Da’Breaun Stigler-Haynes | Robert Morris University | OL
Twitter: @D.Stigler_Haynes | Instagram: @d_stigler_haynes
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Robert Morris?
A: I choose Robert Morris University, which is located in Chicago, because I wanted to be close to home. I was the opposite of most Freshmen. I was anxious to start this new chapter in my life and to be quite honest I was nervous. After visiting Robert Morris University, I made the decision because the school started to feel like home.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: One of my biggest accomplishments was receiving an invitation to the All Star Team. It was at this time I honestly realized that humbleness, dedication and hard work payed off.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Robert Morris University?
A: I learned that you have to have patience and you have to be willing to be coachable. When it’s your time, God will allow you to shine.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: I can honestly say that 2020 had many challenges that may have affected us all. A typical day of hustle and bustle as we knew it to be in the downtown Chicago area, slowly became a ghost town. Normalcy was no longer. Games & practices were being cancelled. It was up to each individual to make sure we were continuing to keep our bodies conditioned.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major was Culinary Arts. If football doesn’t work out. I will continue to further my culinary career and I would still pursue a career possibly coaching youth in football.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would say I was a pretty cool & humble individual. I have never given up on my dreams and that I was a team player.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: I would say A pancake block I had against a team that was on the Semi pro level. He was talking to much I had to shut him up.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: One of my biggest challenges was learning the game. Not just learning it but fully taking the time to master the plays. Going over videos and understanding that this was my dream and if I wanted it to manifest, I needed to put my all into it. That meant watching the best players at their craft and studying the game to the fullest. When it’s something that you want everything counts. Me managing it now is understanding that I am in control of my own destiny and if I want bad enough it means never giving up and continuously studying, they game.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: One Pro Athlete, I would compare myself to would be Eric Fisher. Eric Fisher came up against some really big obstacles last season right before Super Bowl LV. In spite of his injuries, he was dedicated and committed and willing to put the hard work in in order to get back to the game. That’s always my mind set… Always willing to push through no matter what.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: The biggest strength that I can bring to a professional team is I’m coachable, I’m eager, and willing to learn. I’m always going to work harder than the next man. I’m hungry and I have nothing to lose but everything to gain by getting out there and putting my efforts into play.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am involved in mentoring and definitely giving back. I go back to my old High School Urban Prep Bronzeville. I made a promise to myself to always be willing to reach back and speak with the incoming Freshmen to let them know I was once a student and set right where they sit. Anything you want in life you have to be willing to put the hard work and dedication into it. I have always extended my door being open to anyone that may have questions.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am preparing by making sure that I am putting the right nutrients into my body, exercise, making sure that I meditate and checking out a couple of Combine camps. My goals are to strengthen my weak areas and making sure to stay focus and push harder every time I go out and train.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate Achievement is to make it to a professional team
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I’m not playing football, I enjoy watching plays and spending quality time with my family.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: If I could make a positive impact on all society, I would make sure to always be kind, & maintain being humble. I would continue to extend myself back into communities for young youth. I would love to create youth center for young black men to become a part of. Help them with their goals and beliefs.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My influential people in my life have always been my mother grandmother an My Older Cousin. No matter what challenges I have every been faced with they never allowed me to give up. They help me push and keep motivated and for that I will always be grateful.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: One interesting fact about me that a lot of people don’t know is that I love to watch a lot of documentaries. You learn so much by yourself educating yourself.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to become a football team member of the NFL.