When Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Ed Wang was selected 140th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Draft, it marked the first time that the NFL has had a full-blooded Chinese-American player.
Wang, who played his college football at Virginia Tech, was born and raised in Virginia. However, his parents are from China and even competed on China’s track and field team in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Wang was signed by the Raiders on May 1st, after spending just over one full season with the Bills.
Here is the interview with Wang:
1. Being a Chinese-American, what made you interested in playing football since it is not a popular sport in China?
“Well since I was a bigger kid when I was a child my parents thought it would be good for me to partake in sports since they did too when they were children. So I played football and basketball and eventually fell in love with both. Since I was only 6’5 and had played center in basketball we made a family decision (which was easy) that basketball was not the route for me to go with. So that’s how I ended up playing football before and now.”
2. Did you ever think being a Chinese-American would limit how far you’d make it as a football player?
“No I definitely did not. Being chinese doesn’t give you an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to sports.”
3. What has your experience been like with your new team, the Oakland Raiders?
“I love it. The organization is great here. My teammates and coaches are all good people and I get along with them very well. Also the bay area has been very kind to me and made the transition a lot easier!”
4. Has it been hard transitioning from the Buffalo Bills to the Raiders?
“I don’t think it has. I can pretty much adapt to any environment that I am in. I enjoyed my time in Buffalo and definitely enjoying my time here.”
5. Who is the toughest defensive lineman you’ve faced so far in your NFL career?
“I’ve had some limited playing time in the NFL so it is hard to say who that player would be.”
6. Are there any current NFL offensive lineman who you watch film of to help you improve?
“Not specifically one really. I watch all of them and try to see what they do and compare it to me and see if it can help my game improve. I often find things here and there I say to myself, “That’s definitely worth giving that a try.”
7. What has been your most memorable moment so far in your NFL career?
“Just getting out on that field for the first time. It has always been a dream to play in the NFL and after getting drafted and finally getting on the field was just a dream come true.”