Ben Gardner -- Stanford football's emotional leader
Hangartner was hardly a blue chip recruit his scholarship offered besides stamper -- Eastern Illinois at Montana and South Dakota South Dakota State. North Dakota State and northern Iowa not exactly a who's who of big time football. But the Cardinals -- something in gardener and he's tied for second on the team with seven and a half sacks and has become an emotional leader. A one of the nation's best and deep fences Scott Reid said and with. You only -- Donovan AM on Wednesday for roster. Tell me about the catch -- party in the backfield. Well. -- Islam do some eat something unique last year I think. Chase and myself -- insane we kindest. -- he's -- -- and really took off I guess people. Like -- -- and that's what we like -- actually do on the field you know we talked about before the game every game in the locker room who's getting fired first. Murphy says he'll be their set up tables that's his favorite things. You know we would like to compete with the -- on game day in and see who can be back -- most most have. Is there a moment during the course of this regular season that stands out to me is as anyone here favorites. Managed to. It's really been a very rewarding season and went on the road or your. Really is one that stands out -- because going up there in such some firemen just with. With our 67 the guys it was something -- really proud of -- to hear that silence at the end of the game. -- let's go nuts and screaming in our -- spirits after the game from. From -- so much to celebrate knows something to do really proud of will remember for a long time. So as a Wisconsin kid. Tell me about this opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl against the badgers I'm guessing you grew up the Wisconsin fans have salute aren't so what's -- like -- We'll it's it's really unbelievable. I guess it hasn't totally hit me not a problem will come out come on -- the no -- on the other sideline. Grew up Watson. Ron Dayne and and badgers and Barry Alvarez coached him play in road rules and I was fan -- you know now it's all business so. -- -- one goal and that's the most I hope my Stanford Cardinal win. When their first Rose Bowl since would certainly to. Deal that she's had by the way yes I do counties that area a few packer jerseys. -- those things I'm packer fans have been substance of been in diapers but. I'll tell you as you get older and as you start to know more more guys in the league especially in a former teammates here leagues is kind of tender to -- -- -- some. In I'm Pakistan -- also Colts fan Seahawks fan and you know Steelers all the all the teams. Stanford guys on so you know my leagues is that have split. Well the way this program going you're gonna root for every team in the and it doesn't really expect -- So if I didn't inform correctly you took a little flack last year for chopping the mullet prior to the football game are we making the necessary adjustments this time around. Yeah -- that they they convince me to keep this here. You know the most slows things that's kind of turned into urban legend in the locker room I don't really. I'm not its biggest supporter but I a hundred other guys that would you know jump bomb in -- second if I -- off so. Not due to please team and I'll want to be that guy they have no plans for the lots. Laughter -- in all seriousness CE this is an incredible opportunity for you personally for this program what would they Rose Bowl win. Mean for Stanford. Just the ultimate sense of fulfillment for us as a football thing. You know we set out. Last January after this Fiesta Bowl we came back to work. With one goal and that's to be in this game to win this game that has to be here. Now with this -- in one game from us that's a result our goals some really special and something that. You know we wouldn't trade anything that happened this season offered the opportunity that we have in front of us.
Ben Gardner is the Stanford defense's not so silent leader.