Getting to know Oregon State senior cornerback Patrick Henderson

2009-10-21T20:30:00Z Getting to know Oregon State senior cornerback Patrick HendersonBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

What are your goals in life once football is over for you?

"I'm trying to set up any endeavors when I can. I've had some internships with the athletic department with marketing and promotion. For me, I'm wide open - maybe a counselor. Whatever I can do, I want to help children any way I can."

What are your hobbies that keep you busy between practices?

"Playing video games, and hanging with the guys. And watch some film here and there."

What is your favorite type of music you listen to get you in the mood to play?

"Right now I'm more of an R&B kind of guy. I can listen to the rap and hip-hop, but I like to mellow out."

Do you have a favorite class or area of study?

"I used to hate math, but going through college you start to appreciate the concreteness. But I love to write, fiction writing has been good for me."

If you could have a dinner conversation with a historical figure, dead or alive, who would it be?

"I remember (former teammate) Slade (Norris) would talk to Jesus. I'd have to mimic him on that one."

What would be served at that dinner?

"I love shrimp. I love all shrimp meals. Anything with shrimp I'll pretty much eat. And my mom's meatloaf is great."

Who is the biggest influence in your life?

"I will say my parents. I've learned so much from my parents to be a good person, how to provide and how to be a leader."

What is something people don't know about you that would surprise them?

"I'm not as mean as I look. I get that a lot that I look mean. And I'm actually a jellybean. I may look hard on the outside, but I'm soft on the inside."

What's your childhood fear?

"Getting a whoopin' from my momma."

What is your guilty pleasure?

"I love candy. I got fake teeth in my mouth right now from eating so much candy."

Who is your celebrity dream date?

"There are so many: Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Tasha Smith."

Do you have a special talent?

"I've been known to hit a few notes singing in the locker room every once in a while."

What one thing would you change about yourself if you could?

"To have the physique of Brandon Hardin, body of a Greek god - 6-2, 220.

What one thing would you change about the world if you could?

"That's a tough one. I would hand out lollypops everywhere. Give everybody a puppy - more peace, more love."

What family traditions do you still follow?

"Just staying focused and continue to work hard. That's one thing."

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