Rhondell Teesdale | Bridgewater State University | LB

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Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Bridgewater State University?
A: My college career was great, every year since my freshman year I got bigger, faster, stronger, more in tuned with the game knowledge-wise, and was able to breakdown film to prepare for my opponent. On the field every year my tackles and sacks increased and in the weight room my numbers increased greatly. Posting a 605 squat to break my school record my junior year was definitely a highlight for me in the weight room. Winning the conference and making it to the NCAA Playoffs my sophomore year was a great team achievement and becoming a captain for my Bridgewater State team my senior year with a 8-3 record and first home bowl game win in school history was huge coming off a 2-8 season my junior year. Bridgewater State is great academically for what I wanted to do and was cost efficient for me even though I got into D1 and D2 schools and they wanted me to play for them. Unfortunately I couldn’t pay for it so it was the best option and I knew a few people already there and going so it was an easy choice for me.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: My biggest accomplishment in my sports career I believe was definitely playing semi pro this past season and registering 9 sacks and making the All Star team. I started playing Defensive End my sophomore year of college and every year I got better and better. Working on technique, explosion, line get off, hand combat, everything. My senior year I only registered 2.5 sacks which to me was no where what I was looking for so going into post grad and ultimately playing semi pro to continue to work on my game I had a huge chip on my shoulder and went into every game like I was the best defensive player on the field and getting 9 sacks in 9 games was huge for me.

 Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Bridgewater State University?

A: Playing at Bridgewater State University, from the very first day my freshman year , I learned hard work and determination will ultimately lead to greatness. You to have to work for everything you want in life no matter what it is. I believed I lacked that a little coming into college football wise but after I seen how hard my teammates and the coaching staff worked preparing for games, meetings, film, weight room, everything, I learned very quickly that if you truly want to be great and be the player you want to be, it won’t be given to you. You have to work harder than your competition in all facets of the game and pour everything you have every day and strive to get there and you will.

 Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: I majored in Physical Education with an Exercise Science and Fitness/Health studies concentration with ultimately having aspirations and currently working towards being a Physician Assistant. I want to impact people’s lives in the medical and health field and I love people and I believe every patient should receive the right care and be put in a position to get better, feel better, etc. so becoming a PA is what I will be doing if football doesn’t work out.

 Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

 A: I believe that my past teammates would say that I was one of the hardest working players on the team on and off the field. Whether its sprints, in the weight room, in the class room, I gave 110% of myself in everything I did because I wanted it that bad. But, also one of the most chilled, laid back and great guys to be around with. Also someone who gave advice to people who needed it or just being someone that you can vent to about anything and give you a hug after and say “igotchu, you need anything I’m here for you”.

 Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A: One of my my most memorable plays was my junior year against Framingham State, I vividly remember pass rushing on the right side and when the QB ran towards me he turned around went back to the middle, I continued to chase back to the middle and as one of my players went in for the sack he missed and simultaneously I got clipped, but I got up, so at this point I’m 7-10 yards away but I didn’t give up and he started to run up the field to the sidelines from the middle of the field left hash and I chased him down and tackled him for a minimal gain. My coach during film said that was one of the biggest effort plays he ever seen in a very very long time and it’s one of my favorites.

 Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge used to be unexpected freak injuries accidents. I had two high ankle sprains, my sophomore and senior year and it came at horrible times during the season for me because at the time for both I was doing really well, helping my team and producing on the field and then it happened unexpectedly. But I managed it by praying, trusting in God and the process and using my resources in the AT room to get back on the field as fast possible but safely. I’m a grinder and I play through a lot of injuries and I do great during adversity, so just managing unexpected injuries and battling back has been a challenge for me but I have preserved and made it through all of them.

 Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Moving from DE to LB, and currently training as such, I believe my pro comparison is Kwon Alexander of the 49ers (my favorite team) and Darius Leonard of the Colts. They are both young, they play fast, they play LB with aggression, physicality and cerebral awareness. And those are all things that I look to emulate in my game. The game is changing and you have to be able to play sideline to sideline with speed and a sense of urgency and it’s both things I can do and training to improve on so I can be great.

 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 the willingness to get better every single day and my work ethic. I have a strong work ethic that has lead me to this opportunity and helped paved the way to create a bigger path for me moving forward. I am a sponge and I ask a lot of questions to my coaches because I not only want to be prepared but also I want to do things correctly and efficiently. The players already on the team before me I look up to with the utmost respect and I learn from them. I am the type of player that will look to perfect their craft everyday, be a great example for others, and soak up as much information as I can to become a true professional.

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A: Currently with my schedule I haven’t been able to do so but in the past I have been the camera man for my church, done the Walk for Hunger a couple times in efforts to raise money for the global epidemic of starvation and hunger in families of all walks of life. Also, I am just the type of person that will be there for the people that need me, giving advice, information, resources, helping with marketing, honestly anything that I can do to help those around me I will.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A:  I am training at Crunch Fitness and Athletic Republic in Norwood which is a sports performance facility. My goals is to run a sub 4.65 40 yard dash, 20+ on the 225 bench press test, and place in the top percentile possible for all agility events for the combine in my position and showcase my LB skills at the highest level in the drills.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: The ultimate achievement for me would be making an NFL team, making the 53 man roster and helping my team win the Super Bowl and playing a pivotal role in that.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: Outside of football I love playing 2k and Madden, I am a huge video game player and those are my two favorites by far. Also, working out in general is my safe haven because it helps me to clear my mind, get out any frustrations, be alone and think about things and I love overall fitness anyways with aspirations to be a fitness trainer on the side so its perfect for me. Family time and going on dates with my girlfriend also brings comfort, life stability, a calm mindset and great memories.

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: The most influential people in my life because they equally have been extremely important to me is my parents. As immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, nothing has been easy for us and we had to truly work to be where we are right now and it has been nothing but God and my parent’s hard work that has got us here. All the countless sacrifices, making sure me and my 3 siblings had food to eat and good clothes on our back, being there for us in all major accomplishments academically and sports-wise. They have been a great role model for me and extremely influential in the person I am today.

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A: Something unique that people would find interesting is my love for roller coasters and I am a thrill seeker. I’ve been on some of the fastest and highest roller coasters in the country and I can’t wait to go sky diving.