Sean Bernard | UNC Charlotte/Butler CC | LB
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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: Once arriving as a bounce back at Butler Community College I re-entered the recruiting process. After receiving just 2 D1 scholarship offers and evaluating my options I felt at UNC Charlotte was the better fit because of its advertised opportunity to make an immediate impact.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest individual accomplishment in my sports career would probably be being named Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Salt City Bowl during my time at Butler CC. This award came after a devastating loss in a game where I was able to record 21 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
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: The most important thing I learned from my coaches at Butler CC was the concept of accountability. Hand in hand with accountability is trust, and in football as a team you must be able to trust the unit as a whole. You must also hold everyone accountable at all times, including yourself, and that holds true at the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: The unfortunate experience that swarmed over us in 2020 known as the “pandemic” has put a lot of things on hold for a lot of people. For my personal career it was initially frustrating and slightly demoralizing as I had high hopes for Spring 2020. In turn, the pandemic has allowed me to continue to grow as an athlete and continue to develop my knowledge of the game. In a collegiate career that made stops at multiple colleges, unexpected change and adversity was nothing new and I felt that I was able to push through the adversity with persistence and ultimately found my opportunity here with the National Scouting Combine in 2021.
The biggest strength that I bring to the table is my relentless play style, from sideline to sideline, through the whistle, bringing the energy. Pro scouts should consider me because I’m a guy that always finishes and gives 111% every play.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I completed my undergraduate school with a bachelor’s in science in Business Management from Emporia State University. If an opportunity as a player does not present itself, I would like to pursue a Graduate Assistant coaching position at the collegiate level and continue my schooling as well as being involved in developing the future athletes in our game of football.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: Most of my teammates would probably tell you that I am an extremely hard worker and a natural leader by example. I have never been the most vocal guy on the team, and instead let my action speak volumes. However, I’ve never been afraid to speak up when it’s felt necessary.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: The most memorable play of my career took place as a true freshman in a season spent at Missouri State University prior to transferring to junior college. I was lined up as one of the two inside linebackers in a 3-4 set with our opponent pinned deep inside their own 5-yard line. Our coach dialed up a blitz with both inside linebackers performing and X stunt and attacking the center in both A gaps. Based on formation I was the second guy to go, and timing it just right while watching my teammate cross face on the center I came through untouched for a strip sack in the end zone which resulted in a touchdown for our team in a attendance record setting home opener.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge I faced in college was the learning curve from the high school to collegiate game. Coming from a Kansas high school who has struggled in football for many many years left me feeling slightly unprepared for the complexity of the college game and scheme. Overcoming that challenge and making up the deficit in knowledge was no easy task but I accredit the adversity of playing for 4 different collegiate staffs along with my personal hunger to gain knowledge as the two biggest contributing factors to doing so. Learning different techniques and schemes from many different coaches has only allowed me to broaden my horizons in terms of football knowledge.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: As a spectator I have always admired and tried modeling my game after Luke Kuechly. The comparison is almost identical in terms of size measurements between him and me. I try to mimic his energetic sideline to sideline play style and extreme preparation in my game.
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 bring to the table is my relentless play style, from sideline to sideline, through the whistle, bringing the energy. Pro scouts should consider me because I’m a guy that always finishes and gives 111% every play.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am currently not involved in any mentoring or charity programs. During my collegiate career I participated in activities with local lower education schools such as class readings, and participation in field days and other activities.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I have been training and preparing for the National Scouting Combine at home in Wichita, Kansas. I have been focusing on preparing for all aspects of the combine and being well rounded overall. My main goal is to perform at a high level across the board and showcase my athletic ability and football skillset to scouts in attendance and seek further opportunities following the combine.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be making an NFL roster. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing since I was a child. Calling it the ultimate achievement is difficult because you’ll always be hungry for more, but at this point in my life that’s the steppingstone I am currently chasing.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I’m not playing football, I enjoy doing anything outdoors. I spend a lot of my free time fishing, 4 wheeling, and just getting out and getting active.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: If I had the power to mend the racial divide in society I would. I personally come from a mixed household and have had teammates of all types of different races, and to see people hate other people solely because of the color of their skin disgusts me. If you dislike them because of different beliefs, or their actions or something like that then go right ahead, but don’t let the color of skin that person was born with allow you to feel hate in your heart because of it. Stop the hate.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life is my dad. He’s the one who’s supported me, pushed me, trained me, and more importantly always made sure that I’ve held myself accountable.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I’ve had an entrepreneur mindset from a young age, starting my own lawn business at 12 years old and growing it throughout high school before selling the entire business upon leaving for college.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is playing professional football. As someone who’s loved this game their entire life how could it not be. Getting paid to play a game you love; it doesn’t get much better than that.