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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Garrett Hughes, DE, New Mexico

What is your name?

Garrett Hughes

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 / 260

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

University of New Mexico

Where are you from?

Los Angeles/Corona California

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad, never seen him take a day off in my life. The way he works to provide for the family with what he has amazes me.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Professor Kim Kloeppel

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball, Baseball

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

#73 OL at Utah st

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Tevaka Tuioti

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

Run for your life – 03 greedo / Road to Riches – Nipsey Hussle

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

Aaron Donald, explosive play making ability with quick twitch.

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

Parents divorce, spent time with God and continued to focus on the future so that I can make life better for my family.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I look at the pictures of my only loved ones and remember all the people who never gave us a chance and didn’t believe in us, then I use that anger and aggression on the field.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Against Air Force hitting the QB and the RB at the mesh point creating a fumble that we recovered.

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

I was at subway one day and a elderly man came in starving with no money to pay for any food and everybody looked at him as if he was crazy. I walked over to the man and told him to order whatever he wanted, and he thanked me and said that was one of the nicest things anyone had done for him.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Never had a favorite. My dad from Kansas City he was a KC chiefs fan and my mom from Ohio she never really had a team. Growing up Los Angeles didn’t have a football team yet.

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

Lebron James, Tupac Shakur, Phil Knight

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