My Football Journey: Joey Ehrmann
Joey Ehrmann led the Deacons with 10.5 tackles for loss this season.

Dec. 3, 2012

This article was originally published in the Nov. 24 edition of Kickoff, the official gameday magazine of Wake Forest football.

Q: When did you start playing football?
A: I started playing in seventh grade. My dad was always a coach for my high school so I was always around those varsity teams. That is probably my earliest memory of being around a football team.

Q: Your father, Joe Ehrmann Sr., played in the NFL for 13 years. What was it like growing up with a professional football-playing father?
A: He was retired when I was born. He was a totally a different man than when he played so I don't know.

Q: You played both football and lacrosse in high school. When did you decide to pursue football over lacrosse?
A: I knew I always wanted to play football. For a little bit my senior year I thought about doing both but I just wanted to go with football.

Q: When did you first realize you could play football at the major college level?
A: My junior year. I was really small, but I was really quick. I did a good job pass rushing, and I realized if I could put on weight then I could play.

Q: Describe the recruiting process and how you ended up at Wake Forest.
A: I didn't have many offers. I came here, and it's kind of hard to explain how I ended up here other than it just felt right--it had a good feel to it. Wake Forest was coming off two really good seasons with the Orange Bowl and the Meineke Bowl, and it's a great [academic] degree so it was a win-win situation for me.

Q: Did you get recruited to play lacrosse in college?
A: Yes, but I always wanted to play football that was for sure. And I didn't know if I wanted to do both or not, but I just wanted to stick with football.

Q: What area of your game have you had to work the hardest to improve upon?
A: My pass rush, and it's still not quite there yet but I feel like I'm getting better at it.

Q: Is there an area of your game that just comes natural to you?
A: Being physical. I've never strayed away from being physical. It's in my blood.



Q: What is the best memory of your high school career?
A: Probably my sophomore year. I didn't play much on the varsity. I played a little bit, but I was on the team with my brother (Barney). He was a senior and that was the best year we ever had still until this day. So it was good to be a part of that team.

Q: What do you plan to do after your football career is over?
A: I'd like to play in the NFL, but I'm just glad to be getting out of here with a degree so my options are open.

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