- Name: Adereio Jones
- Height: 5’7
- Weight: 165
- Position: SB/WR/DB/KR
- College: Greenville University
- Twitter: @DeeSoOHB
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
“I’m from Annapolis, Maryland which is the capital of MD. I love my city because it’s a lot to do judging that it’s not the biggest city in the world but it’s next to Baltimore and close to Washington, D.C so I don’t have to travel far to go to another city to have fun. The scenery is also nice on holidays and the fact we have beaches and bays, and sports teams around. We close to a pro team in every sport like Bowie Baysox, Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, and the Washington Capitals.”
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
“I would say first is strength and conditioning because you have to prepare your body physically for practice and the game. Then, film study to study the ins and outs of your opponents to develop a game-plan. Once, the game-plan is developed you take it to practice to scout against and prepare the team for what they will be facing on game day.”
What do you worry about, and why?
“I sometimes overthink if I will ever get to live my dream and be successful enough to provide how I would like too. I would like to give back to the kids and people in the community an if possible throughout the whole state of MD and possibly other states. Also to provide for my friends and family in any aspect I can.”
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
“I failed my family at one point because I was going down a dark path with the wrong crowd and found myself in trouble with the law I overcame the situation by getting back in school far away from MD and playing football.”
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
“My athleticism, teammates say I’m one of the best athletes on the team which pushes me to get better on and off the field and make my teammates better as well.”
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
“Josh Arndt WR for Martin Luther my Jr year, he didn’t look like how he play the boy was a dog!”
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
“I have a clothing brand called “COS” Circle of Success so I would open up a store and do events for the youth sponsored through my brand”
Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
“My room because I live there and that will pass on to the other two”
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
“My family member because you don’t turn your back on the ones you love and that love you. Family is forever!”
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
“Samuel L Jackson, because he has longevity in the film industry. In my opinion he’s the most successful actor in the business. Also he’s in all the best movies every movie he played was entertaining and possibly partnered with other great actors.”
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
“My life been full of ups and downs especially in sports. My Soph. year I was suspended for the first 4 games off of something I didn’t do but was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I overcame that by still working hard and staying positive throughout them 4 weeks and when I came back I caught a pick against Eureka.”
What is your most embarrassing moment?
“My junior year I had a blown coverage which lead to a TD from a play I should’ve made”
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
“I’m currently still in season of my senior year but week 3 I caught 2 picks 1 was for a TD giving me 4 on the season and having 2 picks in back to back games. I was named Player of the week and my INT for a TD was named Play of the week giving Greenville back to back play of the week awards. That will always remain in the vault as I get older!”
What song best describes your work ethic?
“BoobBlack ft 00Dereio – In My Bag”
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
“Speed will definitely be my biggest characteristic to go next level. That characteristic correlates to working hard on the field, doing drills, and in the weight room so speed will bring all my other athletic abilities out.”
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
“It would be my grandmother because she was one of the reasons I went back to school she passed away on memorial day before my freshman year started. I was very close with her and would just want to talk to her one last time and show her how far I’ve came.”
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
“Club I.C.E” Ivory Club Ent
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
“Respected that’s a no brainer! People will find a reason to dislike you but respect goes a long way. When you want to be liked you tend to do whatever just to fit in basically a follower, people who are respected are liked and disliked for being themselves which makes them leaders.”
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
“Big Rob Gronkowski retired from head trauma and issues with his body because of all the beatings he took playing in the NFL. He will be missed by viewers because he was fun to watch.”
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
“I hate losing, I’m very competitive so if we lose then I’ll feel like we didn’t give it our all and still left some fight on the field.”
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
“My biggest influence is most definitely my dad, “Big Dereio” yes I’m a junior! Through thick and thin he always been in my corner and a lot of the principles he tried to get through my thick skull most definitely is instilled in me. He was a athlete himself so I probably wouldn’t even be playing sports if it wasn’t for him but he always pushed, motivated me, and was behind me through all my choices. Combines, camps, anything I did my dad was right there. He also stayed on me as far as school which is another reason I’m eligible to stay in the sport, graduate high school, and will soon graduate college!”