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Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State University | DL/OLB
Twitter: @Joshua_onujiogu | Instagram: @J_uno91
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Framingham State University?
A: I was recruited by Framingham State University from Wareham High School, which is a pretty small school. Framingham State was the first school that I applied too and after meeting with the coaching staff I felt comfortable making the decision to attend the school. I also took this as an opportunity to be able to show my talent on the field.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment so far would be being selected as a part of the D-3 All American Team.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Framingham State University?
A: The most important thing I learned from my coaching staff at Framingham State University was the fact that small details are everything in this game. Every piece of the game matters from the energy in the locker room to special teams. Everything counts and that is key to winning football games.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: I have faced lots of adversity throughout my football career, so this pandemic wasn’t the worst thing for me. I just continued to put my head down and train so that I am always ready. You never know what’s around the corner. Not getting in front of the scouts to showcase my football talent during the pandemic was the worst part of the pandemic for me.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I majored in Health and Wellness with a concentration in Fitness. If football doesn’t work out for me I could see myself being a trainer/coach or firefighter. I could also see myself later in life working in real estate.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would speak about the energy I bring to any team that I have played on and how athletic I am on and off the field. They would also talk about how dependable I am on and off the field.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: I have been fortunate to have so many memorable moments but if I had to pick just one I would have to pick the time my defense shutout a nationally ranked team after recently putting them on the schedule.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has always been not getting the recognition for my talents. I manage this by always keeping a good mind set and not stopping. I always trust the process and trust that someone will notice my abilities and talents that I can bring to a team.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Darius Leonard and Yannick Ngakoue. I see myself in them and the way they play. Their ball awareness and relentless pursuit to the ball is something I consider to be my strong suit as well. I also feel they have the love for the game that I do.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I will bring a high motor and a great sense of ball awareness. Also I understand that no player is perfect and if you mess-up make sure it is at 110 mph and you learn from that mistake and move on. If I mess up once on a play, I will correct it right away. Next play mentality. Also my strong work ethic and my ability to learn and be taught.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I work at a gym where I mentor athletes with the same goals as mine in the 11-18 age range. I also help coach pop warner football in my home town. During COVID, I helped at a local nursing home when they were short staffed. I like to say I live my life giving back to any situation I can. I believe that what you put out in the world will come back in some way, shape, or form.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I have been training nonstop for the past year now. Even before getting this invite I stay ready for any opportunity that comes my way. I put the work in everyday trying to become better. My goals is to impress the coaches, scouts, and players and show them why I belong here.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to make a professional football team and be able to be paid to the thing I love the most. I have been working toward this goal since I was 5 so it would be great for my hard work to pay off.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I like spending 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 society it would be acknowledging that life can be rough but nothing is as bad as it seems. Also you need to keep a good mindset and have the mentality that you should treat people the way you want to be treated.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My father has been the most influential person in my life. He is the person that first got me to love the game of football. He also taught me that nothing is out of my reach. He has always been my biggest fan in my football career. He told me when I was little if I wanted to play in the NFL I could, I just have to dedicate myself. If I didn’t have him behind me I don’t know if I would be this committed with finishing what we started.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I like to be different I don’t try to fit. I like to be the light for people and try to bring them up when they feel down. My family is the most important to me and I like to make them smile and proud of my accomplishments.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to play football