With Season 2 of the EFLI coming up later in 2014, Rant Sports chatted with Roshan Lobo, running back and team captain of EFLI’s Bangalore Warhawks. Lobo played multiple positions on the field, performing his way to becoming the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Season 1. Still in his early 20s, Lobo has high hopes for himself and his team in Season 2.
Check out the interview below …
What do you think was the No.1 challenge in terms of adapting to the sport of American football?
It was not hard for me to learn because I have played rugby before and american football is similar to it. But the challenge was to get my teammates (Bangalore Warhawks) to understand the game and concept. Constantly explaining to them what is happening and what they have to improve on. It was a challenge for the coach and me to make sure all the teammates are on the same path which was hard as all the players had different sports backgrounds.
What do you want to improve about your game going from Season 1 to Season 2?
I’m looking forward for Season 2. Season 2 is going to be a really test as other players across the country would have had more experience then the season one. I’m looking forward to improve myself on the defense side this time as a line backer. Reading knowledge and getting strong to deliver strong hits.
Have you heard about the Brain Sentry sensors the EFLI is planning on implementing? For better player safety. How do you feel about that?
It’s great that EFLi is concerned about the players safety. All the organization in the world must make sure that something like this must be used to protect the players and their future.
Have you had to stay in shape in the offseason? Are you exercising or dieting a certain way to make sure you stay in shape? If so, please explain what you are doing to stay in shape.
So I had a shoulder surgery in march. Still recovering from it. Started a no contact training across 3 sports.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday – General conditioning. Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday -Ultimate Frisbee with Disc o Dewanee. Wednesday and Sunday – Rugby with Bangalore Rugby Football club. Weight training – 3 times a week in the evening.
Trying to gain some good muscle weight to take the impact and not get injured in season 2. I’m 84 kilos now, trying to be 88 by start of season 2.
What is your long term goal with this sport? Do you envision this being your career, or will you still do other work while playing?
In terms of planning to have sports as my future, lets see [...] I can coach for one of the sports am good at. I’m planning to take up few course related to Strength and conditioning , youth fitness training , or even becoming a certified fitness trainer. [Would be great to] open my own training field. For now am working and playing at the same time. Working at a company called The Fuller life – making sure that I can pay my bills.