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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Porter Streator, S, University of Tennessee at Martin

Porter Streator III is a hard hitting safety from Nashville, TN who is ready to show NFL teams that he can play at the highest level.

• Name: Porter Streator III
• Height: 6’0
• Weight: 205
• Position: Safety
• College: The University of Tennessee at Martin
• Twitter: @pstreat3

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
•  I am from Nashville, TN. My hometown is famously known as Music City, USA. Nashville has a reputation as a country music town when really it has a mixture of all types of music. I think my city is a place anyone can come to fulfill any dream they have, as there are many opportunities in the city. What I love most about Nashville is that it is a melting pot of people. There are any and every kind of people in the city and fitting in is something that is not an issue. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
• Practice, strength and conditioning, and film study. Practice is most important because it is the simulation of the gameplan that the coaches formulate. Practice determines the attitude and preparation for a game until the game actually happens. Strength and conditioning is the next most important thing. A strong body and conditioned body has to be maintained to last in a season. Without it, a player is limiting their longevity. The least most important of three, in my opinion, is film study. Film study is very important, but I feel that film supplements what a player experiences on the practice field. A player may start the week by watching film, but practice is the stimulus he needs to be prepared for game situations. A player could be Nostradamus and know every play that is coming, but until he experiences what steps he needs to take to defend it, or how fast he needs to run to a certain spot, etc., that makes all the difference in my opinion.

What do you worry about, and why?
• I do not have any long term worries besides maybe the life span of the planet. My worries are more short-term and daily. I worry each day that I wake up that I am not productive enough because I hate to waste days.   

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• The whole reason I played safety in college is because I was removed from my teams starting QB spot my junior year of high school. The coaches felt that my teammate was better. At first I felt bitterness and anger, but after I calmed myself down and embraced having to switch positions. I made it work. I grew up a lot from that situation, and it eventually led to me being a better athlete and earning a Division 1 scholarship.   

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• I am a leader by example. I do everything to the best of my ability, working as hard as I can, trying to do it the right way, and when I am wrong, I admit it. I think all of my teammates would agree with that.  

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• Marquis Terry from SEMO, I will never forget the way he runs the football.   

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
• I am currently getting my MBA, but I want to go to law school and become a lawyer in the future. So, when I am done playing football, I will be pursuing that.   

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
• Room because it would be the hardest to clean first.   

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• If it was a close family member, I would choose him/her. I personally believe a family member would bring me more value than three strangers, plus, it is family.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. He does everything with honor, whether it be right or wrong, he never apologizes for doing what he thinks is right.   

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
• I was almost kicked out of school because I was accused of cheating and plagiarism. That situation defined me as a student. I knew I was innocent but I had to fight and prove that I was. I was a 19-year-old kid with no help who had administrators that did not believe me and wanted to take away what I had at the school. However, I fought my way through and eventually proved I was innocent. I came to school as a pre-med student but that situation led me to pursue pre-law. I am grateful that it happened because I learned much about life, but more importantly myself.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
• My first spring practice I got completely ran over on a play during practice. Worst feeling ever.   

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• It was Fourth and five against TN-Tech my junior year, and they ran a pick play pass that I should not have made. I was out leveraged and beat but I caught up and made the play. I think that play is an example of me as a player. (play 8 on highlight film)

What song best describes your work ethic?
• Wanna Be Heard- Kendrick Lamar.  

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
• I am a cerebral player, everything is played out in my head  before, during, and after the game. I believe me being a smart player gives me an advantage.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• My grandmother, she died when I was very young. I just want one day where I could meet her as an adult and discuss a few things.   

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

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 
• Either Pat Chung on New England or Anthony Levine on the Ravens.  

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• I have liked people that I do not respect, and I have respected people that I dislike. I would rather be respected. People may dislike me, but if they respect me at least they will take into account what I have to say.    

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• Vince Young, I think his career went on a downward spiral way too fast for how good he was and how good he could have been.   

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• I love to win. Winning is a top 3 feeling in the world.   

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
• My parents. My mother taught me from an early age that hard work pays off, and I have carried that with me my whole life. My father taught me from an early age to “pay my bills first and play with my money later,” which translates to taking care of business first and enjoying the other things once business is taken care off. I have carried both of those phrases with me everywhere I go.

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