Tony Sanders | VA Starz | LB

Twitter: @Ynot_Tony32 | Instagram: @Ynot_Tony32

Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you
choose (VA Starz, Westland Chiefs, VA Hornets)
A: I actually didn’t go to college. I left high school almost giving up on football, until I found semi-pro football.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment would be, being a defensive MVP.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while
playing at (VA Starz, Westland Chiefs, VA Hornets)
A: One of the more important things I learned from semi-pro was that no matter the level football is still football and you should give it all you got every snap.

Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: My career took a complete stop due to the pandemic. Seasons continually getting pushed back was very discouraging. I learned that if you be patient your time will come.

Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I didn’t go to college, but my goal if football doesn’t workout is to open my own fitness and sports agency to help young athletes reach the level they wish to get on and have proper representation.

Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My current/past teammates would say, “he is something out of a comic book, he is always smiling, he never gives up.”

Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable play was a scoop in score right after half time, the start of the 3rd quarter. Scooped it up and ran it in for a 30 yard TD and made the other team quit with only 1 minute gone off the clock in the 3rd quarter.

A: My biggest strength is my ability to read play and locate the ball. I’m always in the right place at the right time, so a pro scout should consider me because you would be getting a hardworking dedicated player.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has been, being undersized and not going to college. It’s very hard to get pro looks when you have no college experience. And being undersized just adds fuel to the fire. I manage by staying humble and keeping my nose down and grinding so people don’t have an excuse to not look at me.

Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: If I could compare myself to a pro athlete it would have to be either Tyrann Mathieu or Ryan Shazier. I think those to because they are undersized for there position, but they come with a fire and a fearless attitude that I feel I have to.

Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength is my ability to read play and locate the ball. I’m always in the right place at the right time, so a pro scout should consider me because you would be getting a hardworking dedicated player.

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am currently a volunteer High school football coach. I try my best to show them the right path so they won’t have to struggle like me.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A. I am preparing by training 5 days a week twice a day. Continuously working on my combine numbers.  My goal is to get scouted by a pro organization. Whether it’s the CFL XFL, or NFL.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be getting paid to do what I love to do and making sure my wife, kids, andfamily are set and are able to enjoy life.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy working out. I enjoy coaching. I enjoy cook. I love food.

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 by trying to end homelessness and creating a house so nobody has to ever be homeless, because all it took was 1 mistake to change their life. Why not reach out and help them get back on their feet.

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential Person in my life would have to be my father. He showed me that its brains or brawns.

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Something unique about me is that when I'm not tackling guys on the football field or pumping weights, I’m watching anime and learning life lessons from them.

Q: What is your dream job?
A. My dream job is to be a NFL superstar.