What is your best asset as an athlete and why will it make you successful at the next level? My best asset is my athleticism. Where God didn’t bless me with size, he blessed me tremendously athletically. On December 28th 2014, I ran a 4.38 in the forty yard dash for my current professional indoor team General Managers, the ASI Panthers. I also have a 40 inch vertical leap to add with that speed.
What is or are some challenges you faced in your career and how did you overcome them? I have faced many challenges throughout my football career. My high school not having a football team is one. Another challenge came when my financial aid situation got really messed up in college. Another one was making a pro indoor team’s roster given I was not a household name. I approached them all optimistically with a huge chip on my shoulder. Determination and will is how I overcame those challenges.
What was the most important thing you learned during your career? The most important thing I learned in my career was to practice like it is a game. That piece of advice always stuck to me like glue. It’s very important from a mental and physical aspect.
What or who is your inspiration. How did you come to that conclusion? I’m inspired by Deion Sanders and Darrelle Revis. Deion is my favorite player all time and one of the reasons I where #21 each season. Revis is the second best cornerback to me after Deion. I loved his work on the Jets as well with the Patriots. I excel in press man coverage like Revis and I go by the nickname,”Trap Island”.
What qualities do you possess that makes you a candidate for a professional contract? The qualities that make me a good candidate for the next level are plenty in my opinion. My athleticism, my work ethic, my will to find a way when there is no way. My mindset and hunger to be the best. My love and appreciation for the sport. Also my mentors. My mentors range from NFL to CFL to AFL playmaking defensive backs. Just to name a few, Ahmad Hawkins played in the NFL and AFL. Mike Blackstone played AFL 2 and made a NFL camp. Kahlil Carter played in the AFL, CFL and NFL. The knowledge and lessons are invaluable.
What are your plans for a post football career? My post football plans are to continue my off the field careers as a Personal Trainer and a High School Football Coach. I am certified as a personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and weight loss management professional. I coached varsity defensive backs in 2014. The secondary improved from 24th in pass defense in 2013 to 3rd in pass defense in 2014.
What motivates you on and off the field? On and off the field, I am motivated by many things. I think about all my doubters and it fuels me like nothing I ever felt before. My family are my motivation. They believe and support my football career.