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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Billy Inge III, DB, East Stroudsburg University

Billy Inge III of East Stroudsburg recently interviewed with NFL Draft Diamonds lead scout Jonathan Joyce

2018 Accolades & Statistics

  • 2018 PSAC Football Eastern Division All-Conference Defensive Second Team.
  • 76 Total Tackles – 0.5 TFL – 3 FF – 5 INTs – 1 TD.

What is your name?

  • Billy Inge III.

Where do you play College Football?

  • East Stroudsburg University.

What position do you play?

  • Free Safety.

What is your height/weight?

  • 5’11” 190lbs.

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

  • I played basketball up until 10th grade and I ran youth track for a couple years.

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

  • Jaymar Anderson and Tim Wilson.  Both were my teammates, but going against them in practice was always a challenge.  They have NFL level athleticism and skill sets that I feel pushed me to be on top of my game at all times.  

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

  • Yeah, I’d listen to Meek Mill to get motivated early on and I like to slow it down with some Jodeci to calm down before hitting the field.

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

  • I’m not really superstitious, but I like to go through the same individual warm-up routine and listen to the same songs before each game.

Who is your role model & why?

  • Mom & Dad.  My mom is a lung cancer survivor and has never let that affect her optimistic outlook on life.  That taught me to look at every day and every situation as an opportunity to live in the moment.  My Dad has the most composure of anybody I know. No matter what situation he’s in it always seems like he has everything under control.  Those are some characteristics they have that I try to emulate throughout my life.

You are an Exercise Science major. What made you pursue that subject?

  • I initially chose Exercise Science because I wanted to find out how to be the best athlete I could possibly be.  I later developed a love and passion for the major and would like to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach.

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

  • My favorite class was Strength and Conditioning Theory because it was  a real challenge and taught me a lot of what i wanted to learn when I first chose my major.  My least favorite class was intro to classical music.

What made you choose East Stroudsburg University?

  • Out of all the schools I visited when transferring out of JUCO, ESU made me feel like they had a plan for me and that I would get an honest chance to continue my football career.  They made me feel like I was part of their family from day 1. Best choice I’ve ever made.

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

  • It would definitely have to be the time I’ve spent with my teammates.  When I arrived on campus they were all strangers to me, and within 3 years they’ve become part of my family.

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

  • The Baltimore Ravens have always been my favorite team.  I watched them win the Super Bowl in 2000 and Jermaine Lewis, who was my Dad’s college teammate at the University of Maryland scored on a punt return.  That made me feel some sort of connection with the team and I fell in love with their physical, defensive style of play. Ed Reed is my favorite player of all time.  He is the reason why I took so much pride in playing defensive back growing up. He made the Free Safety look so much fun and brought attention to a position that is often overlooked.

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

  • Bad Boys for sure.  When I was younger I always wanted to be Mike Lowry.

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

  • Jay-z, Kobe Bryant, Ed Reed.  Just 3 people that I feel like I could learn a lot from.

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

  • Martin Luther King Jr. because I’d want to ask him questions about leadership and see up close why his conviction to do what he did was so strong.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • Wolverine, the ability to take a beating and keep coming back for more.  I love how fearless he is.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • Doing everything in your power to maximize your potential in whatever it is that you’re doing.

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

  • “Comparison is the Thief of Joy.”

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

  • All the hard times that you will go through will just make you that much better in the end.  Just stay you and keep pushing.

Why do you wear #41?

  • It was just assigned to me when I got on the roster, but I fell in love with the number from the first time I put it on.  A unique number that not many at my position wear.

What is the best part of your hometown, Williamstown, NJ?

  • The support that you get from the community is so genuine and uplifting.  Everybody roots for everybody, the whole town is one big family.

Who do you choose: Jordan, LeBron, Steph or Kobe? Why?

  • Kobe Bryant, his dedication to the game is so strong that it seems irrational to most.  He also held the people around him to the same standard. True definition of a leader.

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

  • Xbox One.  I play anything from DragonBall Fighterz to Halo to Call of Duty.  Video games is one of my main hobbies.

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

  • Making the game-winning pass breakup in my first game at ESU.  I didn’t come in the game as the starter and that was the game that earned me a starting spot for the rest of my career.

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

  1. For my entire family to be happy and financially stable.
  2. End all form of discrimination and prejudice.
  3. More wishes.

What is your hidden talent?

  • I’m good at writing poetry.

If there is a book written about Billy Inge, what is the title?

  • “Unbreakable.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. See the seven wonders of the world.
  2. Be someone who makes a significant positive impact in the communities that have helped me get to where I am today.
  3. Play in an NFL game.

Are you binge watching anything right now?

  • The Office.

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

  • Learning some way I could improve myself, as an athlete or just as a man overall.

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

  • Aaron Rodgers. It’s rare that he throws an INT, so to intercept him would be a pretty significant moment.

What are three words to give NFL scouts that define Billy Inge?

  1. Dedicated.
  2. Savvy.
  3. Leader.

What is your inspiration?

  • The people that have supported me through the good and bad times. They’re the reason I wake up and go hard every day.

What current/former NFL player do you compare yourself to?

  • I don’t usually like to compare myself to others, but Tyrann Mathieu because of our size, intensity, and ability to change the game by forcing turnovers.
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