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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nehari Crawford, WR, Duquesne University

2017 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2017 All-Northeast Conference Football First Team.
  • 65 rec – 1,026 YDs – 15.8 YPR – 15 TDs

What is your name?

  • Nehari Crawford.

Where do you play College Football?

  • Duquesne University.

What position do you play?

  • Wide Receiver.

What is your height/weight?

  • 5’10” 175lbs.

Did you play any other sports growing up? If so, what were they?

  • Track, Baseball, Basketball.

Who is the toughest player you have competed against in College?

  • Trent Coles (former teammate).

Are you listening to music before a game? If so, what?

  • Kodak Black & Meek Mill.

Do you have any superstitions before a game? If so, what are they?

  • Lol I clip my fingernails… Look good, feel good, play good.

Who is your role model & why?

  • Ryan Shazier because he helped show me the way! Also seeing him work so hard to make a comeback after the scary injury just motivates me to be a warrior just like him. My senior year is dedicated to him. #Shalieve.

While in College, what has been your favorite & least favorite class?

  • Favorite: Retail Management.
  • Least Favorite: Stats 2.

Outside of Football, what has been your favorite experience while in College?

  • I would have to say meeting new people and creating bonds.

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, & why?

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens – I was a Mike Vick fan but once he went to jail I found a new team and because I like Miami hurricanes and Ed Reed/Ray Lewis played for the ravens that’s who I picked.
  • Player: Desean Jackson because we have the same build and I feel like we have a similar game style.

If you could be in any movie of your choice, what would it be & what character would you play? 

  • Remember the Titans! I would be Ronnie Bass aka Sunshine because it’s all about making the best of your opportunity when you get called on.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who are they? 

  • My grandma Gwen who I never got to meet, Antonio Brown, LeBron James.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose & why?

  • Martin Luther King- Because he has such a great impact on the world and I think it would be nice to have a conversation with someone of that status.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • My mom because she taught me what hard work is. She did everything she could to make sure me and my little brother was straight.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • Max effort.

What is the most unexpected lesson you learned while in College?

  • I had to learn the hard way that some of the people “closest” to you aren’t always around for your best interest, they be the ones hating and waiting on your downfall.

What is something you wish you could go back & tell yourself as a High School Freshman?

  • Hit the weight room harder.

Why do you wear #1?

  • No specific reason. I wanted 10 but it wasn’t available, so I chose 1.

What is the best part of your hometown, Fort Pierce, FL?

  • The environment… The support from everyone back at home is amazing. All the people that want to see me succeed is a great feeling.

You were named to the All-NEC First Team for 2017. What was it like to receive that honor?

  • It was pretty cool being that it was my first NEC honor.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

  • LeBron.

Your cousin is Pittsburgh Steeler LB Ryan Shazier. Has he given you any advice on how to prepare to play in the NFL?

  • Yes, he told me that I have the talent but if I want to be where he is I must kill the competition weekly to show that I have what it takes because coming from a small school you have to work harder and put up better numbers than the big school guys.

Are you a PS4 or Xbox One guy? What games are you playing right now?

  • PS4 – Madden, NBA 2K, MLB the Show, Fortnite.

What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete?

  • My first collegiate touchdown as a freshman… 100 yard Kick off return.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?

  1. For all my mom’s debt to be paid off.
  2. Win the national championship my senior year.
  3. 50 more years of good health.

What is your hidden talent?

  • Lol I’m the best shower singer in the world.

If there is a book written about Nehari Crawford, what is the title?

  • The title would be “Plan A.” The reason why is because plan b is for those who expect to fail, and failure is not an option.

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Become an All-American.
  2. Get invited to the NFL Combine.
  3. Play in the NFL.

Are you binge watching anything on Netflix or Hulu right now?

  • No, not right now.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you choose to use it?

  • I would spend the free hour perfecting my craft.

If you could catch a TD from one NFL QB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • Lamar Jackson- That’s my guy!

What are the goals for 2018, both individually & for the Duquesne football team?

  • I don’t have any goals for myself as far as statistics go, I just want to go out have fun, win football games, and help my team make a playoff run.

If you could give NFL scouts three words to describe the type of man they are getting in Nehari Crawford, what would they be?


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