Jajuan Chambers | Lincoln university of Missouri | Linebacker
Twitter: @punnyfunny18 | Instagram: @jajuan_chambers
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose ___lincoln__________ (list your school)?
A: my recruiting process was Very different. I committed, and de committed multiple times. I was just a young scared kid at the time who really didn’t know what he wanted. But when my baby brothers dad had got arrested it was clear to me that there was only limited choices. And it had to be somewhere within a hour of my home. I had lost all my MIAA offers, and had one option so I called coach Mike Jones at the time who was the head coach of Lincoln he told me to come down that day for a meeting I got there in this random, weird house office and my NLI was on his desk I signed it that day and never looked back.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Being able to make a bigger impact on my city. There’s no place I go in Columbia Missouri now, and people ask me if I’m going to the NFL, or if I’m playing football for some league. I got a whole entire community behind me. And that’s all I ever wanted was real support and I feel like I’ve completely taken the love, and congratulations from my city and ran with it. Just trying to keep showing people that it’s possible for anybody to do it.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at________lincoln_____ ( list your school)?
A: outside of football the biggest thing I learned while at Lincoln was time management from my coaching staff. Each different coaching staff I had while being at Lincoln constantly harped on being on time, managing your time so that you can be in the best possible situation for success. And that’s what I did I always made time for extra film, weighs, cardio, and my teammates. I simply just wanted to be the best so I listened to the coaches that came in regardless if it was right or wrong.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: my major is business marketing. At this point in time there is no what if football doesn’t workout. I’m going to do whatever it takes in order to keep football in my life. Rather that be coaching, playing, or just helping out. My life with football will never end. I’m going to always do something to be apart of this game.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: all of my teammates would tell you I’m a team first guy regardless of everything else. If there is a person you need to make a sacrifice I’ll do whatever it takes to help the team. From defense, to playing every special teams, and even wanting and willing to help out our offense there was nothing that I wouldn’t do to help make my team successful.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: Playing Pitt state this year I was on the punt team. I’m on the shield they rushed one guy for some odd reason he ran straight at me. I’m standing there protecting the punt, and he runs into me I knocked him completely off balance and I didn’t even get to use and off my momentum behind like I wanted to I felt like he kind of how a piece of me. So knowing that the play wasn’t over cause our punt team had struggled all year I ran down the field with bad intentions. Pitt state return man found crease within seconds against our front guys and was about to try and hit the other side line but before he could even make a cut I came flying down the field like a careless man right in the middle of the 50 yard line right on there logo I lowered the boom on #1 from Pitt state and silenced the entire stadium. That’s something I’ll never forget.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is seeing my family struggle. I hate not being able to provide for them like they deserve. This hasn’t been a solo investment my family has put a lot of time, and money into my football career and I just want to give my entire family what they deserve. And that’s everything. So I won’t stop till I can make that happen.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Eric Kendrick’s. He’s a smart solid inside linebacker. Who doesn’t shy away from contact he’s a down hill linebacker, who can play side line to side line. From what I see on tv it looks like he loves to spill on blockers. And I take pride in doing that. My favorite part of the game is blowing somebody up for the benefit of somebody else. I’m a team player and I’ll do whatever it takes to win.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I’m 25/8 football nothing else matters to me besides getting better at playing the game. I have a open mind to any new coaching tips, and player advice. I have a open mind for the game and I believe you can never have enough knowledge about this game so my willingness to learn, and grow within the system, and completely buying in to what your asking will never be a problem for me. I’m a team first guy. I will always do what the team needs.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I’m involved in mentoring the younger high school athletes, and my old youth organization the Columbia raiders. Always going back helping out with practices, going into the weight rooms and getting work along side kids who have the same dream as me. Just showing them it’s possible coming from Columbia we get a lot of doubt but I give them hope to keep fighting for what they believe in from a D2 to the nfl nobody expected me to even have a chance. I just want to show the youth anything you set your mind to You can make it happen.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: Advanced projected fitness (API) my trainer Jerrel Jackson. Has it all covered from the weight room, to the foot work we’re putting in the work each day workouts 2 times a day building strength, and agility each day at API! And of course outside work of my own to sharpen up each drill that’ll be tested at the combine.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Making it on somebody’s 53 man roster. There’s nothing else that I want in this lifetime more than to be able to keep playing the game I love on the biggest stage in the world.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy the simple things in life such as great views I can sit out and look at the sunset, or a field for hours at a time. I enjoy clearing my head. It’s like a new free space in my mind always opens up and gives me a new look on life.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Joe collier. He showed me the ropes of how to be a savage on and off the field when I met him he took me in like a son and never asked a question about it. We connected from day one and he helped install the true definition of man in me. And for that I’m forever grateful to have met a man so wise and passionate to where he could rub off his mindset on me.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I’m a very decent singer. I enjoy coming up with my own little hooks, or little melodies I can vibe to. I’ll switch the tone of my voice up a million different times just to try seeing how many different ways I can make it sound good .