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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: P.J. Settles, QB, Rhodes College

2017 Accolades & Statistics
  • * 2017 All-SAA Second Team Offense.
  • * 171-324 – 2,669 yards – 20 TDs – 52.78% – 15.61 YPC
  • * 150 carries – 1,111 yards – 16 TDs – 7.41 YPA

What is your name?

PJ Settles

Where do you play College Football?

Rhodes College

What position do you play?


What is your height/weight?

6’0” , 185

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

Yes, basketball, baseball and track &field

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

Mamadou Soumahoro (Berry College)

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

Definitely listening to Drake, Young Thug, Migos, or Lecrae

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

I always listen to a certain song before I sleep the night before, but I can’t tell you what it is.

Who is your role model & why?

Dwyane Wade is my role model because he’s a Hall of Famer on the court, while being an incredible father.

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

My favorite has been Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Charles McKinney. My least favorite was Infectious Diseases, simply because I am not a science guy.

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

Some of the most fun I had was Rites of Spring with Waka Flocka in 2017.

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

I was huge Titans fan, so any of the greats from there. My favorite was probably Chris Johnson not only because he broke the 2k mark, but also because of his speed and different swagger.

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

I would definitely be Rev in Remember the Titans. If it were a non-sports movie, I would be Chris Tucker in Rush Hour.

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

Besides Jesus, I would meet:

  • * Napoleon Bonaparte
  • * Nelson Mandela
  • * Dave Chappelle

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

I would meet Muhammed Ali because of his charisma and boldness. I would like to have a discussion with him about religion, race relations, and how to approach competition.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

My favorite superhero is Batman, because he is fearless, wealthy, physically superior (also a ninja), and smooth. I’m a Marvel guy though.

What is your definition of hard work?

Hard work is when you continuously approach every workout, mental rep or meeting with the purpose to progress in some area. Then meeting that goal.

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

I have learned what my purpose in life is, and that is to ultimately glorify God through my academics, sports and relationships. I have also learned how to achieve success, which is setting a clear goal, outlining the steps to take, and being disciplined enough to follow them.

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

I would tell myself not to worry about rankings, numbers or naysayers, but think about my own progress and development while having as much fun as possible.

Why do you wear #6?

I would wear #5, but it is retired at Rhodes, so I chose #6. However, I think it is a somewhat unique number because not many greats have worn it, except for Lebron, Bill Russell and Dr. J.

What is the best part of your hometown, Nashville, TN?

Nashville is rapidly growing, which I think is its best attribute because it brings more diversity, better infrastructure, and great food. However, it does bring too much traffic and the cost of living is increasing.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

Lebron all day! He is the BEST player of all time on and off the court, but Jordan’s legacy is nearly untouchable, not only because he went 6/6, but also because of his brand.

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

I grew up playing Nintendo and Playstation (1,2 and PSP), but I currently have an Xbox One. I play Fortnite, Madden, 2k, and Far Cry 4.

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

My most memorable moment has been breaking 7 records junior year, while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.

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

  • * The whole world would hear the Gospel
  • * My family would be multimillionaires
  • * Win a Super Bowl

What is your hidden talent?

I love music, so I like to sing, play the trombone, piano, drums, and make beats. I also love to draw.

If there is a book written about P.J. Settles, what is the title?

“Follower of One, Leader of Many”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  • * Travel to all 7 continents with my family
  • * Write 2 books – an autobiography and a success book from a Christian perspective
  • * Perform music with my whole family

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

On Netflix I watch “F is for Family”, “Riverdale”, “Stranger Things 1&2” and “Black Mirror”

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

I would do some type of art, such as drawing or making music

If you could throw a TD to any NFL WR/TE, past or present, who would it be & why?

I would throw to Odell Beckham Jr. because A) it would be easy, and B) the celebration would be crazy.

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


  • * Win the National Championship
  • * Go undefeated
  • * Have at least 3 All-Americans and 5 All-Conference selections


  • * Break the records I set last season
  • * Throw less than 5 INT
  • * First Team All-American

If you could give NFL scouts three words to describe the type of man they are getting in P.J. Settles, what would they be?

  1. God-fearing
  2. Humble
  3. Fearless
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