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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thaddeus Philyaw, DB, Humboldt State

What is your name?

Thaddeus Philyaw III

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 , 190

What is your position?

Free safety/Corner Hybrid DB

Where do you play college football?

Jacksonville State transfer, currently finished my senior season at Humboldt State

Where are you from?

San Jose, California

Who is your role model, and why? Marshawn lynch, he made it out of the Bay and does his best to give back to the community and children.

Who was your favorite teacher?


Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, track

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Between Carson Wentz and Stephen Anderson

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

John Todd

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

Body Bags- LLama LLama

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?  Jamal Adams at safety and Marcus peters at corner. I play with high intensity and I ‘am very physical.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? The death of my little brother. I overcame this obstacle with time and God.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I pray, listen to my tunes and get in my zone.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My 90 yard interception touchdown at Western state Colorado

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

I Took a friend whose house burnt down shopping for new clothes and shoes

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

The Oakland Raiders

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

My little brother who passed, and my grandparents who passed that I never met.

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