Justin Wilson | University of Dubuque | LB/DB
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose University of Dubuque?
A: Played multiple positions in college. Got recruited from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Team Captain for two years and became Iowa conference Champ.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in sports so far is being recruited by professional leagues. I did not go to a division 1 school and I am able to compete and show off my skill set to the world is a huge accomplishment for me.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at University of Dubuque?
A: One of the most important things I learned from the coaching staff while playing at the University of Dubuque is adversity and determination. Every day at UD whether it was class or practice I always made myself get better.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major was criminal justice. I don’t have a second plan, i know football is not forever but I can’t prepare as if I have a plan B. All my focus and determination is in the one and only plan A: signing a contract with a team.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My past teammates will say that I am one of the hardest workers they ever met. They would also say how I am a leader on and off the field.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: One of the most memorable plays of my career was when I had a try out with the Montreal Artoloutes. I had a couple picks against some good receivers. A Coach came up to me and told me he likes how physical, fast, and versatile I am. Another memorable play in my career was in The Spring League. I had some phenomenal tackles and a couple picks in the Atlanta Showcase game.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is that I have not signed a contract yet. Coaches and scouts have always showed interest but I have not yet been assigned to a pro roster. I manage through this by keep working on my craft and knowing that I will be signed to a team this year 2020.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to a couple players because of their story line.The first player I would compare myself to is Jabrill Peppers. I say Jabrill because he is a high motor versatile player. I also play multiple positions and I love it because it shows you can put me anywhere on the field. Another player I would compare myself to is Haason Reddick. Haason did not go to a big college but stood out amongst the high picked players in the draft. I compare myself to Haason because I also did not go to a big D1 college, but I can out work and also out shine those who are from bigger schools or picked before me.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength that I bring to a professional team is versatility. I can adapt to more than one position on the field. Pro Scouts should consider me because I learn and adapt quickly to a position change if need be.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am not involved in any mentoring, or charity. I am all about giving advice and discussing lifes day to day difficulties. One of my goals is to give back to where I came from when I sign my first pro contract.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: Everyday sometimes twice a day I workout with my trainer doing 40s, L drill, Verticals, and any other lifts you could think of. I have also been doing positional training on the field as well. My sessions are very hard and intense but in the end it helps me become a better athlete. My goal in the combine is to run fastest time in the 40 for linebackers and also show I am the most versatile.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement is to get signed by a team after the combine.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I am not playing football I enjoy reading books. Any book that shows someone going through adversity and coming out on top.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life has been and always will be my mother. She raised me as a single parent. Every since I was a kid she has always shown me that being a leader is important.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: The one thing that people would find interesting about me is that you will never see me with my head down. Even when things are going bad I know how to keep pushing and show others that there is good to come.