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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Logan Parker, TE, Southern Utah

Southern Utah tight end Logan Parker is a huge sleeper in the 2019 NFL Draft. He can run, catch and block, that is very rare for a tight end.

• Name: Logan Parker 

   •    Height: 6’4”

   •    Weight: 242 lbs 

   •    Position: TE

   •    College: Southern Utah

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

   •     I grew up in South Jordan, Utah. It’s a suburb area of Salt Lake City. I enjoy that it’s in the middle of all these other cities and there’s plenty of stuff to do for fun. But what I love the most are people that I grew up with and made fun memories with. 

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

   •     Strength and Conditioning then practice and then film study. I feel that to be able to compete you must first have your body in the appropriate shape. Then you can focus on the mental side of things with understanding the plays and schemes through practice and film study. 

What do you worry about, and why?

   •     My wife and son’s health and safety. They are my most important treasures on this planet and I want them to be healthy and happy and safe as much as possible. 

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

   •     We lost my junior season to Oregon and they scored over 70 points on us. I felt partly responsible for the blowout loss because our offensive efficiency wasn’t there and I missed a couple of receptions that could’ve continued drives. I was disappointed at first. Then I began to change my mindset into a realization that we can do hard things as a team and we can be successful. I worked myself out even harder and improved in my leadership abilities and got to know my teammates better. We ended up having the best record that SUU has ever had in their football history. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

   •     They would say that I’m reliable and dependable. 

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

   •     Kylie Fitts from the University of Utah 

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

   •     I think a career in physical therapy or chiropractics would be worthwhile because I would be actively involved to help people be able to move and function effectively in their lives. 

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

   •     I would clean my room first. If I feel that my room is clean it would motivate me to get the other areas that I’m in clean too. 

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

   •     I would save one family member. I think it would be more of an instinct to save one of my family members than strangers. They would be the first people on my mind. 

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

   •     This one is easy. I would be Spiderman.  He’s been my favorite comic book character since I was a kid. We share the same last name and I admire his characteristics. He displays courage, humility, accountability, self-respect, integrity, etc. No matter what the odds were against him and when he would get knocked down he would always get back up to defend the people he loved. I want to display these same characteristics in my life as an example to my son. 

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

   •     I would say it was making the decision to go on my mission as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the mission itself. I thought I would have more support from some of the people in my life that I thought would automatically support me and they didn’t at first. They wanted me to continue my collegiate football career and stay in school. That almost gave me reason to doubt my decision but I felt in my heart that it was what I needed to do with my life and so I kept preparing for it. Out in the mission field is a growing and learning experience every single day. There are good days and bad days. But I felt blessed and honored to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ and the people of Texas. I grew to love the people I served even when I was rejected or mistreated or hated. All that opposition made me stronger in my faith and I grew as a person overall. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

   •     In high school, my buddies and I went bowling a lot and on one occasion I was goofing off a bit too much. When it was my turn I was off balance and ended up passed the line and did the splits in front of my friends and everyone else at the bowling alley. I didn’t mean to do it and I can’t do the splits so it looked terrible and I felt really embarrassed. The silver lining was that my pants didn’t rip. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

   •     I would say it was the second play of the game against our rivals Weber State at their field my junior season. We designed a couple plays in a row to disguise where I would line up by going super fast pace and on the second play I lined up at tackle and ran a seam route down the middle of the field. It was wide open because everyone else was spaced out and our plan worked and I was wide open. I flew down the field to outrun the defenders for 70 yards for the first touchdown of the game. And that propelled us to a solid victory over a great opponent. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

   •     Unbreakable by Fireflight. 

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

   •     I would say that inner stability is incredibly important to have for the next level and in life. 

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

   •     My grandpa on my mom’s side. I felt like I didn’t get to know him as much as I wanted to. He had a stroke before I got into high school and struggled for six years to recuperate. I didn’t get the chance to fully understand his past and learn more grown up lessons from him. I’d love to go out to a MLB game with him and just chat about everything that comes to mind and understand him more as my grandpa and as a person. 

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

   •     Marvel, in honor of marvel comics. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

   •     Nick Foles

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

   •     I would want to be respected. I feel like respect goes a longer way in life than just being liked. Respect applies more to a person’s character. 

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

   •     Aaron Hernandez comes to mind because at one moment he is living a dream life and playing in the league to winding up in jail and unfortunately passed away. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

   •     I love to win. I feel if you hate to lose then you are thinking more about not losing and subconsciously you will most likely not be successful. 

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

   •     Aside from my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ, my wife, Hayley has been the biggest influence on my life. She is my number one supporter and she has so much love in her. She has qualities that I would like to emulate and develop more fully and I feel like we compliment each other. Her influence has challenged me to become a better version of myself and to be more selfless in my life and for that I’m truly grateful. 

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