Yasir Thomas | Lafayette College | DB
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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: My college career was very productive, especially coming in being able to start games as a freshman, it forced me to become a smarter player allowing me to develop each and every year. Recruiting was rough being in contact with a lot of schools for them to eventually tell them they are going in a different direction. I chose Lafayette because of the opportunities it presented after school, and life after football. The 40<4 definitely influenced my decision in going there.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in sports thus far is earning a full ride to play division 1 football, this has been a dream since I learned that football can help you pay for college.
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: One of the more important things I learned while at Lafayette is that in this world you have to be a man and handle your business, and that football is a microcosm of life. The similarities to how you handle adversity in life and in a football, game almost require the same thought process, and strategic planning.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: My career was impacted due to the 2020 pandemic because I was not able to have a chance to compete at a pro day or a NFL Minicamp in which I believed hindered my chances. I would not say I learned anything new, but it just reinforced the idea that you have to control what you can control and see the light out of any harsh situation. Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes, but you have to buckle down and handle your business regardless.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major was Economics. After football I have plans on becoming an entrepreneur and creating a few businesses that I have been working on.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would definitely say I bring contagious energy to the team. I also believe they would say I was one of the hardest workers on and off the field. They’d say I pushed them to get the best out of themselves, I wanted everybody to eat.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: One of the most memorable plays that I have is on a kickoff. I hit the off returner and the returner and made the returner fumble. It was like I was shot out of a cannon and just threw myself in there on savage mode.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: One of my biggest challenges has been getting in contact with teams and trying to show them my film. It’s hard when you don’t have an agent.
My teammates would definitely say I bring contagious energy to the team. I also believe they would say I was one of the hardest workers on and off the field. They’d say I pushed them to get the best out of themselves, I wanted everybody to eat.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Jamal Adams, and Jabril peppers. Alot of what their defensive coordinators ask them to do from a schematical standpoint is things I did and excelled at in Lafayette. If I watch my tape and their tape you’ll see a lot of the same techniques, assignments, and even some plays being made look very similar. I’m physical, I’m an intelligent player but I can also cover sideline to sideline in the post.
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 adapt and grow in a system, I’m a versatile but consistent player. This allows me to play smart, play fast and physical/dominant. I will grow in a defense and be an impact player especially after I get reps behind my belt. I love the film room, so I’ll be able to put myself in some great situations through play recognition and instincts. I’m also a special team’s assassin, this is where I thrive. Pro scouts should consider me because i can make an impact on day 1, I love special teams, and I’m here to grow and compete wherever I am on the field. They won’t have to coach effort or question my integrity for the game, I play hard and get the job done.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: This is one of the most important parts of what I do, I go back home to Paterson new jersey and help out mentor the up-and-coming generation. I played for the silk city cardinals, so I always go back and help coach those guys up and even work out with them from time to time. Look at the rebirth of Thomas’s T.I.M.E, my team and I are cooking up some things for the youth!!
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I’m training at St Luke’s performance center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My goal is to test very well, definitely emphasis on the 40-yard dash and position drills but also show the type of person i am through interviews.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to eventually get a workout with a professional team NFL or CFL and eventually sign a rookie contract and start a path to greatness.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I’m not playing football, I like to play a little call of duty, or ill be on youtube searching up things to learn about like cooking, stock market, real estate as well as building small things for the house. I also like to make music on the side.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: It would be true equality. It’s a shame that people like myself still suffer from racism and oppression. I think it’s time for true change but it’s important for people who don’t go through these things to understand and stand up for what’s right. That would be my impact because its important and can save hundreds of lives.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life is my mother, and she always has been. That’s super woman !!
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Something unique about me that people would find interesting is that I want to be a firearm collector and learn how to hunt.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is playing safety in the NFL for a club as well as being an Entrepreneur/CEO of a fortune 500 company.