Marvin Booker | Rutgers University | Linebacker
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Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose (Enter school name)?
A: I chose to attend Rutgers due to state pride. There was an initiative to keep the best players of New Jersey; in New Jersey and I wanted to be a part of that. I was recruited by Joe Susan and Greg Schiano and also played in the New Jersey vs New York all-star game in 2008 as the #22 athlete in the state if I’m not mistaken. I was elected captain alongside Eric Legrand, Mohammad Sanu and Will Hill. The bond that was made at the high school al-star game with a lot of the players who committed to Rutgers is what carried us through our career together; winning a piece of the BIG EAST championship in 2013.
My pro career has been pushed along mostly through will, determination and relentlessness. The agents I had weren’t deep into the business, so a lot of my opportunities came from me training hard, marketing myself, picking up the phone and sending out emails. When the opportunities present itself, I just go perform, have fun and let the cards fall as they may. I know my love for the game, I know the sacrifice and hard work that I continue to put in and I’m looking to continue my career as a starting NFL edge rusher / MLB.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: I believe making it to the pro level is a huge accomplishment within itself. So, I would have to say making it to be a pro while overcoming adversity, but I’m not satisfied with that. 8 yrs. from now I’d like to be able to have a list of accomplishments that I can read off to you.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at (Enter school name)?
A: Attention to detail.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: The pandemic is another piece of adversity that you can just add to the list, but it doesn’t hold weight to me. I’m only focused on getting the things done I need in order to gain the results I’m expecting. My focal points are working, peace of mind and my preparation while taking the proper precautions. I’m taking it as a time of redirection to resurrect my career. That’s my personal mentality toward it. All in all, the pandemic is a very unfortunate situation around the world and my heart goes out to those who have been affected.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major while attending Rutgers was Labor Relations and Employment with a minor in Africana Studies. I believe everything will move in my favor to gain an opportunity to compete in the NFL again after this showcase. When my career is over I can see myself in the financial services or real estate industry. I wouldn’t mind broadcasting either. In my time off the field, I have been able to gain experience as a licensed insurance professional with companies such as New York Life Insurance Company and NorthStar Advisors, LLC.
The pandemic is another piece of adversity that you can just add to the list, but it doesn’t hold weight to me. I’m only focused on getting the things done I need in order to gain the results I’m expecting.
~ Marvin Booker
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: Hard worker. Straight forward and direct. Good listener. Cool, calm and collected until he’s not. Energy guy. Stand-up guy on and off the field. Mentally tough. Resilient, determined and relentless. Loves to have a good time but likes to be by himself a lot. He’ll give you the shirt off his back.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: Anytime I have the opportunity to cause havoc to an opposing offense to mess up there plans… is a memorable moment for me lol. But the best was when I was in my first professional start with the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers after rehabbing a year from injuring my knee with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I had a big sack fumble that game and finish with 2 sacks, 2 tkls and a TFL. To me it was another confirmation that I belong on the field at a high level.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was tearing my ACL on the first day of being signed in the NFL. Emotionally, mentally and physically it was just a hit but I did was necessary to bounce back and I’m very proud of that.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I wouldn’t compare myself to any pro athlete. I am a unique candidate because of my skill set. My mentality towards my training is, “lift with lineman, run with the skill and hit like a truck.” If I am strong and explosive, can move well and I know how to execute my assignment with proper alignment … then I’m dangerous. I’m smart and athletic enough to lead from the Mike spot but I love rushing the passer from a wide 9, 7 and 3 alignment. That’s my favorite. I’m most violent at 240lbs but look bigger because of my body comp so I am a very versatile player. I believe that I was in the wrong scheme in college so when getting with a coach we will have to see how I can be utilized in a scheme that brings out my best attributes as a player. Everybody would benefit from that. It’s just my job to really refine my technique as a pass rusher and backer which I plan on doing. Reps are big for me!
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I’m a play maker that loves to learn, win and compete. On and off the field; I win. I’m the guy you want on your team without a doubt. Put me on the field I’m going to give my team what I got and you take me into a room to network… I find a way to open doors for myself or the collective.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: At this time, no I am not involved with an organization, but I do give charity regularly.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: Currently I work twelve hr shifts in a warehouse from 6am to 6pm. Before I got the invite I was lifting at least 4x a week and doing various activities for conditioning.
Now the training is more precise; weights after work at 6am (mon, tues, thurs, Friday), Core, movement, explosive training before I go to work at 3:45pm, Wednesdays are Pilates, positional movement, film work, Friday work with my track coach, Saturdays box with a pro trainer bi-monthly and Sunday I move around with some college DBs & LBs. I’m looking to go 3 weeks on and 1 week off as I refine the load and volume as I get closer to March 8th.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Starting NFL Edge rusher / MLB, Pro Bowler, Defensive Player of a The Year, NFL sack leader, Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: Cooking, stretching, laughing and cracking jokes, working / making money, shopping, helping / motivating others, creating outlets for business ideas and meditating / visualizing, talking to my nieces and nephew!
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I would like to influence others how to be more centered. In doing so, I believe people will learn to practice acceptance. With acceptance we can listen deeply, be compassionate when necessary and be more self aware. With hate, racism, violence and so on… being centered and refining these attributes will give each person the chance to assess themselves and how they view/treat others and most importantly themselves! We are reflections. If each person does this then imagine what the benefit would be collectively! It give us all a chance in my eyes…
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I think with my personality people only see me as an extrovert but I really enjoy my alone time, whether it’s one day or one month lol.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Starting NFL edge rusher!