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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Hunter Belzo, HB, Springfield College

Hunter Belzo the every down back for Springfield College recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of Draft Diamonds

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Hunter Belzo
  • Springfield College
  • HB
  • 5’9”
  • 185lbs.
  • Hometown: Middletown, CT
  • Twitter: @HunterBelzo22

2018 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2018 NEWMAC Football First Team All-Conference.
  • GP: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 214
  • Rushing Yards: 980
  • YPR: 4.58
  • TDs: 13
via @HunterBelzo22 (Twitter)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

To be the best.

What defines success for you?

Personally, to date I don’t think I’ve reached “success” yet, I’ve done everything so far that I was supposed to do. Success to me would be making it professionally in football because that’s been the dream ever since I can remember.

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

A guy who leads by example.

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What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

Never miss or skip a workout, there’s 24 hours in a day, if you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it done.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Honestly, I can’t think of a player in particular that stood out.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Le’Veon Bell.

via Springfield College (YouTube)

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

The New York Jets, that’s my team.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

When adversity hits I really reflect on PJ Flecks philosophy of “Row the Boat,” a never give up montra. For example, when you row a boat your back is to the future, you can’t see it, you can’t control it and you don’t know what’s coming. You just continue to keep your oar in the water in the present because that’s the only thing you can actually control. You decide whether or not you pull your oars out of the water and quit and become a failure or you can learn from your failing and continue to row the boat but you’re looking at the past which is the only thing you cannot change but you can learn from. 

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I try to model my shiftiness after LeSean McCoy. But since I’ll be playing slot at the next level I’ve been studying a lot of Antonio Brown, Wes Welker, and Julian Edelman film because those are guys similar to me in size.

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Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

I would tell myself to take scholastics more seriously, balance time better, and put school before football because education will get you farther in life.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

When the funds are right definitely Red Rose but if I’m trying to go cheap, Chipotle.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

“I am what I am.” I always wear a wristband that says that whenever I look at it, it reminds me that I am who I am today because of my worst times and my best times, which contributes to my success today.

via @HunterBelzo22 (Twitter)

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

My grandmother who passed away in 2015 from cancer. I would love to hear all the things she would have to say since we last spoke 4 years ago and really just the opportunity to see her again.

Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

Great athlete, game changer, someone who worked for everything I got, a great citizen, and contributor to the community 

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

Work ethic, determination, drive, 100% effort everyday, versatility, play the game to be the best.

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