NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Dennis Long, LS, East Stroudsburg University
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
East Stroudsburg University
Where are you from?
Jersey City, New Jersey
Who is your role model, and why?
My three special teams coaches from high school to college. Dom Lucignano, Greg Lauri, and Jim Terwilliger. All three faced adversity in their personal lives but never complained and always brought energy to our teams.
Who was your favorite teacher?
Alex Canale who was my sophomore year chemistry teacher.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Baseball up until 8th grade
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Lucky Whitehead was a receiver and returner at Dean College while I played at Nassau Community College
Who is the most underrated player on your team?
Larry Mills and Mike Poulter are both great special teams players and rotation guys at linebacker.
What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?
Danger Zone- Kenny Loggins
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Rick Lovato is a guy who I really try to emulate my game after, very consistent and great in protection.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Not being able to play football for a year was tough for me, but I just kept my focus on the game by training everyday looking to perfect my craft.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I just like to stay loose and not let the moment ever get too big for me
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
Forcing a fumble on a punt against ASA College in the Conference Championship game my freshman year.
What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?
I spend time with a special needs student here at ESU who has become a very good friend of mine now!
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Pat McAfee, Paul O’Neil, and Teddy Roosevelt