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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Basir Wright, DB, Johnson C. Smith University

Basir Wright of Johnson C. Smith University recently interviewed with Draft Diamonds

•           Name: Basir Wright
            •           Height:  6’0
            •           Weight:  195
            •           Position: DB
            •           College: Johnson C Smith University
            •           Twitter: @basirwright

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

I’m originally from Brooklyn New York. The home of the best pizza in America. The thing I love the most about my city is the diversity all the. Way down to the food.

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

Film study

Practice

Strength and conditioning

I chose these in this particular order because I come from a school where we lack strength and conditioning however to be ahead of the game we have to take film study and practice serious to put us ahead of our opponent. If we can know what teams do before they line up we can be more effective.
         
What do you worry about, and why?

I often worry about my road to playing professional football because I know that will allow me to make sure

I am able to provide and give back to my family. I want to make sure my mother and father don’t have to work anymore because I’ve seen them work to they are exhausted just to provide for me and my siblings.


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

A time I failed at something was when I had went to a football showcase when I was young and didn’t do the best out of other athletes. I was really hurt over it but that just made me want to train harder in order to do better than other people.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say my leadership is my best quality

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

The best player I have ever played against in college was Amir Hall from Bowie State

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

If I couldn’t play football my career would be to own my own accounting firm.

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

I clean my desk, my room, then finish with my car

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

I would have to save my family member because you don’t turn your back on your family no matter what.

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

If I could be any television character it would be Martin Lawrence from the TV show Martin. I chose to be martin because I grew up watching that show and he is a hilarious character.
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Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

My biggest adversity was growing up in Brooklyn New York. Were I lived there was a lot of gang violence, drugs and killing. The easiest thing for me would have been to become another statistic but I noticed how hard my parents worked to provide for my family. We lived in a two bedroom apartment with seven people. My parents in their bedroom and in the other room my sister, my older brother me and my younger brother and my uncle lived on the couch for some time. Although my circumstances I managed to become the first in my family to earn my degree this upcoming spring of 2019 and become the first in my family to play collegiate football.

Growing up in a city were football wasn’t a focus it was extremely hard making it to the collegiate level. The most depressing moment was when I had a coach tell me that I wouldn’t make it to the collegiate level and there was no point in me attending a camp to showcase my talent. I took that as motivation and I decided to believe and invest in myself. I believed that God put me through the obstacles I went through to tell my story and I use that as motivation to overcome all obstacles in my way.          

What is your most embarrassing moment?

My most embarrassing moment was when I got trucked at a rivalry game
          
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

The most memorable play for me was when I got my first interception when we was down by 7 during our homecoming game and just to hear the crowd go crazy gave me chills.
        
What song best describes your work ethic?

Till I collapse by Eminem
         
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

My work ethic is the best trait I have that will help me succeed at the next level. I am never satisfied with where I’m at and I believe that will help me tremendously.

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

If I could bring back one person from the dead it would be my aunt Dana so I could let her see how far I’ve made it with football and so she could actually see me play a game live because that was a wish she always had. 

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

RAYS BOOM BOOM ROOM
           
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

I don’t have one I feel as if you have the skill to make it to the NFL or any professional team you deserve and worked for the hype.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected because when you have to be a leader being nice is never enough.

Leading means setting a high standard and an example to the team. It means making the hard choices when it comes to it. It means taking the first hit when anything comes your team’s way. Also making decisions that would make peers not like you sometimes.
                         
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

Isaiah Wright and his brother from Last Chance U because they were so talented but they didn’t have the right support system behind them and it allowed them to take the wrong path.
           
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I do love to win however I don’t hate to lose. I don’t look at loosing as everyone else would. Sometimes from losing you learn the best and toughest lessons. So when I loose I look at those as blessings and lessons in disguise.
           
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

My biggest influence on my life is my parents and my aunt dana who isn’t here anymore unfortunately due to ALS.

They are my biggest influences because they always push me to be the best I can possibly be. When I don’t have faith or I don’t believe in myself they were there to uplift me and give me confidence. My aunt Dana believed in me like any other although she couldn’t actually make it to my games she watched me on every podcast and critiqued every game I played. My parents have made sacrifices for the better of me and my siblings so I am always grateful. Without my parents I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

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