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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Rico Kennedy, OLB, Morgan State University

2017 Accolades & Statistics

  • 2017 MEAC Football All-Conference Third Team.
  • 70 Total Tackles – 19.5 TFL – 7.5 Sacks – 4 FF.

What is your name?

  • Arthur Rico Kennedy Jr.

Where do you play College Football?

  • Morgan State University.

What position do you play?

  • Put me anywhere on the field and I will make and impact, but I mostly play outside linebacker.

What is your height/weight?

  • 6’3″ 210lbs.

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

  • Basketball was my first love.

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

  • I would have to say Cailyn Newton QB from Howard university, no matter how many times we sacked him he just kept getting back up.

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

  • Always listening to music. It’s either Rick Ross or Jeezy, they hype me up.

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

  • I have no superstitions just faith.

Who is your role model & why?

  • My role models ae my mother and father, because they never complain they do what they have to do.

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

  • My favorite class has been cyber design and my last favorite class has been math.

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

  • Growing in my faith and meeting new people.

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

  • I just have a general love and knowledge of the game, I don’t really have a favorite team, I just watch all the games. My favorite player growing up and still is, Derrick Thomas, the way he played and the impact he had off the field kind of changed my life.

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

  • I’m a marvel fanatic , if I could play any superhero it would be Iron Man because everything he is capable of and the things he could do , I would love that.

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

  1. Jay-Z.
  2. Tupac.
  3. Steve Jobs.

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

  • I would love to meet Bernie Mac because his jokes told stories that I could relate to. He came from nothing and just became a historical figure.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • My favorite superhero is Superman because he could do anything. He had all the power in the world and didn’t use it for personal gain, he helped people.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • My definition of hard work is doing something you want to do when you don’t feel like it… giving your all despite outside forces.

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

  • The most unexpected lesson I learned in college is if you don’t prepare for the future everything will pass you by.

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

  • I would tell myself to go to a lot more football camps and take the weight room seriously.

Why do you wear #28?

  • Sentimental reasons, one of my closest friends Brandon Jackson passed away and I vowed as long as I play this game if I could I would honor him by wearing the number 28.

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

  • The weather.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

  • LeBron, he’s does more for the team and numbers don’t lie.

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

  • Xbox One and I’m playing Halo.

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

  • My most memorable moments are touching other people lives by my humbleness and advice, it has been told that lots of people look up to me. The moments I spend growing with my teammates are also very memorable.

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

  1. No more hunger.
  2. End to violence.
  3. 5 more wishes.

What is your hidden talent?

  • If I told you it wouldn’t be hidden anymore lol.

If there is a book written about Rico Kennedy, what is the title?

  • “Lord Knows.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Travel the world with my wife and daughter.
  2. Go to space.
  3. Buy my mother and father a house.

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

  • The Bernie Mac Show.

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

  • Reading my bible and praying and if it was an option….Sleeping.

If you could sack any NFL QB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • I would love to sack Michael Vick because the things he could do would his feet it would make the sack more worth it because he’s hard to get.

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

  • My goals for this upcoming season is to become an ALL-AMERICAN and to have 10+ sacks and for the Morgan State football team, I want for us to dominate and compete in every game for four quarters.

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

  1. Coachable.
  2. Versatile.
  3. Playmaker.
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