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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, RB, University at Albany

Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks of Albany recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of Draft Diamonds (Photo courtesy of Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks)
  • Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks
  • University at Albany
  • Twitter: @elijah_eb

2018 Accolades & Statistics

  • 2018 CAA Football Third Team Offense.
  • 161 carries – 767 yards – 4.76 YPC – 4 TDs.

What is your name?

  • Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks.

Where do you play College Football?

  • University at Albany.

What position do you play?

  • Running back.

What is your height/weight?

  • 5’9″ 200lbs.

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

  • Basketball & track.

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

  • Hip Hop/ Rap.

Who is your role model & why?

  • Brian Dawkins because his duel mannerism on and off the field.

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

  • Anthropology was my least, intro to African- American history was my favorite.

What made you choose the University at Albany?

  • Distance away from home, its prestigious criminal justice program at the time, and the players.

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

  • Time spent with teammates and the community.

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

  • Eagles and Brian Dawkins

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

  • The Lion King and Simba, he’s my favorite character in my favorite movie.

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

  1. Tupac.
  2. Malcolm X.
  3. Muhammad Ali.

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

  • Malcolm X.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • The Hulk, a lot like me when I was younger.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • Doing whatever it takes, even when the odds are stacked against you.

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

  • Always appreciate the little things.

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

  • Learn to be a man now.

Why do you wear #24?

  • My mom’s birthday is on the 21st of October, my dad favorite number is three, 21+3=24 and my son was born on the 4th of November.

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

  • The wisdom you can get from people of all walks of life.

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

  • LeBron he’s the best player of my generation and his wisdom is un matched in basketball of this time besides Kobe.

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

  • Xbox and Call of Duty Black Ops 4.

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

  • The locker room conversations and moments.

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

  1. Generational wealth.
  2. Unlimited wishes.
  3. Teleportation.

If there is a book written about Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, what is the title?

  • “A Rose Who Grew From The Concrete.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Visit family in Africa.
  2. Travel the world.
  3. Sky dive.

Are you binge watching anything right now?

  • Naruto Shippuden.

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

  • Becoming knowledgeable through videos and interviews oh successful people.

If you could run over any NFL LB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • Lawrence Taylor, why not want to run over the best to do it.

What are three words to give NFL scouts that define Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks?

  1. Underdog.
  2. Resilient.
  3. Hard-nosed.

What is your inspiration?

  • Family and hardships.

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

  • Marshawn Lynch.
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