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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Patrick O’Brien, QB, Catawba College

What is your name?

~Patrick O’Brien

What is your Height/Weight?

~6’4”/ 231lbs

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

~Catawba College 

Where are you from?

~Mooresville, North Carolina

Who is your role model, and why?

~My mentor/coach, JD Haglan. He played QB at Clemson but he is my role model because of how he attacks each day. He is a cancer survivor and the most humble person I have ever met.

Who was your favorite teacher?

~My 8th-grade math teacher Mr. Piper. He was also my 8th-grade Basketball coach.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

~Baseball, Basketball, and Golf

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

~Osband Thompson. Linebacker from Tuskegee 

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

~Kenyatta Greene and Trey Evans. Both are ‘ballers’ who can play in the NFL.

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

~Many Men by 50 cent

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

~Tom Brady. I think we share a lot of the same intangibles. Physically, I like to get the ball out quickly to my playmakers to set up the deep ball over top like Tom. Mentally, I play with a competitive edge who holds his teammates accountable while caring for them and their best interests, also like Tom.

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

~ After transferring back to UNC Pembroke from UNC Charlotte, I won the starting position during the spring of 2014…I later received a phone call right before summer camp explaining that, due to transfer rules, I had to sit for a season. It was the toughest thing I have had to deal with as I had waited so long for my time to shine and on top of that, watching my guys play without me killed me. Although, in the long run, it ended up being a blessing in disguise.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

~ Not really a ritual but before each game, I say a prayer and talk to my grandparents and Uncle up in heaven. We used to talk about college and pro football all the time when I was younger so before each game, we chat it up…gives me chills every time.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

~First round of playoffs in 2016, tied up with Valdosta State with a minute or two left, my receiver and I connected on a 40 yarder for 6. It sealed the win and we moved on to face North Alabama in round 2.

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

~ One day during the summer my freshman year I was driving down the road when I saw this older woman, about 50-60 years old, carrying her groceries down the street in the 90-degree heat. As I drove by her I thought how miserable she must be so I turned around and gave her a ride to her house.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

~ New York Jets

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

~Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, my Uncle Michael.

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