Whether it's on the track, the rugby field or the football field, cornerback Johnson Bademosi knows that speed is essential. That's why the multi-sport, multi-talented athlete doesn't like to slow down for very long.
In high school, he played for the U-17 and U-18 USA Rugby national teams. He also earned all-conference honorable mention for Stanford's track team. He hasn't ruled out rugby completely and says he might take a stab at it when it becomes an Olympic sport in 2016.
The senior history major from Silver Spring Md., leads the Cardinal in solo tackles (18) and is tied for the team lead with four passes broken up.
How have your rugby skills translated to football? Rugby is a lot of fun because everyone gets to handle the ball. Tackling is a big part of the game. I play out in the wing so it's a little bit like running back, so they swing the ball to me and trying to get loose on the sidelines. I'd say tackling, being physical. In rugby, you have to ruck and drive over people.
You also do track. What are the advantages of being in another sport? It's cross-training. You get to meet different people and get different coaching. It's the Stanford experience. You use that speed to close on balls and close on defenders and you get to compare yourself to other guys in the conference.
You're a history major. If you could live in any era, which would it be? That's a hard question. There is so much stuff going on. I was recently talking about the Persian Empire in one of my classes, so if I could experience what they were doing, that would be pretty cool.
How many Facebook friends do you have and what was your last update? I don't really know. I stay pretty low-key on the social networking. I don't get on too much.
Finish this sentence, 10 years from now, I hope to be ... ? I hope to be continuing my career in the NFL or maybe perhaps, however long that goes, being in business school or having some kids. Anything can happen at this point.