Quick 5 with Roxaan Herrera, Eagles OFR

Official Philadelphia Eagles Fan Reporter
Official Philadelphia Eagles Fan Reporter

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NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?

RH: I learned about football all on my own. In the beginning, my older brother taught me the basics: what downs mean, yellow flags mean penalties, red flags mean challenges, how many players there are on the field for each team, etc. Throughout the years, I’ve gotten some questions answered from friends and football coaches, but for the most part, I learned it all on my own. Mainly by doing the research. I studied how quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre played the game starting in 1999—that’s when my love of football began and I haven’t looked back since!

NF: Priorities of Life: What are your top 3?

RH: First and foremost, I am focused on raising responsible, hard-working and successful adults. And I don’t mean successful financially (though that would be a plus), but as long as my kids become honest and kind people, that would mean the world to me. Second, I want to get a jumpstart on my career, which means going back to school. My career plans have changed since I completed my college coursework. And not just for me but for my children’s sake, too. Which brings me to my final priority. In order for my kids to become the people I want them to be, I want to set the example for them by accomplishing my goals. I want to prove to them that your circumstances don’t have to stop you from achieving your dreams. My priorities have shifted since my daughter was born, but they’ve aligned accordingly and I couldn’t be any happier than where I am right now.

NF: If you had any job in the world – what would it be, and why?

RH: I go back and forth with this one. I’ve wanted to be a Sports Reporter since I was 12 years old. But in high school, I became obsessed with True Crime and have gained an interest in wanting to pursue a career in Criminal Psychology. While I will be content in either position, ultimately, I want to be able to make a positive change in the world. I want to be able to leave an imprint behind for future generations. So, any job that helps me with that, I’ll be a happy camper.

NF: How has your association with NFLFemale been a positive influence in your world?

RH: The most important thing I have learned from NFLFemale is how to remain positive and to keep things classy, as is the motto. It’s easy to give mean people the reaction they’re looking for, but instead, because essentially we are representing a company that’s filled with smart, witty women, we choose to take the high road and either ignore the negativity or reply with kindness. At least for me, not responding to trolls in the typical rude manner that I would is a big deal because I can then teach my children, especially my daughters, the importance of words and how it can impact what people think and say about you.

NF: If you want to know the real side of sports legends, listen to their kids and grandkids. What do you hope others say about you?

RH: This is a question I often think about: what would my brothers say about me as a sister? What would my parents say about me as a daughter? What would my friends say about me as a friend? I know what kind of adolescent I was, and if I could go back to change some things, I would. However, the one thing I know people can’t take away from me is how honest and genuine I am. Lately, with what’s going on in the world, I’ve also witnessed just how much kindness can make a big difference for a person. Not that being kind wasn’t important before, but because people have a place to hide behind (social media), a lot of them feel they can say what they want without any consequences. And a simple “Have a nice day” or even a smile can go a long way. We never know what other people are going through, which is why lately, I’ve started to focus on being kind to those I come across. It’s still a work in progress, but if that’s the one common denominator that is said about me, I’ll consider that a win.

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