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2020 NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Brady Hammel, K, Miles College

Brady Hammel the trick shot kicker from Miles College recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Brady Hammel
  • Height: 5’8
  • Weight: 190
  • Position: Kicker
  • College: Miles College
  • Twitter: @TheBradyHammel

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

• I am originally from Navarre, Florida. What I love most about it is that it is right on the beach and I can go enjoy it any time I want. It is also a great place to fishing and it is close enough to Pensacola, Florida and Destin, Florida so that I can go there if I wanted to.

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

• There really is no order of importance that I can put these in because they are all significantly important to my craft and football in general. Practice is important for a kicker because that is the majority of the time you will be kicking and working on your craft as a kicker is very important. Film study for a kicker is equally important because you have to go back and watch every kick and fix the mistakes that happen when something goes wrong. Finally, strength and conditioning is also just as important because you have to keep your body in pristine condition to be a kicker because it puts a lot of wear and tear on your legs and have to constantly be building strength.   

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about not being able to live up to the great parents that I have because they sacrificed so much for me to get where I am at today and I hope one day that I can repay them for what they have done for me. 

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

•In a high school football game I missed an extra point that would’ve tied the game in the 4th quarter, but I reacted by clearing the negative thoughts from my head and realizing there was more game left to be played. Later with less than a minute to go I overcame that failure by kicking the game winning field goal with less than a minute to go to win 16-14.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates always say that my best quality is my attitude and selflessness to help my team succeed in any way possible. 

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

• My former high school teammate Quentin Randolph. He unbelievable talent on the football field, crazy hands and a never quit attitude. 

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

• If my career was something besides football it would be baseball. Baseball is my overall favorite sport and I enjoy playing and watching it more than any other sport. Plus, I am left handed and that is a big commodity in baseball.

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

• Definitely my room because if my room is clean and organized, then I am organized as well. 

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

•  One family member, nothing against anyone, but me means everything in the world to me and I would do anything possible to keep them safe.

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

• Easy, television character, I’ve always wanted to go back and be in the show Friends and be Joey Tribbiani. That is my favorite show and my favorite television character because of his love of eating and sports, and his overall humor in the show.

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

• My biggest adversity that I have had to overcome in life is people telling me that I am not tall enough or I am not big enough to do certain things. I just overcome it by trusting God every day to become a better person and continue to bless me with the great abilities I have been given.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My freshman year of high school a guy had broken free on a kickoff and I was attempting to tackle him and I tripped a fell over my own feet in open field.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• My most memorable play of my collegiate career was when I kicked my furthest field goal made in a game on my Senior Day. It was a 44 yard field goal.

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw because you need to live every day to the fullest and leave no regrets.

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

• My most important trait would be my mindset. I have a great mindset when it comes to kicking and football in general.

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

•  If I could bring back anybody for one day it would be my grandpa so that I could spend one last day with him and cherish the memories of what a great person he was.

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

• AM to PM

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Michael Thomas of The New Orleans Saints

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected at the end of the day because if you are respected you are a leader and people will listen to you more.

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

• Michael Vick because he had such a promising career in Atlanta and I believe he was going to break many, many more records. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I love to win more than I hate losing.  I started my collegiate career 0-27, the but the fact that I ended it with SIAC Conference championships and 2 rings to show for that makes up for those losses. 

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

• My biggest influences of my life have been my parents. They have shown me what it is like to be a great person in a messed world. They have taught me how to be a better person and to try hard at everything that I do. My dad is the greatest dad there is. I played in 46 football games in college and my dad did not miss a single one. He showed me that when you make a promise to someone that you keep it. He sends me bible verses every single day that make my day and help make my day more successful. He has taught me that if I have God on my side I can conquer anything. He has also help me become the athlete I am today by putting so many miles on his car to take me to and from practice and training sessions because he knew how much I loved football and how serious I took my craft. My other biggest influencer is my mom. She is the hardest working and strongest person I know. She has taught me that no disability that a person has can hold them back from doing what they love and what they want to do. She has taught me how to conquer problems that I may come across by just killing the situation with kindness. Most importantly she has taught me what it means to be a helpful person. Without her I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am at today. I just want to thank my mom and dad for everything do for me and for being the biggest influencers in my life.

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