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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mitch Fettig, S, Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington defensive back Mitch Fettig, on right, tackles Richmond running back Deontez Thompson (20) during the first half of a FCS quarterfinal college football game at Roos Field., Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, in Cheney, Wash. COLIN MULVANY [email protected]

  • Name: Mitch Fettig
  • Height: 6’
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: Safety and Nickel 
  • College: Eastern Washington University 
  • Twitter: mitch_fettig

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

•     I was born and raised in Olympia, Wa. It’s the best of both worlds, you got the city and the outdoors all right there. Thing I love most about it is the family I have there, the relationships I’ve formed, and the memories I’ve made.

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

•     Strength and conditioning would be my number one because separating yourself physically is a huge necessity in our sport.

Practice would be my number two due to the fact that you need it to push your limits, know what you’re capable of, and the every day repetition helps make your skill set become second nature.

Film study is my number three but is where you can really separate yourself as a player, just due to the fact you need the self discipline to get it in on your own and not everybody is willing to take time out of their day to. Knowing teams and players tendencies is a crucial advantage that can help you assist putting you in the right place at the right time.

What do you worry about, and why?

•     I try my best to only worry about what I can control. The things I can’t I leave to God.

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

•     I remember this time in High school I had a terrible practice one day. I knew my parents weren’t going to be at the school to get me for awhile so instead of waiting at the school I decided to run to a big staircase about a mile and half away, back pack on and all and I just ran stairs until they showed up. I knew I had to get better and I wanted to get better as soon as possible.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•     Consistency

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

•     Cooper Kupp

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

•     I’d love to do anything involved with sports

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

•  Desk, that’s where my work gets done.

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

•     Family over everything.

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

• Captain America, I’ve always wanted to play a superhero and he was a scrawny nobody to start before everyone looked up to him.  His leadership and genuine care for others is hard to beat too.

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

• Probably still only playing JV as a sophomore in High school and everyone saying I couldn’t pursue football because of my size. I dedicated myself to the game, the choices I made were based on if it was going to make me a better player.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•   In the fifth grade when I remember throwing up in front of my classmates and just running out the school. I didn’t know what to do.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•     Probably my interception against Washington State right before the half finished, it was the first game of my Sophomore year. It was my first big play in a game of that magnitude and helped establish the rest of my career.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•     Chasing Ghosts by Euroz

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

•  I’d say mental toughness, never getting too high or too low and remaining level headed  is super important in a profession filled with so much adversity and praise.

Richmond wide receiver Brian Brown (12) is tackled by Eastern Washington defensive back Mitch Fettig, bottom, defensive back Victor Gamboa (27), and linebacker Miquiyah Zamora, top, during the first half of a second round FCS playoff NCAA college football game at Roos Field, Saturday Dec. 10, 2016, in Cheney, Wash. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP) ORG XMIT: WASPO202

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

•     Jesus Christ, the pain He felt, the temptation He resisted while spreading the love and hope He did, just to be in His presence and hear His words would be the biggest blessing I could imagine.

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

•     J.W.I for Jiggy wit it

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?

•     No one comes to mind off top of my head. They are all playing at the highest level in the world for a reason.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•     Respected hands down. You’re not always going to be liked for holding people accountable and making the tough decisions that will help you and the people around you get to the final destination.

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

• Michael Vick, he seemed to be a product of his surroundings and the environment he was brought up in and didn’t seem to have the right people around him to help him distinguish  from right and wrong.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•     I love to win. My passion for it overrides anything else.

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

•    God. My whole life and how I do things is revolved around trying my best to emulate Him.

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