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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jah’Sheem Martin, DT, Pace University

Jah’Sheem Martin of Pace University is an underdog, and you have to love underdogs. Pace University has some solid defenders this year, and Martin is one of them.

•    Name: Jah’Sheem Martin 
   •    Height: 6’3 
   •    Weight: 310
   •    Position: DT
   •    College: Pace University 
   •    Twitter: Asvp_Tunny

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
   •    I’m from Freeport, NY and growing up there was amazing because it showed me that you have to workout to get anything in life. What i love most about my hometown is the love of football and support of the youth to be better than the last generation. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
   •     Strength and conditioning is first to me because if you are not strong enough or have the stamina to perform every snap then nothing else can benefit you. Next is Practice because it allows you to build that muscle memory of performing your task so you can become an expert. Then finally is film study because not that it’s the least of importance but without the other too film study wouldn’t be too beneficial. This was a tough three to choose because in football they are all of importance if you are to become great 

What do you worry about, and why?
   •     I worry about becoming successful because I have grown up around so many people that have wasted their gifts in life. This is why I work hard every day so that I can be successful. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
   •     I remember a failure of mine was when i went to a football camp my junior year in high school and did completely bad and just stopped half way through because they said they seen enough. I wanted to quit after that but then i sat down and told myself after thinking long and hard that this is what i want to do so now you got to grind and do everything you can to never feel like that again. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
   •     My ability to be an accountable leader

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
   •     Deonte Harris a slot receiver from Assumption he was probably by the far the best 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
   •     My career would probably be in the business field since that is what I got my degree in

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
   •     Room is what i 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 save one family member because family to me is everything and if their lives are in my hands for me to save them then I’ll choose family every-time 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
   •     I always would like to be the Hulk because he was just an unstoppable force.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
   •     My biggest adversity in life was dealing with not being around my family while we didn’t have a home after hurricane sandy & I dealt with that by just working hard everyday understanding that every bad situation comes to an end and if I push through for them then we all will be stronger 

What is your most embarrassing moment?
   •     My most embarrassing moment is when I used the bathroom on myself during a football game 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
   •     My most memorable play is when I got a sack strip and picked up the fumble and ran for 10 yards but then I got caught 

What song best describes your work ethic?
   •     Lose yourself – Eminem 

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

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
   •     It would be my aunt julissa because she died one day out of nowhere and my cousins lost their mother so if i had the power to bring their family back whole for a day i would do it any time 

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

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 
   •     Derrick Nnadi 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
   •     Respected because that goes way further than being liked in the long run 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
   •     Kareem hunt because he had everything going for him in the right direction and lost it all because of a mistake he made off the field that now won’t allow him to be in the nfl right now or possibly anymore 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
   •     I hate to lose because it always hurts to lose when you care about something and give it your all and fall short 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
   •    My high school coaches because they took a kid that had nothing going for himself and put it in his head that he could be somebody and have football take him as far as he wants to go and believed in me every step the way. 

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