judge myself on what I’ve done.
 
AJ: Why should a team select you?
 
LL: Well, I’m O-line and I don’t know how teams have survived this long without user O-linemen. Under the right circumstance, 4 user D-linemen could shred a non-user O-line.
 
AJ: How many weeks banked do you have banked on the Rookie Big Board?
  
LL: In a nutshell, i will enter the SFL if drafted with around 10 weeks banked. Thank you AJ for the interview. So many times after I do something cool with electronic football I would think about being interviewed, and now that’s a reality. Take care.
Tune in again tomorrow, with more from the Rookie Rendezvous team. There are many new voices that want to tell their story, and this is THE BEST place to hear them speak.