2021 National Scouting Combine Featured Athlete Shai Mckenzie, RB from Hampton University

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Shai Mckenzie | Hampton University | RB

Twitter: @ShaiMac_ | Instagram: @Shai.Mckenzie

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 Virginia Tech (my first university because it felt like a family.


Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: Bouncing back from a car accident in 2018 missing the whole season and making 1st Team All Conference in 2019(Hampton)


Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing?

A: Virginia Tech (Leadership)


Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?

A: It effected me by not giving me an opportunity to do a combine, made me work twice as hard this year.


Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: I finished my Master’s Degree in Sports administration. I hope to stay around football and coach or train athletes.


Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: Big powerful runner, Leader


Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A:  Scoring the the opening touchdown my True Freshman year at Virginia Tech in the shoe in front of 100k + people and winning the game.


Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: Overcoming adversity. Continue to be a better person than I was yesterday.


Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Eddie George, powerful runner, speed


Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A:  Smart, leadership qualities, team player


Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?

A: I mentor and talk to younger athletes in the community on what it takes to be a college athlete and how to get there. (School, social life, character).



Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A:  Training 6 days a week and show coaches my athletic abilities



Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A:  to play football at the Highest level


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: Fishing or something outdoor


Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?

A:  To limit pollution, I feel like we forget how beautiful our world can be if we can keep bad toxins, trash and air pollution


Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: My father


Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A:  I love to cook.


Q: What is your dream job?

A:  Play in the NFL

2023 National Scouting Combine

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