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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Derrion Grim, WR, Fresno State

Fresno State wide receiver Derrion Grim, right, runs drills during practice Friday morning, March 15, 2019 in Fresno.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Derrion Grim
  • Fresno State
  • WR
  • 6’1”
  • 197lbs.
  • Hometown: Stockton, CA
  • Twitter: @_DGrim7_

2018 Statistics:
  • GP: 14
  • Receptions: 20
  • Receiving Yards: 212
  • YP/REC: 10.6
  • TDs: 2
via @TheRealWideOut1 (Twitter)

Your father La Te’f was a two-time All-Big East WR in the late ’90s. When did you really start learning about football from him?

I started to learn about ball from my pops when I started walking. He would make me do drills without making them look like drills. He would turn them into games so they could be fun but work on the craft of being a Wideout. 

Who has the better hands, you or Dad?

I definitely have better hands then my pops. He likes to think he has better ones but we both know the truth.

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

My motivation is my family. We were not the richest growing up and I want to make sure my younger siblings, my parents, my future wife, and kids don’t have to struggle and don’t have to worry about anything.

via @MountainWest (Twitter)

What defines success for you?

Success to me is accomplishing something you set out to do for a long time. When you complete a goal that you set for yourself, that’s a success in my eyes.

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

My teammates would probably say I’m not the most vocal but I get my work done. I lead by example and make sure the offense is on top of everything.

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

A personal rule I never break is never cutting corners. That’s not only in football, that’s in life period. I’ll never get to where I want to be in life or football if I cut corners so I will never cut corners.

via @FresnoStateFB (Twitter)

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

I haven’t found anyone that was just tough to go against as of now but I guess I would have to say Minkah Fitzpatrick at Alabama. 

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Tom Brady, easy!

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Crazy enough I actually don’t play Madden. I will definitely get 2020 just because KeeSean Johnson is on the game but I actually don’t play it.

via @FresnoSzn (Twitter)

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

Failure is something that comes before success. I never try and fail but like the question said it’s inevitable and when it happens I just get up dust myself off and get ready to attack the situation again.

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

I model my game after two dudes. I would say Doug Baldwin and Antonio Brown.

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

I would tell my younger self “don’t worry about nothing, just work hard and continue to grind and you’ll get to where you been dreaming of going; you got this.”

via @JuliaLopez3 (Twitter)

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

For lunch, it’s Hino Oishi and for Dinner is Ichiban Ramen Shop. If you ever come to Fresno you have to try those spots.

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

“The Lion,” or “The Gazelle.”

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

I really like slow music but this generation likes rap and hip hop so when I’m by myself I listen to slow jams constantly but when I’m with a group of people I turn on my rap music.

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

I would want to have one dinner with my Grandma Cookie or my Uncle Leo. I just want to see them one more time and tell them how football has been treating me and thank them for everything.

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

I want to be remembered for the way I am on and off the field. Kind heart, always laughing and making other people laugh regardless of how I was feeling.

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

I’m a hard worker and whenever a play is needed, I will make it.

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