Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre | Southern Connecticut State | DB
Twitter: @KwadNotQuad | Instagram: @Kwadir_Delgado
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Southern Connecticut State University?
A: Coming out of high school, I was not heavily recruited. I attracted minor interest from a few bigger schools; but when everything fell through, Southern was the only team that reached back out to me. I could not afford school in time for training camp, therefore, I had to sit out my freshman year in the fall of 2016.
I started special teams every year of my career, and I made my first defensive start in 2018. In my first start at cornerback, I recorded an interception, 6 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss and 1 pass breakup. The following week I recorded 2 interceptions, a tackle-for-loss, pass breakup, and 4 tackles. I struggled in 2019 due to a lingering injury. My 2020 season was cancelled due to Covid. In 2021 I transitioned to Free Safety, where I had the best season of my career.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest sports accomplishment has been surpassing all expectations. As an undersized, non-scholarship Division II athlete, I was not expected to ever touch the field. 5 years later, I have had the privilege of becoming a 2x captain (2019-2021), as well as an all-conference player at Southern Connecticut State University, and now an NFL draft prospect.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Southern Connecticut State University?
A: One of the most important things that I’ve learned from Southern’s coaching staff is to mature as a man, and to slow the game down so that I can play faster.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I am now pursuing my MBA. I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades. I do not like to limit my capabilities by focusing on one profession, outside of football.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My coaches and teammates would say that I am the hardest worker on and off the field. They would acknowledge my passion for the game 7 days a week, and my great ability to be a leader. My coaches and teammates realize that despite being a great player, I am an even better person.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable play in college is a play where I sat down low in cover 2 on a receiver, and then went up high to make a play on the corner route. I love this play because during that week of preparation, my coach acknowledged that there was potential for that ball to be thrown. Early on in the week, I left the receiver too early, therefore the under route was thrown. During the game I baited the Quarterback to throw it to the higher receiver and made the play.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has been providing for myself since in college, while handling all of the obstacles that life throws at me. Growing up and dealing with poverty, migraines, death, and my mother’s cancer has taught me strength, perseverance and independence. I manage it all with sports. Sports kept me sane because it gave me something to look forward to, and a way to express myself. I operate on a strict schedule and remain optimistic. That’s why I have been successful thus far.
Q: Who was the best player you played against during your collegiate career?
A: Deonte Harris – New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Overall, I would compare myself to Kobe Bryant. I am relentless in my preparation and ruthless during the game. I mold my game after Kobe. The football players that I would compare myself to are: Budda Baker, Kenny Moore II, and Brian Dawkins.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I am a ball magnet. When a play has to be made, I am the player to look to. I love the game and I play accordingly. I am one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in football, and I will be a spark on any team that gives me an opportunity. My coaches and teammates will know what they’re getting from me every day.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: 32 Sports has allowed me to pay it forward by motivating youth athletes through words of wisdom while on my path to the NFL.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I love content creation, specifically video editing.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I would love to give back to the less fortunate people around the world. I too have struggled for the most part of my life, and I understand how it feels to not have the proper resources to better oneself. My goal is to be the positive light in every community, and to make people smile.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Kobe Bryant has always been the most influential person in my life. I model my mentality after his.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: My life story is extremely unique.
Q: If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
A: I would play in the MLB. Baseball was my number one sport growing up.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to play in the NFL.