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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Konnor O’Keefe, FB, Monmouth College

Konnor O’Keefe of Monmouth is a very solid fullback prospect. O’Keefe can catch the ball out the backfield and is not afraid of contact

 •    Name: Konnor O’Keefe

   •    Height: 6 ft

   •    Weight: 240

   •    Position: FB / H-Back

   •    College: Monmouth College

   •    Twitter: @konnor_okeefe

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

   •     I’m from Tremont Illinois, a small town of about 2000 people in central Illinois. The small town feel provides a great family atmosphere as well as helps to develop a lot of strong personal relationships with those around you. 

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

   •     1) Practice. 2) Strength & Conditioning 3) Film

—To me practice is the most important, you win games in practice and it is the best time to master your craft as well as make your teammates better . Next I had strength & conditioning because that helps to develop you as a player and provides an opportunity to lead by example. Working hard in training is also an opportunity to show your dedication to your teammates and the program. I had film at 3 even though I find it crucial to having success at higher levels of competition. I put it at 3 because at my position if you are not assignment sound and  physically ready to go it is hard to have success. 

What do you worry about, and why?

   •     I try my best to never worry and always trust in the bigger plan

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

   •     An example of a time I’ve failed is in the weight room at testing day, and not reaching my goals on a squat max and failing my rep in front of the whole team. This is always a humbling experience and helps give more fuel to work even harder before the next test. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

   •     Hardworking 

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

   •     Probably Brett Pearman at Mckendree university. A beast at defensive lineman

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

   •     Working for a company that allows me to exercise my education in business administration and economics 

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

   •     Room. Every day starts and ends in the room. 

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

   •     All if possible, but I’d have to save my family member first and foremost 

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

   •     Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Barbarian 

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

   •     One of my biggest adversities was leaving the small town environment, but I overcame it by broadening my network and trying to create a lot of new relationships with different people

What is your most embarrassing moment?

   •     My most embarrassing moment was attempting to dye my hair red before our first playoff game, just to have it end up a pinkish red color for 2 months 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

   •     Getting the 3rd and long conversion in OT of the conference championship to set up the go ahead score. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

   •     This means war ( Avenged Sevenfold)

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

   •     Dedication. Being dedicated to all aspects of the game will help you stay a step ahead 

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

   •     Nikola Tesla, to learn about all of his top secret inventions

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

   •     Rockstars 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

   •     Everyone in the NFL is a great athlete and football player!

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

   •     Respected. Being respected shows that people recognize you more for your character and actions 

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

   •     Adrian Peterson. Never deserved to be suspended for an entire season compared to the sentences other players receive for larger offenses. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

   •     Love to win. 

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

   •    My father. His work ethic is unmatched and he’s always set a good example for how to handle tough situations 

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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