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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Menyah, DB, Fordham University

Fordham University safety/linebacker Lawrence Menyah may need to add a few pounds if he wants to play linebacker but he has the prototypical safety size.

•       Name: Lawrence Menyah
        •       Height: 6’2″
        •       Weight: 210 lbs
        •       Position: Saftey/Linebacker
      •       College: Fordham University
        •       Twitter: lawrencemenyah_

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
        •        I live in the South Bronx and what I love most about it is it’s familiarity.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
        •        Strength and Conditioning to prevent injuries and stay on the field, then Practice because it’s a chance to finally play football and prepare, then lastly, Film Study to polish up mental mistakes.

What do you worry about, and why?
        •        I worry about not finding the one

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
        •        My sophomore year I liked a girl but instead of going to talk to her and telling her how I felt I kept beating around the bush, being scared and whatnot, and I kept sending people to go talk to her for me instead. This happened for a couple of months and one day one of my teammates told me she said to her and I were never going to happen. Rejection hurts yeah but where I really failed was believing I didn’t have the confidence to talk to her myself. To overcome this hurdle, I had to practice getting over the little doubts in my head that prevented me from talking to a girl that I liked, and slowly but surely, I managed to conquer it.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
        •        Being understanding

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

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

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

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
        •        I’d save my family member because at the moment I’d be making decisions with my emotions

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
        •        James Bond because he’s a tough guy.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
        •        Getting my body back into the best performing state possible after having muscle imbalances that took a long time to fix.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
        •        Missing a touchdown-saving tackle

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
        •        Getting an interception and returning it against Central Connecticut State

What song best describes your work ethic?
        •        Born to Die

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

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

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

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 
        •        Melvin Ingram

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
        •        Respected because that shows that people understand me and my values

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
        •        Josh Gordon because there must a serious reason to why he has let it go this far

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
        •        I hate to lose

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
        •       My parents because of the way they raised me.

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