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• Name: Venzell Boulware
• Height: 6/4
• Weight: 308 pounds
• Position: Interior Offensive Lineman
• College: University of Tennessee Under Graduate/University of Miami Graduate
• Twitter: @Venzell55
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• I was raised in Atlanta (Union City, GA) I love my hometown. Home of the Atlanta Falcons. High School Football is big there. I was raised in between the home of Eric Berry & Cam Newton. Went to the same high school (Creekside High School) as Eric Berry. Won a state championship my junior year with his twin brothers Evan and Elliott Berry.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
- Film Study
- Strength and Conditionin
What do you worry about, and why?
I worry about having success and the best interest of my family. I’ve been playing football since the early age of four years old. I’ve invested a lot of time and money into what I do. I take this business very serious. I’m a very hard worker. I believe in myself. If given the right opportunity there’s no way I’d fail.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
My sophomore year of college at the University of Tennessee I was working real hard on the field and knew that I should have been starting. I got discouraged and wasn’t focusing on my academics like I should have been. During the course of that time I ended up getting the opportunity to start. I started three games. But I couldn’t get all my grades caught up in time to pass the classes and ended up failing 3 courses which made me ineligible to play in the bowl game. That was a wake-up call for me. I vowed to NEVER put myself in that situation ever again in life and promised to never let anything discourage me again. I saw my dreams drifting away right before my face. Rather than let it get the best of me, I came back strong and earned a 3.5 GPA the following semester and ended up graduating in three years with my bachelors degree.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My intelligence. I picked up the playbook pretty fast and my unbelievable effort during the game and practice. Always go out of my way to do the things that others don’t do.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Jonathon Allen from Alabama. He is a well rounded player and he competed hard.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
I’d be a sports analyst. Have my bachelors degree in communications. I also look forward to working with young boys that are athletes. It’s my quest to help them be well informed of all their worth and the opportunities presented before them.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean 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 choose my family member. Because I know how it feels to lose a family member and I don’t like that feeling.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
Denzell Washington. Because I’ve never seen one of his movies that I didn’t like. And not mention, my mother named me after him. with a V for Venzell.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
Losing a teammate (to death) on the football field in the middle of a game my junior year of highschool. 2 weeks later my house caught on fire. 2 weeks later the Berry boys house caught on fire. These tragedy’s brought my brothers and I closer together. We turned into a real family and we went undefeated and won a state championship that year.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Going on a losing streak in 2K in my own house against my football teammates. I had to kick everybody out the house.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
Coming in off the bench late in the fourth quarter matched up against Myles Garrett at Kyle Field. We was down by at least 14 points. We came back to push it into double overtime. It was the start of real playing time in a packed stadium with lots of noise. It was an amazing feeling!
What song best describes your work ethic?
Crenshaw and Slauson by Nipsey Hussle.
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
Wilbert Manigault, my grandfather. Because he was an Elder. He prophesied over my life when I was a young boy and told me I be successful in life. I would love to spend one day with him so he can witness what I’m doing today.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
I’d rather be respected. Because I highly value respect and I think I can accomplish my goals more being respected rather than liked.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
Josh Gordon. Because I’ve read about other people in the world struggle with addiction and I’m a big fan of Josh Gordon. I hate to see that happen to him.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
I LOVE TO WIN!!
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
My mother. Because she’s inspired me to NEVER give up on myself regardless to the circumstances. TRUST God and Keep it moving. She’s EMPOWERED me to realize that I can do and be anything I want to do and be!