Paul Barmore Jr. | Rockford University | RB
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Rockford University?
A: The recruiting process out of high school was overwhelming, I started getting offers as a junior and I ended up taking a D2 scholarship because of grades. The coaching and environment I experienced at the college level helped me to develop as an athlete. I am now finishing up my eligibility at Rockford University while I pursue my Bachelors in History.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in my sports career was getting back in college after facing adversity. My dedication to the sport is unmatched and the way I strive to be the best will keep raising the bar for my “biggest accomplishment”.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Rockford University?
A: The two most important things I have learned from my coaching staff is 1.) Be consistent 2.) The most skilled and intelligent players are the ones that can execute and produce the best results on the field.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A:I major in History. My plan is to continue my historical studies by being involved in research and museum work. Football and wellness will always be a part of my life whether it be youth mentoring, training, or coaching.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would probably say that I have dedication and that my energy is competitive, strategic, and intense.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable play was probably a 90-yard TD at Boylan, it was featured on the local news.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge athletically has been taking a strength and conditioning test every year and trying to use that to measure, progress, and exceed.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Matt Forte because he’s quick, shifty and he can run and catch the ball.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I have a passion to play and a winning mindset which both keep my athleticism and work ethic constantly evolving.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes, I am involved in an organization called Regents Against Modern Slavery (RAMS) which raises awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking. I also volunteer my time helping my community at the food pantry and thrift shop.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: Relentless training. My goal is to sign with a professional team who can utilize my talents to win football games.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: To be dominate at a professional level and run touchdowns.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy working out and spending time with my family.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My Uncle Juan, he has influenced me by being a positive role model and stressing the importance of work ethic.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: My choice of studies! People are interested to find out I am a football player majoring in history.