Name: Michael Davis
School: Lindsey Wilson College

Q: How did you get started playing football?

I started playing football at an early age. In my city, you could start tackle football in 3rd grade but one of my friends and I got the opportunity to play up a year so we got to start in the 2nd grade. Before that I played some flag football and other sports but football was always my first love. I grew a passion for the game at an early age and it was partly because of my Granddad. He put me in as many sports as possible when as soon as I could walk and I have never looked back since then.

Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?

I come from a small college out of Columbia, Ky and I guarantee you that right now, there are not many people, if any, who actually know my name and know what I can do for a team. But the thing about me is, I have never let that stop me before and I won’t now. I am a relentless hard-worker who will do whatever it take to get to the top and being a pro is what I have always considered as being at the top. I could care less about the fame and being a celebrity or any of that. I am doing this because I have a passion for the game that I guarantee you is very rare in today’s game and my game speaks for itself.

Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.

Out of high school, I only had small school offers and a few preferred walk-ons at D1 schools. Of course every kid wanted to go D1 but I would have had to pay more out of pocket for college and that was something that I could not afford so I took my best small school offer which was Lindsey Wilson. I chose here not only because of it being the best offer but because I could see a family there. It was like a brotherhood that had way more potential than knew. I knew that I had to be a part of it.

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

This past year I made some very big plays for my team and had my best college season finishing 11-1, conference champs, and getting voted to First Team All-Conference in the NAIA Mid-South Conference.

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

The most important thing that I learned from my coaching staff was to always carry yourself with good character. No matter what you are doing in life, always do it with Integrity and Honesty. The game of football is more than just about winning games, it’s about building character and helping you become a better man so you can be prepared for the real world and my coaches always reminded us of this.

Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?

My biggest mental challenge came my freshman year when I lost two of my biggest supporters, my Great-Grandmother and my Uncle, in about a month span and hit me hard. But football was my getaway, it’s where I can take all my emotion and just throw myself into the game and let go. My Granddad and football were the keys to getting me through this rough time and it made work so much harder harder because I know they are still watching over me and I do not want to let them or my Granddad down.

Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?

Not only do I have the athletic ability to make big-time plays, I also have the mentality to match it. As I said earlier, I am very relentless and with that comes an aggressive athlete with a “dog” mentality who is going to outwork any opponent that you throw in front of me. I can lead the team whether it is through my play or vocally. I have always been a vocal person on the field and every team that I have ever been on I have had to take the leadership role. It’s something that I really have grown to love.

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

My Grandfather is the most influential person in my life. I say this because everything I learned about being a man, I learned from him. I give all credit to him for the man and athlete that I am today. Throughout my life he has been my father figure and has spent countless hours working with me and helping me get better at all 5 sports that I played. He got me in the church at a very early age and taught me the importance of having a good relationship with God and fulfilling his will. My Granddad has triumphed through more adversity than the average man could handle and that’s why I look up to him.

Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?

I want nothing less than to be a Professional Football Player. I want to be able to continue playing the game I love at the next level because I know that I am more than ready to put my talents and abilities to the test and show why you should never let something like “small-school player” or “under the radar” define you.

I always dreamed about being an entrepreneur and having multiple businesses when I retired from the pros like restaurant chains, sports facilities, etc. So when I went to college, I knew that I wanted to major in Business and get my degree so that I could already have that set in stone. Now that i am about to graduate with my degree and a double emphasis in Human Resources and General Management, I plan on using that to become a financial adviser if football does not work out.

Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?

I prepared for the combine by working with my trainer back home at his gym and working with a few teammates who also want to go pro on campus. I changed my diet and my workout plan from in-season because I wanted to focus on getting more cut and increasing my speed. I worked out twice a day and that included lifting, cardio, and practicing drills that will be performed in the combine. I really do not expect anything out of the combine but an even opportunity to showcase skills to scouts and prove why I should get a chance. It’s a blessing to even receive an invite and I expect this to be one of the greatest experiences I could ever have.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

My ultimate achievement would be nothing less than making it to the NFL. I want to be there and use my talents and abilities to not only help a team win games and Super Bowls but also give back to the community and help out in any way that I can. I have always said that if I make it there, I’ll never forget where I came from so when I make it, I’ll make sure that there are better opportunities for less-fortunate kids in this world.