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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Antion McBee, FS, Southwest Baptist University

Safety Antion McBee grew into a local hero at Southwest Baptist. The kid is a beast

Safety Antion McBee grew into a local hero at Southwest Baptist. The kid is a beast

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What is your name? 

Antion McBee

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’2”/ 212 lbs

What is your position? 

Free Safety

Where do you play college football? 

Southwest Baptist University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

The coolest thing I have done off the field is going into the primary and elementary schools to read with the kids or go to lunch or recess with them and just have fun.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

The hardest college class I have ever taken would be Systems of Psychology.

Where are you from? 

St. Louis, MO.

Who is your role model, and why? 

My mom would be my biggest role model. She was a single mother and she made sure my brother and I were taken care of. I’m a mama’s boy for sure! My dad would be my second role model. He isn’t my biological dad but I appreciate him for standing in as one. Loving and teaching me how to be a man.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Growing up I played baseball, basketball, in high school I did volleyball for about 3 weeks.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Yes, in high school I was a Quarterback and outside linebacker.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I think what separates me from others at my position is my football IQ. Coming from the other side of the ball as a QB helps me understand were our weaknesses are as defense, were the QB wants to attack us and how to disguise the coverage to make a play.

antionWhen you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When breaking down film I am looking for the basics first. Is the offense a run, pass or balance type of offense. Then I look for percentages out of formations, how many times in a certain formation can I expect them to run or throw. Once I feel like I have a good knowledge of the general tendencies of an offense I began looking for other ques they gives away. If the quarterback decides to pick his nose before the play I want to know if that means something.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

The toughest player I have ever faced would be Reece Horn, from University of Indianapolis.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

I would compare my play to Richard Sherman. Granted he plays CB and I am a safety, the way I attack the ball, our height and length are similar.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

The biggest obstacle I have to overcome daily is myself. Everyday I am my own obstacle and everyday is a battle. Do I get better or do I stay the same. Am I okay with being good or do I want to be great. I overcome myself by thinking about the influential people in my life, the people I care about in the people I want to give back to. Yes, I do want to be great, for myself, but also for these people that have always been there supporting me and keeping me encouraged.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Before every game I either text or talk on the phone with my mom, doesn’t even have to be about the game. I listen to music and every Friday night before a game I take an hour long, hot, Epsom salt bath.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Coming from a small school there will always be a chip on your shoulder. Someone saying the numbers you put up don’t mean anything because of were you did it or the level you competed on. The biggest obstacle would be proving these people wrong and showing that you can play at the next level.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my size. Because of my size rerouting and forcing receivers to go were I want them to go is easier for me.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness would be being too physical with reroutes sometimes creating that separation.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

I would say that a man who does not work does not eat and that I am ready to give everything all I need is to be given a chance.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

My favorite team growing up was the St. Louis Rams. They also had all of my favorite players in Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Issac Bruce, and Torry Holt.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive I would have dinner with my Great Grandma Lila who passed away some years back, I would have dinner with my mom and I would have dinner with and I would have dinner with which ever GM gave me a second to sell myself.

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

This depends on how big my first check is. Maybe a Camaro and/or an apartment for myself. Of course I would have to get my mom something (Burnt Orange Mustang) and my dad has already put in a order for a 76 Cadillac Fleet wood Brougham.

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