Name: Grant Kimberlin
School: Harding University
Q: How did you get started playing football?
Growing up, I was always in love with football because my dad was a coach and I got to be a manager for the team in 2nd grade. My sports at the time were basketball, soccer and baseball. In the 5th grade, I got to play football for the first time and fell in love.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?
I believe my hard work, dedication, and my character separate me from the other guys. I hold myself to a high standard of character and that requires myself to go the extra mile and do everything needed to put myself in the best position to perform.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
Out of high school, I was not recruited very heavily but I knew God had a plan for me. I signed with Itawamba Community College in June 2014 and played 2 years there. Lead my team in receiving yards for both years. Following my Juco career, I received over 17 offers from DI, DII, and DIII schools all over the country. I ended up signing to Harding University in January 2016. I helped my team reach the DII National Playoffs during both seasons I played.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
My biggest accomplishment is not a personal accomplishment but during my senior season we lost 3 straight games to open the season and following those losses, we won 11 straight games and made it to the NCAA DII National Playoffs Final 4, Ultimately losing to the National Champions Texas A&M Commerce. We overcame so much adversity with our backs against the wall. That was a big accomplishment for myself in that I did not throw in the towel when times got hard.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
My size is by far my biggest challenge. When someone looks at me they see my lack of size but they cannot see my heart and passion for the game. I work harder than a normal athlete because I have room to make up.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
Character and Mental Toughness. I hold myself to a high standard and want to do the right thing in everything that I do. With mental toughness, I thrive in situations of adversity. At the end of a close game, the team can count on me to make a play.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
My father. He has shown me that hard work can make a person with talent exceed their limitations. Also, his character has given me a role model too model my life like in the way he takes care of my mother and my family.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
Goals with football are to give it my all for as long as the Lord allows me to play this game that I love. If football doesn’t work out, I plan to get a Graduate Assistant position with a football program and start my coaching career.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
I prepared harder than I ever have before. I plan to come in and perform at my best. I do not really have expectations but I want to perform and open some scout’s eyes and draw interest not only from my athletic abilities but also from my character.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
It would be to get on a summer rookie mini camp and be able to show a team that they made a good decision by giving me a chance.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to Julian Edelman. Our size is similar and that I am versatile like him and being able to play at any position on the field. He overcomes his size by his work ethic and love for the game.