Justin Arth | Texas Wesleyan University | FB/DT
Twitter: @JustinArthQB | Instagram: @jarthqb11
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Texas Wesleyan?
A: As a talented guy from a smaller high school I had offers from larger Division 1 school, but after a collarbone injury sidelined me from the rest of my senior season, I had to back track and look at the smaller D2, D3 and NAIA levels. Fortunately, I was invited to play in the NUC Texas Vs World Game in Desoto, Texas after the season. I was approached by Head Coach Joe Prud’homme and Defensive Coordinator Paul Duckworth who talked to me about being a part of a start-up football program. That challenge, along with the ability to obtain a credible business degree enticed me to choose Texas Wesleyan.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Leaving a legacy at Texas Wesleyan that was capstoned by the “Arth RAMS Award” being created and named in my honor after the 4 1/2 years years I spent in the program exuding Respect Accountability Mentality and Sacrifice both on the field in my play and off the field with academics and community service.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Texas Wesleyan University?
A: The importance of the little things. Attention to detail is required to be great. Good is the direct enemy of great and through the little minute details, you can strive towards and become great, while separating yourself from the pack.
I am an extremely hard worker that cares about the individual. I am someone with all-around talent, but my knowledge of the game and my ability to lead others are what makes me great.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: I missed the entirety of my redshirt senior season because of the pandemic. The Sooner Athletic Conference proposed at 3 game fall schedule and a 6 game spring schedule for the 2020-21 season. I got COVID-19 from a roommate and because of return to play guidelines and testing I missed two games in the fall and the 3rd game was canceled due to other COVID issues with both teams. This spring I planned to come back but had to leave the program because I graduated with my Master’s in Business Administration this passed December.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration and whenever my playing days are over, I plan on staying in sports and working towards becoming an executive or general manager for a sports franchise.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I am an extremely hard worker that cares about the individual. I am someone with all-around talent, but my knowledge of the game and my ability to lead others are what makes me great.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: There was a play where we were running a “Y-Cross” play from the Air Raid offense and the defense was playing a Cloud Cover 2. I knew I’d have to drill the y-cross into a tight window between the safeties and with the timing and ball placement, the ball was caught right before the safeties got there. I split the middle and the receiver scored about a 45 yard TD.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: One of my biggest challenges has to be the challenge of building a college football program while still competing to win the starting job, as well as captain honors. This required extreme discipline and time management to maintain an Academic All-Conference GPA, while still having the work ethic to outwork my competition and earn the respect of my coaches and teammates. These challenges made me want competition and crave the pressure to perform in the hardest obstacles.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I feel my game compares to those who I modeled my game after, like Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Both QB’s are known for their Football IQ, accurate arm and leadership ability. I feel I make my money by being someone who can diagnose a defense presnap and post-snap and deliver an accurate ball, as well as being a leader that can make others around me better.
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 sets me apart from others that a professional team can rely on is my leadership ability. I am someone who believes in servant leadership and putting myself in my follower’s shoes. People listen and respect me because of the respect and care I show towards them. It also helps that through my abilities and charisma to obtain the respect of all in the locker room. I have experience in the hardships of starting up a football program and leading them through those challenges. I am a natural winner and my leadership is what brought that success.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Ever since high school I have been involved with local, domestic and international missions. I have been involved in Vacation Bible School missions in Atlanta, Georgia; Arlington, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and the country of Guatemala. When arriving to college, I have been involved in mentoring young middle school and high school boys at Hulen Street Church in Fort Worth, Texas. All of this experience and opportunity to mentor and give back has led me to working towards founding my own charitable foundation called the “A11 Foundation” that will seek to provide sports opportunities and teach youth the importance of character, work ethic and mindset.