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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Ferrod Gardner, LB, University of Lousiana Lafayette

Ferrod Gardner the play making LB from the University of Lousiana Lafayette recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds Jonathan Joyce.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Ferrod Gardner
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • LB
  • 6’2”
  • 215lbs.
  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • Twitter: @YoungRod_

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 13
  • Total Tackles: 50
  • TFL: 1.0
via @YoungRod_

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

I have goals set to be the best I can be, and I have one life to do it. So why not me?

What defines success for you?

Achieving personal goals and receiving happiness from healthy relationships.

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

Accountable, hard-worker, humble.

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

Keep an open mind but never allow the mind to be manipulated.

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

Mike Hughes.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Aaron Donald.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Random, because I can win with anybody

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

Adversity. I’ve been through many tough times and I’ve learned that staying negative never helps the situation. Just continue to pray about it and see the positive in a different perspective.

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

Deion Jones.

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

Enjoy these moments, gain weight and stay focused.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Dwight’s or K.O.K Wings & Things.

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

“Believe Me.”

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

NAV.

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

Rihanna because she’s perfect.

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

A man who worked hard for everything he has, and a man who accomplished his goals in all aspects of life

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

They’re investing in a humble, hard-working player who will earn everything.

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