Free Agent Player Spotlight: Monte Gaddis

Posted by: Jeremiah Wait @mrfootballwait, December 16, 2019

Monte Gaddis is a current free agent football player who is looking for work. He has shown the ability to be an impactful player wherever he’s gone. Besides playing football, Gaddis has showcased his abilities through playing rugby. This just exemplifies how much Gaddis is willing to do whatever it takes to reach his dreams of playing professionally. His playmaking abilities shouldn’t go unnoticed, as wherever he’s gone, he’s always been able to take advantage of his opportunities.

Athlete Profile:

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 220

Position: FB/LB (special teams)

College: Towson University

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @MonteGaddis

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-Where are you from?

  • Cleveland, OH

-How was your experience playing professionally different from college?

  • After college, I have played in many forms of football. Overseas, I played in the Polish Football League with the Gdynia Seahawks. I also played in the Rugby League for Shaw Cross Sharks/Red Star Belgrade. Playing Indoor Football with the Iowa Barnstormers was different than my experience overseas, because each league has a different set of rules that they incorporate in the game.

-When was a situation where you faced a bunch of adversity as a team, and how did you deal with it?

  • During my time at Towson University, we had at times situations where everyone wasn’t on the same page. Just like any other team, we knew that as players, we had to stick together in order to continue being successful. With all of the mishaps that were happening off of the field and in the locker room, we were still able to make it to the FCS Championship game. I will always remember this, because that was a bond that could never be broken, and I still have really good relationships with many guys from the team still to this day.

-What separates yourself from other players at your position?

  • My rugby league background is one of the first things, because I think that this shows that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get film out there on myself to prove to people that I can play professional football. Another aspect is my determination and being able to play on both sides of the ball. My blocking skills and techniques at fullback (FB), or even special teams are second to none. I practice these skills daily, as I want to always be able to do the things that I control the best. Lastly, I love being physical and catching some good contact, which is another reason why I played rugby.

-What is your biggest strength?

  • My biggest strength is my passion and love for the game of football. I have not made it to the highest level of professional football, but I will continue to work hard every day until I gain my opportunity at the biggest stage.

-What do you think needs to be improved the most with your game?

  • I think that with everyone, there are always aspects of their game that need to be improved. I am no exception, as I think that my speed needs to be improved. You can never be to fast in this sport, so continuing to get faster is something that I strive to continue working on.

-Who is your biggest inspiration?

  • My biggest inspiration is my mother, Sytoya West. She is my biggest inspiration because she’s the strongest woman that I know. She has always had my back, whether it’s been during good times or bad. She’s my rock, as my mom always continues to support me in my pursuit of my dreams.

-What is your definition of success?

  • My definition of success is being able to say to yourself that you gave it your all, without any doubt. Being able to give back to the youth and community is something that I hope I’m able to do someday, whether that’s in the shape of a new building, a new recreational center, or even going back to schools and speaking with them and telling them my story. Giving guidance to young athletes that are in my same position is very important to me, especially for those who come from the inner city of Cleveland.

-If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

  • If I had to describe myself with one word, it would be passionate. I would use this word because I really love and respect the game of football. Standing outside the Cleveland Browns’ practice facility really showed the city and the world how determined and passionate I am about this game.

-What is something interesting about yourself that many people don’t know about?

  • I did not finish school at Towson University because I started training for the NFL and my pro day. This is an example of showing everyone that I’m willing to sacrifice and drop everything to pursue my dreams and aspirations of becoming a professional football player in the NFL. My dream has always been to play in the NFL ever since I was a child, so trying to make this a reality is very important to me. I don’t regret my decision to not finish school, and when the time is right, I will go back and finish up my undergraduate degree.

-What do you like to do for fun?

  • I love to watch interviews of athletes and recording artists. I love being able to hear about their stories, and listening for their trials and tribulations they’ve gone through, and being able to understand them on a personal level. Everyone has a story, and it’s amazing being able to hear where everyone’s story began and how their journey started.

-If you had to compare your game to someone in the NFL, who would it be and why?

  • If I had to compare my game to anyone in the NFL, it would have to be Taysom Hill. I compare myself to Hill because he can be used all over the field. Even though his position is technically quarterback (QB), he has the ability to play other positions as well. I can play running back (RB), full back (FB), linebacker (LB), and all of the special teams positions.

-What keeps you motivated to play football?

  • My motivation to play football stems from always going back and remembering why I play this great game. I’ve put so many hours and hard work into this sport, but I wouldn’t sacrifice all of this time and energy into something that I didn’t love. I’m addicted to football and the process. I’m so close to reaching my dreams and aspirations, and everything can change with one phone call.

-What has been your favorite football playing experience?

  • My favorite football playing experience is honestly, my whole journey as a player. From walking on as a collegiate football player at Maryland, to getting kicked out my freshman year, winning a Bowl Game in JUCO, and lastly, going to the playoffs and playing in the National Championship game for the first time in Towson school history was amazing. These experiences have made me into the player and person that I am today. I haven’t been perfect by any means, but I know that my story isn’t over yet, and I’m going to continue perfecting my craft as a player.

-How would teammates and coaches describe you?

  • My teammates and coaches would describe me as a leader on and off the field. Being a leader isn’t for everyone, but I strive to be someone who leads be example. It’s one thing to be someone who’s a leader on the field, but I think it’s just as important to be that same person off of the field. Obviously, how you play on the field and how you act may be different from who you are off of the field, but the same values and ideals that you lead by can be the same, because that’s what makes who you are as a person.

-What are three things that you need in order to be successful in football?

  • For me, the three things I believe that you need in order to be successful in football are heart, passion, and being able to be coachable. All three of these are at the forefront of what I live by as a football player.

-What type of advice would you give to current free agents who are trying to play professionally?

  • My advice to players who are in my same position would be to continue grinding everyday, networking, and promotion yourself! You can always be your own biggest advocate, and with all of the social media platforms that are out there, continue to get your story and yourself in the eyes of other people. As I talked about earlier, all it takes is one call to change everything!

*Monte’s story is very special, it was awesome getting to learn about the challenges that he’s faced as a football player on and off of the field. His story is so unique, because as you can see with his story and how he stood outside the Cleveland Browns’ organization campaigning for a tryout, he will do anything and everything that he can to earn an opportunity. Not many people would be willing to go to the lengths that he’s done to earn an opportunity, which is why Gaddis has really stood out. Continue to keep an eye out for him, because he’s someone that can definitely help a team out a lot.