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Q& A: Spokane Shock's Ben McCombs

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At 6'4" and 265 pounds, 29-year-old Shock defensive lineman Ben McCombs is all about intimidation-an image intensified by his tattoos and his intense glare.  His road to the Spokane Shock included AF2 stops in Bakersfield, Rio Grande Valley, Central Valley, and the AFL's Chicago Rush. Known for his intense work ethic- in practice and on game day- has helped him set the record for the most AF2 career sacks. He says he wanted to play in Spokane, because he feels it's the best program in the league.

Q: How do you define intimidation on the football field?

McCombs: When I go out there, I just flip the switch- anything goes- it's the only time I can hit somebody and not go to jail. This is a violent game and that's the way I'm going to keep playin' it. And that's why I love it.

Q: What goes through your mind when you know you're about to sack the quarterback?  

McCombs: Right when I get around a corner from a lineman, you know, I see that quarterback just standing there- I got the taste of blood in my mouth. I want to go hit him.

Q: Talk about the tattoos on your arms.

McCombs: I like how it looks on and off the field- but I think it looks good with pads on, too. I'm trying to be an intimidating player, I'm trying to get into someone's head- so if a couple of tattoos help me out- awesome.

Q: What did it mean to you to become the AF2 sacks leader?

McCombs: I'm very honored to get that title- I'm just gonna keep workin'. I like havin' that record but I want to get in another league and try to set some new records.

Q: What is your goal for your football career?

McCombs: The ultimate goal is obviously the NFL. So I'm never passin' up that dream. I'm gonna get as far as I can go and just see what God's got in store for me.

Q: You have a reputation for living on the edge off the field, too.

McCombs: I always like getting that thrill when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  I've been bungee jumping, I used to be a bull rider in high school- I did high school rodeo, I would love to go skydiving- anything that's an adrenaline junkie is me in a nutshell.

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