Throughout training camp, Patriots.com will take you in a personal tour of the 2004 rookie class so you can get to know them a bit better. We'll hold a Question & Answer session with each rookie about all things – not necessarily football. We caught up recently with safety Dexter Reid, the Patriots first of two fourth-round picks.
Patriots.com: Which players did you most idolize growing up?
Reid: I was always an offensive player. Ever since little league I wore the number 33 like eight years in a row. Growing up, I was a San Francisco fan, so I was a Roger Craig fan. Growing up I was a running back.
Patriots.com: If you couldn't play safety, what other position would you like to play?
Reid: Safety. I don't like to get hit, I like to hit. It's either hit or get hit. On defensive I was always taught to be aggressive and that pretty people play offense.
Patriots.com: How are the veterans treating you so far in training camp?
Reid: They treat you like a rookie. They treat me well. No one is big on themselves; the team comes first. It's about the same as when you come in and you're a freshman in college. You know how you get treated. Just come in and do what they tell you to do, be respectful to them, and listen to them.
Patriots.com: What three words describe Dexter Reid as a football player?
Reid: Determined, dedicated and hard-working.
Patriots.com: Which actor would play Dexter Reid in a movie?
Reid: I have two favorite actors. Denzel Washington and Al Pacino in Scarface. I don't know how to answer that question.
Patriots.com: Which actress would be your co-star?
Reid: I'm a big fan of Halle Berry. I own a lot of her movies. I like the types of movies she plays in because I like suspenseful movies.
Patriots.com: Who is in your CD player right now?
Patriots.com: If you weren't playing football what would you be doing?
Reid: Working as an engineer.
Patriots.com: What is the worst part about training camp?
Reid: I really don't have a worst part. I love it. I love the grind; I love the practices. A lot of players you don't get that. To actually say they love the practices and really mean it, some people just do it because they have to do it for their livelihood. I grew up loving the game. How many people can say they love their jobs that wake up every morning and do 8am to 5pm? I love what I do, so I love all of it.