by Justin Gravestock
Raiders Marketing Coordinator
Welcome to another Raiders Player Profile! For this edition, I introduce you to David Raza, a wide receiver set to begin his third year as a proud Niagara Raider.
How prepared do you feel for your third CJFL season?
Coming back from an injury that cut my 2017 season short, I’ve been working really hard to get back into shape, and I feel as ready as I have ever felt. I’ve gained a little bit more mass, and I have kept up with my offseason training religiously. I personally think I will never be 100% ready for a season since there is always something that needs improvement. I feel my conditioning and weight training is on the right track for this season.
What are your goals for the 2018 campaign?
My goal for this 2018 campaign, is to out work yesterday. If I improve from last season, then I am achieving my goals. I’d love to be considered the best wide receiver on the team, and that’s a goal of mine, but there’s a lot of talent at the wide receiver position. We could all have that title.
What are your strengths at the wide receiver position?
I believe my strengths at wide receiver revolve around my route running, and my ability to be mentally tough. Being a wide receiver is all about positioning your self properly on the field at the right time during a play, and that takes a lot of football knowledge to identify the defense and what coverage they are showing. I also believe it takes a lot of mental toughness to play receiver. When it comes to blocking and being physical, this sport requires a lot of that. When the ball’s hanging up in the air and you have to go up and get it knowing the safety is head hunting, it takes a lot of mental toughness and I feel I display that in my game.
Who inspired you to play football?
I was inspired to play football by my brother and my cousin. They both persuaded me to play when I was in grade six. They both played competitively and for their high schools and it intrigued me to try the sport. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the sport. You can’t name me one other sport that has this much strategy and this much physicality involved to compare to football.
What does your offseason regiment consist of?
My offseason consists of being in the gym four to five times a week, eating properly, and getting to the field every once and a while to work on fundamentals. I like to stay in tuned with the game playing touch football three times a week on three different teams, I feel as a receiver it’s a great place to fine tune your game, since it’s a smaller field and it helps me focus on the fundamentals of what a receiver does, footwork, route running, and working on my hands.
How close is this football team off the field?
This team is close off the field. We’re a group of buddies, as soon as you join this team you feel like you’ve just made thirty new friends, from coaches to teammates we all get along really well. It’s a fun environment to be around, there’s always someone down to hit the gym or even hangout. I think this team has a strong core group where the “brotherhood” feeling comes from and it disperses itself to the rest of the team.
Who is the greatest wide receiver of all time and why?
Two words…..Randy Moss. His ability to go up and high point the ball mixed in with his quickness and ability to run the cleanest routes makes him an all time great. The highlight reel this guy has is outstanding, there isn’t many receivers nowadays that are or were as dominant as Moss. Being a 49ers fan though, I can’t forget Jerry Rice, he was an all time great and I wish I got to see him play. Id have to say both of these guys are GOATs, and my all time favourites.
What are your long-term goals in pro football?
I know football comes to an end for everyone eventually, I am currently taking it one season at a time. I love the sport and I will always be around it, even if that means one day switching to coaching.
We appreciate you reading another Raiders Player Profile, as the countdown rages on towards the 2018 season! #RaiderNation