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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: McNeece Egbim, LB, Missouri State University

McNeece Egbim the hard hitting LB from Missouri State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds very own Jonathan Joyce

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • McNeece Egbim
  • Missouri State University
  • LB
  • 6’0”
  • 220lbs.
  • Hometown: Rowlett, TX
  • Twitter: @McNeeceEgbim

2018 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2018 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team Honorable Mention.
  • GP: 11
  • Total Tackles: 96
  • TFL: 9.0
  • Sacks: 2.0
  • INTs: 1

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

My motivation is my mom and everything she has held down being a single parent, raising three boys. A lot of decisions she made I couldn’t understand before but being in the position I am in now and looking back, it was created all by her. I want to become successful first for myself and then for her. Then it would be being able to push myself to be great in all aspects no matter what, so I can put myself in a situation to give back to others in the future.

What defines success for you?

Success to me would be being able to put myself, my immediate family in a comfortable position, then being able to help put my closest friends in better positions. Through that process, I want to completely love what I’m doing and build a family and a fortune for my kids. After that’s all said in done helping others.

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

Most would say I’m the funniest on the team and just goofy, and others would call me a leader that’s serious about the game. I think overall, they would say I have the charisma that moves everyone in a positive light, I understand and care for the game immensely and want to get things done no matter what.

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

Never follow the crowd of peer pressure. Don’t let anyone borrow money if you’re not able to be completely fine if they don’t return it. That’s all I can think of right now that’s appropriate.

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

I never really told myself anyone was tough or thought about it in games because my mindset is more trying to impose my will and if I fail or get beat, I rarely give the other person credit, but rather just criticize myself. I would say Dallas Goedert was a tough guy to match up with based on his size and skill-set.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Tom Brady.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Don’t really play Madden anymore, but back in my day,s it used to be the Ravens because I was a big fan of their defense. But if not them I’m going with the hometown Dallas Cowboys.

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

  1. Park it, acknowledge it for what it is and nothing more.
  2. Think right, shift your mind into positive emotions.
  3. Find what matters, realize what’s most important around you or to you and become aware.
  4. Let it go, never get stuck on the situation b/c it doesn’t define you.
  5. Move On, credit to my coaches for creating a perfect way to break down the process of how I have always handle things growing up.

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

Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, Ed Reed, Luke Kuechly, Sean Lee and Jon Bostic

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

How important the little things are no matter how long it takes. Your attitude towards your goals along with your consistency is a huge difference then just going through the motions when trying to achieve anything. Always bet on yourself and put yourself mentally and physically before anyone else.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

Wendy’s, Taco Bell.

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

“Key to Adaptation.”

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

G-Eazy.

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

Career-wise, Ray Lewis. I want to understand the game from his eyes or Kobe Bryant. He’s my favorite basketball player, and I think the mamba mentality is greatness and I want to understand that type of personality from his standpoint in the field of sports and lifestyle.

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

For being a family man first, and then someone who is caring for others. Also, a strong-willed person.

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

My IQ, eager for understanding, and work ethic shown would be my strong suit.

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