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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tony Redmond, OL, Oklahoma Panhandle State

Tony Redmond is a versatile O-Lineman from Oklahoma Panhandle State University who recently took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Tony Redmond
  • Height: 6’2’’
  • Weight: 315 lbs. 
  • Position: OL
  • College: Oklahoma Panhandle State
  • Twitter: BigRed_995

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

• I live in Kingwood, Texas which is a suburb of Houston. What’s nice is it’s pretty close to everything, but you still get the feel of a suburb

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

• Practice, strength and conditioning, and then film study. Practice is where you work on your technique and become a better football player. Without technique you have no chance of success. Strength and conditioning is next because you can have flawless technique, but if you don’t have the strength to back it up it’s like multiplying by zero. Film is important because if you know your opponents tendencies in addition to your own scheme then you’ll be next to impossible to beat

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about not living up to my full potential. There have been plenty of people in my life who have told me I can’t do something or I don’t have what it takes to be successful. Obviously I want to prove those people wrong, but what motivates me more is trying to prove all the people who do believe in me right. 

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

• Before I was at Panhandle State I was a walk on at the University of Houston. When Hurricane Harvey hit I had to leave school because my family lost everything. That was definitely the low point of my football career. I was able to pull myself out of a rut by focusing on the process and letting the outcome follow. Once I stopped worrying about where I was going to school and started doing everything I could to better myself success followed.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• The most common answer was my work ethic. It didn’t matter if we were losing or I was hurt that I would go all out no matter the situation. I was also told I have attributes of a leader. They said I hold myself accountable, I was consistant, and I have a high football IQ so things didn’t have to continually get explained to me. 

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

• Jonathon Tuiolosega. I played against him in my first college start in JuCo, and it took everything I had to keep him at bay. 

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

• Something in Strength and conditioning. I’ve always enjoyed working out, but I didn’t come to fully appreciate all the work that goes into it until I did an internship for my undergrad. It combines my love of working out and my desire to motivate people to be better.  

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

• Desk, because if that’s clean then I can tune out everything around me and get work done.

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

• Family because it would be instinctual. If I heard a family member scream out I would ignore everything else until they were safe. Once they were safe I would help as many people as I could.

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

• Kakashi Hatake from Naruto. His life was filled with tragedy but he always found a way to overcome it.

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

• There was a 2 year period in high school where my family was homeless. My dad was sick and couldn’t work for an extended period time until we eventually got evicted. My older brother and I even got sent to live with a family member for a bit. We all had to make sacrifices and support each other. The only way we were able to rally was by supporting each other. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• I got rejected by my crush when I asked her out for Homecoming in front of all my friends my freshman year of high school. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• There’s too many to narrow down to just one. One of the most memorable moments was when we played Reedley my sophomore year in JuCo. We were down in the fourth quarter and needed a touchdown to win. We drove the length of the field in intense heat and managed to pull off the win.  That was one of the sweetest wins of my college career.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• ‘Till I Collapse- Eminem

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

• Having good technique. There are plenty of great athletes that can’t make it to the next level because they’ve always relied on being bigger/faster/stronger and once they’re not the top dog anymore they have nothing to fall back on.

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

• My Granddad. He died of cancer when I was 10 so I never really got to know him before he got sick

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

• The Scarlet Pig. Pig is one of my many nicknames

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Nick Chubb

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected because being liked is dependent on others and it’s impossible to be liked by everyone while respect is determined by how you carry yourself

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

• Antonio Brown because he was at the top of his game and suddenly fell off the rails.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose more than I love to win. If then you have a winning mentality and winning is the expectation than losing hurts more than the joy of winning. The closest thing I came to having a winning record in college was 5-5 my sophomore year, and it never got easier.

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

• This is a tie between my Dad and my older brother. They both believed in me when it seemed like no one did, and they aren’t afraid to call me out when they think I’m messing up. 

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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