Michael Bangel has lengthy been generally known as among the finest skilled soccer gamers not sporting an NFL uniform. Via his four 12 months profession Michael has been identified to not solely ship the large hits as a defensive again, however he is also an explosive kick returner and positive handed receiver. He’s actually a participant that NFL scouts are looking out for and has been on their radar for a very long time now. His skilled expertise has taken his from Japan to Panama and Spain and in every single place in between it appears. I had the prospect to take a seat down with Michael in between one in every of his coaching periods outdoors of Philadelphia and ask him a few questions on his upcoming area season.
Having performed in Japan and seeing the tradition of their athletes, what’s going to you’re taking from that have and produce with you to the Enviornment recreation?
“Taking part in in Japan was an incredible expertise. Being in entrance of all of these followers jogged my memory of residence. Japanese gamers take the sport very severely and play it with lots of ardour and respect. I realized to worth the sport and admire it. The followers over there are loopy about soccer and so they actually deal with you want a hero. It is nice to see how different international locations and cultures strategy the sport. It actually humbles you and makes you respect and adore it much more.”
How did enjoying abroad change your view on being knowledgeable athlete?
“I realized to take my job and my physique very severely; abroad there may be lots of stress as a result of as knowledgeable you might be anticipated to carry out each single play. I stay for that stress so for me it was very pure. I really feel like I’m among the finest defensive backs on the earth and getting the chance to point out it’s a blessing. When you get on the sector although irrespective of the place you might be it is nonetheless soccer. Off the sector it is a matter of staying humble and persevering with to work onerous and keep away from the distractions.”
It is no secret that many groups, given your background with the indoor recreation and with different leagues, needed to signal this low season. What had been just a few key components that show you how to make your choice?
“At this level in my profession I’m searching for a corporation that’s keen to do what it takes to win a championship. Teaching is an enormous a part of any choice and I’m on the identical web page with the coach is essential to me.”
What are you wanting ahead to probably the most about coaching camp?
“Simply being across the guys, coaching camp is a grind however it’s the place you construct bonds together with your staff mates and discover out what sort of staff you’ll have. Additionally get to study the world a little bit bit.”
What’s the greatest a part of being knowledgeable athlete?
“Residing out a dream I’ve had since I used to be a child is a blessing and one which I could not be extra fortunate or blissful to be doing what I’m doing.”
Which soccer gamers or different athletes did you admire as a child?
“Jason Sehorn was my favourite participant; as a defensive again I linked with him and was and nonetheless am an enormous fan of his. My purpose is to be the following Jason Sehorn.”
Favourite factor to do when not coaching for or enjoying soccer
“I really like speaking enterprise and Philosophy, and if followers wish to discuss both of these topics I’ll go on for days and days. I’m additionally an enormous music and yoga fan. Yoga is a large a part of my day by day life.
What are your profession targets with soccer?
“Proper now my foremost purpose is to win a championship, plain and easy. I do not assume an excessive amount of about issues which are out of my management. Clearly the last word purpose is to play within the NFL however I can not management when I’ll get that chance, I can simply be prepared when it occurs.”
What recommendation would you give to youthful athletes?
“Be a frontrunner, rise up for what’s proper and all the time take pleasure in the whole lot you do. Do not accept something lower than your greatest effort and you may be profitable.
After attending to know Michael for a short while it rapidly turns into apparent that this can be a man destined for greatness. It will not be lengthy till you see him in an NFL uniform so make sure you stayed tuned.