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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: David Meza, TE, Carroll University

David Meza the athletic TE from Carroll University tore it up this weekend at the Dream Bowl. He sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

• Name: David Meza
• Height: 6’3
• Weight: 245
• Position: TE/H-Back
• College: Carroll University
• Twitter: @DavidMezaTweets

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• Berlin, Wisconsin. Rural town of 5,000 people about an hour and a half south of Green Bay. What I love most about my hometown is my childhood memories since I’ve lived there my entire life. The Aquatic center, the disc golf course, The sledding hill at the middle school, and more.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

• Practice: “Practice until you get it right. Then practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Being prepared is important in all aspects of life. Strength and Conditioning: Again, gotta be prepared and that comes through hard work in the weight room and on the field.Film Study: Equally as important as the first two, but at the end of the day it’s about executing your plan. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I try not to worry, it’s unnecessary stress. Everything works out in the end. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

• State wrestling tournament, my senior year, I battled through a shoulder injury. I didn’t place finish after place finishing my Junior year. It was a tough way to finish, but I know I gave it my all, and I can live with that. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Work ethic. I take a pride in being the hardest worker in the room.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• Dallas McRae, from Wheaton College. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

• I have a bachelor degree in Business Administration with minors in both Marketing in Communication, but I’m not sure what I want to do with it. I’ve always wanted to open up my own cafe specializing in PB&Js. 

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

• Room, nothing beats a clean room. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

• Family member. Family is everything.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• Spider-Man, from the Tobey Maguire trilogy. Spider-Man is just an awesome super hero and I loved those movies.     

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

• Losing a relationship with a family member. It’s tough, and I hope I can reestablish it some day but for now I lean into other loved ones in both my family and friends. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• In elementary school I had a bladder control issue when I laughed hard. A friend told a really good joke during recess and… 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Homecoming my Junior year. We ran an RPO screen from 13 yards out. The read went to me. My two teammates playing WR, that were blocking for me, are really good friends of mine. They gave me a good lane to get vertical. I stiff armed a backer and hit a spin move on the safety to score the first Touchdown of the game. We went on to win 23-0. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Hustlin’ by Rick Ross. My brother got me into Hip Hop and rap when I was younger. It actually used to be my ring tone before I got an iPhone.

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

• Grit. I think that word is thrown around a lot when describing athletes, but I take pride in doing whatever I gotta do to help the team succeed.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• My great grandfather. I haven’t gotten to spend enough time with him, and I know my mother and grandmother would love to spend one more day with him. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

• Swayze. Sounds cool, plus Dirty Dancing is a classic.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Robert Tonyan. TE for the GB Packers. I think he’s a great run blocker and has natural hands. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected. Respect goes a long way. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

• Johnny Manziel. I was a huge fan of his play making ability and his underdog story after his dream school didn’t give him a chance. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• Both, but I hate losing more than I love to win. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My immediate family and best friends. They’re there for me 24/7. Especially my mother who supports me in everything I do.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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