On Wednesday morning, Oday Aboushi said he wouldn't be intimidated if he faced Ray Lewis; revealed he played a season of lacrosse in high school; and laughed at the idea of crying after a hit on the football field.
Aboushi wasn't facing more questions from NFL scouts. Instead, the Virginia offensive lineman was being grilled by more than 200 seventh graders at Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville.
"I love it. It brings me back to middle school," Aboushi said after the 45-minute assembly in the school's gym.
Aboushi, the most highly regarded UVa player in this year's draft class, was introduced to the students as someone they'll soon be watching on Sundays in the NFL. He fielded questions ranging from his favorite player and team, to the Jerry Sandusky and Manti Te'o controversies.
Afterward, Aboushi hoped he was able to get his message of hard work and dedication across.
"I think it meant a lot. Especially since now they're in that transition phase, about to go into high school and take a serious step," he said. "I think it means a lot getting the perspective from somebody who's been there, done that. And they can kind of get an outlook of how things are going to be and what to expect."