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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Sam Quinn, DB, University of Charleston

Sam Quinn of Charleston is a gamer

• Name: Samuel Quinn

• Height: 5′ 9″

• Weight: 178 lbs.

• Position: FS, CB, Nickel Back

• College: University of Charleston

• Twitter: @tru1q

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

•  My hometown is Monroe, MI. It is a smaller town located in southeast Michigan. I love the fact that our town supports our high school football program so much. Football gave me opportunities I do not believe I would have found on my own.

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

•Film study: If you know what your opponent is doing you are able to place yourself in the best position to succeed whether that be disguising to bait an opponent into the strength of your defensive play call or away from the known weaknesses of your defensive play call.

Practice: Getting reps and playing at a high level in practice is extremely important as this will translate the most to on field performance. This is where a player obtains the most muscle memory towards high level performance. As my coaches have taught me from a very early age there is no magical switch that a player can turn on when game day comes around.

Strength an conditioning: It is difficult for me to put this area of importance as the least important. The reason I do this is because this is what is expected of an athlete capable of making it to the next level. This drives discipline within a player and is not to be underestimated. Being a player that performs at a high level at the collegiate level, it is known that a solid strength and conditioning program is required in preparation and in order to gain respect from your team as a leader and is something I have been successful with for quite some time. This is the area in which I have the most experience and feel the most confident about moving forward towards a professional career.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I worry about being able to support my family long term and not giving my very best efforts towards living out my dreams. My health is a major concern of mine so in pursuit of this particular profession so injury prevention in off season preparation and in game style of play is my greatest weapon against those worries.

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

•  While in pursuit of my bachelors in mechanical engineering there was an in-season semester in which I received two D’s and a F on my report card. I was taking calculus 2, analytical physics 2, and engineering materials (3 extremely difficult classes in which failing the final exams would result in a nearly guaranteed failure of the courses). We made it to the playoffs that season and the first round away competition was held on Saturday two an three days before my final exams which all took place on the following Monday and Tuesday. I failed my finals miserably and was forced to retake all three classes in which I became a top performer in each of the classes.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My intelligence

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

•  Matt Judon of the Baltimore Ravens. Though he is a defensive player and we were not on the field at the same time he was extremely dominant at the division 2 level and against our team in which our strength was typically our offensive line. His performance in the NFL has been nothing less than extraordinary in my opinion.

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

•  Mechanical engineering manager

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

•  My room and desk are one in the same as they are in the same place. That is what I would clean first as I spend most of my time in that area and having a organized and clean environment is extremely important for my peace of mind. Next would be my vehicle.

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

•  I would save a family member. The reasoning for this is because I believe they would show me the most loyalty and would be willing to help me to save more lives in the future.

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

•  There are many I could choose from. One of my favorite characters played in a movie is Nelson Mandela. His story is profound to me because he found inner peace and overcame to impact the world despite horrible injustice.

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

•  My greatest adversity in life has been the prejudice I have faced nearly on a daily basis. Due to this I have done my very best to prove the point that you do not judge a book by its cover.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  My most embarrassing moment was finding out that I was ineligible to play football the day before camp after failing and retaking the classes I mentioned previously due to a technicality that I did not take the personal time to make myself aware of in which none of the class credits I retook counted towards my NCAA eligibility. I had to watch my team from the stands and I will never forget trying to hide my face and sitting in an area away from any of my friends. This is a time that I took to develop a strong relationship with God so though it is painful to think about I am grateful to have learned some life altering knowledge and meeting some of my greatest supporters through this failure.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  A diving interception I made my senior year. I watched Charles Woodson highlights that entire week and I believe that visualization slightly improved my performance and ability in that moment.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Heart of a champion, Nelly (Favorite line: “Cause’ I’m a warriorrrrrr, my daddy was a solider, a Vietnam vetty look dirty I thought I told ya.”

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

•  Non-physical. At the defensive back position the defensive strategy and incorporation/understanding of certain leverages and techniques is probably one of the most difficult transitions for any player. Being able to master the mental side of the game quickly is required of a player before they can even begin to display their physical traits. 

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

•  My father

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

•  I am not very familiar with this lifestyle. I would name it Tru.

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

•  I would say Eli Manning. Though he has shown an interesting ability to lead his team to win the Superbowl in the past I believe the success of his brother and father continue to make him a household name. His performance in recent years has been disappointing in my eyes.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Respected absolutely. Respect is more difficult to obtain than being likable. Look at Instagram for example and how relatively easy it is to be liked. A respected person makes those around him better. Look at Lebron James, though some of his teammates don’t like him it is because he challenges them to be better everyday in my opinion. 

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

•  Probably Collin Kaepernick. Though I do not agree with kneeling for the national anthem I believe he actually had good intentions. I wish he would have found a better way to stand for his beliefs rather than attacking an entire nations beliefs especially our own great country. None the less I don’t think he had evil intentions. Goes to show that you don’t disrespect our flag and the efforts historically and presently taken to make this country the best and most powerful country in the world. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  I love to win. I believe in progressively thinking towards your goals rather than operating out of fear.

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

• My mom. Though she doesn’t know very much about the challenges I faced going out into the world she has instilled in me the importance of respect and a general love for humanity which I believe is one of my most important qualities. I have also been taught to honor my mother and father. So my father would be the next person on that list. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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