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NFL Draft Diamond Prospect Interview: Xavier Rowe II, ATH, Western Illinois

Xavier Rowe II of Western Illinois is a jack of all trades. He can do it all

  • Name: Xavier Rowe II
  • Height:  6000
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Position: Athlete 
  • College: Western Illinois
  • Twitter: @ZayHoncho6
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  • Chicago is my hometown. There is always something to do, places to go and things to see. I think this city offers more than one can offer and if you like the cold weather and can adapt to that then you are in the perfect place. 
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  • Strength and Conditioning, Film Study, Practice. The weight room lays the foundation for your season and you continue to build that during the season, film room is most important to me this room will be in my house. The film is the most important thing in football to me it gives the ability to be psychic in a sense, a practice that is where I try the things I want to do to my opponents and master my own craft. I learn more from myself in practice then I do in any game I have ever played. 
What do you worry about, and why?
  • I don’t worry about much of anything. I put my best foot forward and whatever the outcome may be I live with the results. If I followed my process and put my best foot forward there is nothing I should be worried about. 
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
  • I remember I tried out for a 7on7 team and got cut and lost some confidence in my ability. After the 24 hour rule I let it go and got back to putting in work and another opportunity presented itself for the team so I took it once again and made the team that time. 
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  • My work ethic, I share the information I know about the game I’m always trying to learn and understand and I relay information to them, I’m always there to talk or help someone in their time of need, my confidence there is nothing that wavers my confidence and they like that I am openly confident, they appreciate that I am not cocky as well. 

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

  • There’s a lot but Dallas Goedert overall. He can dominate a game which he did against us twice. 

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

  • I wanted to be the Dean of Medicine in a hospital like Dr. House or I’d produce and rap my own music. My love for music is just as high as it is for football I just haven’t invested time in making music. 
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
  • I would clean my room first, desk second, car last. My room is my living space and that cant be dirty or that would bother me, the desk is next because that is also somewhere in the house so that must be cleaned, the car is outside and hopefully, it wouldn’t be that dirty so I clean that in no time. 
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  • Family member, the family is blood no other way I can say that.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  • Itachi from Naruto. He may be my overall favorite character of any TV show. He’s very powerful and his demeanor he seems to let nothing bother him. 
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
  • Biggest adversity was overcoming being homeless for 2 weeks. God handled that situation that’s all I can say about that. 
What is your most embarrassing moment?
  • Getting put on the bad side of ESPN a few years ago.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  • My interception against South Dakota. It was in the end zone to stop them from scoring also it was the day after my birthday so kind of a late present from the opponent. 
What song best describes your work ethic?
  • The lyrics don’t explain my work ethic but Not Wrong Now by NBA Youngboy can be on repeat and I’d be working out for hours.
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
  • The ability to adapt. If you can get used to things and learn and retain information quickly and at a high level then I think you will make it far as long as you never let complacency settle in. 
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  • I’d choose “Nonni” (my friend’s grandmother) I know she’d do anything to have her around for another day. It hurt me to see them hurt like that so if I can do anything I’d bring her back on Christmas since that is when she passed away. 
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 
  • Vibez or Sinz 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 
  • It’s hard for me to say because I’m a bystander but I would like to see Eli Manning be better this season. 
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  • Respected. I feel that respected people are also well-liked and people have a sense of comfort when they know what to expect from you. 
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
  • Josh Gordon. He is a tremendous athlete and probably hasn’t really gotten the chance to warm up to the NFL honestly. I think he would have been a serious problem if he did not take all of those suspensions. 
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
  • I love to win. I can live with losing some games because you don’t always win them all but if I feel that we aren’t doing all we can to win then I want no parts of whatever it is you’re doing. 
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
  • My family, they’ve supported me so much during my football career and I want them to live out our dreams of me playing on the next level. 

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