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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Tyler Basch, K, Missouri Western State University

Tyler Basch the strong legged kicker from Missouri Western State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot

  •       Name: Tyler Basch
        •       Height: 6’0”
        •       Weight: 190
        •       Position: K
        •       College: Missouri Western State University
        •       Twitter: @tylerbasch

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

My hometown is Papillion, NE. Because of my dad’s job, we moved around a lot, and when we landed here, it just felt like home. I started my kicking career at Papillion-La Vista South High School. The coaches, teammates, and teachers were encouraging throughout high school – whether it was football or getting good grades, I knew they had my back. I also made a lot of really great friends who definitely keep me grounded.

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

Practice, strength & conditioning, film study.

I think you can only get better by doing the work and putting in the time. Strength and conditioning obviously aid in the physical aspect of kicking. And without film study, I wouldn’t have an outside/another perspective of my form and what I can improve or what works.

What do you worry about, and why?

When I’m on the field, there isn’t room for worrying. There can’t be any negativity going through your head when you’re out there or your kick is over before it started. 

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

I started a business this past year, had a great ride for a few months before I had to shut it down. I see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. I think that it’s true when they say everything you go through is preparing you for what you asked for.  

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates have said my best quality is my consistency. They know that they can count on my when it comes down to doing my part for the team.  

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

Andy Janovich from the Denver Broncos was the best. The guy was insanely big in high school. I’ve never seen anyone like him. 

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

I would continue looking into starting my own business. I’ve worked for the same company for over 10 years and it’s taught me a lot about the ins and outs of business, and myself. I truly believe that I have what it takes to run a successful business someday.  

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

Room—it’s the first thing I see when I start my day. 

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

Family. I have to protect and look out for those people who’ve protected and taken care of me my whole life.

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

I would be Rambo. He’s one bad dude. He knows how to handle tough situations on his own.

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

My biggest adversity in life has been setting goals that others seem to see as unreachable for me. I have told people what I want to do and have always had people telling me I’m wasting my time or asking too much of myself. I’ve always overcome it by believing in myself and I hope that inspires others to do the same.  

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Running into a pole at lunch on my third day of school while carrying some pretty girls’ trays for them. It made such a loud noise and I had food all over me the rest of the day. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Kicking the 58 yard field goal in my last game as a Griff. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

 Everyday by Logic & Marshmello

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

Self awareness. I believe that being able to step back and take a look at where you are and what your life looks like is powerful. Having the ability to tell yourself where you need work, habits that are weighing you down, and the fortitude to fix the little things that tend to creep in our everyday lives. 

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

My best friend Donny Herron. He was a teammate of mine here at Missouri Western. I’d give anything for him to come out and toss the ball around again. 

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

Gettin Jiggy With it 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

No such thing. To say someone is overrated is to compare them to someone else.  Everyone in the league has something special that got them to where they are. 
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

Respected. I don’t need to be liked, but to be respected means you’ve done the right things in the mind of the person whose respect you’ve earned. 

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

Any player that has had to end their career due to an injury. I hate seeing that and wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

Love to win. So much that I’ll do whatever is needed. Hating to lose takes the focus off doing my job, and if I do my job right, and my teammates do theirs right, we get the win. 

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

My dad. He has pushed me to be a better man each and every day. He has been someone to go to for advice, someone I go to when I mess up, and the one that I know will steer me in the right direction. I don’t know where I’d be without him. 

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