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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Anthony Rizzolo, DT, Rowan University



Anthony Rizzolo is a big boy who will truck you if you get in the way of him

Anthony Rizzolo is a big boy who will truck you if you get in the way of him

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Anthony Rizzolo

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0 305 

What is your position?

Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle 

Where do you play college football?

Rowan University 

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

Every year as a team we have a thanksgiving food drive where we get to feed a couple families. That is pretty cool. 

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

Exercise Physiology 

Where are you from?

Green Brook, NJ

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my older brother because he was also a college football player and he always does things the right way whether it’s easy or not. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played them all, baseball, hockey, wrestling, basketball.  

Did you play any other positions in football?

Until I got to college I played center on the O-line as well as D-line. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me is definitely my explosion off the ball and general power that I play with. 

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

I look to see if the guy I am going up against has any tips on what he is doing before the play starts and also look to see how other players have defeated him so I can emulate that. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

PJ Walker 

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

I’d compare myself closely to Aaron Donald because we both can be dominate in not just the run game but also as a pass rusher on the inside which is so important. 

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

I would definitely say coming to college far from home and not knowing anyone. When I first got to school I was uncomfortable but I made great friends on my team and really connected with them and it helped me not just in my life but on the football field as well. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I always have to wear eye-black. This was something my brother showed me back in middle school and I never play a game without it. 

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to take over a game with my power. 

tnWhat is your biggest weakness?

Getting frustrated if I miss a play. 

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

I would say that you would be getting someone in me that will work their tail off and do absolutely anything to help the club win. 

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

Shaun Alexander and Seahawks. 

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

My grandfather, Shaun Alexander and Tom Landry. 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

A house for my mom 

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