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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Elijah Rehm, WR, Rowan University

Elijah Rehm the speedy WR of Rowan University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Elijah Rehm
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 195
  • Position: WR/Return Specialist 
  • College: Rowan University 
  • Twitter: @Elirehm33

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

•  I live in Clayton. It is a small town in southern New Jersey. What I love most about it is the atmosphere a small town comes with. You get to know a lot of families in the town and build connections with them.

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

•  Practice, Film Study, then Strength and Conditioning. I put practice first because I personally believe that it is where you physically get better each day at the game of football. Film study next because you can give yourself an advantage on your opponents simply just from knowing how they play. Last but certainly not least is strength and conditioning because you have to be in top-notch physical shape to be able to compete and play. 

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I usually am not one to worry but if I had to pick something it would be keeping my loved ones happy. Family and close ones are very important to me and I want nothing but the best for all of them. 

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

•  Getting an athletic scholarship out of high school. A lot have people said it would never happen because of my size and also being from a small school in high school and it didn’t happen when I planned for it. I reacted and overcame this by walking on at East-Stroudsburg University and earning an athletic scholarship for my sophomore season. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  Leadership ability. I have always been told by teammates and coaches that it is a talent to be able to lead and gather a team. 

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

•  Bill Inge was one of my favorite competitors to go against while at East Stroudsburg. 

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

•  I can see myself as a coach of the game. Even when I am no longer capable of playing the game of football, I still want to be around it as much as possible. 

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

•  Room. My desk kind of goes right with the room though. They get cleaned together. 

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

•  Family member. Like I said earlier family and loved ones mean everything to me. 

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

•  Rocky! Rocky was always one of my favorite movies growing up and I loved the adversity he always beat. 

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

•  My mother was in a bad accident during my senior season of high school and nearly lost her leg. I found myself mature and grow a lot during that time while accepting more responsibilities with my siblings and family. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  I am not one to really get embarrassed. I can’t think of a time that sticks out for that. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  103-yard kick return. 5 minutes left in my first game at Rowan and we were down by 7. Won the game in overtime. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Till I Collapse – Eminem

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

•  Speed. I want to continue getting as fast as I possibly can to separate myself from others. 

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

• My Nan. My nan was the centerpiece of my family and we all miss her!

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

•  I can’t dance

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Corey Clement. That’s my guy from the town over. He is going to be a problem for the league. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  Respected. You can earn respect from people whether they like you or not. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Hate to lose. There is nothing that bothers me more than losing. I still beat my 9-year-old brother in games of 1v1 basketball. 

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

• My parents. My parents have taught me everything I know about life. They show me how to carry myself and respect people the right way. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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