First and 10: Rams RB Isaiah Pead

June, 6, 2012
Isaiah Pead Tyler Barrick/Getty ImagesIsaiah Pead, who led Cincinnati to the 2011 Big East title, was the fourth running back selected.
[Editor's Note: ESPN Playbook subjected 10 rising pro football stars to offbeat interviews at the recent NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. Here's what transpired:]

First and 10: ESPN Playbook NFL rookie interviews

Monday, May 28: Rueben Randle, Giants | Tuesday, May 29: Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Wednesday, May 30: Doug Martin, Bucs | Thursday, May 31: Brandon Weeden, Browns
Friday, June 1: Justin Blackmon, Jaguars | Monday, June 4: Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Tuesday, June 5: Coby Fleener, Colts | Wednesday, June 6: Isaiah Pead, Rams
Thursday, June 7: DeVier Posey, Texans | Friday, June 8: Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Also see: Playbook feature: Robert Griffin III | Playbook feature: Brandon Weeden


Position: Running back        College: Cincinnati

Team: St. Louis Rams        2012 NFL draft: Second round (No. 50 overall)

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Rich Kane/Icon SMIPead led the Bearcats with 1,578 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns last season.
ESPN Playbook: What has been your "Welcome to the NFL" moment?

Pead: The day after I got drafted and I had to go out to St. Louis and we had media day. I got to meet with the coaches, and to actually meet them and approach them, as my coaches, that’s what did it.

What are you going to miss the most about college?

Just my teammates. The locker room, the fan base, definitely. Bearcat nation is very prideful of their team. But most of all I’ll miss my teammates.

What are you looking forward to most about your new city?

Looking to meet the fans, really. I want the best out of football and I want to win as much as possible, but aside from football, I want to start a whole new life in St. Louis.

What is your favorite video game?

“Call of Duty.”

If you could get one rookie card from one player here, who would it be?

I’d have to get my man Chris Givens right here. Hell of a player.

Who has the best college cheerleaders?

I would have to say Rutgers. Hey, Jersey got ‘em.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesPead will begin his NFL career spelling star Steven Jackson.
What are your offseason goals?

My offseason goal, really every year, is to get smarter. Working out, getting stronger, yeah, but getting smarter in the offseason is on you.

What was the NFL draft like for you?

It was crazy. I was watching it as if it was any other year, but I had a lot of people at my house and they called me about two picks before I actually got picked, and I was on the phone with Coach and the house went crazy.

What’s the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player?

I would say rules. The NCAA rules are crazy. And in the NFL, you have 32 teams as opposed to 120 in Division I, so it’s more magnified. Bigger fishbowl.

Who would be the one celebrity, athlete or otherwise, you would like to meet?

Rihanna. I like different accents and different cultures.

Jon Gold is a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCoolSub or email him at



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