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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jafar Thomas, WR, Bethany College

Jafar Thomas wide receiver from Bethany College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. (Photo courtesy of Jafar Thomas via Jim Turner Photography)

•       Name: Jafar Thomas

        •       Height: 6’1

        •       Weight:185

        •       Position: WR/ATH

        •       College: Bethany College, KS

        •       Twitter: JafarThomas_

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

•  I am from an inner city called Newark, NJ, but I went to school in East Orange, NJ .  I get asked about it a lot . I love both areas they taught me a lot . What I love most about the two is the people and how much both cities have help me grow into the man I am today . 

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

•        Strength and Conditioning, Film Study, Practice 

What do you worry about, and why?

    •        I don’t have any worries because I know what I have to do and what has to be done . I just focus on what I have to do and my goals I want to accomplish . 

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

•        I remember I failed at thinking life would be easy, but learning and going through different obstacles . Actually, overcoming them by putting my mind to what I wanted to do gave me a confidence to accomplish at a high level . 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

      •    My teammates say my speed is my best quality . I am able to adjust it and use it to make great catches a long with scoring . 

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

•        Nobody specific .. I played against a lot of great talent . 

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

•       A Firemen or a Pediatrician 

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

   •  Room,Desk, Car 

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

    •        I would honestly try my best to save every one . It would be hard to choose right off the back because of having one family member be at risk, but I believe what ever you put your mind too if you can do . I will try my best to save every one . 

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

•    I would be martin lawrence because that’s one of my favorite shows . I just want to act out the funny parts on the show . 

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

•        Junior College was the hardest part of my life . I stayed with like 16 or 18 people . I was walking 30 mins back and forth to school . I had to walk even if the weather was bad . I had to make 10 dollars stretch for the week and also, shared food with my room mate and he did the same for me . I practiced most of the time on a light stomach just praying every day that it all payed off . 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment was a game my team and I lost badly . I felt like it could’ve been prevented, but I just remained positive and got ready for the following week .

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•     I have a lot of memorable plays that I love . I scored 15 times this yeah  so, it’s kinda hard to choose. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•        Wale – Ambition

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

•        The most important trait I have is being driven no matter what and making plays every chance I get . 

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

•        I would bring my great grandmother back she had such a beautiful heart . She taught me to always stay focused and told me I was blessed . 

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

•        Thomas Orginal Dance Club/Studio 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•        Respected because people can like you, but not respect you . 

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

     •        Shawn Oakman .. he missed three 3 years of not being able to play because of being falsely accused of something . 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•        I love to win .. I honestly don’t think anybody loves to lose . 

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

•       My mother from sticking with me and watching me grow . She put me in football early at the age of 6 . She put me in a bunch of sports to keep me out of trouble . I watched her go hard every day since I was a kid working hard to provide for me . Which pushed me to work hard and stay focused . 

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