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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Isiah Williams, TE, Delaware State University

Isiah Williams the 6030 tight end from Delaware State is a big boy with great hands.
  • Name: Isiah Williams 
  • Height: 6’3 
  • Weight: 250 
  • Position: TE 
  • College: Delaware State University 
  • Twitter: @zaewill8_

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

•  New York is a huge city. They call it the city that never sleeps. You have the opportunity to meet different people from different cultures of the world.  New York provides you with a state of mind like no other city.  It prepares you to expect the unexpected and always have a sense of awareness in your surroundings.

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

•  1)Strength and conditioning – In order to perform at a higher level, you have to train your body to do so.  Football is a very physical sport and your ability to compete/perform is predicated on your strength and conditioning  2) FIlm Study – film study allows you to see your areas of strength and weaknesses.  It also allows you prepare for your opponent, team or individual, to have the ability to execute on the field 3) Practice – allows you to work on things you identified through film study from a previous a games/s.  It helps in your ability to be effective and efficient in the field.  Practice enhances your skills and preps you to be the best you can be at your position. 

What do you worry about, and why?

•  One thing I worry about is letting my family down. They’ve always held me to a higher standard, so I feel like if I don’t meet that standard, then I’ve failed.  FAILING IS NOT AN OPTION!!!!

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

•  A game against NC A&T, I dropped a pass that I knew was going to be a touchdown.  I was down on myself a little because I felt like that was the big play we needed to give us a spark in the game.  After a conversation with my coach, I was back to myself.  To overcome that failure, I worked harder every day to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  Perfect my craft on the field, so when gameday approaches, I can catch every ball thrown my way.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  My work ethic and ability to lead

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

•  Darius Leonard from South Carolina State. He just had a nose for the ball and was always in the mix of plays. He’s a great all-around backer. 

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

•  I would definitely want to coach at some level or perhaps be a sports broadcaster/analyst

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

•  I would clean my room first. My coach always preaches to us “when you wake up and make that bed in the morning,  you already started off the day 1-0”. 

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

•  I would choose the family member. I’m very big on family and my family is all that I have. They made me the person I am today. 

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

•  Will Smith. I feel I can relate to him in many ways.  He is a very diverse talent, from rapping, acting, comedian, and songwriter.  Always in a happy mood, dancing, singing and likes uplifting others. 

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

•  Biggest adversity was when I fractured my ankle in the semifinal game and I had to miss the championship game. All the thought was how can I contribute to help win if I can’t be out there with my team playing. That whole week I just coached my teammates harder and pushed my back up to play big when game time came around. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  My dad pulling over because I had to use the restroom so bad, with friends in the car.  And it wasn’t to urinate!!! 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  One of my most memorable plays in college was against Morgan State scoring a two-point conversion to seal the game. Just seeing my parents cheer the way they did after that play made me realize why I really play this game. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Meek Mill- Championships. 

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

•  One of the most important traits I have that can help me succeed at the next level is my blocking. Playing Left Tackle in High School for two years has played a significant role in helping me with that aspect of my game.  I had no idea how important technique and footwork contributes to you being an effective blocker.   I took pride in having most plays directed in my area, due to my ability to block so well. 

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

•  Definitely my grandfather.  I know he would be so proud of the man I have become and to have him in the stands for one game would be an overwhelming joy.   

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

•  I would name the dance club “Good Quality Steppin” 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Zach Ertz, TE for Philadelphia Eagles 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  I would rather be respected because respect will carry you further in life than being liked by anyone. 

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

•  Ray Rice because he was someone who was from NY and I followed throughout his career.  He went to high school less than 10 miles from my home and was a hometown hero who made it. To have it all taken away due to an unfortunate incident that was captured on camera and ended his career is truly sad.   

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  I love to win. There is no better feeling than being a winner. I’ve learned that in a loss, you can’t stress for a long time.  You must treat every loss as a learning opportunity and perfect what it is that you need to do in order to become a winner. 

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

Both my parents and my older brother has the biggest influence on my life. They have always been my support system in anything I strive to do.  Whether in the classroom, everyday life experiences or on the field, they are always there to guide me through the good and bad times.  They motivate me to take my game to another level and I will forever be grateful for them. 

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