The D Zone

Friday, July 20, 2012

Interview with Former Eisenhower QB - Joe Youngblood

The Eisenhower Eagles are known as one of the top programs in the state of Michigan and certainly one of the most respected schools in the state.  The Eagles have consistently done well since opening in 1970 but the Eagles would begin to breakout into an elite team during the 80's.  Toward the ends of the 80's, quarterback, Joe Youngblood emerged as a big time threat for the Eagles.  Youngblood in 1988 became the Macomb County player of the year, helped Eisenhower win it's first MAC Red title, and lifted the Eagles into the Semi-Final Game.  Youngblood would go on to star at Central Michigan University, where Youngblood broke several quarterback records.  Joe Youngblood was able to take sometime and talk about some his previous experiences.

The D - Zone - What was your favorite game that you played in while at Eisenhower and what were some other memorable moments?

Joe Youngblood - "Beating Stevenson my senior year was the best moment of my high school career. Losing to Catholic Central was a great memory although we lost, so close to the Dome!!"

The D - Zone - What kind of impact did playing for Eisenhower and Coach Bob Lantzy have on you?

Joe Youngblood - "Coach Lantzy was a great coach and we all looked up to him. I will never forget how Coach Lantzy treated every player on the team with great respect. The players who rarely got to play he always pointed them out in practice for doing something good to help the team."

The D - Zone - Your Eisenhower years have brought you many accolades, the two big ones are, Macomb County Player of the Year in 1988 and having your number retired, looking back at it, what does that mean to you?

Joe Youngblood - "Having my number retired was one of the best memories I will always have from playing football. Eisenhower has a great football program and to have the number retired was such a honor."

The D - Zone - When you signed with Central Michigan in 1989, what stood out the most about the Chippewa's and which other schools were you considering?

Joe Youngblood - "When I was being recruited I always wanted to go to Michigan State but they didn't offer, sometimes things work out for the best. I had to decide between Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toldeo and Eastern Michigan. When I visited Central I knew it was the place for me."

The D - Zone - What was the experience like of playing at Central Michigan?

Joe Youngblood - "Playing football at CMU was just a great experience. All the friends I made, great coaches and the overall College experience. Coach Deromedi was such a class act and a man who was so honest and loyal to all his players. Five years I will never forget."

The D - Zone - How did you transition from your last game of football played to moving onto something new?

Joe Youngblood - "After CMU I tried out for two CFL teams and had a chance to play overseas but decided to move on with my life here in Shelby Township. The first few years were tough playing the game I loved every Fall since I was nine but over time I realized football wasn't everything. All the years of football prepared me for the game of life."

The D - Zone - How have you seen the game of football change since you played in high school?

Joe Youngblood - "The College game has changed quite a bit since I left CMU. Now you will see teams throw 40-50 times a game without much defense. That is the kind of offense I would have loved to play in!!"

The D - Zone - Now you are apart of Next Level Football Training, can you talk a little bit about the mission and goals for this?

Joe Youngblood - "The Next Level Football training I am working with is helping prepare the athletes who want to get to the next level. The most important thing is getting ready to play high school....which will be the best memories of your playing days!! Not many High School players will get to play in College but our training will help give them the best opportunities."

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