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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Terrance Bynum, WR, Florida Tech

Terrance Bynum of Florida Tech recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds Owner Damond Talbot

• Name: Terrance Bynum

• Height: 6060

• Weight: 230

• Position: WR

• College: Florida Tech

• Twitter: @BynumTerrance

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

• My hometown is located in Mount Dora, FL. It’s a small town 45 min north of Orlando in central Florida. What I love most about it is how close everyone is there. Like I said it’s a small town so my childhood friends are like family.

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

• Strength and conditioning, practice, then film study. Strength/conditioning is first because I feel like that’s the most important part of being an athlete. Especially a football player, you have to be strong and conditioned in order to perform well. Which translates to practice, you have to be a great practice player to perform well in the game. Lastly film study, it’s important to study yourself as well as your opponent so you can improve your craft and be prepared for your opponent in the game.

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about my grandmother not seeing me make it. She’s getting up in age and I hate to talk about it but I’d hate to see her go without her seeing me accomplish my goals. I want to show her the finer things in life before she leaves this Earth; and I want her to know that all these years of grinding was for her.

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

• An example of me failing at something is my entire college football career. I redshirted my true freshman year and I had a season-ending injury two years ago and received a medical redshirt. The years in between I just lost my starting spot and didn’t play at all really due to dropped balls. I bounced back by continuing to grind and not giving up. I started every game this past season but didn’t get the ball as much as I think I should’ve so I consider that a failure as well. I plan on bouncing back from that by making it to the NFL anyway and silencing all of my doubters.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates say my best quality is my work ethic and my relentless attitude of never giving up.

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

• The best player I have ever played against in college is Darren Gardenhire from Delta State.

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

• If I didn’t play football, my career would probably be acting or something like that.

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

• I definitely clean my room first.

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

• I would like to save as many people as I can, but if I had to choose I would choose my family member because their family. Family over everything.

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

• I would definitely be Goku from Dragon Ball Z because he can do it all: fly, super human strength, speed, agility, he’s unbeatable; and he’s humble.

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

• The biggest adversity in my life is growing up without my parents. My mom passed away when I was 5 from a seizure and my pops went to prison shortly after and didn’t get out until my 11th grade year in high school. My grandmother was the only one who was there for me, along with a few childhood friends and their families. Without them idk where I’d be honestly…they instilled Gods word in me as well so that played a huge factor. I’d say I’ve overcome it by getting a scholarship to college to play football and now I have an opportunity to continue playing by making it to the highest level. With this, I can take care of my grandmother and repay her for everything she’s done for me thus far.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment was the first game of last years season. I started that game and we did a hard count to make the defense jump offsides in an effort to have a free play. They did just that and I went deep and the QB threw the ball to me…I was wide-open and I dropped the ball. Not an ordinary drop, the ball hit me in my helmet. It was an easy score and it was like the first drive of the game. After that, I was pretty much on the sideline for the rest of the season.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• The most memorable play of my career is also from last year against North Greenville. It was late in the second half and we were down. We ran all verts and I mossed the DB and stumbled into the end zone for about 40-50 yards to give my team the lead. Incredible feeling.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Donnie McClurkin – We Fall Down

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

• Well football is a mental game, so I would say the most important trait you can have is mental toughness. The ability to never give up, to not allow anyone to work harder than you, the ability to thrive when adversity hits. I’ve been in college for six years and every year contained an excessive amount of adversity. I wouldn’t have it any other way though because otherwise I wouldn’t have the mental toughness that I do now. 

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

• I would bring back Maya Angelou because she had so much wisdom and I would love to sit down and talk to her. 

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

• I would name it GVO for good vibes only. 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

• I can’t say a player is overrated unless I’m able to either play with or against them. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected because I could care less for people to like me. I don’t care about others’ opinions, you may not like me but you will respect me.

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

• I feel for Josh Gordon because he’s an amazing athlete but for some reason he just can’t seem to get things together off the field. Also, I think it’s deeper than what the media makes it out to be. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose

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

• My grandmother without a doubt. She was the only person who has been there for me through thick and thin. She took me in when I lost my mom and my pops went to prison. I had no one and she gained custody of me and raised me to be the man I am today. She deserves the world and then some.

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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