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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: William Walton, WR, Winston Salem State University

William Walton of Winston Salem State University recently interviewed with Draft Diamonds

Name: William Walton

• Height: 6’2″

• Weight: 195

• Position: WR

• College: Winston Salem State University 

• Twitter: WillyClutch_

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

My home town is Charlotte NC, what I love most about it is that Charlotte is a Medium size city with a big city feel, with a variety of things to do when it comes to social life. I Also like the fact that we have professional sports (football, basketball, hockey and AAA baseball)

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

1.     Strength and Conditioning, 

2.     Film study 

3.     Practice

I put strength and Condition first because the body is your main source when it comes to football. If your body is in the best shape possible than the game will come to you easier. Many times, being strong and conditioned on the field can help give you the edge against your opponent. Lasting four quarters is key! 

Film study is next, preparation begins in the class room. It is important to get the visual understand of your opponent and their tendencies.

The things I have said about film study leads me to the third and final area ” Practice.” We take what we learn in film study and emulate it in practice.

What do you worry about, and why? 

I’m not a big worrier but I do think about life after college and the ability to provide for myself. Having a job, family and all the things that are needed to be your own man and not depend on your parents anymore.

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

I did not actually fail but I was having a hard time in an accounting class. I had never been to a tutor because of my pride and what I thought they represented to the people who went to them. I knew that this could impact my grades and eligibility on the football field, so I swallowed my pride and the image I had of who went to tutors and signed up and got the help I needed. Since then tutors have been my friends! 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My work ethic and dedication to succeed  

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

Brian Walker, DB Fayetteville State University 

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

I would own a Health and Fitness Facility

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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 one family member. The family member would know me, and we would have a type of chemistry already. This hopefully would change the dynamic that now there are two of us who can in turn help the three strangers 

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

The Equalizer, because he is always there for those who can’t defend for themselves 

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

I have not had a lot of adversity to speak of but the loss of my maternal grandmother and grandfather who did not get the opportunity to see me play in college drives me to want to succeed for all those that are here to support me. I keep photos of them and of course I have fond memories that fills in voids. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

When I was in high school my quarterback threw me a deep ball and I lost the tract of the ball in the air. The ball ended up hitting me on top of my helmet and the DB that was guarding me intercepted the ball.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My sophomore year I caught a 94-yard touchdown against Virginia State University, which was my first college touchdown and also the second longest touch down in WSSU football history. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

Wiz Khalifa – Work hard Play Hard 

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

Discipline and the sponge mentality (ability to soak up all information I’m given and apply It)

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

I would bring back my great grandfather because I never got a chance to meet him and my family talks about him being a great man. 

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

The Dawg Pound 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

I don’t believe you get to that level of play and be overaerated. Keep in mind everyone skill set is different, and it can change year to year.  

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

I would rather be respected because in general most of the people that respect you tend to like you. 

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

Colin Kaepernick, because this man is standing up for others and in turn being persecuted for it. He has done nothing wrong or illegal and people have made him to be anti-American and have missed the whole point of the cause he started to bring the light to.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

Hate to lose (losing teaches us more than winning ever will). “Learn from your loses, adding fuel to your love of winning.” 

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

My parents because they will always believe in me no matter what. They have also been a driving force for helping me to succeed in life.  

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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