ESPN posted an interview Saturday with Mason’s Josh Kline.
The New England Patriots signed the 6-foot-3-inch, 295 pound offensive lineman in May as a rookie free agent. He was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-player roster in September.
Kline, ESPN blogger Mike Reiss writes, is “one injury away from being in the starting lineup.”
Reiss interviewed the 2008 Mason graduate about his start in football (third grad, Mason Pee Wee), his rookie season and signing as a free agent with the Patriots (“…if you want to be the best, you want to learn from the best…) and his football journey overall (“It was my dream to make it to the top tier in the NFL.”)
He also shared some memories from his playing days on Masons gridiron:
Top memories of football at Mason High School: “The camaraderie that you had with your buddies. You have the ‘Friday Night Lights’ going. You still miss it to this day. You have nothing like that, in college or even now. You’ll have camaraderie but it’s not with the people you grew up with for most of your life.”
One high school moment that stands out: “Maybe when we came back from Middletown my senior year. It was a shootout game and it was fourth-and-goal from either the 2 or the 1, and they ran it behind me and my buddy, Pete Noxsel, the left guard, and I just remember him growling that we got it in [the end zone].”
Check out the rest of the interview at espn.com