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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Ryan Winslow, P, University of Pitt

What is your name?

Ryan Winslow

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5’’ 219

What is your position?

Punter

Where do you play college football?

Pitt

Where are you from?

Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents. They have a tremendous work ethic and taught me how to set goals and achieve them.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Professor Liann Tsoukas. I took an Afro-American History class with her and learned a ton

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. In High School, I stuck with Football and Basketball and I continue to play golf recreationally.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Bradley Chubb from NC State. He was rushing hard off the edge every punt that game.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Rafael Arujo-Lopes. He’s a phenomenal gunner and special teams player and has sure hands as a receiver.

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

I actually don’t listen to music before games, but if I had to choose it would be Million Voices by Otto Knows

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

I think my game is comparable to Britton Colquitt, the punter for the Browns.

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

Fortunately, I have been very blessed and can’t think of one specific instance. A big challenge over my college career was juggling a full academic load in pursuit of a finance degree while also playing football. With dedication and diligent time-management skills, I was able to graduate with a 3.5 cumulative GPA and perform well on the football field.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like visualizing and picturing myself having a phenomenal game punting right before I fall asleep.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Throwing a touchdown pass against Virginia Tech on a fake field goal.

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

My teammate and I were a part of an organization that paired athletes with kids who were going through cancer treatments. We were able to meet with our buddy once a month for about a year and play games and cheer him up. It was such a rewarding experience and he taught me how to keep a positive attitude even while going through something as tough as cancer treatments.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Philadelphia Eagles

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

Abraham Lincoln, Alexander the Great and Babe Ruth

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