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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cardell Rawlings, LB, Wingate University

Cardell Rawlings is a freak in the middle of the field
  •       Name: Cardell Rawlings

        •       Height: 6’1 1/2

        •       Weight:240

        •       Position: OLB/ DE

        •       College: Wingate University 

        •       Twitter: dell_ohsowavy

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

        •        Smithfield, NC! The Carolina premium outlets is always a good get away before or after a good bite to eat from crickets or the chicken barn! If you know you know! 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

        •        Practice, film study , Strength and conditioning 

What do you worry about, and why?

        •        Being a better me ! Reason being due to me knowing how much I could benefit and contribute to the greater good of others

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

        •       Once I enrolled in the Spanish course I failed my first 2 test drastically. Began utilizing a tutor, finding online study games, and practice it in my daily life for it to pay off in the end and enable me to conclude the course with a B+

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

        •        My passion for the game (work ethic & determination)

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

        •        Junior year , against Keshaun Taylor

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

        •        I would be an performance specialist at a well known training facility 

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

        •        Room , Because that’s where my day gets started from !

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

        •        Whichever family member is closest to me! So we can at least talk about the good times that we shared with our family.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

        •        Otis the security guard from

The “Martin” show. If you seen any episodes with Otis featured you would understand why I chose him as my character.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

        •        Being the only one out of my circle of friends to attend college on top of being an collegiate athlete. I stayed the course and worked hard to optimize on the situation 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

        •        In minor league football I played running back. On one run I managed to break a tackle but scored the touchdown with my pants on my ankles due to the defender pulling them down in attempts to make a tackle.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

        •        The 4th down strip sack in the 4th quarter down by 3 giving our offense a chance to score for the win

What song best describes your work ethic?

        •    “Keep working “

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

        •        Mental toughness !

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

        •        My grandfather!! As a man of age, I  have some questions I want to ask with intentions to receive wisdom and remarkable  meaningful “old sayings”

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

        •       “The Boom Boom Room”

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

        •        Joe Flacco

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

        •        Respected !! Someone could like you and not respect you! But if they respect you it’s kind of difficult for them not to like you!  

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

        •        Terrel Owens , because it was evident to see how passionate he was about his game that some of his voiceful remarks didnt enable him to be as successful 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

        •        I love to win because I never lose! Even with a loss I win with the knowledge I’ve gained  

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

–  I would say my father! Mainly because I’m blessed to have him in my life to show me the ropes in carrying myself as an successful man in all aspects. 

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