NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Khaamal Whitaker, CB, Sacred Heart University
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Sacred Heart University
Where are you from?
Fort Washington, MD
Who is your role model, and why?
My mother, living with her, she has shown me what the true definition of hard work is. She has continuously found ways to take care and be the leader of our household and keep the family strong and together. She is my driving motivation.
Who was your favorite teacher?
Professor Macari, even though his class was challenging his teaching method and open office hours helped me enjoy the class and get a good grade.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Basketball, T-ball, and track
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Ray Bolden from Stony Brook
Who is the most underrated player on your team?
Noah Provenzano, Noah works hard and does everything the coaches ask him to do. In all the team periods in practice, Noah finds a way to make great plays on the ball.
What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?
Boston George- Trap to the Grave
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Tyrann Mathieu because I am a scrappy physical player. I watch his highlight tapes before every game and this previous year I played nickel and boundary corner with designed blitzes for me.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
When I was 16 I witnessed the murder of my best friend. The way I overcame this tragedy was by consistently praying to god and staying close with my family. Also, playing football helped me, summer workouts gave me an outlet and an opportunity to relieve stress.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
The night before the game I cut on soundscape radio on Pandora and stretch. While stretching on the inhale I speak out loud about channeling positive energy and on the exhale, I speak out loud about getting rid of negative energy. While at the pregame meal I watch highlight tapes from, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Peters to help visualize making great plays.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
This past season we were tied with Robert Morris in the fourth quarter with just under a minute remaining in the game and I caught the game-winning Pick 6. It was my second pick of the game.
What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?
Worked community service in a homeless shelter handing out meals to the homeless.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Ray Lewis to gain more knowledge and because he was my favorite player growing up due to his passion and love for the game
Barack Obama because he was the first black president of the United States of America and he seems like a cool guy. I want to talk about some of his experiences.
Michael Jackson because growing up that was my favorite artist.