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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Hasan Sharif, DB, Alderson Broaddus University

Hasan Sharif the physical DB from Alderson Broaddus University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Hasan Sharif
  • Height: 6’0 
  • Weight: 194
  • Position: DB FS/CB/NC
  • College: Alderson Broaddus University 
  • Twitter: Hasan_ix

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

I’ve moved around a lot but my hometown is East Orange Jersey. This is where I grew up, where i first started my football career at the age of 5, this is where much of my family lives and thats what’s most important to me, it’s the place where I feel most at home and where my heart is. 

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

Film Study, is my favorite and most important aspect of the game. Taking the time to get familiar and comfortable with my opponent in all phases of the game is extremely valuable. Success happened to me when preparation and opportunity meets. The time I spend in film study allows me to slows the game down and creates the opportunities for me to make plays without having to think. Film study is where I learn the most about myself, paying attention to my pad level, making sure I’m moving efficiently with not wasted steps, making sure I’m aligned to succeed before the play are just some of the things I focus on when i watch myself on film. 

Practice is where games are won, how you perform during practice dictates how successful you will be during the game. Practice is where I implement all of the work I put during my film study, it’s where I work to be consistent in my technique and effort, I try to make the practice as difficult as I can so that when I’m in the game I can be relaxed and have fun. 

Strength and conditioning is something you can’t cheat, I have to be able to go the distance in this sport. I pride myself on moving efficiently, finishing every play and competing all 60 minutes. Therefore, go hard in the weight room and during conditioning so I am able to make that a reality

What do you worry about, and why?

I personally don’t worry often, I’ve come to my own understanding that the universe puts me in the exact circumstances I need to be in. So I find comfort in surrendering my longing for control over a circumstance, which allows me to be at peace with whatever outcome that may present itself.

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

The first two seasons of my career was difficult for me because coming out of high school I wanted to join the team and make an immediate impact on the field. I had to wait for my opportunity and that lesson taught me a lot, I learned how valuable it is to put my head down and truly just grind to prefect my craft and thoroughly prepare so when opportunity presents itself I can be completely ready. It humbled me and showed me how important is to be patient and I was able to share this wisdom with the incoming freshman and younger guys.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammate would say my best quality is that I am a competitor not only with others but with myself. I am always willing and ready to take on any challenge with complete confidence in the fact that I will give my all and learn from that experience. 

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

Craig Reynolds, RB from Kutztown University. He was a very complete player, he ran good routes, had good size and good speed, he was elusive also ran hard. I had enjoyed competing against him 

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

A world traveler . I want to experience as much of this world that I can 

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

Room, having a clean room to go go sleep in or wake up in keep me in a clear mental space 

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

Taking a wholistic stance I would save the 3 strangers because numerical the hold more value in the world but in my the reality I would save my family member because of the value they hold in my life. 

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

Jake Sully from the movie Avatar. Avatar is the greatest movie ever created, and the amazing world Jake was introduced too as well as the impact he had on the Na’vi is truly amazing.

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

Moving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania was a very pivotal moment in my life. Leaving my mother, sister, other family and friends was difficult for me and being in such a different environment took a big tool on me emotionally. I overcame this adversity by embracing the change rather than pushing it away, I found many life long friends from this change and grew to be extremely grateful 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

My freshman year of high school I made the basketball team as a PG and I will never forget we played our first game against a school I attended the previous year. I got in and had 4 turnovers in first two minutes of the game, in front of a packed gym of all my classmates and old friends. Coach pulled me out the game and let me have it, I didn’t play again for the next 2 games. That one hurt 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

My most memorable play was on my senior night, it was 3 and long one last stop and the game was over. I recognized what play was coming based off a jet motion to the boundary and was able to make a huge hit on the sideline popping the ball out. It wasn’t the most spectacular play of my career but it was the most meaningful to me because my family was there watching on my senior night

What song best describes your work ethic?

Dedication – Nipsey Hussle

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

Preparation putting the time in to learn your opponent and more importantly yourself, then attacking everyday individually with the focus to get better is the most important trait

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

I don’t have a longing to bring anyone back who has passed. Life isn’t something that we can control, we can only experience it , so bringing someone back would be me trying to control the plan the universe had for them, that’s not my place. We can only cherish and be grateful we can experience each individual 

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

Tranquility 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

Kyzir white. he’s a very versatile player, he has the size and explosiveness to dominate in the box and rush the passer, has the speed and quickness to cover skilled TE’s/RB’s and slot receivers. Can be very disruptive to an offense 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

Respected, people can only like you based off their own understanding of themselves. Being respected is a reflection of how you carry yourself and respect other, being a honesty and upstanding man is something i strongly value in my life. 

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

Antonio Brown, AB has the productivity and skill set to be one of the great WR’s of this era, he was an underdog who was overlook and started to take the league by storm. I feel like the level of superstardom he live in blinded him to what was most important in life, that as well as not surrounding himself with people who encourage him to understand himself and help him find a healthy means of handing the issues he faced off the field, truly derailed his career. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

I love to win, being triumphant give you a great appreciation for the work you put in to be success. Losing is a very large part of growth, it exposes the area you need to work on to become more complete in whatever the task is. 

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

My biggest influence in my life is my father. Through his action and wisdom he has taught me how to believe in myself as well as work hard to reach success. Since a young age he was taught me that I am the controller of my own destiny and if i want to be successful at something I have to work for it, period. That truly taught me accountability, and that  nothing in this life will be handed to me so I have to put the time in so i can never be denied from what I desire. He has taught me to continuously work to improve inside and out so regardless the outcome of a situation my confidence in myself doesn’t waver.

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