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Meet the new guy: Donald Strickland

Posted Apr 9, 2010

Chargers cornerback Donald Strickland is one of several veteran players who started his offseason workout program this week

The recently-acquired free agent has been in San Diego for three weeks and is enjoying getting to know his new coaches and teammates. A native of San Francisco, Strickland is happy to be playing football in his home state. Meet one of the newest San Diego Chargers.

Name: Donald D. Strickland
Nickname: None
Position: Cornerback
Age: 29
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
College: University of Colorado
Hometown: San Francisco

My favorite sport to play as a kid was...

DS: “Football. Pretty obvious, right?”

My favorite sport to watch growing up was…

DS: “Football and basketball. I played basketball my freshman year of high school, but let it go after I broke my ankle. I also like watching track & field.”

My favorite hobby is…

DS: “I like to do home construction and graphic design.”

My favorite movie of all-time is…

DS: “Gladiator …hands down.”

My favorite food is…


DS: “My mom’s home cooking is always the best, but outside of that, braised oxtail.”

My favorite band/group is…

DS: “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.”

My favorite holiday is…

DS: “Thanksgiving because it’s close to my birthday. It’s a great combination of good food and gifts.”

My favorite charity/non-profit organization is…


DS: “Habitat for Humanity. I also have my own foundation: The Donald Strickland Foundation. It’s based in San Francisco and we provide scholarships for underprivileged kids to help with their college tuition.”

Thing I love most about San Diego…

DS: “The weather and the beaches.”

If I wasn’t playing professional football, I’d like to be…

DS: “An entrepreneur and the CEO of my own company.”

If I were NFL Commissioner for a day, I would…

DS: “Have a huge players’ day-off event where everyone could come together and just hang out; maybe a really big barbeque or something like that. Oh, and guaranteed contracts for players.”

Growing up, the most inspirational person in my life was…

DS: “My parents. They are hard workers.”

If I could meet three people, past or present…dead or alive, they would be…

DS: “Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.”

I am the luckiest man in the world because…

DS: “I am blessed. Simple as that.”

My best memory from playing college football is…

DS: “In 2001 when we beat Nebraska. We hadn’t beaten them in about 12 years. We routed them, 62-36. I forced two fumbles and I turned 21 that day. Great day. Great night.”

My most embarrassing moment was...

DS: “I’ll pass (too embarrassing).”

The one hi-tech gadget I cannot live without…

DS: “My MacBook Pro.”

If I could have one super power, it would it be…

DS: “I would like to be invincible. That would be cool.”

The biggest obstacle I’ve overcome…

DS: “Adversity; all the adversity of being a professional athlete. When I was younger, people telling me I couldn’t do something.”

If I could date a celebrity it would be…

DS: “Beyoncé. No, I’m feeling Alicia Keyes right now.”

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