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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brian Kearns Jr., RB, Stonehill College

Stonehill College running back Brian Kearns Jr. may not be the biggest back, but he is one of the most explosive backs. He hits a hole and watch out.
  • Name: Brian Kearns Jr.
  • Height: 5’8”
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: Running Back
  • College: Stonehill College
  • Twitter: @Feed_Me_More25

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

•  I grew up in a small, blue-collar hometown surrounded by incredible people and a ton of family. I would not be who I am today without growing up here and learning from all the great influences around me. I love how much family I have had close by growing up and the amazing community that surrounds the town.

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

•  These are all extremely important aspects of football and I would not put less time on one than the others but if I had to put an order I would put film study first because you need to learn your opponent so you can be prepared as well as watch yourself and see your mistakes and continue to build as a player. Next would be practice because practice makes permanent and this is where you prepare yourself for game day situations and live work. Last but definitely not least would be strength and conditioning. This is a huge aspect of my game and who I am so I take this very seriously and surround myself with the best coaches possible to help me prepare. 

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I worry about just being the best possible version of myself not only as a football player but as a man. If I am not aiming to be the best in both of these then I am doing something very wrong. If I do not aim for greatness on and off the field I will not succeed in what I want to do in life. 

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

•  I had my first fumble since junior year of high school in a big point in a game this year but kept my head on straight and on the next drive I scored a 40-yard touchdown to bring us back into the game

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• They would say my dedication and work ethic are my best quality because I love this game and dedicate everything I have to it as well as work extremely hard day in and day out not just on the field, but off it as well.

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

•  I would say it was Deonte Harris from Assumption College. He is an incredible talent who recently signed with the Saints and deservingly so, he is a baller no doubt and wishes him the best of luck in the future. 

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

•  I would either be involved in a front office position for a sports team or I would have gone the military route and became an officer in the Army. 

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

•  Room because it is where I start and end my days as well as spend most of my time. When I wake up, the day starts in my room so that is the first priority. 

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 my family member because family always comes first and I have their back just like they have mine. It is a tough situation to be in but I will always side with family over anyone. 

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

•  I would be Jon Snow from Game of Thrones because the way he puts his family and friends first is inspiring as well as he fighting skills and his heart to stay alive and protect those he cares about.

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

•   Biggest adversity is getting over the size and intangible stereotypes that people may put on me when none of that matters. I work every day to be who I am and no measurement will stop that or limit what I can do.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• Definitely would be at my senior year prom I was dancing and going pretty hard so I ripped my pants. I handled it pretty well and one of my football coaches was there and gave me some shorts instead. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  My game-winning touchdown in triple Overtime coming the week after my grandfather passed away. A very emotional game and ending that I will never forget. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Go Get It by T.I.

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

•  I would say my heart and my will to never give up. When it comes down to it at the end of games, I do not get scared of the moment and I fight until I cannot anymore every down. This comes from my family background and how hard I work in the offseason. 

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

•  It would be my grandfather because I lost him a lot later than my other grandparents so I knew him best. I miss how funny he was and how much he loved watching me play and succeed in life and also being my biggest fan no matter what. 

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

• I would name it Jersey Energy because New Jersey is where its at.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  As a Running Back, I would have to say, David Johnson. He is such a talented all-around player, but his name does not get as much shine as these other guys but when it comes down to it, he is an incredible player and one of the best in the league.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  I would rather be respected because not everyone is going to like you in life that is just how it works, but if you are respected, then people will follow you and listen to you and you can be a great leader.

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

•  I feel the most for Josh Gordon because we see when he plays how great he is, but I am hoping he finds the help he needs to become healthy mentally and physically and get back out there and live up to his true potential.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  I love to win no doubt. Of course, I hate to lose, but I do not attack things with what if mindset. I believe in any situation I can win and come out victorious or in any team situation that we will win. If the result does not end up our way, then I will deal with that after, but I want to win everything I do and that is how I live my life. 

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

• My biggest influence has been my parents but my Father to be specific. He has believed in me since the day I was born and pushed me to become the best version of myself I can be. I work every day for my family but mostly my father and mother because of all the sacrifice they make for me to be able to do what I do. I am forever grateful and want to repay them for supporting me on this journey.

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