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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dontez Byrd, WR, Tennessee Tech

What is your name?

Dontez Corion Byrd

What is your Height/Weight?

5’10 185lbs

What is your position?

Wide Receiver, Punt Returner, Kick Returner

Where do you play college football?

Started Off College at the University Of Louisville in 2013 and Transferred to Tennessee Tech University In 2016

Where are you from?

Born in Louisville, KY where I have lived my entire life.

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother is my role model, everything I do is for her and I would never want to disappoint her.

Who was your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher was my college Business Negotiation teacher Susan Wells

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played Basketball and took it very serious from third grade all the way up to my senior year in High School when I found out that I was going to college for Football.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The Toughest player I ever faced was Calvin Pryor at Louisville everyday in practice

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

The most underrated player on my team is Andrew Goldsmith he has the ability to be a really good running back as long as he continues to grow on and off the field

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

The Song that will always fire me up is The Sky Is The Limit By Lil Wayne

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

I would compare myself to Golden Tate (Detroit Lions) we are the same exact height and we do a lot of similar things as far as route running

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

The Biggest Obstacle I had to overcome was going to The University Of Louisville as a Walk-On. When you are a walk on you have to go above and beyond to get noticed and I never gave up no matter how hard it got. I just continued to grow and earn my coaches trust in practice which allowed me to play in games and start on every special teams which ended up earning me a scholarship after my second season.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

My pre-game rituals just consist of catching 50 passes with my weighted 2lb football so that when it’s time to catch a regular football that’s not weighted I am able to attack the football with my hands and catch it a lot easier.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My most memorable play would be when I scored my first college touchdown at Mercer University in 2016 on a 109 yd kick return that I ran back for a touchdown.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Last year we had a community service even at a nursing home and I was able to play football with The elderly in a wheelchair and we called it Wheelchair Super Bowl and treated it like a real game. It was a great time, I had a lot of fun!

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

My favorite NFL team growing up was the New Orleans Saints because I was a Reggie Bush fan and I used to look up to him when I was younger

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

Three people I would have dinner with dead or alive would be: Barack Obama, Marvin Harrison, Warren Buffett

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