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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Foster Reznor, DB, Gannon University

Foster Reznor of Gannon University recently took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds

• Name: Foster Reznor

• Height: 5’10”

• Weight: 195lbs.

• Position: Strong Safety/Corner

• College: Gannon University, Erie, PA

• Twitter: @Reznor_23

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

• I’m from Grove City, Pennsylvania which is a small town about an hour north of Pittsburgh.  I love how involved the community is with not just sports but academics as well.  Grove City is a place that has helped make me the person I am today.  The people in the community have supported me not just during my high school career, but my college career also.  This town will also have a special place in my heart.

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

1.) Film Study – You need to know your opponent and what their tendencies are.  Understanding what the other team is trying to do during the course of a game will help put you in the right position to make plays and help your team be successful. Everyone at the collegiate and pro level are athletic but being prepared in the film room will take your game to the next level.

2.) Practice – Practice is what separates the good players from the great ones.  It is a chance to grow individually and as a teammate.  Practice is a place where you can work on your craft and build chemistry as a team.  

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about two things in life.  I worry about letting my family down and that somebody is outworking me.  Both of those things bother me and keep me up at night.  I worry about letting my family down because my family has always been my biggest support system.  They have guided and provided me with everything I have ever need or wanted in life.  They have spent so much time making sure that I am where I needed to be both academically and in sports.  I owe everything to family.  Also, I worry about somebody outworking me because work ethic is what has always separated me from other players.  There are people out there that are working hard and I am somebody that refuses to get passed up. 

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

• The first thing that comes to mind is when I took the SAT’s.  I was getting recruited by some D1 programs, but because of my SAT scores I was unable to get in.  I am somebody that works hard in school but when it comes to taking paper-pencil tests, I struggle.  I had to work extremely hard to get those scores up and eventually got into Gannon University.  At Gannon I promised myself that I would work my butt off in the classroom.  Because of my hard work I graduated with an overall GPA of 3.85, as well as earned Scholar Athlete all four years and First Team All-District Academic Team.  

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates would definitely say that I am a trustworthy person.  I am somebody that never missed a practice, film study, or lift.  My teammates could always count on me being on time and doing the right things not just on the football field but outside as well.

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

• I have always had a passion when it comes to coaching and teaching.  I am an Early Childhood and Special Education major.  I would definitely see myself teaching and coaching all sports.

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

• Room without a doubt.  Cleaning your room first sets your day off right.  You completed the first task of the day, which will lead you to complete other ones.  It also reinforces that the little things in life matter.  If you can’t do the little things in life, you’ll never be able to do the big ones.

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

• Definitely one of my family members.  This is a hard question, but I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I let one of my family members die.

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

• Superman for sure.  Not only does he have superhuman strength, but he uses his strength to fight crime and protect the streets.

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

• Breaking my ankle my sophomore season in high school.  It was probably the worst time that could have happened to me.  I was starting on a football team that went to the state playoffs and I was performing well.  I was starting to get a lot of big time looks from D1 schools.  I rehabbed all summer and ended up having a decent junior and senior season but nothing like previous years.  I slowly watched the schools lose interest.  It was tough.  I worked extremely hard going into my first year at Gannon to get back where I was and needed to be.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• Having to demonstrate to a class full of adults a dance I did with my second graders when I was student teaching.  

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Intercepting a pass at the end of the Shippensburg game to seal the win.  We were playing at Ship and it was a hard-fought game.  It was early in the season and we needed to start off strong because our schedule was so difficult.  

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Ambition by Wale.  It’s an older song, but I have always been a person that works for what he wants.

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

• You need to be strong minded.  Everyone is athletic at the next level.  But what can separate you from the rest is being able to stay strong mentally.  You need to be able to do the little things and not let mistakes bother you.

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

• Chris Farley.  I have always thought he was hilarious. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Ben Roethlisberger.  Not only does he put up crazy numbers, but he makes everyone around him better.  He’s a great team leader.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected because not everyone in life is going to like you. Everyone in life has different views and opinions but I would much rather have people listen and respect my point of view because they know that I would do what’s best for the them as a person/team.

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

• Josh Gordon without a doubt.  He was one of the most promising young receivers in the league.  He put up ridiculous numbers too.  He tried multiple times to stay out of trouble but for some reason he couldn’t. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I HATE to lose.  I have always been a very competitive person. I love the feeling of winning, but the feeling after a loss is 10 times worse.

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

• My mom and dad.  They have always been there for me and have provided me with everything I have ever needed in life.  They have supported every decision I have made and always made sure to do whatever they could to help with that decision.  I owe a lot to them.

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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