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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Royce See, LB, Sam Houston State University

Royce See the pass rusher from SHSU recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Royce See
  • Sam Houston State University
  • LB
  • 6’0”
  • 220lbs.
  • Hometown: Shepherd, TX
  • Twitter: @RoyceSee16

2019 Accolades and Statistics:
  • 2019 Southland Conference Football First Team All-Conference Defense.
  • GP: 12
  • Total Tackles: 62
  • TFL: 12.0
  • Sacks: 4
  • INTs: 2
  • PBU: 1
  • PD: 3
  • QBH: 6
  • FR: 3
  • FF: 3
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As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete, I feel like my personal motivation is to be the best at whatever it is that I am doing, and I apply that into every aspect of my life. Whether it is on the field, in the weight room, watching film or self-care, to be the best in a profession it requires you to strive to be the best at whatever it is that you do in my opinion. My other motivation is my family. My two amazing parents along with the rest of my family have always been there supporting me since day one. Every day I wake up motivated because of the sacrifices they have made for me. It’s really a blessing to have them in my life, without them I would not be the man I am today.

What defines success for you?

In my opinion of success, it is not always pretty. My definition of success is going out and giving maximum effort mentally and physically. No matter the outcome after it’s all said and done, being able to tell yourself that you gave it everything you had; a win, lose or draw, then you are successful.

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

A leader, a competitor and a hard worker. I strive everyday as a captain to lead my teammates by example as well as make sure they are the best they can be on and off the field.

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

Never lie to yourself, always be true to who you are and never cheat yourself. Whether it is doing all the reps during a workout or procrastinating an assignment. At the end of the day, you know the decisions that you made and if you reached the standard you set for yourself. Accept criticism when needed, I feel criticism is necessary for any great athlete because there is always something to get better at. Accepting criticism as an athlete will only be beneficial for personal success. Never get complacent, you are only as good as your last performance and the only way to keep it going is by hard work and dedication.

When did you fall in love with football?

I’m pretty sure I loved football before I knew what football was. Growing up I have played football, baseball, and basketball since the age of 4 all the way up until college, but football always stood out to me at a young age. Whether it was tackle football in the backyard or playing on the field, I have always had a love for the game.

What do you do to calm the butterflies before a game?

One thing that a family member told me and is something that I tell myself before games is that when you get that gut feeling of being nervous, “it doesn’t mean you’re nervous, it means you are ready.” For me, I take pride in my preparation for a game during the week so that on gameday there is no question if I am ready or not prepared. Doing this allows me to go into battle ready for whatever I may face.

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

Davion Davis and Yedidiah Louis, two of the greatest FCS receivers to play the game. Back when I played at the safety position, going against those guys every day was tough competition and always made me perform at my best day in and day out which benefited me.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Tom Brady. No one can debate his resumé reasonably of being the best player in the NFL.

What is the best part about competition?

Competition is all about effort, no matter if you are the best or the worst at something effort is individually between yourself and no one can judge your effort but you. Anyone can compete, but the most physically and mentally prepared will win and is why competition is so unique.

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What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Cowboys or Saints. If you can use their speed on defense the right way you can beat anybody.

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

One of my fundamental beliefs is that everything happens for a reason which is tied to my faith and relationship with God. I know personally He would not put me through something I could not handle. In order to be successful in sports and in everyday life, you have to wake up and bet on yourself and believe in the abilities God gave you against any challenge you may face. There is always some good you can gain from a loss. Every loss is a lesson learned so you can win again.

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Who is your sports hero? Why?

There was perhaps no greater athlete who was a bigger cultural icon in 20th century America than Muhammad Ali. He was bigger than boxing, and he was bigger than sports. The way he used his image for what he stood for is something that is still felt to this day.

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

I don’t have one particular player but some are Jaylon Smith, Jamal Adams, Aaron Donald, Luke Kuechly, Roquan Smith, and Devin Bush. I love the way these guys respect the game and the effort they put in along with the mentality they each possess.

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