- Jaylen Flye-Sadler
- Lindenwood University
- Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
- Twitter: @BaLL4Christ13
As an athlete, what is your motivation?
My motivation is to be the best at my craft. While I understand that other talents exist, what motivates me is my ability to give back to the sport of fooball and community. Being able to perform as a leader on and off the field. Each day I wake up with the mindset of purpose. The purpose to inspire, motivate and lead others and lastly cultivate relationships.
What defines success for you?
Success for me is when I see success in my team and teammates. When a problem is presented and I have the opportunity to see that problem through to a workable solution. That defines success for me. I feel that if I succeed, we all succeed.
What would your teammates say about the type of player and man you are?
My teammates would describe me as relentless, as someone who always seeks improvement, and a motivator. The one action my eam would agree on is that I model the way, first one to arrive and last one to leave. As a senior on the team, I know how important it is to set a standard to the younger players. These characteristics reflect on who I am as a man, as I hold myself to a high standard.
Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?
As a freshman, starting off my Collegiate career, I was challenged several times. The one challenge that changed the way I prepared was Noah Spence during my time at Austin Peay. Noah was a great player that understood my moves, so I had to adapt my moves to match his weaknesses. Noah and I went back and forth each play, but by the end of the game, I felt I had grown by going against Noah. He taught me how to study and analyze my opponent to expose their strengths and weaknesses.
Are you afraid of failure?
No, I do not fear failure. I am a firm believer in that you never fail until you quit. Every loss is a lesson. Its about how you respond to adversity.
Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?
The most influential players I model my craft after are Trent Williams and Tyron Smith. While watching these offensive tackles, I take notes and learn from their failures and successes. After reviewing the notes, I try to find the best way to apply their practies on the field. Wile I admire the physicality and agility of Trent Williams, I tend to aply his practices during training. While Smith’s composure and technique, I apply more during games. The number one thing I take from both men is their knowledge of the game.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
My dinner would have to be with Jesus Christ. He lives within his people and is alive in the spirit. I am a firm believer I was put on this Earth to do what I love and play football. The amount of lives I have touched because of this sport is beyond me. The first thing I would say to him is “Thank You,” becausewithoutut him none of this would be possible.
In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?
They invest in the best, and I can provide that while learning from the best.